Julia & Mike | Terranea Resort Wedding

I remember a photographer speaking at my first year at WPPI saying the following in regards to why not every wedding photographer is “successful”:

“90% of photographers are still emotionally invested in their work…10% see photography as a business…”

I remember leaving that hall disgusted hoping that my heart would never shift and become so cold while pursuing a career as a photographer. Fast forward to today and I’m glad I didn’t take this speaker’s advice or else I would not have enjoyed Julia & Mike’s Terranea Resort wedding as much as I had.

There are countless moments from this wedding that I will always remember. For one, my second shooter that day, Daniel Cruz, ended up teaching all of the guys the Wu-Tang handshake. You’ll understand why as you scroll through the post.

One moment in particular that I will always cherish was during their ceremony- butterflies were released in honor/memory of Julia’s parents whom had passed away. Moments later while photographing the last couple of family portraits, a butterfly returned and landed on Julia’s bouquet. My words will not do it justice to describe what everyone felt at that moment, but I can say I am honored to have witnessed such a joy take place and to capture it in these photographs.

Without further ado, I’m proud to present to you Julia & Mike’s Palos Verdes Terranea Resort Wedding! Enjoy!


Wedding Coordinator: Cassandra & Company Weddings

Beauty Team: Kacee Geoffroy Hair & Makeup

Florals: My Wedding Blooms

Videography: New Classic Films

Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals

Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

Venue: Terranea Resort