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Cakes and Kisses Wedding Photography bio picture

Nothing sweeter than Cakes and Kisses

My heart is always in the right place.
I love photography.
I cry at every wedding.
I recently got married to the love of my life.

If you are interested in inquiring about engagement or wedding photography, just email.

Cakes and Kisses Wedding Photography is based in Southern California, however,
we love to travel. Special rates apply to destination weddings.

Featured: Brude Blogg, Norwegian Wedding Blog, Same Sex Wedding Inspiration

Thank you so much Brude Blogg for the lovely feature… I translated the text below:


Yes to gay marriage ♥

Gays still can not marry in the Norwegian Church , the particular a narrow majority in the Council which was held yesterday in which 51 voted in favor, while 64 voted against. We at Bridal Blog think it’s sad that there was no to all four proposals were submitted, the church will therefore either devote or plead for the gays . Many priests are experiencing the already difficult for their conscience that they are not allowed to devote as gendered . Today there are so few priests can arrange an ecclesiastical ceremony and blessing for gays who want to marry, but the marriage must be entered into the courthouse to be valid by Norwegian law . We at Bridal Blog hopes for a speedy resolution so that people who love each other should be able to get married in a church if they wish, partly ecclesiastical marriage of tradition to do, and in Norway where we have a state church should also be a national church which does not discriminate between the hetero – and homo -file . Today’s inspiration is from wedding photographer Holly Steen from Cakes & Kisses , she says this about marriage for the gays ” In our industry , the driving force behind any wedding is love . Regardless of gender , love exists and it is powerful . ”

cakesandkisses_gaywedding Fotograf: Cakes & Kisses
Event planlegger: First Pick Planning
Candy-bar: Night Owl Productions & The Events Boutique
Blomsterdekoratør: Enchanted Garden Floral Design
Etiketter og design: Develey International Group
Kalligrafi: Calligraphy Katrina & Maison du Papier
Kaker: Fantasy Frostings
Brudekjole: La Soie Bridal
Hår: Ryan Gentry
Make-up: Makeup by Jackie C.
Lokaler: Hyatt Regency Valencia

Featured: The Perfect Palette- LGBT Style Shoot, Hyatt, Valencia, CA



Photographer:  Cakes & Kisses //Equipment Rentals: A1 Event Rentals // Calligrapher: Calligraphy Katrina and Maison du Papier // Invitation Designer: Details by Oksana // Floral Designer: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Cake Designer: Fantasy Frostings // Event Planner: First Pick Planning // Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Valencia // Dress Designer: La Soie Bridal // Dress Store: La Soie Bridal //Makeup Artist:Makeup By Jackie C // Beverage Bar Designer: Night Owl Productions // Hair Stylist:Ryan Gentry // Sweet and Savory bar: The Events Boutique //

Weddings: The Importance of a “Thank You”

Thank you. THANK you. Thank YOU!!

I have always said I am “honored” to be a part of the wedding day and my couples’ lives… I should also mention through tears of happiness, the words of kindness and love expressed by my couples is truly a gift to me that is always appreciated.


“You rock Holly!”

Anoush Catering followed up with this couple to find out more about their wedding day… This is what they said about Cakes and Kisses:

Who was the photographer? Why did you choose them?

Our photographer was Holly of Cakes & Kisses.  On our very first meeting with Nico, he spoke wonders about her and how beautifully his wedding photos turned out.  He reached out to her for us and it was a perfect match.  Nico knew we would get along really well and that she would be the best choice to capture our day. Once we met with Holly we were just blown away by our compatibility and we just fell in love with her.  She is incredibly talented, but most importantly she is extremely genuine.

Photography: Engagement and Wedding

Often as wedding photographers we post images from Engagements and Weddings separately… but never together.. till now… :)

Here are some lovely images from an engagement session and their wedding. (Truthfully, I just wanted a reason to breath in these photos again because I love them so much.)

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Featured on Ceremony Blog…  This couple is gorgeous (inside and out)…. And I heart them.

[Location] San Clemente Pier, San Clemente
[Photography] Cakes & Kisses Wedding Photography
[Additional Photographer] Vanessa Brooke Photography
[Hair & Makeup] Amanda White Makeup

And the fabulous wedding photos… I have shared them before, but this is a great way to show their beautiful day.




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This is my favorite shot from additional photographer Michelle Larcson…. Amaz-ing


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Featured: Same Sex Al Fresco Spring Inspiration Wedding Shoot, Valencia, CA


Pinned over 2500 times on Pinterest and forever an inspiration of Love is Love… Featured on blogs the following blogs

Bride ChicEngaged

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The Frosted Petticoat

Un-Jersey Bride

Urban Style 

WeddingWire Network

West Coast Bliss

Elegance & Enchantment

Real Wedding: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens

Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda

Laugh at the night,
at the day,
at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy boy
who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Imagine the most perfect woman. Beautiful, kind, respectful, vegan, and a laugh that could cure the saddest stormy day.

This is a flashback from one of my favorites in 2009. Thanks to Jocelyn and Stef for letting me remember what a fabulous location L.A. River Center is to shoot a wedding.



Featured: Equally Wed, LGBT Parents, A Maternity Story

Thank god Meghan wrote me a little email inquiring about doing some engagement photos a few years ago… I think that receiving that email, was also receiving  one of the greatest client/friendships ever. I truly am so honored to be a part of their lives and milestone. After being a part of their engagement, and wedding reception, I was honored to be a part of their maternity journey and new son. In receiving that email, I got so  much more than just an inquiry for a service, it was an invitation to be part of their lives.
Cakes & Kisses is an same sex friendly business. We embrace love in every way and sense. Equally Wed is a major part of that model, in featuring my first same sex wedding photo shoot, as well as being a part of the vendor community. When Jen and Meghan contacted me to shoot their maternity photos and newborn portraits, I knew I wanted to share them with Equally Wed.

equallywed_cakesandkissesPlease take a moment to visit Equally Wed and support a great wedding and family blog.

Sweet Deal: Celebrate Equally, 33% discount to represent the 33 states where same sex marriages are not yet recognized

I really can’t express how important equal rights in marriage and life are to me. I am overly delighted to see state issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the fifteen states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington), the District of Columbia.


Wedding: Wedding Ceremony

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It almost seems funny to have to say why the wedding ceremony is important to a wedding. After all, isn’t that is what a wedding is all about.
I am happy to say that weddings with the most meaningful vows, sentiments and heart felt words, are the best to attend. The more personal the ceremony, the more real the wedding is for the couple and all the guests in attendance.
If you are planning your wedding, I would urge you to think back of the weddings you have attended as a guest… What was important during the ceremony? Were you able to learn more about the couple during their ceremony? Did you feel included and honored to be present in their exchanges?

In my experience in being a wedding photographer for 10 years I would dare to say that I remember every ceremony that I have been able to witness and photograph. I could tell you from looking at the photos which couple talked about their pet during the vows, or mentioned their first date, or made a joke that only people that knew them laughed. It is important to remember why you are having a wedding… Devoting your life to your favorite person in the whole wide world. And while it might be like a P!nk song sometimes, it is always Love.

Personal: Happy Valentines’ Day

Today is a day to celebrate love and sweethearts…

I want to thank all of my wonderful clients (past and present). I am truly so honored to be a part of your lives. It is such a joy to receive Christmas cards from past clients (as early as 2004) and seeing how their families grow and are filled with love. Weddings are just the start of a new family beginning. YAY. Thank you thank you!

…. Now it is time to binge watch Season 2 of House of Cards

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