Charleston Bridal Session

Charleston Bridal Session | Filmy. Classic. Iconic. The words we were trying to construe throughout this session. There is something about Charleston that just softly shouts, timeless beauty. Through its historic architecture, ancient tree groves, and cobblestone streets, it resonates through its weddings. There is something about Charleston that is truly magical. This session was […]

Charleston Bridal Portraits | Laura and Rachel Photography


Charleston Elopement | Andy & Laura

Charleston Elopement | You might not know our story. Everyone has their own, but through this bumpy road called life, how from opposite sides of the country (literally California to South Carolina), this small-town girl met a very rural country boy, and that was it. Less than two weeks after we officially had our feet […]

Charleston Elopement Photographer | Charleston Engagement Photographer | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura and Rachel Photography


Upstairs at Midtown Wedding | Charleston Wedding | Omar & Rawan

Upstairs at Midtown Charleston Wedding | Who would have imagined how 2020 would affect the wedding world. From couples planning their big day, to small businesses shaken to their core, wondering when and if the wedding industry would ever get back to the way it was. Rawan and Omar had a June 2020 wedding planned. […]

Charleston Wedding | Upstairs at Midtown | Laura & Rachel Photography


Charleston Wedding | Folly Beach Elopement | James & Stefanie

Charleston Elopement | COVID hit yet again, but love stands strong and always wins! James and Stefanie has a very large wedding planned, but with current ways of the world not giving up, they decided to be married was more important than the event itself, and chose her childhood summer home here in Folly Beach […]

Charleston Wedding | Charleston Elopement | Folly Beach Wedding | Folly Beach Elopement | COVID Wedding | Charleston Wedding Photographer | Laura and Rachel Photography


Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery Wedding | Johnny & Alison

Wine Country Wedding | COVID couldn’t stop them, even though it seriously tried! We met Johnny and Alison through our dear friends Amy & Jordan, who were planning a dream winery wedding in March of 2020. Little did we know when planning this day a year prior, COVID would change the world literally the weeks […]

Casa Real Wedding, Ruby Hill Winery Wedding, Pleasanton Wedding Photographer, California Wedding Photographer, San Francisco Wedding Photographer, Fall Wedding, Winter Wedding | Laura and Rachel Photography


Wrightsville Manor Wedding | Wilmington North Carolina Wedding | Carlos & Carly

Wrightsville Manor Wedding | We literally squealed with excitement when Carly and Carlos asked us to be their wedding photographers, because the way it all came to life is a story in its own. Back in 2015, we photographed the Matt and Stacy’s gorgeous Monterey Plaza Hotel wedding. We had met Matt back when he […]

Wrightsville Manor Wedding | Wilmington Wedding Photographer | Featured on The Knot | Laura & Rachel Photography


Intercontinental The Clement Monterey Wedding | Chris & Michelle

An Intercontinental The Clement Monterey wedding and an absolute amazing couple. Everything about this wedding was a dream come true! You may remember Chris and Michelle from their sunset Carmel engagement session where we strolled though the golf greens of the valley and ended on the coastal rocky shore for sunset. We walked into the […]

Monterey Clement Wedding | Intercontinental Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


Charleston Wedding | McLeod Plantation Elopement | Jason & Michelle

McLeod Plantation Wedding | A large family equals a large wedding, which means lots and lots of planning. Michelle reached out to us just a few days before their arrival in Charleston. They had been engaged for awhile and wedding plans were in full effect back home in Florida. They’re minimal idealistic vision had slowly […]

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Carmel Valley | Laura & Rachel Photography


A Bernardus Lodge Wedding | The Ultimate Luxury Carmel Valley Wedding Venue

A Bernardus Lodge Wedding | A wedding venue most brides dream about their entire lives. Nestled in the hills of Carmel Valley, California, with vineyards stretched along the 28 acres of magnificent views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this is the crème de la crème wedding location. The moment you enter the lavender lined driveway, […]

Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Carmel Valley | Laura & Rachel Photography


Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall | Monterey Wedding Photographer | Cake & Lace Feature

Lauren and Dan’s wedding venue was one of the finest luxury hotels in North America, the Hotel Del Monte, a total hidden gem, now occupies the present Naval Postgraduate School. You would never have imagined there was a real life secret garden hidden just behind these military walls! We were so excited Cake and Lace, Whimsically […]

Monterey Wedding Photographer | Naval Postgraduate School Herman Hall


JW Marriott Camelback Inn | Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding | Walker & Molly

A Scottsdale Arizona wedding. I’m looking back through the images from Walker and Molly’s wedding and in aw of how beautiful the day was, but I struggled with how to write this blog. Do I share with you all the amazing highlights of the day and tell you how everything was perfect, or reveal the […]

JW Marriott Camel Back Inn Wedding | Scottsdale Arizona Wedding | Laura & Rachel Photography


Mission Ranch Wedding | Kate & Andy

Details! Details! Details! Our hearts were swooning over all the details Kate had created from us the moment we walked through the door. She was just as excited as we were, if not more, to literally take us by the hand and guide us to the awaiting full invitation suite (which she had the calligrapher […]


Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Mitchell & Lauryn

A Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding. Talk about years in the making and we’ve been dying to share this one! It all started back in 2016 when we we hosted the Pottery Barn Bridal Runway Show and Lauryn was the raffle winner for a free couples portrait session. We were instant friends! We hadn’t yet met […]

Carmel Mission Ranch Wedding | Carmel Wedding Photographer | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding

A Santa Lucia Preserve wedding is like no other. Time and time again we are in awe of how absolutely gorgeous the weddings are we capture really are. Every single detail thought of, no stone left unturned, nothing forgotten. It feels as if we’re walking through the pages of a real life magazine!  We love […]

Carats & Cake Feature | Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding, Carmel Valley Wedding, Laura and Rachel Photography


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 […]


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 […]

Charleston Plantation Photography 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


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


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


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


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


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


How To Create Your Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

We went from “We don’t have enough time”, “We always feel so rushed”, “We could have done better”, to “That was the smoothest wedding we’ve ever shot!”, “We had ample time for everything we needed – plus more!”, “Everyone was incredibly happy with how smooth the entire day went!”. How? Simply by learning from our mistakes […]

How To Create Your Ideal Wedding Day Timeline | Wedding Day Stress Relief | Laura & Rachel Photography


Favorite Florals of 2017

2017 was the year for breathtaking florals and we worked with some of the best of the best floral designers! This is one of those posts were we so excited to share because you can scroll and scroll and only see the most beautiful works of floral art. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want […]

Floral Arrangements of 2017 | Laura & Rachel Photography


Behind the Scenes 2017

Real life. Today is about the in between moment, the life pauses, to make pretty pictures come to life. From climbing along cliff edges in Big Sur to teaching our first workshop, 2017 is definitely a year we’ll never EVER forget! What you won’t see in this blog is behind the scenes of us in […]

2017 Behind the Scenes | Laura & Rachel Photography


Wedding Chicks Featured Paul & Rachel’s Wedding

Wedding Chicks Feature. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that Paul and Rachel’s wedding has been featured on Wedding Chicks,  a stylish wedding blog with wedding inspiration, wedding ideas, for the modern bride! From Amy & Jordan: We’d been looking forward to Rachel and Paul’s McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, […]

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding


InterContiental Clement Monterey Wedding | Alex & Laura

A gorgeous InterContiental Clement wedding! We had always dreamed of shooting this venue! Overlooking the ocean, this Monterey luxury hotel is located right in the heart of John Steinbeck’s historic Cannery Row. New venues bring out an excitement and a creativeness like no other! As we walked in Laura’s bridal suite, the sounds of laughter and […]

InterContiental the Clement Monterey Hotel Wedding | Monterey Wedding Photographers | Laura & Rachel Photography


Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Elopement | Drew & Jennifer

Let’s getaway to California, escape the cold of Canada, and get married on the sandy warm beaches of Carmel. Drew and Jennifer had traveled to Carmel once before many years ago, and when planning their elopement, couldn’t think of anywhere more perfect. We are very passionate about elopements! Most of the time it is just […]

Carmel Wedding Photographer | Carmel Beach Elopement | Laura & Rachel


The Bench Wedding | McCormick Home Ranch | Paul & Rachel

Planning. Budgeting. Executing. We’ve now been in our bride’s shoes (Badgley Mischka’s to be exact!), on the other side of the lens, planned and executed a wedding! It’s official (nearly 5 months official), Rachel and Paul are married!!! When our brides say planning a wedding is a full time job on it’s own, we now […]

The Bench Wedding on Wedding Chicks | McCormick Home Ranch Wedding | Southern California Wedding


Pebble Beach Wedding | The Lodge at Pebble Beach | Michael & Janice

A Pebble Beach Wedding, forty years in the making. That’s right, 4-0! Plus, the groom is the real life James Bond! Okay, not the real life James Bond, but if he wasn’t a fictional charter, Mike would be the real James Bond. Serious! He worked for the CIA for over 30 years before becoming Microsoft’s […]

Pebble Beach Wedding Photographers | The Lodge Wedding | The Beach & Tennis Club Wedding | Laura & Rachel