janell and rj’s argyle wedding at elings park in santa barbara ca, act 1

interior, El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa, taos, NM, june 2008, sunday night
following a couple’s spa treatment after a nice dinner the couple retire to their room. the beautiful young female opens the room door to find a trail of rose petals and candles leading to a table. atop the table is a bouquet of the woman’s favorite flowers next to some champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. a michael buble song plays in the background. the handsome man begins dancing slowly with the beautiful woman. as they dance he holds her close and whispers in her ear repeatedly.

rj – i love you. will you always love me? (repeats approx. 30 times.)

the handsome man then slowly steps back from the beautiful young woman and kneels before her on one knee. quietly, he asks a question.

rj – will you marry me?

the beautiful young woman responds aprehensively.

janell – are you serious?

rj – yes, i am.

the woman begins to cry. she then smiles and shrieks.

janell – YES!

aaaaaaaaaaaand scene. :)
it was that scene in taos nm that brought us to this scene, rj and janell’s awesome argyle wedding at elings park in santa barbara!
well, there was one other short scene that involved a bubblegum alley, a couple dumpsters, and few dozen buckets of cold water from the pacific, but we’re here now. :)
(if you missed janell and rj’s super fun engagement session in san luis obispo check it out here.)
for all scenes the leading roles were played by janell and rj (obviously). no stunt doubles were used.
their supporting cast included (but was not limited to):
janell and rj’s family and friends
ohana photographers
luna bella makeup art
creative services catering
lani b production services

then the bartender says…
that’s no moon :)

tanner was practicing for the next season of america’s next top model. she already has the whole smeyesing thing down and i think her patented bouquet holder bridesmaid dress will definitely put her over the top of all the other girls trying to get on the show.

janell and rj have surrounded themselves with friends that are just as awesome as they are. for example…

three words, hot, sexy, fun. i think i just found my new marketing. :)

this shot was a request from rj… and they did it! bonus points all around.
pulling … it … off. :) these girls were not only smoking hot, they were so funny that more than once i couldn’t see if i was focused or not because i was crying laughing behind my camera. i’m glad i got these in focus, because they are pure wedding photo gold.

kim caught janell making one of her super cute faces.

i caught rj and the girls making some pretty cute faces of their own. :)

everyone was loving the cigar bar that janell’s dad set up.

aside from showing rj’s beautiful bride, this shot has a very important symbol in it.
the hat janell is wearing belonged to her mother who was sadly taken far too early by multiple sclerosis. even though her mom wasn’t physically with us, i know she was laughing and smiling down on everyone there.
i also want everyone reading this to know that janell volunteered for the 2009 MS Southern California Ride on oct 3rd and 4th. even though this year’s ride is over, the research to fight MS is not. it would be awesome if everyone could go over to janell’s rider site and help out through donations and/or volunteering. there will be another ride coming up and volunteers, sponsors, and riders will be needed.

janell and rj are so fun…
how fun are they?

janell and rj are so fun that even their rings are fun.

seriously, janell and rj, from day one you made us smile bigger and laugh harder than anyone ever has. we’ve witnessed it not only amongst our family, but you two are so full of life and happiness that everyone around you can’t help but smile, can’t help but be filled with happiness. if you ever visited sesame street, oscar the grouch would have to change his name. you do that to people, and we love you for it. we love you big time! we will be forever thankful that out of the 42 bazillion photographers out there, you chose us. thank you from the bottom of our bucket, i mean hearts. :) we wish you every joy this world has to offer. you deserve them. we can’t wait to document all the major, and most minor, events in your lives. i have some great baby names that kim wouldn’t let me use, but you might love em. :) see you soon!

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Wooooooow! Seriously amazing~ Every single shot!

LOVE this wedding! Cool perspective of dress, and those bridal portraits – gasp! – sooooo sexy. And then a little sassy, and then a little silly! Love it!

These are all amazing! What an awesome couple and a fun wedding to shoot! I love the one of the bride on the phone!

Aww they are such a fun couple. I love all the expressions and the guys wearing Janell's face haha.

O MUH GAHHHHHHHHH! Holy crapazoli these are incredible and there's an Act 2??? I can't get over Act 1! I just adore this couple and their engagement shots were the best I've ever seen! Oh wow. All amazing, and how hot are her bridesmaids!?!?
Lol the smeyezing shot and that last shot is the bomb!

Are these you for real? You really really do get the best, most fun, hottest and craziest couples.
She is absolutely gorgeous, I mean those portraits of her. The phone, the bridal portraits, and the last one just knocked my socks off!

Wow what just happened? Oh I remember now…I just saw the sickest most awesome robot impersonation ever! Man Ohana rocks some serious fun, off the hook, schweet weddings!

Totally fun!!

Rockin' shots, as always!

Seriously you guys put the hot in hottttt…lol love this wedding photos

i love all your posts–they always make me smile :) so awesome are your pictures!

Holy Holy HOLY HELL!!!!! Where the (BEEP) do I (BEEP) start!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! That shoe shot……..The bridemaids shot…..the groomsmen with those masks……THE (BEEPING) (BEEP) (BEEP) RING SHOTS ARE (beeping) FAB!!!! Gosh I wish we lived down there guys. SO (BEEPING) Inspiring. I want to go shoot now!!! That sums up what I just saw in a nutshell. Way to go guys!!!!

Cue James Bond Theme: "Nobody Does It Better". Is this a fun shoot or what? Straight up awesome images man….. the silhouetted dancers, ring shots, bridal shots, showdown with the hairdryer, EKK! I could go on because they are all delicious! :))

OMG, such an awesome post!!! You guys are da bomb! Talk about capturing personality!!! I LOVE the shot with her face on the stick, HILARIOUS!

What a fun wedding!!! love that ring shot

Hello amazingness! You guys totally rock. This is one of your best shoots ever :)

These peeps have some killer shoes! That ring shot is simply delicious. The photos captured a lot of personality. Love it!

Love those shoes, the style of the wedding, and that shot with the heads cracks my ass up!

Most awesome bride EVER! Love all her many faces and face cutouts, of course-I can't resist a good prop!

awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!! Huge fan of that cigar shot w/ the guys!!!


I love every single part of this wedding – what a FAB couple. (And those green shoes!?!?! WHAT!)

You never cease to amaze me…


LOVE these…that last one is my fav, but the one with the guys covering their faces with pics of the bride is pretty sweet to! Awesome post on these as well…on fire, as usual!

I don't think this bride knows how to take a bad picture! Wow, and then more wow, and then even more wow! Loving the smoochy one in front of the tree, and the two portraits of her are just amazing!

That last shot should be canvased! The bridal portraits – GAAAH-GEOUS! I'm stunned, not really, but wowza you guys did not phone it in you guys brought it! Your rings shots always phenomenal!

Congrats to the beautiful couple!

This newly married couple are awesome. I can't seem to pick out a favorite, LOVED the silly faces too. Awesome job done Ohana Family

Yayayayayay!!! The ring shot turned out awesome!!!

I adore Elings … but have never seen anything this hot come out of that park! What an amazing wedding and a totally fun couple.
Hope you had some time to enjoy more of SB! The top of Elings is one of the most magical places to watch a sunset.
As always … love everything you do!!!

Every shot of the bride is cute/sexy/fun as all get out! She should be the spokes model for your company. Your couples are always cute, sexy and fun!
Love this wedding!

These are just wonderful.. my gosh I always love comin by to check out your work.


Fun couple, fun bridal party, fun wedding!! You guys did an amazing job with telling a story on how fun this was. To many great shots. Last shot definitely sums it all up. Amanzing guys!

sooo much fun! sooo much fun! your couples and your images are TOOO much fun!

I love the cigar bar shot, it's very Scarface/Godfatheresque! The last shot is hilarious. Hope all is going well.

so modern and classy! Love this wedding and their spunk!

your creativity is INSANE! (In a completely good way) I love the quirky ones in here – so so good!

These are so much fun! I love the energy and life you bring every time you get behind the camera!

hey, just found your blog today and i am hooked. that last shot is SO well done! awesome work! you inspire me.

Seriously… you guys get the most awesome couples. This wedding looks like it was such a blast. Love everything you captured. Oh yeah… and your storytelling of it is awesome too. Totally a pleasure to follow your blog!

wow … what a great couple. wow … what great pictures… wow what the… how awesome are you all. wow… i'm saying wow too much. mucho love you guys… //enoch

wow, this looks like one of the most fun weddings EVA! the ending shot, are you kidding!? So rad!! all amazing, love the faces, the love, the fun, all of it, freakin' A!

That is one hot couple, but how do you make these couples look even HOTTER!?!?! Love to see what is going on with the Ohana! Your blog is always fun to follow and read. This wedding is amazing cannot wait for Act 2!
Congrats to the beautiful couple!

OMG!!! I love love this session! Awesomeness!

Now THAT is one awesome couple teamed up with one awesome Ohana! These are all huge canvas worthy, like all your photos, but this couple has that wow factor!
Rock on Ohana!

You guys are so freaking fabulous! How do you get your brides to give themselves double chins on their wedding day?!?! Love these, especially the ring shot! OMG.

Your creativity is unreal! LOVE that last shot especially!!

How fun are those detail shots?! Love it! These are all fabulous :)

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