Rustic Wedding at The White Sparrow

The White Sparrow is a stunning barn located in Texas just a few hours away from Dallas. It offers some of the most beautiful features with its high ceilings and perfectly white wooden walls. The outside is just as picturesque with a simple rope swing attached to a tree right in the front. This was the perfect place for our rustic styled shoot and we had so much fun shooting the entire property. We went with a little bit of a moodier vibe with darker tones and textures. All the vendors who participated in this shoot were amazing! Take a look at this super rustic yet classy wedding shoot!


Venue: @thewhitesparrow White Sparrow Barn

Dresses: @cesttoibridal C’est Toi Bridal Atelier & @mckinleybridal McKinley Bridal

Headpiece: @mckinleybridal McKinley

Bridal MUA / Photographer: @samraegenido Samantha Genido

Hair / Bridesmaid MUA: @stylesbyvero Styles by Vero

Cake: @priscila.leboreiro The Baking Suite

Florist: @flowershackblooms Flower Shack Blooms

Furniture rentals: @golddustvintage Gold Dust Vintage

Decor rentals: @5starrental 5 Star Rental

Dessert table: @DandelionCheesecakes Dandelion Cheesecakes

Ribbons: @heyitsohsopretty Hey It's Oh So Pretty

Almond Blossom Couples Session

There are two special weeks out of the year where the beautiful trees north of LA bloom. This small window is an amazing time to take some of the most fantastical photos. I wish we could have flowers like this all year for my couples. This couple celebrated their engagement in the most beautiful way possible. We had so much fun frolicking through the lines of trees finding spots where they could be framed perfectly by the cascading branches. The floor was so covered in petals that from a distance it looked like fresh snow. See below for a fairytale like engagement session!

Planning: Martin Ngo Photography

Wild Sand Dune Elopement

Sand dunes are one of my favorite places in the world to take photos, the natural textures and the neutral tones are just a dream. I was so lucky to be apart of this couples wild elopement in Glamis, CA. They got to say their vows to one another and enjoy their moments alone without distraction. I was also super lucky to do this brides makeup as well. I used warm tones and some hints of gold to go along with the feel of the location. If you love super intimate elopements then this one is for you.

Makeup / Photography: Sam Rae Genido

Calligraphy: Chalk N Ink

Florist: Irises Designs

Santorini Elopement

Oia, Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the world. Santorini is covered in these beautiful white and blue buildings that give each cliff such a beautiful glow. Even the streets seemed to shine as you walked around the city. The high cliffs in Santorini all have amazing views of the perfectly blue ocean. This beautiful couple from Colorado tied the knot in a less traditional way in the early hours of the morning on this Grecian island. The bride wore a stunning blue skirt that complimented the blue water around the island. Even though we had to wake up at the crack of dawn in order to beat the crowd it was so worth it. We got some awesome photos and it felt like we had the entire city of Oia to ourselves. Take a look at this stunning elopement in Santorini Greece!

Photography / Makeup / Design: Samantha Genido (IG: @samraegenido
Couple: Michelle & Logan Delacastro (IG: @thedelacastros
Florist: Wedding Wish Santorini (IG: @weddingwishsantorini)
Invitation Suit: Veraly & Company (IG: @veralyco)
Jewelry: Desert Daisy Jewelry (IG: @desertdaisyjewelry)

Skirt Owner / Designer: Inge Stalyte - Wardrobe by Dulcinea (IG: @allthingsdulcinea)

James Bond Couples Session

Brittany and Paul both share a love for modeling and acting and have appeared in many commercials, movies, and adds. When they contacted we talked about ideas for their photo shoot we decided it would be fun to do a James Bond inspired shoot so they could feel right at home. Brittany and Paul were so amazing to work with as they posed so naturally with the plane, you would almost think that they would take off in it right after our shoot was over. I had so much fun hanging out with these two and learning more about their other passions like traveling to Canada and Thailand. The travel aspect of this shoot fit so perfectly for them because they are constantly on the go, traveling for different movies and photoshoots for their work. See below for a seriously fun shoot that in my opinion leaves James Bond shaking.

Makeup was done by me.

Beautiful Switzerland Elopement

Is there a place on this earth more beautiful than Switzerland? I honestly don’t think there is. When a couple elopes it becomes such an adventure because without all the strings of a big wedding they can choose anywhere they’d like to tie the knot. The possibilities for elopements are endless. Lauterbrunnen is a gorgeous valley with powerful waterfalls on either side. As you walk down the valley you can see snowcapped mountains and little houses dotting the hillsides. I feel so lucky that I got to capture this amazing couple in a location that is just do die for.

List of vendors:

Photography / Makeup & Hair / Design: Samantha Genido (IG: @samraegenido)

Models: Isha Sulmon & Filip Sulmon (IG: @isha_sulmon @filip_sulmon)

Florist: Evelyn Krebs - Stil Und Stiele (IG: @stilundstiele)

Invitation Suit: Veraly & Company (IG: @veralyco)

Jewelry: Desert Daisy Jewelry (IG: @desertdaisyjewelry)

Dress Owner / Designer: Inge Stalyte - Wardrobe by Dulcinea (IG: @allthingsdulcinea)

Western Inspired Wedding in Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita is a horse lovers paradise with it's rolling green hills and gorgeous trails! This western inspired wedding had everything a horse lover could dream of for there wedding day. I got to provide makeup for this beautiful photoshoot and got a bit creative doing a more boho inspired look for a few of the brides. See below for a really fun equestrian photoshoot in the beautiful hills of Santa Clarita!


Styled by: Sara Shier Photography 
Ranch: Rose Gold Equestrian
Bellevue Floral Co. 
Make Up / Photography : Sam Rae Genido
Alyssa Nicole 
Wedding Gown:
Fleurish LA 
Jewelry: Kristin Webb
Groom Accessories:
Betty Gathiuni 
Christina Helm
Invitation Suite & Silk:
Delaina Joann 
Boho Model:
Cowgirl Bridal Model: Victoria
Couple: Colton & Cirsten
Styled Model:
Veronika Grechman 
Horses Provided by:
Sara Shier Photography 

Adventurous Elopement at Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend is one of those bucket list locations for most photographers. There is nothing like seeing this giant powerful river carve it's way through the earth in such a breathtaking way. About a year ago, before I started focusing on shooting couples and weddings my heart and soul loved landscape photography. There is something so healing and inspiring about the earth God gave us and capturing it became a passion of mine. Being able to mix my past love for landscapes along with the romance of a wedding created the most unforgettable day! Not only was I able to photograph this amazing elopement but I also got to provide this lovely bride with makeup as well. I am still shaking with excitement that I even get to post a blog on this stunning couple at one of the most gorgeous locations in the world! See below for a remarkable elopement that was one for the books!

Makeup & Photography - Sam Rae Genido

Planner / Organizer - Heather Taylor

Dress – Grey Pearl Bridal (Danyelle) [Jaclyn Jordan wrap skirt] 

Top – Forever 21

Suit – Generation Tux

Florals – Elite Floral Events (Jena Waller) 

Jewelry – Desert Daisy Jewelry (Emma Roberts)

Cake– Bleu Moon Bakery (Shayanne) 

Rentals – Dogwood Party Rentals (Becca) 

Stationary/Calligraphy – EG Letters (Liz) 

Hair – Emma Roberts

Bride & Groom

Rachael Koch – 

Joel Mercier - 


Mint and White Wedding at Muckenthaler Mansion

Muckenthaler Mansion is a stunning estate located in Fullerton, CA. It has some of the prettiest old fashion architecture which made every photo seem so luxurious. This minty green and white inspired wedding was such a breath of fresh air! Purple and darker tones are very popular right now so it was nice being apart of a shoot that was on the opposite end of the spectrum. See below for a really beautiful inspired wedding that I truly feel in love with! I mean how could you not with models as ridiculously stunning as these two???

Photography: Sam Rae Genido

Host: Styled Shoots Across America (Instagram:@styledshootsacrossamerica)

Planning & Design: Heather Benge Events (instagram: @heatherbengeevents)

Venue: Muckenthaler Mansion (Instagram: @themuckenthalermansion)

Flowers: Intrigue Teaches (Instagram: @intrigueteaches)

Makeup: Lip Glam Artistry (Instagram: @lipglamartistry)

Hair: Melissa Marichi (Instagram: @mmarichi88)

Stationary: Plume & Fete (Instagram: @plumeandfete)

Linens: Nuage Designs (Instagram @nuagedesignsinc)

Wedding Gown: The Dresser Bridal (instagram: @dresserbridal)

Bridesmaids Gowns: Weddington Way (Instagram: @weddingtonway)

Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes (Instagram: @nicolebakescakes)

Paper Artist: Sylhouettes by Sylvia (Instagram: @sylhouettesbysylvia)

Dessert Station: Colette's Catering & Events (Instagram: @colettescatering)

Coordination Assistant: Alexi Events (Instagram: @alexieevents_u.s.a)

Bride & Groom: Miranda Harrison & William Arthur (Instagram: @wasthatmina & @wilby_arthur)

Bridesmaids: Alexandra David & Sara Shier (Instagram: @lexie_david & @sarashishi)

Urban Wedding at Luce Loft

Luce Loft, located in downtown San Diego offers some of the most amazing urban features. From it's concrete walls to rod iron staircase and beautiful windows there are so many creative ways to use the space. It was such an inspiring experience getting creative and using the light and shadows from the giant windows to create some beautiful contrast. I also really enjoyed the beautiful white walls outside which create the perfect backdrop. I really had a blast not only shooting at this venue but also providing makeup for our two bridesmaids and our bride! See below for a really trendy inspired wedding at one of the coolest venues in San Diego! 


Morgan + Andres // Snowy Mountain Adventure at Convict Lake

Mammoth mountain holds a special place in my heart because everywhere you look is beautiful no matter what the season. Morgan and Andres were visiting mammoth and decided a fun wintery photo session would be a great way to remember their trip. I also had the opportunity to do a really beautiful smokey/silvery makeup look on Morgan to go with the theme of the shoot. I loved how she mixed her black leather jacket with a beautiful lavender colored dress; it really fit the the whole vibe of the wintery shoot. When we headed over the the lake I was a little worried the weather would be too stormy but we lucked out and  had a soft dusting of snow that made each shot feel like a beautiful winter wonderland. These two were so adorable and I loved how they were willing to endure the cold temperatures and still have a good time. See below for a snowy mountain photoshoot that still gives me chills! 

Tropical Hawaiian Wedding at Haiku Mill

Maui offers numerous stunning views of high mountains and white sandy beaches that it's hard to find even one spot on this island that doesn't take your breath away. Haiku Mill is a gorgeous wedding venue tucked in the hills of Maui. This venue just drips with an old time charm and Hawaiian tropical vibes. With the hanging vines and flowers that naturally cover the venue it looks almost unworldly. I have heard weddings that purposefully install flowers to drip from the ceilings in a similar fashion and it costs thousands of dollars to do so. This venue is so special because it offers this beautiful atmosphere in such an organic way. And what is a wedding in Hawaii if you don't take some photos on the beach as well?! For the last hour of sunlight we took some really fun photos on the beach and I was so happy that this fun couple wasn't afraid to get a little dirty! See below for a really fun Hawaiian inspired wedding! 


Photography: Sam Rae Genido (Instagram: @samraegenido) 

Host: Styled Shoots Across America (Instagram: @styledshootsacrossamerica)

Planning & Design: Heather Benge Events (instagram: @heatherbengeevents)

Venue: Haiku Mill (Instagram: @haikumill)

Flowers: Maui Palm Tree Floral (Instagram: @mauipalmtreefloral)

Hair & Makeup: Love & Beauty Maui (Instagram: @loveandbeautymaui)

Stationary: The Simple Flourish (Instagram: @thesimmpleflourish)

Gown: Private Label Wedding Dresses (instagram: @christinenokta)

Cake: Frosted by Pibeny (Instagram: @frostedbypibeny)

Tabletop Rentals: Set Maui (Instagram: @setmaui) 

Shoes: House of Elliot (Instagram: @houseofelliotlaceboots)

Décor & Rentals: Rio Event Design (Instagram: @rioeventdesign)

Models: Carli Callender & Chase

Deep Purples and Midnight Blue Inspired Weddings at Sacred Mountain Julian

Nestled in southern California, Julian is a cute little town offering an old worldly feel and atmosphere. The minute you drive into this town you can feel it's rich history with it's cute old buildings and shops. Sacred Mountain is a gorgeous venue with an outdoor natural environment. One of my favorite parts of the venue was the giant lawn with amazing views of the hills perfect for a ceremony. See below for two amazing inspired weddings at one of the most naturally romantic locations in southern California! 

First Wedding Vendors:

Photographer - Samantha Genido (IG: @samraegenido)

Planner and Designer – Taylor’d Southern Events (IG: @taylordsouthernevents)

Venue – Sacred Mountain Julian (IG: @sacredmountainjulian)

Florist – JLH Blooms (IG: @jlhblooms)

Cake – Eat Your Cake Too (IG: @eat_your_cake_too)

Rentals – CC Vintage Rentals (IG: @ccvintagerentals)

Hair Stylist – Jennifer with Buetowful Hair (IG:

Makeup Artist – Nancy Lares  (IG: @lipglamartistry)

Calligrapher/Stationary – Feather and Figs (IG: @featherandfigs) 

Bridal Gown – Oleg Cassini (IG: @olegcassini) 

Menswear – Friar Tux (IG: @friartux)

Bride & Groom - Natasha Rubinstein & Jordan Vettoretti (IG: @uprouteme) 

Bride - Jennifer Buetow (IG:

Bridesmaid - Veronika Grechman (IG: @klever) 

Second Wedding Vendors:

Photographer - Samantha Genido (IG: @samraegenido)

Venue - Sacred Mountain Julian (IG: @sacredmountainjulian)

Designer/Stylist - Katie Hammond Photography (IG: @katiehammondphotog)

Calligraphy - Bloom Stationery Co (IG:@bloomstationeryco) 

Vows - Sam Allen (IG:@samallencreates) 

Cake - Sweet Maple Creations (IG: @sweet_maple_creations) 

Wine - Jen Maldonado (IG:@winetastingjen) 

Florals - Studio 2053 (IG:@studio2053_floral_eventdesign) 

Hair + Makeup - Bridal by Haydee (IG:@bridalbyhaydee and @thebristlehair) 

Gowns - D'Angelos Couture (IG: dangelo_bridal) 

Menswear - Stitch & Tie (@stitchandtie)

Bride & Groom - Lesli (IG:@leslihope) & Spencer (IG: @poinsett78)

Bridesmaid - Kaila Cotler (IG:@kcotler)

Bridesmaid - Rebecca Jesslyn (IG:@rebeccajesslyn)

Carbon Canyon Engagement Session

Courtney and Cole are not only the most warm hearted couples I have ever met but are also the cutest! Courtney happens to be a good friend that I have know since the 3d grade! We have stayed friends all these years and it is crazy that today I am now writing a blog about her engagement! These two met in high school and have been together over the last 8 years! (High school sweet hearts are the best!) They're love for each other has withstood through so much and I seriously look up to them for their strength as a couple. They both have a crazy love for animals! They both have donated so much of their time and energy into saving and rehabilitating animals in need. They're hearts are so big and they work tirelessly for the broken and needy animals that they come across. I was so incredibly happy for these two when they got engaged last year! When two beautiful people come together to form not only a great couple but an awesome team in life you can't help but get giddy inside. I had the pleasure of doing their engagement session to document their love for each other during this amazing time of their life. I also had so much fun doing Courtney's makeup for this session as well. See below for fun loving couple that truly embodies what it means to be partners in life. 

Daytona Beach Shores Elopement

Blaire and Griffin not only allowed me to capture their stunning elopement in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida but also share their story. Blaire is actually my first cousin and even though we lived on opposite sides of the country our entire life I always felt connected to her. Her genuine and kind personality always made it easy to reconnect with her every time we got the chance to see each-other. I even made her my maid of honor at my wedding! Well enough about me and Blaire lets talk about Blaire and Griffin. Blaire met Griffin in college many years ago and they dated for quite some time. At that time Griffin was in ROTC and was planning to join the army while Blaire was studying PR and planning on working in New York City one day. Once they graduated school Griffin was sent to Oklahoma and Blaire got a job working at Columbia university. For years they went through a long distance relationship which was new ground for them because dating throughout college meant they were always together. My heart went out to Blaire as I saw her miss him every time they were apart and we would talk about how difficult it was to see him only every few months or so. They were constantly trying to work out when would be the best time to get married. Life and situations kept delaying what they desired so badly, to be husband and wife. Finally they saw an opening in their lives, Griffin was going to be deployed to south Korea and they decided that when he returned and after he went through officer training school they would get married. Blaire planned on leaving her job and would go with Griffin wherever the military would take him. The plan seemed perfect and I was so excited for both of them! But like most things in life not everything goes according to plan. After Griffin finished his training school at the top of his class he found out that he would be deployed to none other than Guantanamo Bay. Now you may ask well that's okay why can't Blaire go with Griffin to Guantanamo? Well the thing about Guantanamo is that it is technically a Navy base and they don't allow the men that are in the army to bring their families there. The news crushed Blaire and Griffin and their glimmer of hope to get married was snuffed out once again. All the years of waiting and anticipation for a new life together was torn down in only an instant. My heart broke for Blaire and I knew this news was nothing what she expected. Around this same time period Blaire found out even sadder news, her mother (my aunt) had been diagnosed with colon cancer. The words from the doctors did not seem promising and as a family we were all shocked. Blaire is the strongest, funniest, most empathetic woman I know and it was devastating to see her and her family have to be given this news. Blaire and Griffin knew that their time had run out and that even if that meant spending their first year apart they needed to get married as soon as possible. So with no time to loose and their parents at their sides Blaire and Griffin went to a local court house in Maryland and got married. No fancy ceremony, no giant reception, no expensive wedding dress they just did it and it was beautiful. Sometimes it's the most simple weddings that have the most heart and the most meaning. Even through the madness and unpredictability of life they still walked down the isle and chose each-other. A few days later we would be meeting in Daytona Beach to celebrate her older brothers marriage which he had also worked hard to have sooner than later. Because we were all together for a few days prior to her brothers wedding we decided to give these two the photos and memories that they could hold onto forever. I spent the day doing Blaire's hair and makeup and brought a second hand dress that I had found online. I contacted a local florist who donated a bouquet and boutonnière for this shoot and they did such a beautiful job! We decided to do a first look with these two and it was so special and sweet it was hard to keep the tears back. Capturing their love which had withstood the test of time and tribulation was such an incredible honor. See below for a touching elopement shoot for a couple who truly deserves the world. 

Florals: Fern & Curl Designs

Dress: Mon Amie Bridal Salon 

Suit: Jos A Bank

Antique wedding at The Vintage Rose

Cheyenne & Julian contacted me last summer and we arranged a little consultation at a local Starbucks to discuss their January wedding. When I first met these two I could tell they were both incredibly kind people who cared deeply about each other. They were so sweet and I was so excited when they decided to hire me to shoot their special day. Gina (my second shooter) and myself showed up to their beautiful venue in Orange, CA and couldn't wait to capture every element of their big day! This venue was so unique and had the most amazing vintage feel. I absolutely love venues that embrace antique and vintage furniture and atmosphere as I really love to shoot and edit in a film inspired way. Cheyenne got ready in the cutest bridal room with her bridesmaids and I really enjoyed capturing each quiet moment. Everyone seemed super relaxed and calm as the big moment was approaching. Once we got to their ceremony I could see the joy and excitement in Cheyennes eyes as she walked down the isle towards her love. These two were so dynamic and their true emotion and love for each other showed so clearly! Their ceremony space was so stunning and sweet I really feel like it reflected their personalities. This was a timeless wedding for a couple who shared a timeless love. After the ceremony we had an awesome time taking photos of the two of them really embracing the fact that they were now married! Afterwards their reception was fun and filled with so many emotional moments! Gina and I had a hard time keeping a dry eye as we shot this touching family and couple. They really took in every moment of their special day and I feel so blessed that I got to capture it for them! See below for a sweet antique wedding that not only looked beautiful but felt beautiful! 

Venue: The Vintage Rose

Bronze and Dusty Blue wedding at Crystal Cove

Antique details are some of my favorite and this styled shoot was filled with them! From beautiful bronzy plates to dusty blue and light pink flowers the tones of this shoot were just exquisite. This gorgeous shoot took place at Crystal cove beach which is home to some of the most breathtaking cliffs and beachside in all of California. This simple yet uniquely timeless shoot really inspired my editing as I dove into my favorite kind of film inspired edits. There is something about the contrast of light and dark in classic film prints that I love. It feels like I am in my high school photography class all over again. Washing each print and watching them slowly develop before me was one of my most treasured memories. I hope you enjoy this gallery as much as I enjoyed taking these and editing them! Side note! I got the awesome opportunity to contribute by provided makeup for both the bride and bridesmaid for this shoot as well!

Planning: Urban Allure Events / @urbanallureevents
Tables-cape: Home Goods / @homegoods
Photography: Sam Rae Genido / @samraegenido
Dress: Hayley Paige / @misshayleypaige
Suit: Macy’s / @macys
Florals: Joyful Blooms / @joyfulbloomsoc
Hair: Beauty for Ashes / @beautyforashesdesign
Makeup: Sam Rae Genido / @samraegenido
Calligraphy: Simply Scripted Ink / @simplyscriptedink
Invites: Brown Fox Creative / Insta: @brownfoxcreative