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2019 Wedding & Engagement Roundup

Happy New Year!! It’s always so therapeutic for me to look back on all of the work from the past twelve months and pick some of my favorite photos from each session for a giant recap post. I traveled out of state (or country!) nearly every month last year, and there were so many heartwarming moments and beautiful sights to capture. 2019 was unofficially dubbed the Year of Engagement Sessions – I shot more engagement portraits than ever before, probably because 2020 is shaping up to be the busiest wedding year yet! I hope you enjoy this small window into 2019. The first few images are from four sessions that made me incredibly happy, followed by a full post in chronological order! A huge thank you to my awesome clients – you gave me the opportunity to capture your priceless memories, and you’ve given me such a fun, fulfilling, and exciting job. I’m forever grateful!
Wedding couple at pink Sands Hotel by Mary Costa Photography Couple in poppy field by Mary Costa PhotographyMillbrook Resort New Zealand wedding couple with two trees by Mary Costa PhotographyIndian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
Hello January! Ann and Deian eloped in San Diego and I couldn’t get enough of their unique style. We explored Balboa Park and the Sunset Cliffs Natural park together – what a lovely afternoon this was!
Golden hour wedding couple by Mary Costa Photography
Couple at Balboa Park Moreton Bay Fig by Mary Costa Photography
Groom in yellow blazer wedding portrait at Balboa Park in San Diego by Mary Costa Photography Wedding couple at the ocean during sunset by Mary Costa PhotographyWedding couple at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park by Mary Costa Photography
On perhaps the darkest and rainiest day in January I teamed up with Harmony Creative and Shindig Chic for this modern pastel wedding inspiration shoot at HNYPT in DTLA! It was featured here on Green Wedding Shoes and you can also check out my full blog entry here!
Bride with colorful bouquet by Mary Costa Photography Chiffon pastel wedding backdrop at HNYPT Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Springtime tablescape at HNYPT Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Modern bridal look by Mary Costa Photography Springtime wedding table by Mary Costa Photography
Angelena (of aforementioned Shindig Chic) and I traveled to her homeland of Scottsdale, Arizona for a weekend in February! We teamed up with Salt Fringe Events for this Rue De Seine boho desert inspiration – check out the full blog post here!
Couple with Saguaro cactus in Arizona by Mary Costa Photography Bride in bold hat by Mary Costa Photography Bride in cactus desert with yellow bouquet by Mary Costa Photography
The next day we drove out to Sedona for a wedding portrait session with Deirdre and Paul! Dee has since become one of my favorite people on the planet. These two now live in Amsterdam and Angelena and I cannot wait to go visit them! You can see their full Sedona session in this blog entry too.
Wedding couple at Cathedral Rock Sedona by Mary Costa Photography Bold Sedona wedding bouquet by Mary Costa Photography Couple snuggling in Sedona by Mary Costa Photography Sedona sunset wedding portrait by Mary Costa Photography
February skies were quite overcast by Los Angeles standards, and the cloud coverage ended up being perfect for Ellie and Adam’s Topanga Overlook engagement session!
Autumn engagement session in Topanga, CA by Mary Costa Photography Couple snuggling in coats by Mary Costa Photography Topanga Canyon Overlook engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
Wendy and Ryan also had a perfectly overcast day for their engagement session! We shot at Sands Hotel & Spa (complete with cocktails!) and in the San Jacinto mountains. The Sands is definitely one of my favorite venues in So-Cal!
Sands Hotel and Spa engagement session by Mary Costa Photography Couple at the Sands Hotel and Spa in Palm Desert by Mary Costa Photography Couple in Palm Springs desert by Mary Costa Photography San Jacinto Mountains engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
Jen and Joe ventured to a blooming almond orchard for their session after being inspired by this wedding inspiration shoot from a few years back! These two are simply the sweetest.
Almond orchard engagement session by Mary Costa Photography Blooming almond orchard engagement session by Mary Costa Photography Couple in blooming almond orchard by Mary Costa Photography
Christine and Alan fell in love with the concept behind Sam and Kyle’s elopement and decided to put their own spin on Palm Springs classic car shoot for their engagement session!
Modern vintage couple in Palm Springs by Mary Costa Photography Couple with vintage pink Cadillac by Mary Costa Photography Palm Springs couple with vintage pink car by Mary Costa Photography Stylish couple at Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs by Mary Costa Photography Couple exploring Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs by Mary Costa Photography
Jess of Shop House of Mouse and her husband, Brent, perfectly vibed with this retro room in DTLA! What a fun and unique anniversary session!
Couple in round chair surrounded by retro decor www.marycostaweddings.com CouCouple on Mid Century Modern couch in retro room www.marycostaweddings.com Couple in 1970s retro room www.marycostaweddings.com
Ever since Mike and I had our engagement photos taken during the poppy super bloom of 2017 I’ve been eager to photograph something there t00! Typically this natural phenomenon only comes along once every ten years, but another massive bloom graced us with its presence in March! Cyn, Wes and I explored Walker Canyon before Lake Elsinore got bogged down with tourists and crowds shortly thereafter. What a magical sight this was!! Full post HERE!
Colorful couple in poppy field by Mary Costa Photography Couple on Walker Canyon poppy trail by Mary Costa Photography
Amy and Eli got married on March 23, 2019 at Palms Event Center up by Livermore, CA! I took a little road trip up to the San Jose area for their beautiful, sunny day at the winery. These two have such a kind and special connection!
Golden hour wedding portrait by Mary Costa Photography Palm Event Center bridesmaids in black by Mary Costa Photography Wedding couple at Palm Event Center by Mary Costa Photography
The end of March brought beautiful green rolling hills to Malibu! Margie and Jason got to enjoy the stunning lush scenery for their engagement session.
Couple in Malibu Creek Park with blooming mustard seed by Mary Costa Photography Couple embracing at sunset by Mary Costa Photography Couple in green rolling field by Mary Costa Photography Couple drinking champagne during engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
Ellie and Adam planned their wedding in THREE MONTHS! Their big day took place at Rolling Greens’ brand new space in the Arts District – it’s going to be featured on Green Wedding Shoes this very week, YAY!
Wedding portrait with veil by Mary Costa Photography   Shot glass seating chart by Mary Costa Photography Colorful wedding reception by Mary Costa Photography Orange and peach wedding bouquet by Mary Costa PhotographyRolling Greens DTLA wedding reception by Mary Costa Photography Wedding portrait during sunset by Mary Costa Photography Bride laughing by Mary Costa Photography
Natasha and Jeff picked my favorite Malibu location for their engagement session! I was blown away by how much the landscape had changed in just a few short weeks since Margie and Jason’s shoot. Natasha and Jeff opted for a glam black tie look!
Couple with big tree during sunset by Mary Costa Photography Couple in black formalwear by Mary Costa Photography Couple in black tie attire by Mary Costa Photography Couple with lupins by Mary Costa Photography
One week later it was back to Malibu for Gaby and Lewis’ engagement session! How perfect is Gaby’s dress with that yellow blooming mustard seed?! I can’t wait for their wedding in June 2020!
Couple with yellow mustard plants by Mary Costa Photography Couple walking to beach in yellow by Mary Costa Photography Couple at Leo Carillo Beach by Mary Costa Photography
Aly and Gavin tied the knot on April 27, 2019. These two are SO MUCH FUN and are simply a delight to be around. Their ceremony was so personal, and this day at Darlington House in La Jolla was such a joy! Full post HERE (it’s a big one)!
Bride and bridesmaids with bouquets by Mary Costa Photography First look at wedding by Mary Costa Photography Groom and father of the bride embracing during ceremony by Mary Costa Photography Wedding ceremony first kiss at Darlington House La Jolla by Mary Costa Photography Couple dancing at wedding by Mary Costa Photography Wedding table card by Mary Costa Photography First dance at wedding by Mary Costa Photography Wedding couple kissing at La Jolla beach by Mary Costa Photography
Christine and Alan got married on May 2, 2019! The Sands Hotel & Spa + this incredible couple = pure eye candy. Christine got ready in the spa area and she looked like she was straight out of a vintage magazine!
Bride getting ready by Mary Costa Photography
Their day was featured here on Green Wedding Shoes! I did a full blog post with even more pics HERE too!
Wedding couple at pink Sands Hotel and Spa by Mary Costa Photography Wedding portrait of couple by pool Vintage-inspired bride by Mary Costa Photography Wedding ceremony exit by Mary Costa Photography Stylish wedding portrait by Mary Costa Photography
Two days later – Natalia and Anthony got married in Santa Barbara! I loved the train on Natalia’s dress and the classic California backdrop of the city.
Bride twirling at Santa Barbara Courthouse by Mary Costa Photography Groom getting ready by Mary Costa Photography
While driving up to the wedding I mentioned to my second photographer, Marianne, that I was hoping to find some blooming bougainvillea. DONE!
Couple kissing by blooming bougainvillea by Mary Costa Photography Groomsmen walking in Santa Barbara by Mary Costa Photography Couple kissing by orange tree by Mary Costa Photography
Emily and Luke got married in New York City on May 18th! They had an intimate daytime wedding (in a cemetery, no less!) and we explored mid-city Manhattan at sunset. I love that they had such a unique day and included their pups!
Bride and groom walking on NYC street by Mary Costa Photography Wedding ceremony in NYC by Mary Costa Photography Golden bride by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom with their dog by Mary Costa Photography Intimate wedding outdoor dinnerby Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom cutting wedding cake by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom by NYC's Grand Central Station by Mary Costa Photography
The next morning I woke up before dawn to meet Rachel of The Crafted Life and her fiance, Ryan, in Washington Square Park for their engagement session. Fun fact – this is the first time I’ve ever done a session without any caffeine…! We explored the East Village, including this mural from The Color Factory!
Colorful NYC balloon engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
This fun session was featured on – you guessed it – Green Wedding Shoes! My post is available here!
Engagement session at Washington Square Park by Mary Costa Photography Colorful couple twirling by Mary Costa Photography Playful couple in NYC's Washington Square Park by Mary Costa Photography
Adam and KC’s wedding was on a foggy day in June! Although their Malibu location had some atypical weather, they brought major sunshine with their colorful style and immense joy!
Stylish wedding party walking by Mary Costa Photography
These two also got featured on GWS, and I did a full post here!
Two grooms with VW van by Mary Costa Photography Watercolor wedding place setting by Mary Costa Photography Twinkle light wedding reception by Mary Costa Photography Colorful plate setting by Mary Costa Photography
Ani and Mike picked the Pasadena City Hall (aka Pawnee City Hall from Parks & Rec!) for their engagement session. This location has such a classic European feel to it! These two will be tying the knot in March!
Couple walking at Pasadena Town Hall by Mary Costa Photography Pasadena Town Hall engagement session by Mary Costa Photography Pasadena engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
Angie and Chris went with The Ruby Street in Highland Park for their big day on June 15, 2019 – it’s always an awesome venue! I’m pretty sure these two are my music soulmates – their wedding was the first time I’ve ever heard Band of Horses playing at a reception!
Across The Universe bride and groom with neon sign www.marycostaweddings.com Colorful bouquet in cool bridal suite www.marycostaweddings.com Groomsmen pouring drinks www.marycostaweddings.com Cool wedding party group photo at Ruby Street Los Angeles www.marycostaweddings.com Wedding exit www.marycostaweddings.com Bridal party in Needle & Thread gowns www.marycostaweddings.com Bride and groom outside of Ruby Street Los Angeles www.marycostaweddings.comBride with colorful bouquet at Ruby Street Los Angeles www.marycostaweddings.com
Mimi and Peter explored DTLA’s Art District for their engagement session in June! We managed to access this mural just as an employee was departing the locked gate (I may have begged a little). It was meant to be!
Colorful mural DTLA engagement session www.marycostaweddings.com
Los Angeles Arts District engagement session by Mary Costa Photography Couple snuggling with LA skyline behind them by Mary Costa Photography
Shelley and Andy picked their actual wedding venue – Quail Ranch in Simi Valley – for their engagement session location! It was so nice getting to explore the place where they’ll be getting married this May!
Engagement session picnic by Mary Costa Photography Couple with bougainvillea by Mary Costa Photography Couple walking at Quail Ranch by Mary Costa Photography
Towards the beginning of July I drove over the Mexican border to Las Gaviotas in Baja, California with my second photographer, Kayla, for Emily and Dave’s wedding. This was a true adventure…!
Wedding gown hanging on Mexican home by Mary Costa Photography Joyful bride by Mary Costa Photography Just married couple walking by Mary Costa Photography
Wedding couple laughing by Mary Costa Photography
Haley and Brian live in San Diego and went with Torrey Pines State Beach for their engagement session. You’d never know if from their photos, but this place was hoppin‘! I adore these two and can’t wait for their wedding at The Living Desert this February!
Torrey Pines Beach engagement by Mary Costa Photography Couple embracing at Torrey Pines Beach by Mary Costa Photography Couple laughing on beach for engagement session by Mary Costa Photography
Rachel and Chris’ engagement session in Topanga Canyon included a fun champagne pop! We arrived at our location only to discover it had been temporarily shut down due to high fire danger. Luckily this spot was right around the corner!
Couple popping champagne by Mary Costa Photography Couple in cactus garden by Mary Costa Photography Sunlight couple walking by Mary Costa Photography
They’re getting married at one of my all-time favorite venues, Adamson House, this August! Yay!
Groom lifting bride by Mary Costa Photography
In August I took my first trip to Seattle for Tina and Madison’s wedding! I loved everything about their day, including how we stopped in Pioneer Square for some wedding party photos!
Pioneer Square wedding party by Mary Costa Photography
Sodo Park recently spruced up this teal wall with a fresh coat of paint, yassss. I wish Tina and Madison lived in LA because they’re such fun to be around!
Sodo Park colorful wedding couple by Mary Costa Photography Couple kissing during ceremony by Mary Costa PhotographySeattle wedding portrait by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom twirling with Seattle backdrop by Mary Costa Photography
September 1 – Jen and Joe got married at Calamigos Equestrian! These are two of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. What a happy day!
Bride getting ready by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom first look by Mary Costa Photography Bridesmaids in mismatched blue dresses by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom portrait with bougainvillea by Mary Costa Photography Joyful wedding exit by Mary Costa Photography Ramya and Garrett’s Fig House wedding on September 15, 2019 was SO. MUCH. FUN!! These two are delightful, joyful, and have such a unique awesome style.
Colorful Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles www.marycostaweddings.comBridal bouquet on pink couch by Mary Costa Photography Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Colorful Fig House wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa PhotographyBride with cocktail at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom kissing Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
Towards the end of September I flew out to North Carolina for Susannah and Chris’ wedding at The Laboratory Mill in Lincolnton! Susannah and her mom, Andy, created this colorful backdrop themselves!
Colorful wedding ceremony in North Carolina by Mary Costa Photography Couple kissing at Laboratory Mill North Carolina by Mary Costa Photography Colorful Macaron cake by Mary Costa Photography
My dear friend Amy Gray asked me to assist her at Ellen and Ted’s wedding and we had the best time! Amy moved to Pennsylvania last year and it was so wonderful to work together again on this gorgeous day.
Bride and groom in sunglasses with Los Angeles skyline Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
The Beverly Hills Four Seasons does a massive confetti canon (or several) at the end of a ceremony. Amazing!!
Confetti bride and groom at Beverly Hills Four Seasons by Mary Costa Photography
Couple twirling on rooftop in Los Angeles Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa PhotographyClassic wedding portrait at sunset by Mary Costa Photography Beverly Hills Four Seasons wedding ceremony by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom on rooftop at Beverly Hills Four Seasons by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom walking in sunglasses on Los Angeles www.marycostaweddings.com Bride and groom with confetti at Beverly Hills Four Seasons www.marycostaweddings.com
Amy and Mike had a colorful wedding at Palm Springs’ most vibrant venue – the Saguaro Hotel! They took a fun spin on a classic 1950s wedding style!
Wedding rings on pink invitation www.marycostaweddings.com Couple snuggling at Saguaro Palm Springs www.marycostaweddings.com Colorful bride and groom at Saguaro Palm Springs www.marycostaweddings.com Blue bridal shoes www.marycostaweddings.com Couple kissing at colorful wedding ceremony arch www.marycostaweddings.comWedding guests at Saguaro Palm Springs www.marycostaweddings.com Colorful but serious wedding party at Saguaro Palm Springs www.marycostaweddings.com
The next day I met up with Siana and Jarrett for their Palm Springs engagement session. PS has the best light and there are vintage cars sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods!
Palm Springs engagement session with vintage car www.marycostaweddings.com Mid Century Modern house engagement session www.marycostaweddings.com Engagement session in Palm Springs www.marycostaweddings.com Couple with giant palm trees www.marycostaweddings.com Palm Springs mountain engagement session www.marycostaweddings.com
I can’t wait for their wedding at the Bel Air Bay Club in May!
Couple embracing during engagement session www.marycostaweddings.com
I drove back up to Northern California for Christine and Dom’s wedding in Sacramento! I found this mural while hunting through Instagram and couldn’t believe how perfect it was for their color palette! Cutest first look ever?!
Bride and groom first look in front of colorful Sacramento mural by Mary Costa Photography Bridesmaids in floral robes by Mary Costa Photography Bride's jacket in bridal suite by Mary Costa Photography Bride and groom kissing with VW Van by Mary Costa Photography
Ah, November – and NEW ZEALAND!! Caroline and Sean brought me out to Queenstown, NZ for the most stunning day at Millbrook Resort. I absolutely adore these two and will never forget this incredible experience. There are no words to describe the scenery in New Zealand – you can bet I’m already planning a return trip! Here are a few sneak peeks from their classic day!
Wedding rings and Jimmy Choo heels Bride putting on shoes Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography First look at Millbrook Resort New Zealand Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Bridal party with flowering tree Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Bridal portrait with veil Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple kissing at Millbrook Resort New Zealand Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
Caroline is half Scottish, so many of her relatives rocked a kilt, including her brother! Such fun! I love this candid shot of her side of the wedding party.
Bridal party walking at Millbrook Resort New Zealand Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple kissing by flowering tree at Millbrook Resort New Zealand Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple embracing by mountain at Millbrook Resort New Zealand Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
My last session of 2020 was Nicole and Will’s Arts District engagement session! DTLA provides a bounty of backdrops, and every session is different even when the location is the same. I can’t wait for their Fig House wedding next September!
DTLA bougainvillea portrait xIndian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Engagement session in DTLA Arts District Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple w DTLA skyline Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple with Los Angeles skyline Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography Couple running across Los Angeles 6th Street Bridge Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography  Couple kissing with Los Angeles DTLA skyline Indian Fusion wedding at Fig House Los Angeles by Mary Costa Photography
YAY, there you have it! In an effort to avoid any burnout, I really tried to pace myself with booking work throughout 2019, and I feel like that was a great success. I got back into photographing food (and even started a new instagram account for this passion!), had some fun commercial projects, and had a lot of quality time with Mike and my close friends too. 2020 is already off to an epic start and I am SO EXCITED! I’ll be staying much closer to home on the west coast in Los Angeles and will definitely be sharing regularly on this brand new blog (shout out to Tonic for this gorgeous new site). Thank you again for your support!!

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  1. Deirdre

    January 8th, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Wow every couple has their own style and vibe but you always capture the same joy and love from your subjects! Can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!!

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