Category: Featured on Blogs

A gold-gilded wedding, designed by Saadia Kibriya from Kismet Events, featured on Ceremony Magazine OC Edition. So so happy!


Awesome to see Connie and John’s wedding featured on Little Black Book at Style Me Pretty today.

Connie and John's Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty Little Black Book

I can’t contain myself! I’m so privileged to say that Mary & Ryan’s wedding made it on Vera Wang’s blog, Check out Mary’s beautiful gown.

A nice treat yesterday when Style Me Pretty posted the wedding of Mary and Ryan. If you haven’t seen they’re engagement, you must see the post here. It’s worth a peek.

So happy to see a great collection of creative people in this lovely post on SMP today. Chara Nicole of Open Box Designs made sure we were on our toes for this detail-rich of a wedding at Casa Romantica in San Clemente. Congrats to Jenny and Gray. You guys are awesome to work with.

San Clemente Wedding at Casa Romantica from Desi Baytan Photography

So proud to be in The Knot’s Southern California Fall and Winter edition with the wedding we photographed in Santa Barbara. Lisa and Alan’s wedding was sooo chic. Kudos to Katy Carrier and Erica España (Twine Events).

Open publication – Free publishingMore bride

One morning, out of the blue, Connie and I decied to take a morning walk around Walnut. Before we realized it, our morning walk turned inspirational when we got sidetracked and found ourselves at the Brookside Equestrian Center. I said to Connie, this would be great place to showcase our work. One passionate thing we do when inspire hits us is to sit right down and brainstorm. We began our search for models and gowns but also we began assembling a team to help make the idea come to life. One thing led to another, we hooked up with Erica España of Twine Events and we hit it off right away. I knew this was the beginning of something. Next was to secure the location. I called Rose Wade of Rose Wade Events who manages events at the equestrian center and pitched our idea. When she got on board, the rest started to come in place. For gowns, Veronica of La Soie Bridal was welcoming to the idea of our shoot and also added hair accessories from Veronique Coleccion. We made a casting call and found two great models, Nicole Maxwell and Mark Finochiaro. For makeup, we turned to our friend Kat Laskey whose work we admire. She brought her friend David Harrington to do the hair. Erica was so kind to find the rest of our team, Nancy Benninghoff Jr. of Oak and the Owl to execute the floral designs and Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies for the invitations. We also turned to our friend Gretchen Norton of Barnhill Boutique for antique rentals. Baker Party Rentals provided the exposed wood table, bench and chairs. And to tie it all together, Saadia Kibriya of Kismet Event Planning & Design helped with the romantic white draping that encompass the feasting table. We even managed to get a few boleros for the bride thanks to Joyce Brady of Gertie B on Etsy. Now, we needed to make sure this was all documented on video and we turned to Kelsey and David of Charles Lauren Films. The rest is history as we not only got a wonderful photo shoot out of it, but a behind-the-scenes look of what transpired. So sit back and watch a little video of our creative collaboration.  

Horses, Cameras and Couture: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at a Bridal Photo Shoot! from Charles Lauren Films on Vimeo.

Vendors Credits

Venue:: Brookside Equestrian Center -

Venue Contact:: Rose Wade Events –

Planner/Stylist:: Erica Espa̱a Р

Florist:: Nancy Benninghoff Jr. –

Stationery:: Amber Moon –

Male Model:: Mark Finochiaro –

Female Model:: Nicole Maxwell –

Makeup Artist:: Kat Laskey –

Hair:: David Harrington –

Cinematographer:: Kelsey and David Pluskat –

Bridal Gown:: Veronica Trebels –

Hair Accessories:: Veronica Trebels –

Rentals:: Baker Party Rentals –

Antique Rentals:: Gretchen Norton – Barnhill Boutique –

Draping:: Kismet Events – Saadia Kibriya –

Bolero:: Gertie B – Joyce Brady -

Photography:: Connie and Desi Baytan Photography –

On the Fashion Issue of The Knot Magazine, you’ll find on page 16 and 60 a photo of one of our brides. This from Kit and Terry’s wedding at the renowned Four Seasons in Westlake Village. See the gallery on Style Me Pretty’s The Little Black Book.

So nice to see that hard work does pay off when you see Katy Carrier and Erica Espana’s work on Style Me Pretty. They made this gorgeous wedding even more so. They certainly kept me busy because there was just so much to photograph! And that’s a good thing.