Guest Post: Megan Dileen Events

Guest Post: Megan Dileen Events

You’re engaged and wedding planning is in full swing — hooray!  Your Pinterest feed is a constant source of inspiration, and you can’t help but pin, pin, pin as you scroll through the stunning photos.  A wedding dress framed by the perfect blush wall, a carefully styled invitation suite, a bride and her bridesmaids giggling as they fluff each layer of tulle.  With a little careful planning and my six tips, your getting ready photos will be just as Pinteresting!

3 Reasons Why I'm A Wedding Photographer

3 Reasons Why I'm A Wedding Photographer

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of people ask how I became a photographer. So I thought I would share with you a little bit about the why and the heart behind my business.

I know it may sound cliche but I always have been fascinated with photography. There was a day in particular that I remember, while my brother and sister played volleyball in the backyard, there I was, with my disposable camera photographing insects, birds and my dog. Of course the photos weren’t totally in focus but I enjoyed it! We took the film to be developed and I wrote the date on the back of the photo (a habit I learned from my mom’s albums.) It’s so funny because I recently stumbled on a box of old photos and found those pictures buried. And now 23 years later, here I am camera-in-hand, only this time with a better camera and photographing people now!

In high school, I signed up for film photography as my elective class. My mom took me to a local camera store and bought me my first camera body (which I still have today.) My favorite part of the class was going into the darkroom to develop my photos and watch the image slowly appear right in front of me. After high school graduation I decided to pursue another love of mine, interior design. I went to the Interior Design Institute for a few years and loved it. It was during that time that my boyfriend (now hubby) of almost five years proposed up in Big Bear. And so began the world of wedding planning. 

One of the most important things to me was finding a photographer. I knew how much we would cherish these photos and I pictured our walls filled with wedding photos. We were on a budget, but a large portion of our budget would go to photography. And I was happy knowing that after the flowers are wilted, the cake was eaten and the dress was boxed up…that we would have these sweet memories from our day, forever. It was during my search for a wedding photographer that I caught myself daydreaming what it’d be like to be a wedding photographer. After our wedding, I was still browsing wedding blogs and my husband thought I was crazy. I started online photography courses and taking pictures of friends and family. While I was working a retail job, Todd got a raise. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams of photography and here we are almost four years later. So here are the top 3 reasons why I LOVE being a wedding photographer.

1. Preserving love stories for generations

Without a doubt this is the number one reason why I love being a photographer. To capture the moments from the day, so you never forget. Like the look your mom gives you as her little girl slips into her wedding dress. Your dad’s reaction when he sees you for the first time seconds before walking you down the aisle. When your flower girl twirls in her dress. The moment your eyes meet as you walk down the aisle towards your future. It’s these moments that you want to remember and freeze them in time. It’s the beginning of your legacy that will live on for generations.

2. I love weddings

I used to watch the movie Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez on repeat. There’s just something about the celebration that will never get old to me. I find tremendous joy watching other’s experience happiness. Every wedding is unique and seeing the relationship you have with each other and your family is an honor to be a part of.

3. I'm a hopeless romantic

I grew up watching Disney movies, one of my favorites being Beauty and the Beast. Love is a gift and I love celebrating it. I’m sentimental, so I’ve kept love notes Todd wrote me when were dating. Or kept straw wrappers he shaped into a heart. Or the photo booth strips we take every year at the fair.

I’ll end on this note, thank you to our clients from the bottom of our hearts. I get goosebumps thinking about how lucky we are to be a part of your journey, but most of all, your friendship. From the time you’re engaged to growing bellies...thank you for welcoming us into your lives and letting us celebrate with you through it all.


2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

As the year comes to an end, I can't help but reflect on how grateful I am for each and every couple and their families who welcome us happily to their wedding day. 

It's been a year of growth as I moved into an office in Tustin with a wedding coordinator (I'll share some images soon!) I couldn't be more thrilled and full of joy to have a "job" I love!

Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

I've mentioned before that Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love giving gifts, spending time with family, the smell of baking cookies and the twinkling lights. 

St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding | Krista & Jimmy

St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding | Krista & Jimmy

St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer

Where do I even begin this beautiful wedding? Krista and Jimmy are two of the sweetest, caring and welcoming people you will ever meet. The day was surrounded with friends and family from all over to celebrate this momentous day. 

They met when Jimmy was told by a co-worker that he would like this girl who plays games. He quickly fell for that girl and the rest is history. 

Krista and Jimmy it was such a joy and pleasure to capture your wedding day! I can't help but smile as I look through these images, to relive that day and know that fairytales do come true.

Enjoy your Maui honeymoon, you two!

St Regis Monarch Beach Wedding - Blush Invitations Jen Simpson Design

It was a beautiful day in Orange County, California. The couple started the day by getting ready in their rooms at the Monarch Beach Resort with lots of sparkle and classy details. Starting with this invitation suite from Jen Simpson

Christian Dior Shoes - Monarch Beach Wedding

You know it's going to be a gorgeous day when the bride hands you these blush Christian Dior heels for details. 

St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
Monarch Beach Resort Wedding Photographer

The day was filled with stunning design and detail planned by the fabulous Pure Lavish Events team!

St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photography - Blush Bouquet

This is by far one of my favorite bouquets I've ever photographed. Florals by Jenny you are so talented!

Blush Wedding at Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer
Monarch Beach Resort Wedding Photography

This is his favorite watch, of course you need to wear it on the wedding day.

Jimmy Choo Gold Wedding Heels at Monarch Beach Resort

And for the reception, the bride slipped into these fun gold Jimmy Choos.

Monarch Beach Wedding Photography - Blush Wedding
Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer Dana Point

Monarch Beach Resort definitely has breathtaking views!

First Kiss at Monarch Beach Dana Point Wedding
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer
Orange County Wedding Photographer - Monarch Beach
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
Monarch Beach Wedding Photography - Blush Wedding
Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding
Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer - Cathedral Veil
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
Monarch Beach Wedding Photographer
Dana Point Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
St. Regis Monarch Beach Club 19 Wedding

Of course a wedding day isn't complete without gold chiavairi chairs, sweeping drapes and chandeliers. 

Club 19 Monarch Beach Wedding - Blush & Chandeliers
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding - Gold Chiavari Chairs - Luxe Linens

Amazing linens from the fabulous team at Luxe Linen.

Monarch Beach Wedding Photography with Bottega Louie Macarons

Bottega Louie macaron treats for each guest...

Monarch Beach Wedding Photography - Glass Etched Table Numbers
Monarch Beach Wedding Photography - Pink & gold cake
Monarch Beach Wedding Photography
Orange County Wedding Photography - Choreographed tango first dance

Krista and Jimmy had a choreographed Waltz and Tango as their first dance. Her reception gown flowed perfectly across the floor as they danced...

Monarch Beach Club 19 First Dance Wedding Photography
Orange County Wedding Photographer
St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding Photography

His speech was so touching and there wasn't a dry eye in the restaurant...

Monarch Beach Club 19 Wedding Photography

Their friends surrounded them on the dance floor as the wedding day came to an end.  It was pretty awesome!

Monarch beach wedding photographer


Venue: Monarch Beach Resort (Formally St. Regis)
Event Design & Coordination: Pure Lavish Events
Florals: Florals by Jenny
Paper Goods: Jen Simpson Design
DJ: Vox Dj's
Entertainment: The Ocdamia Strings
Linens: Luxe Linen
Rentals: Chiavairi Chair Rentals
Wedding Dress Shop: Wedding Time
Tuxedo Shop: Men's Wearhouse
Macaron: Bottega Louie
Videographer: Lexoria
Blush Shoes: Christian Dior
Gold Shoes: Jimmy Choo





Why Our Wedding Was Amazing Without Pinterest

Why Our Wedding Was Amazing Without Pinterest

We were married almost five years ago and that was before pinterest. And you want to know a secret? It was still absolutely amazing without it. With the help of family, friends and some inspirational wedding blogs, we were able to plan our wedding on a budget that was perfectly unique to us.