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Ceremony Magazine San Diego 2014 | Heather & Chris

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While celebrating at a friend’s bachelor party in Scottsdale, a mutual friend introduced Heather and Chris. They spent all afternoon getting to know each other while lounging at the pool and haven’t left each others side since.

Photography | Jim Kennedy Photographers
Venue | Catering | Wedding Night Hotel | Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Wedding Consultant | Styling Starts Here
Rentals | Archive Rentals
Floral Design | Krista Jon
Rentals | Lounge Appeal, Platinum Pro
Linens | La Tavola
Lighting | PSAV Presentation Services
Entertainment | Wayne Foster Entertainment
Stationery | Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations
Cake | Sweet Cheeks Baking Company,  Flour Power
Favors | Lava Partners
Gown Design | Reem Acra
Bridal Salon | Hairpiece | Veil | Schaffer’s Bridal Salon
Bridal Jewelry | Cartier, Kate Spade
Bridal Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Hair | Sarah Whitesell
Makeup | Tasha Gonsalves
Bridesmaid | Karen Millen
Formalwear | Stitched Custom Men’s Wear
Mothers’ Dresses | Jason Wu
Flower Girls Dresses | Etsy
Engagement Ring | Wedding Rings | Kern’s Fine Jewelry
Honeymoon | Puerto Rico, Caribbean
Honeymoon Resorts | Dorado Beach A Ritz Carlton Reserve, W Retreat & Spa
Travel Agency | V2 Travel Management
Registries | Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Macy’s


Vendor Ingenuity | Studio EMP

Vendor Ingenuity Spotlight with Joel Eckman Maus of Studio EMP Photography

Name: Joel Eckman Maus
Title:Owner/Principal Photographer
Company Name: Studio EMP Photography

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I started my business in…


This is how it came to be…
I was unsure about a career path when I finished high school, so I continued working at a supermarket while trying out a number of different fields at community colleges in Orange County. It wasn’t until seven years later (yes, I had been taking college classes the whole time) that my fiance (at the time — now married 16 years) got me an SLR camera our first Christmas together (yes, I did propose after nine months). I started Photography 101 that spring and that was it — I was sold on photography. I actually took some convincing that being a photographer was an actual job — it was too fun! This is what I had been searching for.

A little bit about my background…
I am a daddy first and foremost. We have a 13 year old daughter and an 11 year old son. I am a husband second to an amazing woman that amazes me with her bravery, smarts, and most of all her heart, daily. Along with photography, I love to mountain bike (I’ve been riding over 20 years and started racing again a couple of years ago).

A little bit about my background in photography…
After taking all the photo classes at Orange Coast College that interested me and after earning first place in their first annual student exhibition, I decided I was ready to join the real world and be a real photographer. At this point I had not even thought about being a wedding photographer even after my own wedding. I finally quit my job at the supermarket and took a solo roadtrip with my camera and my bike to Alaska — sleeping in the back of my truck and eating top ramen and PB&Js off my tailgate. I remember processing some slide film (not good digital yet) in Vancouver and nearly sobbing at the results. I was blown away at the beauty I had created of the Western US coast. This was one of the best moments in my life. It was so clear and I was confident that I could do this! I returned home after nearly eight weeks later to find a photo job. While I was gone, my wife met a woman in the wedding industry and after learning about my trip asked if I would ever shoot a wedding, so I had a meeting with her. I shot a couple weddings for her and was hooked. Flash forward 15 years and 700 or so weddings and I’m still loving the challenge of capturing the perfect moment in amazing light and delivering these moments to my clients.

I find inspiration…
In nature, in all genres of photography and all other art forms.

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The perfect wedding day signature cocktail…
Craft beer.

One or two words to describe my style…
Real. Relaxed. Natural.

I love weddings because…
The best part about weddings are the emotions and I love to be the lucky soul that gets to document them all — the joy, the excitement, the anxiety, and sometimes the sorrow (of missing family members usually).

Something every couple should know after they get engaged…
Make it a goal to really connect with a photographer’s work AND their personality.


My best advice to couples for the big day…
Relax and be in the moment. The worst thing is when a bride or groom says that they can’t remember the day at the end of it. The best is when people are crying and hugging all day long — really feeling it.

If I could have any other occupation in the world, I would…
Be a photographer — really!

If I had no limits, my dream vacation would be…
I have always dreamed of taking my kids on a safari in Africa to see the animals that may be extinct by the time they are grandparents. We actually adopted a group called as our non-profit to support at Studio EMP. Started by a fellow photographer, they have created a network of ranger stations, rangers, jeeps, etc. to battle poachers that kill for profit.

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Deserted island. Three objects? Go…
A knife, water filter and matches.

My favorite sports team is…
My kids’ soccer teams. 

My favorite restaurant of all time is…

My biggest pet peeve is…
Arrogance — we are all equal and no one deserves to be treated like they are less than that.

My favorite holiday is…
Christmas to be with family.

The best day of my life…
Hiking, biking, camping in the redwood forests with my wife and kids… and Lu.

Three words to describe my dream wedding…
It Already Happened.

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My favorite staycation spot is…
Crystal Cove Cottages.

If money were no object, I would…
If money were no object all the natural land on the planet would be protected from development and everyone on the planet would have food, water and shelter.

I believe…
That no matter your religion we all need to help and support one-another, and when I say all I mean even strangers. Mean people suck — ask yourself if you are mean or if you are a helper. We are in this together, people.

My favorite thing on my desk is…
My Probar.

Favorite local hangout is…
The Fullerton Loop.

Favorite local restaurant…
Burger Parlor in Downtown Fullerton

Something most people don’t know about me…
Most people don’t know that I love to make all sorts of things — not just photographs. I love to weld, work with wood, and anything I can get my hands on. I’m a maker.

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Studio EMP Photography is a Ceremony Magazine Great List member. Click here to learn more about our Great List members.

Ceremony Magazine San Francisco 2014 | Deepika & Charig

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Passing through the halls of U.C. Davis Medical School in between classes, Chirag could not help but notice the beautiful Deepika. Although the courtship lasted over several months, Chirag claims he knew right from the beginning there was something special about the damsel with the diamond smile.

This dreamy technicolor celebration, vibrant in every detail, looks just as luscious as any Bollywood motion picture.

Wedding Consultant | Venue | Casa Real At Ruby Hill Winery
Photography | Videography | Wedding Documentary
Floral Design | Pamila Eve Décor
Rentals | Ajooba Events
Lighting | Fantasy Sound Event Services
Catering | Madhuban
Cake | Cupcakery
Entertainment | Avl123
Transportation | Hackney Horse And Carriage
Stationery | Magnet Street, Ambala Cards
Favors | Pooja Gifts & Favors
Gown Design | Hairpiece | Veil | Formalwear | Frontier Bazaar, Karol Bagh
Hair | Makeup | Laenka By Myrium, Allure Salon And Spa, Neeta’s Mehndi, Yogis Henna
Bridal Jewelry | Lovely Bridal Shop, S.S. Jeweler
Bridal Shoes | Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid Dresses | Mothers’ Dresses | Pooja Sarees, Rajan Sarees
Formalwear | Ermenegildo Zegna
Engagement Ring | The Diamond Connection
Wedding Rings | S.S. Jeweler
Wedding Night Hotel | Courtyard Marriott
Honeymoon | Rivera Maya
Honeymoon Resorts | Secrets Silversands Resort And Spa
Travel Agency | Apple Vacations
Registries | Macy’s

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Dress of the Day | Claire Pettibone “Thyme”

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This “Thyme” gown from Claire Pettibone’s Romantique collection is the boho-chic version of a dress fit for a leading lady in a Jane Austen love story.