{ Hana + Toshi | Day Before }

The forecast called for a 40% chance of rain for the upcoming Saturday. The next day it had increased to 60%. The following day, 80. And two days before their wedding, I received a call from Toshi. Because Toshi & Hana are genius, awesome, and held their wedding photos in high esteem, they came up with the idea of perhaps meeting up the day before their wedding, before the storms set in, to do portraits. I wanted to do a bit of a happy dance when I realized I was free, and thus we met up for an impromptu “day-before” session at their venue, the Neighborhood Church in PV.

I LOVE photographing in Palos Verdes, but it was my first time visiting the sweet Neighborhood Church. To sum it up, it would have been utter blasphemy if we had not been able to get photos around its grounds – the church is beautiful with stunning views of the sea, lush greenery, & lovely architecture. I loved hanging out with Toshi & Hana and exploring the grounds without the time constraints of a wedding day. I highly recommend similar day-after sessions to any couples looking for a way to get fun & relaxed photos in your wedding threads; if anyone is interested, I’d love to chat with you more! :)

It did end up raining the following day, but thanks to their quick thinking & the stars aligning, Hana & Toshi have more than a few portraits around their stunning venue. Stay tuned for their beautiful wedding next!

Love this the dreaminess of this one despite (or because of?) it being out of focus…

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13 Responses to “{ Hana + Toshi | Day Before }”

  1. Sandy Says:

    Those grounds really are beautiful! I love the flower in her hair too, so beautiful! I think my favorite picture is the one with the seashell on the ground and ocean in the back. It is soo stunning! And yea, the out of focus picture really does have a dreamy quality to it!!

  2. cindy Says:

    awww, they really do look relaxed :) great shots adrienne!

  3. ohana photographers Says:

    that is one gorgeous couple! the images are stunning adrienne!

  4. kim le Says:

    LOVE it! LOVE the venue!

  5. Lauren Says:

    These are beauuuutiful! Love the soft dreaminess of them. Can’t wait to see the wedding!!

  6. David of DavidHam Says:

    So lovely Adrienne. The grounds of this church looks like a photographer’s dream. And your images show you took advantage of it. Well captured. Gorgeous couple.

  7. Dandy Says:

    I love these! The pictures are gorgeous. What a smart couple and such a beautiful setting :)

  8. Mai Says:

    that location is beautiful… how dreamy!

  9. Holly Steen Says:

    Really Lovely.
    I like out of focus images too. They are so dreamy.

  10. jenny Says:

    I’m so glad they aren’t bound to the traditional thinking and was able to get great portraits before the wedding ! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos !

  11. Hadar Says:

    Beautiful couple and images, I really enjoyed looking at all the photographs.

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