Destination weddings always make us swoon as much as the couples that are destined to spend their lives together.  Kate and Louie’s New Years Eve Raleigh, North Carolina wedding was every bit as magical as New Year’s Eve is meant to be.

Their journey down the aisle started the year before on New Years when Louie popped the question by the ocean in the same spot they met. “Having our wedding exactly a year from the proposal gave us enough time to plan and ended up being a perfect opportunity to bring all of our out-of-town friends and family together over the holidays!” said Kate.

The couple said their vows below a full moon and among 100 candles. Louie remembers the way the light shone down on her, making Kate’s dress sparkle. Even Kate’s grandmother, although in poor health, could be seen watching the ceremony from a window above.

Her dress was Alfred Angelo Beverly Hills with Badgley Mischka shoes to match. His tux was Wilkie Rodregez. Although Louie’s Guatemalan grandmother was unable to make the trip, he kept her close with cuff links she had made special for their day.

For a sweet finish to the evening, the couple went non-traditional with a dessert buffet of their favorite sweets. He chose Carmel dipped apples and churros and chocolate (with chocolate brought from Spain by Kate’s sister from the couple’s favorite cafe!) And she chose Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts and maple rolls from Ohio as a nod to the summers she spent there as a child.

Kate and Louie’s romantic New Years Eve wedding was as special as we are sure their marriage will be. We, at Cean One, wish you many more New Year’s Eves of love, magic and joy and thank you for letting us be apart of your wedding day!

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Wedding season will be here before you know it but before all you gorgeous brides say I Do, let us provide you with inspiration for an engagement session.
We know each couple is unique and your session should tell the world who you are as a couple. Get excited about your statement and take a moment to get inspired by some of our favorite engagement sessions.


Beautiful light and a charming backdrop are great for the down to earth couple. These can be fun and flirty or romantic and sensual. Your personalities will pop against a rustic backdrop.


Lights, action, and excitement. A city atmosphere is perfect for the elegant couple. Downtown is great for lines and textures to play against your sophisticated personalities.


Sandy shores are excellent for a casual but fun session.  Play in the waves, or chill on the sand-when the sun sets, you can turn up the heat!


Take your session on the road to your favorite place.  Are you New York cool, or San Francisco sophisticated?  Your imagination is the limit for a destination session.


Are you looking for inspiration after your session? Sure, there is always Facebook, but your gorgeous portraits also deserve gorgeous prints. Cross off an item on your wedding to-do list by letting us take care of your thank you cards, save the dates or a guest book. Turn your session into a keepsake for both you and your guests.  Contact us to plan your perfect engagement session today!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but love is always in the air here at Cean One Studios. Boudoir is the perfect way to start off a marriage, celebrate an anniversary or just feel good in your skin. Here are some of our best tips for rocking your boudoir session.


  1. Wordrobe, wordrobe, wordrobe!

Whatever size you are, properly fitting lingerie can make or break your images. When your clothes fit well, you will feel better and look better. If you aren’t sure about sizes or fit while shopping, ask a sales associate-it’s their job to know what works best for different body types.

Once you’ve found the perfect lingerie, don’t forget to remove the tags before your session. Also, be sure to wear loose fitting clothing to your session. Skin marks from elastic can last long after you’ve removed it.




  1. Hair and Makeup are a must.

You’ve spent the time picking out the perfect lingerie, decided on a location, so your hair and makeup should be just as special. Remember, not everything that looks good in real life translates well on camera. Professional hair and makeup can take your images from good to unforgettable. We have hair and makeup stylists, just ask when you book your session.

If you’d still rather do it yourself, be sure makeup has a matte finish and give hair more curl and volume than you normally would.



  1. Details Matter.

It’s the little things that will give your images an extra polished look. Nail polish on nails and toes should match and if you plan to wear stockings be sure to being extras in case of a run. Also, jewelry can be a great prop and works well to frame your face!



  1. Pose in the Mirror.

Although it may sound silly, practice posing before your session. Smile in the mirror and take note of your favorite side. You will feel more comfortable the day of your session if you’ve already practiced being a model in the privacy of your own house.



  1. Trust your Photographer!

This may sound contrary to the last tip, but it’s true-trust your photographer! We, at Cean One are professionals who know how to make you look your best in your images. There may be a pose that feels strange, but through our lens it looks awesome!



Now that you’ve got our inside tips, contact us to book your boudoir session- in studio or on location. Gift certificates are available.

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We had a wonderful time shooting the Blench wedding. Cassie and Matt were fun to work with and their fun chemistry was easy to capture.

The Pearl’s funky atmosphere provided a perfect back drop for the evening. Overall we had a wonderful time, thank you for letting us be a part of  your special day!


How was your experience with the Cean One family?
“Great experience. We had an idea of what we wanted that was outside of our price range.
The Cean One family delivered quality product and gave us a few options to help us understand how we could utilize our budget.” -Cassie
 “Of all of our vendors, Cean One was the one we decided we just had to have.
After looking at the work that you had done for other couples, and seeing what the other studios had to offer,
there was just no more discussion. And you guys totally delivered.” – Matt

What did you like most about your experience?

Our couples photos are so beautiful. I’m not a cheezy/fairy tale/bride kinda girl, but I was really touched by those pictures of us.”

How did you like the Pearl as your venue?

“LOVED it. It was everything we wanted. I’m not the super crafty type, or country type, or princess type and all the venues we saw felt like something unauthentic to us.

This was SUPER San Diego. Retro, casual/comfy/funky but high class F&B, and the service standard there is above and beyond.”

Matt, at what moment did you decide you were going to propose to Cassie?

When she told me I was going to. Lol. I was actually really nervous about it because marriage, in my mind,

was something that I decided a long time ago was going to be forever for me when I did it.

And Cassie will tell you I love to think think think about things. Cassie taught me that sometimes in life you just have to have faith.

And when I realize that she was right (typical) that’s when I knew I wanted to propose.”

How did you two meet?
“Well… we were both coming down from a weekend of hard partying hard and were introduced by a mutual friend.
We went to the beach in a group – I don’t even know if I had brushed my teeth. No makeup, bikini, a BIG burrido… it was not sexy.
Looking back, I probably should have been concerned how in to that he was, lol.
He got my number and called me for months but I was busy getting my life together to take a big international trip.
A year went by as he stalked me online, and when he saw a mobile check in that I was near his area (basically on a date btw)
he convinced me to have breakfast with him the next day. The rest is history.
“The colorful” version of this story can be found on our wedding website    “

What was your first date?

“Swami’s in Encinitas… then the gardens across the street… then the beach below… I was not prepared for an outdoor day and got FRIED. “

Cassie, what was going through your head when you were walking down the isle?

“OMG I can’t believe this is real’. As cliche as it is, I was about to marry the man of my dreams. After all the bull$&#t you go through to find him,

its unreal that it’s actually going to happen for you – and its not until that moment that is sinks in.”

Matt, what were your thoughts when you saw Cassie walking towards you?

I won!

I just couldn’t believe how stunning and happy she looked and I was so thankful that it was her and me and we were about to do this thing together.”


Matt, how did you propose?

It was Valentine’s Day. I took her to Balboa Park – our favorite place in the city.

I had staked the park out a week earlier to find the best place at the right time of day with the right lighting and would have the best backdrop

and I decided on Main Street in front of the reflecting pool and when we got there, there was a street performer with a HUGE crowd. I played it cool cause

I had a secondary and alternate location ( proper planning prevents piss poor performance), so we cruised around a bit, enjoyed the scenery

and made our way to the bridge right in front of the botanical gardens. I asked a stranger to take our picture and pulled the ring from my pocket.

I picked the right guy too cause as soon as I got down on one knee, he threw it into video mode. It worked out beautifully. She couldn’t say no, we were in public.”






Cassie, what is your favorite part about Matt and why?

“Lighthearted. Matt balances me so well. He is so many things I wish I was (though this is probably the first/last time he’ll ever hear it).

I am an intense person in most capacities, which has its pros and cons. I can always count on Matt to not take me too seriously,

which can be hard to do. He has thick skin. And he can make me laugh ANYTIME. No matter what. He lightens the air.

Its the best thing someone like me could have in a lifelong companion.”


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  • Charlie Films - Wonderful pictures absolutely lovely!


We had the pleasure of working with this beautiful couple on for their Mission Inn wedding.

The classic venue paired with their positive attitudes made for a lively evening filled with laughs, smiles, and tears of joy.

The bride’s overall natural beauty and glow contributed to the overall fairy tale-esk evening.

The love shared between the two and their families was overwhelming and heart warming.

Congratulations Mandisa and Victor! Thank you for letting us be a part of your magical night,

we are honored to have partaken in such an unforgettable event.

Wedding Coordinator: Holly M. Chavez

Cake: Michelle’s Bakery

Music: A Touch Of Ivory

DJ: Chris from Your Time Entertainment



How was your experience with the Cean One family?

Our experience with the Cean One family was outstanding! Cean produced the most beautiful pictures and he was also a pleasure to work with!

I trusted him and his staff with everything and they did not let us down. Brittany was also so awesome to work with.

She was very friendly, flexible and she took some awesome photos with Cean on our wedding day!


What did you like most about your experience?

The customer service! The Cean One family is awesome to work with! I booked them almost 2 years prior to our event.

I rarely needed to reach out to them. They knew what I wanted and our pictures were Awesome!

They worked with our vendors (HMC Event Solutions & Ambiance Designs) several times before so, it made it so much easier!

What was your most memorable part of the wedding?

The most memorable part of the wedding was our wedding vows. We were supposed to send our wedding vows to our Minister, Chaplain Chris Dickens,

separately before our wedding day in the event we had trouble saying them the day of. Victor worked with Chaplain Chris on his vows however,

I did not send him my vows because I wanted it to be a surprise! Victor and Chaplain Chris did not think I had anything prepared and I did,

which surprised both of them! I finished my vows with one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou “In and Out of Time”.

My surprise vows ALMOST made Victor cry! And it is tough to get Victor to cry!  It was a beautiful moment! Our Reception

was also very memorable! Our DJ and cousins, Chris & Drew Morgan from Your Time Entertainment came all the way from NYC to DJ our wedding!

They had the dance floor packed from beginning to end! We and all of our guests had a blast!

How did you two decide to get married?

We just decided we were going to get married. And we became officially “engaged” when we set a date.

There was definitely no surprise, no romance, and no proposal. We just knew we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together!

How did you like the Mission Inn as your venue?

The Mission Inn was a beautiful! We knew we would have a large number of out of town guests attending our wedding.

With that being said, we wanted a venue that was close to our home but also luxurious!

The Mission Inn really gave us the over the top experience we were looking for. The atmosphere and ambiance of the hotel was perfect!

Victor, at what moment did you decide you were going to marry Mandisa?

When I realized how independent and how strong of a woman Mandisa was, I developed trust easy for her and I decided that I wanted to marry Her.

Victor, what were your thoughts when you saw Mandisa walking towards you?

My Thoughts when I saw Mandisa walking towards me were “ Look at my Bride! I have absolutely no regrets! I can’t believe this day is here already!”


Mandisa, what was going through your head when you were walking down the aisle?

As I was walking down the aisle all I could think about was all of the beautiful years we shared together and how much time and effort we put into

this beautiful moment. We were surrounded by our family and friends! Surrounded by so much love!  It was FINALLY happening!

Mandisa, what is your favorite part about Victor and why?

One of my favorite parts about Victor is he very honest. (Sometimes too honest lol ) He is trustworthy and dependable.

I can trust Victor with everything and I can depend on him for anything. I trust Victor with my Life!

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  • Charlie Films - Lovely pictures especially the black and white!