Ben + Melissa, A Leo Carrillo Ranch Wedding


The second time I met Melissa I was 8 months pregnant. With her own newborn, Lily in tow, we sat at Starbucks and chatted for hours…mostly about childbirth and newborns, and of course her impending wedding. We bonded instantly and I just knew that her wedding day would be one I couldn’t wait to be a part of. See, the first time I met Melissa, her fiancé Ben was a groomsmen in a wedding I was shooting and though we didn’t get to speak much that day, I’m always so thankful when I am referred by a previous bride and groom. Especially when I’m referred an incredible couple like Ben and Melissa, who little did I know, picked one of my favorite venue’s EVER. Leo Carrillo ranch is seriously beautiful and if you ever find yourself in Carlsbad, it’s open to the public and FULL of peacocks. They were gorgeous, and noisy, and always trying to get their own time on camera (which of course I didn’t have a problem with). Let’s just say they were the other guests at the wedding. I spent my drive home that night re-living the days events, from the rock-paper-scissors during the ceremony to the insanely sweet father-daughter dance between the groom and little Lily. It was just a really great day. I even get to see Ben and Melissa again next spring when I shoot Melissa’s maid-of-honor, Melissa’s wedding! enjoy!

Venue: Leo Carrillo Ranch, Carlsbad, California

Second Photographer: Kristine Marie Maglunob, Kristine Marie Photography

Coordinator: Lindsay Johnson, First Comes Love Weddings & Events

Hair + Makeup: Jenny, Tiffany Monday

Videographer: Massimo Legittimo

Florist: Cherry Blossom

Cake/Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Bakery

DJ: Aaron Valdez Perfect Mix Dj’s



  • Sadi Lane - Oh Ericka these are gorgeous! Great job capturing their day, I love all the group photos and the getting ready shots, Gorgeous!

  • Liesl Diesel - you are excellent with candid photos! I love that!

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