Northern California Romantic Seaside Elopement

May 9, 2017


Ankita and Raj wanted an intimate elopement before their big Indian wedding that took place the first weekend in May! They had a simple civil ceremony at San Francisco city hall, and celebrated with this coastal elopement shoot that was just as beautiful and romantic as their love story! They had to overcome many barriers to finally be together and they wanted a happily ever after that reflected their story and embraced their love for each other! This took place on the beautiful, yet rough Northern California coastline. The wind stirred up the waves, the salty air created a misty haze so strong the sun could not break through and the breeze was as cold as ice, yet the thrill of their love kept them warm! To give these images an extra special touch, I shot almost all of them in 35mm film using the magical Fuji 400H. I had the pleasure of styling the couple by picking their wardrobe for their session and I also got to collaborate with some very talented vendors to make this all come together so beautifully! I hope you guys enjoy these magical images! Congratulations once again to Ankita and Raj! Wishing all the happiness this world has to offer! A Link to all the vendor’s websites is located at the bottom of this entry! Be sure to check them out, especially if you’re a NorCal Bride to Be!

I love that golden hour light and her beautiful smile!
The groom’s details were on point! From the boutonniere to the suspenders, the cuff links, the watch, the skinny tie, and the shoes!
So many lovely details shot on 35mm film! I love the grain, the color tones and the contrast! That shimmering light bouncing off the water is gorgeous!

Talk about a beautiful cake, and those roses were actually edible!! (more…)

Meet Me in the Garden

February 9, 2017

Well, here we are, it’s the last weekend before V-Day and you still have no idea what you’re doing for that special someone in your life! If you live in the frozen Northern states, this post is not for you, sorry, you better start a Pinterest search! However, if you live in Florida, you’re in luck! I have an awesome idea for you and some lovely pictures for you to draw inspiration from and create an intimate romantic garden dinner surprise!

This time of year, the Sunshine State boasts beautiful weather most of the season. The evenings are breezy and beautiful, except last night when I set this up, of course! Anyways, it is the perfect time of year to dine al fresco. I can’t think of a better way to show your love for your spouse or significant other this Valentine’s Day than to set up a romantic bistro style dinner on your patio, balcony, backyard, or garden; anywhere outside is perfect! Or, if in fact, you are in a place where winter is real, then why not bring the outdoors inside? Gather up all of your potted plants around your little bistro set-up and add some candles (if this isn’t possible, then again just start pinning)! Place a little note or stationary somewhere that your sweetheart will run into as he/she gets home from work (I know most of us have to work on V-day). You can also leave a little trail of tea lights leading up to it, if it didn’t rain cats and dogs in the middle of me setting up I would have done this. The point is to get creative, put some effort into it and you will create something awesome that the two of you will enjoy and cherish for years (you’ll have to come up with something better next year, but you’ll be good for now).

I’ve rehearsed the whole set up and taken pictures of it in the rain to share it with you! You’re welcome, I hope you enjoy and can draw a little inspiration for your Valentine’s date night!

It’s all about Love, so of course, I had to have a love balloon! This one is from Etsy Shop; Paper Boy Shop.

You can do without actual food, but a bottle of wine or champagne and dessert is a MUST for this occasion!

These adorable chocolate cookies are from IKEA. I was sad that I didn’t get to eat them! Lucky for Me I have another pack for Valentine’s Day!

This is the path I would have lined with tealights if it had’t rained! Fingers crossed for the actual V-Day!

The cute little Bistro set is also from IKEA! You can style any event with only IKEA items, of that I’m sure! Here’s the link for you

The ferns were courtesy of my once over-grown garden! Believe it or not, Ferns grow like weeds here and they are oh so lovely!

And because they are oh so lovely, here’s another shot of them! After all, “Greenery” is the official color of the year!

How cute is this little XO set up on the plate! These little tea plates were $0.50 at a local thrift store by the way!

The linens were a steal at $5 a yard from left over fabric pieces at Old Time Pottery.

Here’s a closer look at the fabric, the napkin (also from Old Time Pottery), and the plates. Please ignore the rain drops and the lack of silverware!

It will be the perfect Tuesday night Valentine’s dinner ever! I can’t wait to actually add it the tealights along the pathway! I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s an example of the note you can leave for your Valentine! I’m using this stationary made by Libby from

The Joy Co. She also took this picture of Me, and made this little cameo possible! Thanks Libby!

Modern Riverfront Wedding

November 24, 2016




The timeliness of this shoot could not be more fitting as we are in the beginning of the Holiday season! Thanksgiving is here, Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday parties  will be popping up left and right! In a season when we are being stuffed with heavy food practically every week, I thought it so refreshing to have a small intimate wedding with a simple cocktail hour and a delicious slice of cake to celebrate the Bride & Groom! Something intimate, but every bit as beautiful as a large wedding would be!

Copper, rose pink

This chic copper, rose gold, and white invitation suite was designed by The Joy Co.


Our lovely Bride was breathtaking! Hair and Makeup by Crystal of Bella Chic.


Our Groom looked awesome, too! His lovely Bride gave him a once over and he was good to go!


Mimosas and Moonshine set up a comfy and stylish lounge area for the bride and groom, and it fit perfectly on Yellow Dog Cafe’s newly renovated Riverfront Deck.


Cheers to the newly weds!


And to The Yellow Dog Cafe for the delicious hors d’oeuvres!


The cake was not only gorgeous, but super delicious thanks to House of Patel Macarons!


This ruffled rose gold and silver beaded dress was stunning! It’s a Watters Bridal from Olivia Bowen Bridal in downtown Melbourne, Fl.


I purchased the flowers from a wholesaler in Orlando and made all the arrangements for this shoot myself.


Not revealing every last detail as of yet, but the table setting was gorgeous!

There’s still so much more to share about this gorgeous shoot! I just wanted to give you a little taste for now as I’m hoping to get it published in a major wedding inspiration blog! But, fear not, there will be more to come! Including more detail shots, two unique table set ups, a gorgeous riverfront ceremony space with a DIY modern wedding arch, plenty of DIY  wedding “how to”  and more lovely wedding inspiration for your special day! For now, enjoy the Holidays and here’s to more “Happily ever afters!” CHEERS!!

Photography, flowers, and event planning done by yours truly!

Arlene Jacobs Photography @arlenejacobsphoto on Instagram @arlenejacobsphotography on facebook

Invitations and photography assistance by Libby Joy of the The Joy Co. @thejoyco on Instagram @thejoycomany on facebook

Venue  The Yellow Dog Café @yellow_dof_cafe on Instagram @yellowdogcafe on facebook (catering done on site by Yellow Dog Cafe’s head Chef)

Hair and Makeup by Crystal of Bella chic by Crystal @bellachicbycrystal on both Instagram and facebook

Dress provided by Sierra of Olivia Bowen Bridal Downtown Melbourne @olivia_bowen_bridal on Instagram and @oliviabowenbridal on facebook

Cake by Lilly of House of Pastel Macarons @houseofpastelmacarons Facebook @houseofpastel

Rentals and styling by Kimberly of Mimosas and Moonshine @mimosasandmoonshine on Instagram and facebook

Models: Misti Blu Day and her boyfriend Blake @mistibluday and @blakeba_felt on instagram

Lost among the gods

October 3, 2016

It’s Monday, October 3rd, and I am about to post my very first blog! To be perfectly honest I’m not expecting anyone to actually read this, but still I write. “What will she write about?” You ask yourself. Well I’m still stumped! What do people blog about? Their amazing lives and endless adventures, their adorable and extremely intelligent children and their ‘furr babies,’ the perfect dinner party, the wedding of the century, the heart throbbing love story, DIY everything!? All those things are fine and dandy and many people love that stuff, (myself included) but I often feel my life is just not that interesting or Blog worthy, so that’s the main reason I haven’t taken up blogging along side my photography, but alas it is time!
I plan to keep it real and to be able to connect to all who read my blog (even if there are only three of you)! Even though life isn’t always exciting or blog worthy, each of us have unique life experiences and different perspectives on similar issues that can help someone else in a certain area of their life.
With that said, I leave you with a little teaser of a conceptual shoot I put together in the incredibly inspiring Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. last June. The idea behind the shoot was very personal, it was based on the feeling of not being worthy to be counted among other great artists/photographers in the world. It was based on my own insecurities as an artist, and the self-destructive idea that my work (or I) wasn’t good enough to compete in the world of fine art photography. I asked Hilary, my dear friend and fabulous model to portray the feeling of being lost among greatness, “Lost among the the gods,” if you may. It’s a story of trying to find your way and standout in an endless sea of beautiful works of art, and trying not to let yourself get lost in it all.
I have submitted the shoot for publishing, so I can’t post anymore about it at this time, but I can tell you that God smiled at me that day, and the shoot was perfect! I hope you enjoy this little teaser and I will keep you posted on the rest of the images once I know if and when they will be published! If they are not published somewhere else, I will be posting them all right here!

Modeling done by Hillary Ryann
Hair and Makeup by Jade of Jaded Beauty
Flowers by Mainstreet Flower Market in Parker, CO.
Dress by Free People
Headband by H&M
Leather wrap belt by ADA Collection