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Featured on Ceremony Magazine’s Blog

The wedding season is still in full effect here and we’re loving all of our clients that we get to work with! It’s such an honor to be invited into one’s special day. In the midst of it all, we are excited to say that our work has been featured in Ceremony Magazine’s Blog! Jennie and Dan’s wedding in Pebble Beach was amazing and is still one of our favorites. Definitely check it out here!

LOVE STORY

Jennie and Dan were set up by their friends for the senior prom. While it was a great way to end their high school careers, they didn’t start dating until a few years later. After reconnecting, this pair still spent a blissful three years taking it slow and getting to know one another. Realizing he couldn’t spend his life with anyone else, Dan took Jennifer on a hike in Carmel. As the sun started to set,  Dan popped the question. Jennifer, who had noticed Dan was acting strange, wasn’t surprised, just very, very happy.

LOVE NOTE

A refined affair dazzled with modern floral arrangements with bright tones of hot pink, crowned by a cake lush with blooming peonies.

[Location] Private Residence
[Photography] Mike Steelman Photographers
[Coordinator] Amy Byrd Weddings
[Floral Design] Flowers by Reina
[Rentals] Unlimited Events Inc.
[Cake] Layers
[Entertainment] Steve Ezzo Entertainment
[Videographer] Reel McCoy
[Transportation] Main Event Transportation
[Gown Designer] Amsale
[Bridal Shoes] Kate Spade
[Bridesmaid Dresses] J. Crew
[Travel Agency] Italy

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Monterey Engagement Photo Session w/Barbara & Max

In just about 2 months from now, two incredible people from Texas will be sealing their love with a kiss at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. We can hardly wait to capture Barbara and Max’s big day! (And we love huge weddings!). We were able to steal them away during their busy weekend getaway here on the Monterey Peninsula and create a few lifestyle engagement shots for them. We took a short walk down the street from the studio to the Fisherman’s Wharf and soaked up what was left of the sun. You can say we greeted the fog with a kiss. A lot of times you just have to slow down a little and look around at your surroundings and you can come away with stellar images! Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be in gorgeous Monterey Bay and be working with beautiful clients. Barbara and Max, you guys rock! We can’t wait to capture your BIG day. It’s going to be amazing.

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engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers
engagement photography in monterey mike steelman photographers

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Carmel Beach Wedding with Tammy & Aaron

Well folks, it’s the middle of wedding season and it’s obvious we haven’t had the chance to post here on the blog, sorry for the delay! We’ve been rocking and rolling over here, working with some of the best clients in the world! We’re going to pause right here and wish you a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have chosen us as your photographers to share in your special day. It truly is an honor.

Tammy and Aaron had a smaller, more intimate wedding in Carmel. It was a special day as it was just Tammy, her son, and the lucky Aaron. I’ve said it before but again, these guys rock. We started the day with some fun shots down on Cannery Row and then headed over to Carmel Beach for their ceremony. Have you ever been touched by watching the way a person in love looks at the other, and feel their love for each other? That was the moment when they caught eyes overlooking the ocean on a brisk afternoon, surrounded by the beauty of Carmel and Pebble Beach. I glanced over to Gina during their vows and with her smile, we made our own connection again! What a day. Here is a glimpse into their day. Congratulations again Tammy and Aaron! May God richly bless your marriage for a lifetime.

~ Mike and Gina

carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012
carmel wedding photography by mike steelman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2012

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Happy 4th of July!

It’s an incredible privilege to live in a country that is so free. We thank God for all that we have and all that we can give! We won’t be answering phones or emails today so go and enjoy your freedom with those you love. Let’s celebrate our independence, but yet remember those that have helped pay the price for our freedom. God bless you, and Happy 4th of July!

~ Mike & Gina

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Carmel Beach Wedding ~ Quick Teaser

Here’s a quick teaser of Aaron and Tammy’s special moments after their ceremony at Carmel Beach. Though it was a little on the cold side, the scenery and special moments more than made up for the temperature. I love how we were able to get Pebble Beach in the background. These two are so sweet and we loved working with them! Congratulations again Aaron and Tammy!

weddings in carmel

Caught with our Canon Mark IV at 115mm, f/3.2, ISO 200.

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Malibu Engagement Session with Lindsey and Adam

An aspect of our job that we truly love is that we get to travel for our clients and create art from their beauty™ closer to their own home. Two weeks ago we finished a crazy full wedding weekend and then drove down to Malibu to photograph Lindsey and Adam’s engagement session. These two are an amazing couple! Not only are they both beautiful, but the love they have for each other is even more beautiful. Both are in the Hollywood scene and have active schedules, so it was a joy that we got to fit a lifestyle engagement session in. We started out by grabbing a few shots at the Roman inspired Getty Villa and finished off at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. Below are a few teasers from the great time we had…enjoy!

malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers
malibu wedding photography ©2012 mike steelman photographers

 

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Intercontinental Monterey Wedding: Lisa and Gil

Lisa and Gil’s day was quite simply amazing. It was a blessing that, in the midst of a rainy day, the skies cleared enough for them to celebrate their marriage ceremony outside overlooking Monterey Bay at the Intercontinental Hotel. These two are a blast to be around, and we’re fortunate to call them friends. They chose to do the first look and see each other before the ceremony, creating some beautiful and lifelong memories of anticipation and joy. Here are a few teasers from their wedding day to hold you over for a little while…

monterey wedding photography intercontinental hotel. ©2012 Mike Steelman. All Rights Reserved.
monterey wedding photography intercontinental hotel. ©2012 Mike Steelman. All Rights Reserved.

monterey wedding photography intercontinental hotel. ©2012 Mike Steelman. All Rights Reserved.
monterey wedding photography intercontinental hotel. ©2012 Mike Steelman. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Tropical inside & out

With a gorgeous weekend ahead, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this recent photo in our collection. As many of you know, Gina and I are tropical inside and out. So any chance of warm weather, sunshine, and the beach mixed with a palm tree or two gets us going! We always love traveling for our clients. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to enjoy it with the ones you love.

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Welcome to the world…

A special privilege we take so much joy in is when our past clients continue to welcome us into their lives as they embark on a new adventure together – parenthood. It’s something that we don’t take for granted, and we treasure the relationships that come out of what we do for a living!

Niki and Paul’s wedding last year was at Chateau Julien Winery and was absolutely beautiful! (See a glimpse here as featured in Ceremony Magazine). The only thing that could be sweeten that day was the day last week when their baby girl Peyton was born. She is a doll! Here are two sneak peaks into our newborn shoot yesterday. Congrats again to two very special people, now a family of three.

See below for some highlights of their wedding day.

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