Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding | Robert & Alexandra

In 2011, when we started to photograph weddings, we created a long list of all the dream wedding venues we wanted to capture weddings at, and felt if we were able to book a wedding at each of these venues, we had officially “made it.” It’s so funny for us to look back at this […]


Makenna Rose Bench | Birth Story

It’s been a whirlwind of a few months, but we can say it’s been the most exciting, adventurous, and AMAZING time of our lives! Back in June we made two HUGE life changing announcements… First, Rachel was pregnant AND second, we were moving! Being pregnant in the midst of our craziest busy wedding season ever, […]

Makenna's Birth Story | Natividad Medical Center


Intimate Charleston Plantation Wedding

A Charleston plantation wedding is what southern girls hearts are made of. There is something completely magical about the light, mossy trees, waterfront docks, lush woods, all intertwined with the incredible history. Tucked away deep in the woods of Charleston, a Low Country wedding is what we’ve dreamed about capturing for years! Getting ready in […]

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Big Sur Engagement Session | Kelly & Christopher

A Big Sur engagement session… dreamy light that turned to slightly overcast skies, a beach cruiser bicycle, an energetic couple, and FILM! This was such a fun and BEAUTIFUL engagement session! This is one of our first sessions we’re sharing that’s a true hybrid session, meaning captured with both digital and film images. The way […]

Big Sur Engagement Session | California Engagement Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Mission | Christopher & Kelly

That’s right friends, we’re back and better than EVER!!! Where have we been you might be asking yourself? Well, Rachel had a baby, we packed two houses and traveled over 2,100 cross country with three adults, two large dogs, a newborn, and now call Charleston, South Carolina home. That’s all. Oh, do we have stories […]

Carmel Mission Wedding | La Playa Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Wedding Photographer | Gardener Ranch Wedding | Alex & Harmony

A Carmel Valley wedding. Occasionally there are those weddings that leave our hearts aching for more! So much thought goes into the bridal details, the couple uses the timeline we create, they do a first look, nearly everything is outdoors during daylight, and chose their vendors using our preferred vendor list. Oh my word, that […]

Gardener Ranch Wedding | Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Valley Maternity Session | Big Sur Maternity Session | Rachel & Paul

This is one excited mamma to have the opportunity to photograph her own daughters maternity session AND that Inspired By This wanted to do a full feature of it! With the announcement only a few months ago Rachel and Paul we’re excepting, then the big news it’s going to be a girl, my Granna heart […]


Charleston Proposal | Charleston Wedding Photographers

A Charleston proposal. July in South Carolina. It’s hot, it’s humid, but the sunsets are unbelievable! Every corner you turn there’s a waterway leading to either a bridge or dock, that opens to the most magical of locations. It’s a photographers’ paradise! Just off the mainland, we took a side road that led down to […]

Charleston Proposal | South Carolina | Proposal Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography


Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018

We thought it was quite fitting with the news coming today, national South Carolina Day! Just when you thought we didn’t have any more surprises up our sleeves, this has been the summer of life-changing announcements! First was there’s a baby coming, then we announced we are moving to South Carolina (still accepting weddings from the West […]

Breaking Ground on a New Adventure | The Bench House Coming Fall 2018


Charleston Engagement Session | Downtown Historic District & Sullivan’s Island | Ryan & Alyssa

Being a Charleston wedding photographer is what dreams are made of! A few weeks ago we shared with you this beautiful Charleston bridal session. If you remember we had mentioned this was a quick trip, literally three days on the ground and we had 5 sessions, in the low-country’s summer heat and humidity. Oh boy, […]


Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Photographer | Lori & Joseph

Big Sur Proposal | Pink Lilys, chocolate cheesecake, and a spectacular Big Sur view. Those were the hints Joseph gave us while planning his secret surprise picnic proposal to Lori. Escaping the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, Joseph decided to bring Lori down the coast for a bit of much needed R&R. It was […]

Big Sur Proposal Photographer | South Carolina Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography


The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Kimberly & Josh’s Rehearsal Dinner

We couldn’t have envisioned a more gorgeous location for a rehearsal dinner than along the 18th hole at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Kimberly and Josh’s family went all out, reserving the entire Stillwater Grill restaurant to celebrate with friends and family the night before their wedding. Lavish florals, a dinner set for kings, and […]

The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Rehearsal Dinner | Laura & Rachel Photography


We’re Having a Girl!

IT’S A GIRL!!! Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Baby shower plans are in full effect and we now know to doctorate with pink (rose gold to be more accurate)! Today marks 28 weeks and we’ve entered the third and final trimester. In only 12 short weeks we’ll […]

Laura & Rachel Gender Reveal


Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session

  Officially a Charleston Wedding Photographer… someone pinch us! That has been a dream of ours for years to actually say out loud. With the whirlwind of emotions lately with the announcement we’re moving to Charleston, South Carolina and that Rachel’s pregnant, reality has set in that we’re moving our business cross country. Not a […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Charleston Bridal Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


The Biggest Announcement Ever | We’re MOVING to South Carolina!!!

Notice a theme in our t-shirts, low hanging magical moss, and huge smiles across our faces? Besides keeping the secret we announced last week that Rachels pregnant, we’ve also been holding in something else. As of the end of the year, we will be calling Charleston home! We’re MOVING!!! That’s right, we’re trading the west […]

Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography


Baby Bench Arriving October 2018!

Oh baby, we have some exciting news… Laura’s being promoted to Granna, Rachel’s pregnant!!! This is definitely the most exciting time of our lives, Rachel and Paul are going to be parents! That’s right… PARENTS!!! Rachel is officially 25 weeks, due mid-October, and is feeling fantastic with her third trimester right around the corner. No […]

Pregnancy Announcement, Baby Announcement, Monterey Photographer, Charleston Photographer, Southern Girl, Southern Baby, South Carolina Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel-by-the-Sea Picnic Proposal | Willie & Peony

A secluded beach, one filled with driftwood and seashells, right at sunset. We were on the beach looking like average tourists, in position and waiting for Willie and Peony’s arrival. We spotted them along the top of the staircase, leaning against the railing taking in all that the Carmel coastline had to offer. Crashing waves […]

Carmel-by-the-Sea Proposal | Carmel River Beach Proposal | Laura & Rachel Photography


Red, White, & Blue Cheesecake | Perfect Festive Patriotic Dessert

If you’re anything like us, you’re spending Memorial Day barbecuing with family and friends, and for weeks you’ve had the intention of making a festive patriotic dessert to bring and share. In a blink of an eye it’s the day before and you panic. Join the club! This year it feels a bit like we […]

Memorial Day | Fruit Cheesecake | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Wedding Photographer | Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Dane & Victorya

A Bernardus Lodge Wedding. There is no other place you would rather spend your late summer days than in Carmel Valley. Just miles from the coast, tucked between the rolling mountains, where it’s always warm, yet afternoons have that cool ocean breeze. The grapes from the vineyards have been harvested leaving a sweetness in the […]

Carmel Wedding, Carmel Valley wedding, Bernardus Lodge wedding, vineyard wedding, California wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


San Francisco Engagement Session | Riley & Jordan

A San Francisco Engagement Session. Even though San Francisco is only a few hours away, we only visit a few times a year at most. We’re not big city girls. Give us an old home town rich with history, white picket fence lined streets, neighborhoods filled with the smell of peonies and wisteria, and markets […]


Ventana Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Photographer | Kolin & Adrienne

Ventana Big Sur Proposal. Now that the bridge is rebuilt from last years storm, access to the southern part of Big Sur is now reopened and back in business! Ventana Big Sur is known for is known for their breathtaking ocean views atop the mountains, infinity pools, Glamping, and now their brand new Glass House. […]


Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Wedding Photographer | Lindsay & Joe

A Big Sur Proposal. We love nothing more than sharing in the wedding journey from the first day of saying yes to forever! Joe reached out to us a few months ago as he and Lindsay were planning a vacation in Carmel and while he was here wanting nothing more to ask Lindsay to marry […]


True Love on Valentine’s Day | 55 Year Anniversary Session | Gerald & Patricia

It’s 1961, Jerry is a local police officer in his early twenties and can’t help himself to notice the city’s secretary Patricia, as she walks down the hall past his office each morning. Jerry’s Sargent confronted him one morning, smiling shaking his head, saying he didn’t stand a chance with her. After a five dollar […]

True Love Anniversary Session | Valentine's Day | Laura & Rachel Photography


The Importance of a Wedding Album | Family History, Heritage, & Legacy

Do you have an album from your parents wedding? How about your grandparents wedding? If so, hold it very close to your heart, because that might be the most valuable thing you own! With age and maturity, comes with the knowledge of family importance. When you’ve met “the one” and start planning your own wedding, […]

Importance of a Wedding Album


Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding | John & Teresa

Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding. From the moment we arrived to the getting ready cottage, we knew this was going to be a dream wedding! We had met Teresa and John nearly a year earlier, you may remember them from their gorgeous engagement session starting along the greens of The Beach & Tennis Club at Pebble […]

Carmel Mission Wedding | Monterey Peninsula Country Club Wedding | Pebble Beach, California Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


Big Sur Elopement | Ventana Big Sur Wedding | Justin & Cassie

A Ventana Big Sur Elopement. The rain had subsided and skies were blue filled with wispy white clouds as we left Monterey driving down the coast of Big Sur. Cassie and Justin had traveled from New York with just parents and siblings to elope to Ventana Big Sur, a luxury resort tucked alongside the mountains […]

Ventana Big Sur Elopement | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Engagement Session | Carmel Photographer | Kate & Andy

Carmel Engagement Session. A quick flight to Carmel for the weekend to escape the freezing Chicago winter, was exactly what the doctor ordered! We met Kate and Andy through our friends at La Bella Wedding, who instantly knew we would be a perfect fit. We planned their weekend getaway to include the most romantic engagement […]

Carmel Engagement Session | California Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography


Paris Anniversary Session | Eiffel Tower Vow Renewal | Drew & Veronica

A Paris Anniversary Session. Where to even begin! We’ll start by backing things up a year. We received a text from Drew and Veronica, who themselves are a husband and wife wedding photography team in Arizona, asking if we could Skype and catch up. Of course we said yes! They shared with us some big dreams […]

Paris Vow Renewal | Paris Anniversary Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Wedding Photographer | Folktale Winery Wedding | Rick & Anne

A Folktale Winery Wedding. We were over 150 miles away, glued to the news, listening about the fire had just torn through Northern California’s beautiful Napa Valley. On what felt like a normal day, the sun rose with an unusual bright orange glow, beautiful yet heartbreaking. We knew this gorgeous sunrise was at the expense […]

Folktale Winery Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


San Diego Wedding Photographer | Condors Nest Ranch Wedding | Christopher & Lauren

  A beautiful southern California San Diego wedding. Who knew meeting these two would turn into such a friendship! We met Chris and Lauren a few years ago when they visited our area while reuniting with collage friends. Even though they now lived in southern California, they wanted an engagement session captured along the beautiful […]

San Diego Wedding | Condors Nest Ranch | Chris & Lauren


Paris Anniversary Session | Paris Wedding Photographer | Paul & Rachel

A Paris Anniversary Session. We are shaking with excitement right now! Literally trembling as the adrenalin runs though us! Imagine us dancing and spinning circles around the room, fist pumping in the air, and blasting the music (and by blasting I mean wouldn’t disturb the neighbors). That could sum up what we feel like right […]

Paris France Anniversary Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


Big Sur Anniversary Session | Big Sur Wedding | Scott & Ane Marie

A Big Sur Anniversary. These two are the some of happiest people you will ever meet and have the most genuine love to live life everyday to its fullest! We met Ane Marie a few years ago in Austin while teaching a photography workshop and were instant friends. A few months later we were introduced […]

Big Sur Anniversary Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


Big Sur Proposal | Big Sur Wedding Photographer | Andy & Allison

A Big Sur Proposal. Escaping the sub-freezing temperatures of Chicago for a mild mid-sixties California winter is just what they had in mind. Andy reached out to us a few weeks earlier, having grown up in California and visited Monterey before, wanted nothing more to share the beautiful California coast with Allison who had never […]

Big Sur Proposal | Laura & Rachel Photography


Big Sur Engagement Session | Katherline & Cole

  Couples dream of a Big Sur engagement sessions, and this is why. Magical light, long cream sandy beaches, and views like none other in the world! The week before Christmas is a busy one. Besides the normal hustle and bustle with holiday shopping and meal preparations, a lot of our couples are coming home […]

Big Sur Engagement Session | Laura & Rachel Photography


2017 Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings 2017 | This is one of our favorite blog posts of the entire year! Highlights of weddings captured, places we’ve been, and friends we’ve made. It’s become a tradition for us to go though and choose photos which we feel are our best work, thinking every year, how can it get any […]

Best of Weddings 2017 | Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California Weddings | Laura & Rachel Photography


2017 Best Engagements & Anniversaries

Best of Engagements & Anniversaries 2017 | What a dream year! Engagement sessions took us up and down the west coast from Seattle to Big Sur, and Anniversary sessions took us as far east as Washington D.C. and practically the other side of the world (drum-roll please), PARIS!!! Traveling is something we knew we wanted […]

Paris Anniversary Session, Paris Engagement Session, Eiffel Tower | Laura & Rachel Photography