{James & Monica} Wedding – Lake Piru, CA

I was so pumped when Monica asked me to photograph her wedding in Peru!

I though, “Sweet, I can finally cross off “Go to Machu Picchu” from my bucket list”!  I just had to make sure my passport was current.  There was only one thing though.  It seemed like Monica had spelled Peru incorrectly.  She wrote “Piru” instead of “Peru”.


No big deal. “Piru” is probably how the locals spell it.  So I decided to Google it…

Lake Piru is in California and is located about 40 minutes east of Ventura.  It is home to a National Historic Landmark and working ranch called Rancho Camulos.  This is where Monica and James were getting married.  (Monica had been referred to me by one of my previous clients, Andrea.)

I truly had an incredible time photographing James and Monica’s wedding.  The weather was amazing. The ranch offered many awesome shooting locations.  Monica and James’ family and friends were all super sweet.  Both Monica and James were so cool and easy going.  It felt like one big happy family decided to meet up and throw a party in Peru… Piru.

I really do have the best job in the world:)

Monica and James,

I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day.  It was an honor and a day I will never forget.

Now for the pictures!


 Event Coordinator, Flowers, Cake – Debbie Heaslip of TBM Events  |  Venue – Rancho Camulos  |  DJ – Parker of Edge Entertainment  |  Caterer – Bruce’s Catering  |  Officiant – Pastor Shawn Varner  |  Photography Assistant – Paul Bolger

  1. Joanne Rose
    Joanne Rose
    June 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    You have an amazing eye!!! I didn’t think it would be possible to capture the fun & pure joy of the day – BUT YOU DID! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU, Michael Stephens!

  2. big dave
    big dave
    June 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Looks like it was a great time for Monica and James. Nice photos Monica. I’m happy for you both. Now that I can open them, I’ll share them with Natascha when I get home. Your Dad’s friend, Dave from washington.

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