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Morgan and Jon’s Monterey Plaza Hotel Rainbow Wedding

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As a photographer, I have to be ready for anything. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected, and that’s what keeps me on my toes. I love the authenticity of real lives coming together.

Morgan and Jon declared their love and commitment to each other overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. I can’t express to you how sweet these two are! It was a gorgeous day, starting with sunshine and blue skies and finished with a blessed touch from the heavens. Sure, people got a little wet, but I don’t think anyone minded after what came next. When I saW the rainbow forming, I knew I had to run up the stairs while keeping my giggles to myself. (Can you hear the photographer in me geek out?) Enjoy the images and let me know what you think. Congratulations again Morgan and Jon! It was an awesome day and you looked beautiful indeed.

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Gotta give props…

With our commitment to being available everywhere, it’s a pleasure for us to travel for our clients – from San Francisco to Miami to Hollywood to Boise to Maui, and beyond. That being said, we do have a home studio located in downtown Monterey, and a few weeks ago we had a  “New Location Celebration”. We moved one block away from our old place of nearly 5 years, and wanted to celebrate the move! With the help of some of the best in the area, we had a blast! Of course, there aren’t many photos because I decided to put the camera down (lol) and enjoy the night with friends. I wanted to thank Amy Byrd of Amy Byrd Weddings for her graceful hand in helping it all come together, the absolutely incredible invitations by Brenna from BC Design Studio, the gorgeous flowers from Flowers by Reina, the delicious food from Paradise Catering (yum!), the lighting and more from Chic Event Rentals, the awesome cake by Cakes by Veronica, and amazing wine (and I mean good stuff!) from Bernardus Winery. Thank you to all who helped and were so generous. We had a wonderful time, and can’t wait to do it again! Thank you to all of you who helped. We are blessed to work with some of the absolute best people in the industry. Rock on!

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Laura & Chase’s Pacific Grove Engagment Session

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Oh the authenticity of love! One of the best things about doing what I do is that I get the chance to witness one of the most, if not the most, powerful force in the world working in so many other people’s lives. When Laura and Chase let loose a little, I found my face hurting from smiling so much with them. They’re getting married next year in Carmel and I can’t wait for their big day. Here are some favorites from their engagement session at the famous Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove. Enjoy!

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Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Mike Steelman Photographers Carmel Wedding Photographer ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Elena and Brett’s Hollins House at Pasatiempo Wedding ~ Teasers

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Gina and I had the privilege of capturing another couple’s love yesterday at The Hollins House at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz. Elena and Brett’s day was amazing, with the weather cooperating perfectly for a beautiful outdoor ceremony! These two are such a sweet couple, authentically. We had the honor of meeting them at Niki and Paul’s wedding about 6 months ago when Elena was one of Niki’s bridesmaids. (Oh my! I just realized I never blogged their incredible Chateau Julien Wedding! That’s just not right. It’s now on my list….LOL). Here are a few teasers from Elene & Brett’s day yesterday. Congratulations Elena and Brett!! You were amazing.

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mike steelman santa cruz wedding photographer copyright 2011 all rights reserved

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Kristin and Chris’ Carmel Valley Wedding ~ Teasers

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Today was incredible! Gina and I were blessed to share in the wedding day of Kristin and Chris in Carmel Valley. These two are too sweet! Seriously, my face still hurts from smiling so much today. We started the day at the Monterey Plaza Hotel for some preparations, the First Look, and bridal party shots, and then brought it all together for a gorgeous simple ceremony under a huge oak tree at Los Laureles Lodge down the valley. I couldn’t have been happier about the weather too – perfection. Here are a few teasers from today…Enjoy!

We’re off to charge up for tomorrow’s wedding… Have a great weekend!

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Monterey Plaza Hotel Wedding Rainbow

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Does it get any more beautiful than this?! Yesterday we had the honor of photographing Morgan & John’s wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel, and amidst the rainy weather the previous couple of days, their day turned out to be wonderful. The rain dried up for most of the day, with nice puffy clouds filling the sky to add dramatic feeling to the images. Then, about halfway through their ceremony, the rain came back and reminded all of us how fresh it feels to get rained on.:)The day became that much more special, and the beauty was topped off by a stellar double rainbow gracing the bay behind the two lovebirds. Such excitement and wonder filled our hearts. I’m so stoked to have been there to capture this moment. Enjoy the teaser, many more to come!

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Monterey Engagement Session with Morgan & Jonathan

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Tomorrow two very special people will commit their lives to each other in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Monterey Bay. But before they do, I wanted to share with you their casual side of life together. Please meet Jonathan and Morgan. He’s a firefighter. She’s a flight nurse. Together they save lives. How much more of a perfect couple could you get?:)We had a blast a couple of months ago shooting their engagement session. We started out by taking a walk and capturing just the simplicity of their love for each other. Then we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where Jonathan had originally proposed to her with a fun little flower ring (below). How could she resist that?!? We then headed for the beach, taking advantage of one of the awesome Monterey summer days. These two are just so sweet to be around. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s beautiful wedding at the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row!  I love the authenticity a couple in love brings to an image… Yay Jonathan & Morgan!

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monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman
monterey bay wedding photography by MIKE STEELMAN PHOTOGRAPHERS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©mike steelman

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