I am all about capturing fun, real, and crazy candid memories for couples who are obsessed with love! Your wedding day will be a combination of insanely small moments that will ultimately make up one of the most important days of your life. From the embarrassing crazy dance moves to the bridal tribe chaos to the intimate heartwarming words of your vows, I will be there for it all, creating priceless images that will make you look back and literally laugh out loud! I want you to be OVER THE MOON with your photos and am ready to hop in and assist in making your day amazing! I have been featured on many popular Wedding Blogs such as The Knot, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Equally Wed, The Knot's How They Asked, Tacari Weddings, Strictly Weddings, and many more... I love LOVE... and I am a firm believer in sharing your love with the world!
I am also a HUGE FAN of photographing weddings in Italy ( My Happy Place ) and would love to speak with you and provide you with vendor recommendations if you are looking to book a destination wedding there. I have shot weddings in Trentinara & Santa Maria de Castellabate, and editorials in Venice and Ostuni... And Sorrento is next on my list for 2020!
*****Currently Looking for an AMAZING couple looking to get married in ITALY in Sept of 2020 - Myself and One Fine Day Wedding Consultants ( specializing in Italian Destination Weddings ) based out of the UK, are in search for a couple to give the deal of a lifetime... If you are looking to get married next year in Sept anywhere in the central to southern part of Italy we want to talk to you ASAP... Please messgae me for all of the details!
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Roxana Perez · Married on 08/03/2019
More than “Just” a Photographer
As I was looking for a photographer, many of the images in their portfolios seemed “cookie cutter” like. They seemed to have very similar poses, and as I would be flipping through hundreds of pictures, they started to look all the same. Only difference would be the venue, bride, and groom. Those who know us, know we are FAR from cookie cutter! We are a couple of fun, adventurous, and spontaneous human beings. After all, we did meet in Japan while we were both serving in the Marines.Sent on 10/22/2019
I would get more frustrated the closer our wedding date approached, and we still didn’t have engagement photos for our save-the-dates. Having a photographer is one of the most important details for any wedding, and I refused to pick just anyone who was going to match our budget. My MIL sent me one “hail mary” of a link knowing exactly what I was looking for. It was the link of Chrissy’s Photography Website. I started looking at all the couples she had photographed over the years and as I clicked to go to the next image I could almost hear the laughter through my laptop screen of these amazing couples she had beautifully captured. That link was the answer to all my frustrations. Her images captured the twinkle in the grooms eyes as he saw his soon to be wife for the first time, or the tear rolling down the father’s cheek as he gave his baby girl away. They forever captured the silly dance moves of the aunt who never really danced, or the flower girl’s smile as she twirled in her poofy dress. I knew she had to be our photographer! I wanted those images of my special day to be captured by her and turned into not just some picture frame on our mantel, but a work of art.
Due to my busy schedule with work, and my need to have our engagement session as soon as possible, I was unable to meet her in person for the first time. She was super understanding and we did a phone conference instead with my groom and I. Even as I spoke to her over the phone, I could not get over the sense of how passionate she was about her photography.
I felt that our pictures NEEDED to be outdoors as most of our adventures were outside, he even asked me to marry him on one of our spontaneous camping trips. We had scheduled our engagement session on what was suppose to be beautiful sunny week, but became a cloudy rainy one (If you have EVER lived in SoCal, it was unheard of!). The days just seem to fly off the calendar, I could feel the pressure of the BIG day getting closer, rescheduling would not be an option. My phone rang the night before, and I thought she was going to cancel. Chrissy knew how important it was to us to have an outdoor shoot, so she asked if we were comfortable shooting in the rain. My jaw literally dropped!!! That’s when her dedication just started to shine! I am not a photographer, but I do know a little bit about lighting, shutter speed, and of course about how water and expensive electronic equipment don’t mix!
The next day this beautiful blonde came out of her SUV and introduced us to her “umbrella holder” husband! You guys!!!! She actually brought her husband with her to help hold an umbrella for her!! They say a picture is worth a million words, well just look at how much of a committed artist she is. This blonde was almost knee deep in a fast flowing creek, climbing slippery tree trunks and all while she steadily held a camera to make sure we had the shots we wanted. She truly holds up to the saying “adapt and overcome”, and that she did by managing not only to create new memories of us splashing around, getting muddy and wet, but turned a campground into a romantic rainy outdoor photo-op. With her quick turn-around time, I was able to get our Save-the-Dates out!
My wedding planning continued, as I finalized colors, invites, and vendors. During this process I started realizing, Chrissy is much more than just a photographer. She would check up on me and even helped me with my timeline for my big day. She had been to many weddings before so who better than to have her tell me what would run more smoothly. She even reached out to all my vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page, this is something she does for all her brides.
Finally the big day had arrived. She and her second photographer, being the super professionals that they are, arrived on time. Everyone was trying to see where the blonde behind the camera fit in our family. When she showed up, it was as she had known us for years, she was no stranger. But Chrissy wasn’t there just taking pictures. She was making sure we stuck to the timeline she helped me make. She was the “bad guy” for me when we had to let my family know we had to get going and move on to the next event. Chrissy kept me calm and made, what many describe as a hectic day, feel like a walk in the park. She made sure I ate and hydrated. That day she was much more than a photographer, she became family.
I made the best decision by choosing Chrissy to be our photographer. Her spontaneity and personality matched ours perfectly. We had a sneak peak of our images the next morning, and all my images came back super quick considering the hours she poured meticulously editing them. Thanks to this incredible human being, not just a photographer, I get to relive the best day of my life over and over again by simply clicking open her masterpiece gallery she created for us.
Clare Wernet · Married on 07/06/2019
Chrissy is the BEST!
Chrissy was amazing from the beginning to the end! My husband and I can be somewhat camera shy and Chrissy's enthusiasm, energy, confidence helped to drew us out of our shells. When we first met her for coffee, we clicked right away, and I knew this was someone I could trust to capture my wedding day. She loved all of our wedding ideas and made suggestions along the way so that our day could be the best. We did our engagement shoot with Chrissy at the UC Riverside Botanical Garden (we wanted a desert look), and it really helped us to get to know each other and become more comfortable posing in the front of the camera. Chrissy gave us directions, but everything felt natural. The pictures came out gorgeous! The album with our engagement pictures is proudly displayed in our home, and all of our family and friends compliment the pictures when they look through it. In preparing for the wedding, Chrissy had a detailed questionnaire to help know what specific things we wanted - it included lots of things I wouldn't have thought of! We opted to do a first look before the ceremony, and I'm thankful we did because it gave my husband and I time to have pictures of just us. Chrissy made taking the bridal party pictures fun (from the groomsmen tossing the groom into the air to us gals strutting toward the camera) and the family pictures efficient (we both have somewhat large, and on my side, loud, families - she made everything go smoothly). We got our final gallery of pictures around a month after our wedding (much sooner than expected - especially during peek summer wedding season), and every picture highlighted and captured the love and celebration of the day. I'm incredibly thankful to have found Chrissy! If you're looking for a dedicated, enthusiastic, professional, and amazingly fun photographer to work with, Chrissy is the one!Sent on 08/25/2019
Meghan Odum · Married on 06/01/2019
Best kept secret!
Where to even begin! If you don’t even consider hiring Chrissy you are seriously missing out. Not only on having a great vendor, getting great photos, but having a lifelong friend! Everything about our experience with Chrissy was over the top epic! First off our first chat solidified that she was going to be the one to be there on our special day. We immediately bonded over life, love, friends and more! Our engagement shoot felt like more of a date night than it did getting the traditional “awkwardly posed” engagement pictures. And our wedding....from the second she walked in the door to the second she packed up and left for the night she was there to not only capture our night, but keep the groomsmen in check, make sure I was taken care of and the list goes on. I’ve been in a lot of weddings which also comes with being photographed by a lot of photographers. Hands down the most comfortable I have ever felt and the most GORGEOUS I have ever felt in photos. Not only does she return photos super quick so it makes you relive your day over and over, she has such a unique style it makes you crave more! Our photos are already hanging on our walls and we will forever be grateful to the wonderful person she is!Sent on 06/12/2019
Chrissy Gilmartin Photography's reply:Girly... You have no idea how beyond STOKED I am that we met, became friends, and that I was there with you on air wedding day!! You and ALL of your tribe were seriously the BEST! You and Bill are just straight up some of the most genuinely RAD, kind, FUN people I know and I cannot wait to see how your new life together unfolds!! xoxo
I am SOO excited to say that I have recently teamed up with Kaylee Duke Videography and we have created a killer package that will meet ALL of your dream day needs! In this new package you will receive FULL day coverage with both myself, Kaylee, and our two assistants to ensure that every RAD moment is documented for a lifetime of laughter and tears. For a limited time we are offering $500 off this new package to celebrate, so give us a shout and mention
Chrissy was amazing to work with! Her photos are beautiful and all the subtle angles well thought out. Chrissy tries out loads of positions in order to get the most out of a shoot. We were really impressed with her photographs and wish she lived closer so we could work with her more frequently! You will be very happy with choosing Chrissy as your wedding photographer!
Chrissy has this magical ability to bring her shining personality to the table--making you laugh and feel so comfortable in your own skin--while still allowing her clients to shine bright in the spotlight. She is vivacious, kind, and is crazy talented. Her stunning photography speaks for itself.
Chrissy does such a great job! All of her picture are amazing!! She pay great attention to detail by having her clients pose in the most flattering ways, but also capturing all those candid moments between the bride and groom that show the natural love and excitement on your special day. She also makes sure to capture all the little details from flowers, to rings, to place cards so that you can remember your special day forever.