There’s a lot bottled in a laugh. Laughter opens doors for connection, leaves room for moments of vulnerability, and cozy corners for comfort. Love, like laughter, takes many forms; from the silent chuckle to a whole body side-splitting guffaw, laughter can nurture the warmth shared between two people. For Courtney and Arek, they know love and laughter quite well, and they expressed both in their beautiful and elegant wedding.

Nestled in the perfect al fresco backdrop of Simi Valley, Courtney and Arek were both arrested and rested in each other’s eyes during their outdoor ceremony. This location was a special place for both of them; they traveled cross-country from where they lived on the east coast and were engaged here. As they exchanged vows, everything came into clear focus to this point. For one moment, everyone shared the sense of home that these beautiful couple cultivated with each other. All was in its right place.

One captivating element that stood out was how Courtney laughed with bated breath at what Arek would say during the ceremony. There was an ease between them that was infectious.

It was a joy to share this beautiful time (and laughter) with this lovely couple in such a gorgeous setting. It was also a pleasure to work with Emily and Bryce and make dear friends in the wedding photography industry.

Here’s to you, Courtney and Arek, may you share love and laughter for many more years to come.

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What was the essence of the day?

The classic feel and mood of the couple’s day radiated through. Courtney’s Grecian wedding dress showed her personality yet complemented the regal Spanish architecture. The color palette of white’s, champaign with natural greens was timeless. Their wedding looked effortless and had a sense of belonging in such a spectacular and memorable place thanks to the event planning of Vanessa Michelle Co. Hummingbird Nest Ranch is truly a hidden wedding venue gem in the Santa Susana Mountains just a short drive from LA.

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