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Tabitha + Anthony Engaged | Big Bear Lake

Samuel Cosa

For as long as I can remember Natalia and I have always dreamed of having an opportunity to photograph a couple near the lake. Add a canoe on top of that already-perfect dream and we would be in heavennn;) Well, our dream became our reality just a few days ago when the perfect couple, Tabitha and Anthony, gave us full creative control in planning their Engagement Session!! Tabitha gave us the green light to do anything our creative minds came up with. Anything? Yes, anything! Including jumping into the lake at the end of the Session! ;)

The results are magical. Yes, we walked away muddy, exhausted, hungry and dizzy from the twisty roads on Big Bear Mountain… but it was ALL. SO. WORTH. IT! If a couple is capable of surviving such an adventurous Engagement Session like Tabitha and Anthony endured, we have no doubt their marriage will withstand any obstacle that comes their way! We are so incredibly blessed to have spent the day with Tabitha and Anthony and if we had a "Trooper of the Year" Award, it would definitely go to these two!

Tabitha and Anthony, thank you for putting up with our ideas and for being one of the nicest couples we have ever photographed. Truly. You two are amazing and Natalia and I cannot wait to photograph your Wedding Day in just a few short days! We love you both dearly and pray that God continues blessing you beautiful relationship for the rest of your lives.



"Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away."
Song of Solomon 8:7

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Tamara + Tim Married | Mountain View, California

Samuel Cosa

Tamara and Tim (also referred to as TimTam) met through a Christian dating website. They conversed for a year and half before officially meeting in person in Australia. Tamara is from Sydney, Australia and Tim from San Francisco, which often times made their courtship difficult due to distance, but they kept in touch via phone calls and Skype. They looked forward to reuniting time and time again in Australia and TimTam made the most of every opportunity whenever they were on the same side of the planet:) Ultimately, their attraction for each other's values, honesty and off-beat humor won both of them over and Tim would soon ask Tamara to be his beautiful bride! Having only 2 1/2 months to pull their entire Wedding Day off due to immigration terms, TimTam succeeded at planning and creating an inviting, intimate and homey Wedding at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View, California! Surrounded by dear ones from near and afar, their Wedding Day was filled with so much joy, laughter and endless love from all that were present. Below are a few of our favorite moments captured during TimTam's rustically elegant Wedding Day, a day that was sheer perfection!



"Where you go I will go, and where you
lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my
people, and your God my God."
Ruth 1:16

Vendor List

Bridal Gown: La Sposa by Pronovias / Trudys Bridal

Bridal Shawl: Davids Bridal

Bridal Gown Alterations: Just My Size

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy via Weddington Way

Groom + Groomsmen Tux: Paper and Petals

Bridal Accessories + Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy

Floral Design: Twig & Petals

Rings: Designed by Groom / Fabricated by Derco Fine Jewelers

Stationary: Designed by Groom / Printed by Wedding Paper Divas

Photography: Closer To Love

Venue: Rengstorff House

Linens, Rentals + Lighting: Danny Thomas

Catering: Continental Caterers

Cake & Desserts: Martha’s Pastries

Make-Up: Nidia Alcazar

Hair: Janet Flores Lopez

Officiate: Dave Larson Westgate Church San Jose

Day-of Coordinator: Faith Cochran (friend)

Decor Inspiration:

We feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have found each other from such a distance. Foremost, our Wedding Day details were inspired by the joy of merging our two wonderful families and cultures together (Australia and USA). Our families were over the moon to come together from both sides of the world in celebration.

Planning & styling all wedding details ourselves was a fun, creative, and crazy challenge! We set the basics via long-distance, yet had only 2 1/2 months to pull our wedding together following immigration terms, when I arrived permanently in San Francisco. After an exhaustive search of wedding / engagement ring designs, Tim decided to custom design our rings to capture the unique style and characteristics that we envisioned. Lorraine from Derco Fine Jewelers was so helpful, and had them produced just-in-time. I am still amazed that Tim created such beautiful keepsakes, under such pressured circumstances.

Our wedding theme began with the words “rustic garden elegance” and ended in a happy mix of decor & a fabulously eclectic selection of music. We aimed to create an atmosphere of fresh, relaxed elegance for our guests and Rengstorff House provided just the right ambiance. It was stately yet inviting, intimate and homely. The lovely gardens also complimented Tim’s passion for gardening. Air plants and succulents are among our favorite plants, so it felt natural that we should integrate them as our guest favors and alongside floral arrangements.  

We incorporated little Australian details into our stationery & table ornamentation to commemorate my relocation and pay homage to dear absent friends & family who could not be with us at such limited notice. Additionally, our names are Tim and Tam. There was a prevailing unspoken -and spoken!- expectation that we serve TimTam’s on our big day- A favorite Australian biscuit (US translation: TimTam 'cookies'). We obliged by featuring every available flavor on our dessert table!

My family arrived just in time to save my sanity in preparation. Tim likes to refer to his home during this two week period as a “Pinterest Sweatshop." Friends and family honored us endlessly in their offers to contribute their time and talents to our day. We were absolutely thrilled to have them involved as MC, Photo Booth Operator, Videographer, Day-of Coordinator, Welcomers, Helpers, Heavy-Lifters, Log Choppers, Thrifting Decor Sourcers, Amazing Crafters, and Upscaling Spray Painters! They truly made our day special, and we left smiling from ear to ear.