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Randy + Melissa // Los Angeles wedding photography // an elegant, rustic chic backyard affair

As a photographer, I am lucky to have couples that stare at each other with pure love in their eyes. As a human being, I am utterly blessed to have some that radiate so much more than that. Pure, unadulterated adoration of each other, with an affection and joy and respect for one another that “love” just does not fully encompass.  Melissa and Randy are one of those pairs, the kind that I am sad when their wedding day has come to an end.  I am so grateful to know these two, to have witnessed a love as completely stunning as theirs, and to now watch these new dear friends of mine embark on the next phase of their life together.  They were married in one of the most beautiful, intimate, joyful backyard weddings I could’ve ever dreamt of.  Take a peak and you’ll see just exactly what I mean.

Love to you both!!!!



Orange County, Los Angeles wedding photographerLos Angeles and Orange County wedding photographer Lori Yohe, The Purple Tree photography

I lahlahlah LOVE when my couples opt to do a First Look!  It is not only an incredible additional experience on the day of your wedding, it creates an ease and relaxation that just rarely happens otherwise.  And it’s what allows for drool worthy images like these!!!  I’m obsessed with these moments between Melissa and Randy.

Oh Melissa.  SERIOUSLY!?!?  You’re just so completely stunning.

The “backyard” setting to put a thousand wedding venues to shame!

chandelier backyard wedding decorelegant lavender and rosemary table setting detail

I am extra in love with these next few images because I totally snuck them as they were waiting to enter their reception.

Shannon Morse - September 4, 2013 - 2:59 am

Beautiful photos and such a pretty wedding! His first look reaction was perfect! :)

Teri Franklin Williams - September 4, 2013 - 3:17 am

Such gorgeous pictures. Such an adorable, perfect, beautiful couple.

Nicole Davey - September 4, 2013 - 3:28 am

Dear Melissa Mabie-Cochran and Randy Cochran you two are absolutely beautiful. These pictures are magical and it is obvious how truly and deeply in love the two of you are. Congratulations on your exciting life ahead together! Sending loving vibes from the east coast :) xo Nikki.

Justin Biers - September 4, 2013 - 4:12 am

Congratulations Melissa and Randy!

Lisa O'Kane - September 4, 2013 - 1:52 pm

These pictures are just beautiful. But Melissa and Randy are even more beautiful. Beautiful wedding – love the venue, the purple shoes, and the sunglasses!

Nancy Miller - September 4, 2013 - 3:01 pm

These are the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen! Congratulations to Melissa and Randy. May the Lord bless you with peace, prosperity, and lots of children!

Mary Reardon Fleming - September 4, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Amazing photos representing a magical fairy-tale wedding. You two are a enchanted couple! Love you so much. Thanks for sharing your special day with us…it was spectacular! <3

Peter Anderson - September 4, 2013 - 5:26 pm

congrats to you both, the photos are amazing and you look like the happiest couple in the world. best wishes.