Our Love Shoot with Leila Brewster Photography

A few days ago, I came home to a beautiful red box on my doorstep and when I saw who it was from, I squealed with excitement!  As I was bringing it into the house, I kept smelling hints of something that smelled like lavender or flowers and I was wondering if it was coming from the box or not but figured it must!  When I finally unraveled the cord and opened the box, I was overwhelmed with a beautiful smell!!  First thing i saw was the wooden block picture of me and Marvin and I have to say, it brought me to tears, foreals! And then I saw the CD and immediately wished that Marvin was home so we could look at the pictures together, I thought about looking at them myself first, but realized it would be more special if we looked at them together!  Read on for the story behind this lovely package! πŸ™‚

Back in October (whoa, time flies!) when I was out in LA attending my friend’s wedding (same trip I met Oh, Hello Friend, Petit Plume and The Wedding Pantry), I also met up with the ever-so-talented Leila Brewster Photography!  It wasn’t just a regular meet-up, but Leila had agreed to do a Love Shoot for me and Marvin!  We planned to meet up on a Monday morning around 9AM at Venice Canals/Beach (before the sun got too high)…. of course, those in LA know that traffic can be a pain and paired with rain, talk about even more delays!  But we finally made it around 11AM.  When I saw Leila, it was like we had been friends for years, she is so down to earth and super adorable too!

We first began the session at the Venice Canals.  Neither Marvin and I had been there before and all I can say is WOW!  This location is stunning, the backdrops are gorgeous, the houses are baller, the trees and flowers are amazing… and we even had a fan club that included a kitty!

Bridges make beautiful photos!

I’m a little obsessed with sun flare!  πŸ˜‰

We fell in love with these glass chandeliers hanging from a tree along the canals.  Totally want to decorate the trees at my house like this!

Scenery shots are my fave.

I love my rose ring gifted to me by Oh, Hello Friend.

We used the gorgeous homes in this area as backdrops!

And Ms. Kitty became our #1 fan!  πŸ˜‰

After a quick outfit change in the car, we headed on over to Venice Beach…

I made sure to match my outfit with my new Petit Plume bow I had received from Eugenia a few days before!

Hmmm… should we go in?  Those birds look like they are having fun.

On our way…

Wow, that was cold, but very refreshing! πŸ™‚

Look at us, we’re on top of the world (errr, rocks)!

Loving the perspective of this picture!

And finally, a picture with our beautiful, wonderful, amazing, talented photography Leila Brewster Photography!

*SWOON*  I’m still in awe at how amazing these photos turned out!  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the backdrops, perspectives, bokeh, and dreamy feel of her photography!  And this was only half of the amazingness.  Leila has a passion for photographing lovers in love and is based in the Los Angeles area but can also travel worldwide!  And I can totally vouch that she is super cool, laid back, sweet, and professional!  πŸ™‚  Plus, do you remember that packaging up at the top?  She’s amazing all around!  Head on over to her blog to check out more of her beautiful work!  Thanks again Leila for capturing these super dreamy photos of us!


  1. December 9, 2010 / 12:36 am

    I’m in *LOVE* with all of these photos. Every. Single. One. πŸ™‚

  2. December 9, 2010 / 12:37 am

    Loooveee! Buttery goodness. Love the last one on the rocks the most!

  3. December 9, 2010 / 12:43 am

    Awww – you and Hubsy are so sweet together. Love your Love Shoot! Leila is amazing!

  4. December 9, 2010 / 12:50 am

    these kinds of shoots always make my heart melt. so sweet!

  5. December 9, 2010 / 12:52 am

    Oh my gosh, these are seriously too cute. You both look great & I can’t get over the amazing scenery!

  6. December 9, 2010 / 12:58 am

    I love the pictures – especially the tone/color of them. πŸ™‚

  7. Michelle
    December 9, 2010 / 1:03 am

    I love love love these photos! ^_____^ Ahhh!

  8. December 9, 2010 / 1:10 am

    Those pictures are wonderful! Seriously gorgeous. And the packaging is cute too. This toally makes me want to do a love shoot.

  9. December 9, 2010 / 2:26 am

    Fabulous, gorgeous! You already know I think you are the most photogenic couple and these wonderful photos make me say, see, I’m right? πŸ™‚ Very creative, very beautiful, Sandy, just a delight. Thank you!!

  10. December 9, 2010 / 2:42 am

    Oh wow, these are beautiful, Leila is so lovely as well – lucky you for getting the chance to work with her.

    Your yellow dress is gorgeous πŸ™‚

  11. December 9, 2010 / 4:32 am

    Wow those are such pretty pictures!!! she has a fun eye, I really like some of the compositions.

  12. December 9, 2010 / 5:47 am

    Awesome pictures! I miss Venice beach so much.

  13. December 9, 2010 / 6:23 am

    Love these!

  14. December 9, 2010 / 6:39 am

    these are beautiful!!

  15. December 9, 2010 / 7:01 am

    Sandy!! The photos are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your hair looks amazing! I love those scenery shots along the canal and the beach ones! LOVE LOVE LOVE! <333

  16. December 9, 2010 / 7:42 am

    Sandy, these photos are absolutely beautiful! What amazing locations — Leila did a great job shooting you and the Mr. And the packaging it all arrive in? That’s the cherry on top.

  17. December 9, 2010 / 7:59 am

    Ohh I love it very pretty pics!

  18. December 9, 2010 / 7:59 am

    so stunning! I love the ones by the sea!

  19. December 9, 2010 / 8:45 am

    sandy!!! i LOVE the pictures. she is SO talented – and you and your hubby looks so cute together.

    leila also did a sweet job with the packaging – im impressed!!!

  20. December 9, 2010 / 8:46 am

    Great pictures!! I love the canals…don’t you?

  21. Chrissy
    December 9, 2010 / 8:48 am

    Wow – those pictures are beautiful! You are such a cute couple! I love every single one!

  22. December 9, 2010 / 8:51 am

    LOVE THEM ALL!!!! Oh how I love Leila!

  23. December 9, 2010 / 9:17 am

    Oh my gosh I LOVE them, how fantastic!

  24. December 9, 2010 / 9:38 am

    Amazing!!! Those are so beautiful Sandy!! Each and every one!!!
    I love all the different backdrops and the way the sun hits you two and the camera! She is so talented!!!!
    And I LOVE your outfits!! You are so beautiful!!!

  25. December 9, 2010 / 9:47 am

    omg! i lovee all the photos! she did such a great job! now i want to run to my husband and convince him to do a shoot with me like this!! πŸ˜€

  26. December 9, 2010 / 9:48 am

    SUCH lovely pics, Sandy!! What a talented photographer! And you & Marvin look so happy! πŸ™‚ It’s nice to have these engagement-like shots after you’re married, huh?! πŸ™‚

  27. December 9, 2010 / 9:58 am

    aww you guys look so adorable! leila did a fantastic job on your love shoot!!

  28. December 9, 2010 / 10:08 am

    Beautiful fun photos! Totally amazingly talented woman Ms. Leila! I need to get some newer nicer love photos of A and I.

  29. December 9, 2010 / 10:37 am

    Beautiful!!! I love her photography and her beautiful presentation! You’re on a roll with the gorgeous photography sessions, Sandy!

  30. December 9, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Oh my gosh, these are stunning! I love that you let someone else be photographer, especially given how beautiful these turned out! Every shot is unique (love your outfits and boots too :)) – the idea of a love shoot is so romantic, love it!

  31. December 9, 2010 / 11:11 am

    STUNNING!!! you two are so photogenic. the backdrops are beautiful and the subjects are gorgeous–perfect shoot!

  32. December 9, 2010 / 11:53 am

    Those photos are so beautiful and romantic:) Aww….Stunning, sweetie

  33. December 9, 2010 / 12:02 pm

    These are so beautiful Sandy! I’m going to have to look into Leila’s photography for some pictures next year πŸ™‚ I really like her style!

  34. December 9, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    These are so stinking beautiful. You look so happy and I am so so so so happy for you. I love love shoots. I really really want to take one someday with the boy. Ugh!! <33333

    times a million
    love you friend.

  35. December 9, 2010 / 12:19 pm

    Wow- these are GORGEOUS! I’ve just posted my wedding photos on my blog so please come and visit:

    Also, Im your newest follower and would love you to follow me back!

    Love from

  36. December 9, 2010 / 12:22 pm

    WOW! Such beautiful pictures indeed. Leila definitely did capture your love for one another. I love love love the colors of your dresses!

  37. December 9, 2010 / 12:22 pm

    What beautiful photos! I would be so excited to receive this package too!! You look so happy in love, she’s a great photographer for capturing that perfectly!

  38. jennifer young
    December 9, 2010 / 12:24 pm

    there they are!!!!!!! so amazing. leila did such a fantastic job!!! you and your hub are so lovely sandy! beautiful beautiful!

  39. December 9, 2010 / 12:55 pm

    dearest sandy {and marvin}
    it warms my heart to know that you are so excited about these photos.. i am so thankful to have met you both and i know that we will be long time friends. thank you so much for the opportunity to capture your love for each other… you two are just so sweet and kind and generous and i am so happy to know you.. xxoo


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  41. December 9, 2010 / 2:10 pm

    Wow. These photos are gorgeous! I’m jealous of the obviously warmer weather than what I’m having πŸ˜‰ Cute dresses too πŸ™‚

  42. December 9, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    you guys are too CUTE !! i love the shot with the kitty and i want BOOTS!!!

  43. December 9, 2010 / 3:09 pm

    those are gorgeous photos! i love them. thanks for sharing!

  44. December 9, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    You make such a beautiful yet adorable couple. The photos look absolutely amazing, LUVS how kitty decided to join in!!

  45. December 9, 2010 / 7:35 pm

    WOW!! The photos are super stunning and you both look gorgeous too πŸ™‚

  46. December 9, 2010 / 7:44 pm

    i LOVE love love this shoot Sandy! you look gorgeous, love that yellow dress. The shots are all amazing, fabulous photographer! πŸ™‚

  47. December 9, 2010 / 9:15 pm

    Oh I love shoots on the ocean! My brother and his wife shot their engagement pictures on the beach, and turned out perfectly!

    Check out my blog today love! It is all about YOU!!!!

  48. December 9, 2010 / 11:04 pm

    Beautiful! And you look ridiculously fabulous in gold!

    I love the softness and intimacy of these – and yet they aren’t all up in your face – that takes talent!

  49. December 9, 2010 / 11:12 pm

    you guys are so cute and the pictures look amazing!

  50. December 10, 2010 / 1:46 am

    I love your love shoot! Every pic is magical πŸ™‚

  51. December 10, 2010 / 2:21 am

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love the idea of a love shoot. The dress you’re wearing is lovely.

    She’s such a fantastic photographer!

  52. December 10, 2010 / 2:33 am

    sandy! this shoot is soo fun!
    isn’t venice beautiful?!
    and your yellow dress?? i love it!

  53. December 10, 2010 / 7:42 pm

    you KNOW i love these, Sandy! You and Marvin are so adorable! I love that you got to work with Leila! I’m just sad I missed you on this trip! oxo

  54. December 11, 2010 / 12:13 pm

    I saw this on Leila’s blog, it’s just amazing! I’m a big fan of Leila’s, and to see you and your hubby on there was such a sweet surprise, you both look fab and the photos are just stunning πŸ™‚

  55. December 11, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    I love your shoot!!! This is one of my favorite couples shoots that I’ve ever seen and that little wood block is just adorable! Hope you have a wonderful (and romantic) weekend!

    xo Mary Jo

  56. December 11, 2010 / 4:29 pm

    These pictures are beautiful!

  57. Cherie
    December 12, 2010 / 12:03 am

    Gorgeous photos!!

  58. December 12, 2010 / 10:15 am

    Sandy- these are PRECIOUS. What a great treasure to have for the years to come. Love them!!!

  59. December 16, 2010 / 2:34 am

    You two are so in love! I’m jealous you were in CA and at a beach! I really miss the sound of the waves and the warmth of the sun ;(

  60. December 27, 2010 / 2:05 pm

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  61. December 30, 2010 / 6:23 pm

    Hi Sandy, thanks so much for commenting on my blog, because now I get to see these gorgeous pictures! I love the pop of color from your dresses and the canals were the perfect backdrop!

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