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We’re big believers in best friendships coming out of the best friendships between couples and their wedding vendors. Obviously not everyone who’s ever been married can say that they had a super tight relationship with the people they paid to pretty up their wedding, and that’s okay - if the wedding turns out fabulous and there aren’t any major hiccups with the hired professionals, then 👌👌👌 all the way. But there is something to be said about couples seeking out their ‘perfect matches’ for the most important day of their lives thus far, bonding over the wedding planning process, and remaining close for years after the ‘I Dos.’ And for Vanessa, owner and principal photographer at XO & Fetti Photography, this happens all the time.

We’re not sure how she does it, but maybe it starts with the mouse ears?

Vanessa Mestas Principal Photographer XO & Fetti

If you asked V, she and her team specialize in documenting who their couples truly are and what unique bits of their relationship really make their fairytale magical. They aim to capture it all - the quirkiness, the silly, the fun, and the moments of absolute bliss. And they do so with a documentary approach to their clients’ wedding days, catching those fleeting memories with artful, romantic and whimsical imagery.

Looking at XO & Fetti’s website and Instagram feed, you immediately get the vibe that this girl and her shutterbug squad LIVE for love and the personification of sparkle. Everything that the [natural] light touches is her kingdom, and she won’t rest until every detail of the day is documented with utter finesse. From the colorful florals to the buttercream confections, the memories are major for Vanessa and she’s in it for all of them.

She also might have just a mildddd obsession with Disney, and every day that she can sprinkle some of her fine art photography pixie dust and have it diffuse into a timeless, fairytale finish, she counts herself lucky (privileged, to be precise).

XO & Fetti Just Married Couple

Came for the Disney, stayed for Tomorrowland

“Where do I begin with Vanessa? She was one of the sweetest, kindest, and most down to earth person we've ever met! We found her while searching for photographers on Instagram, and as soon as I figured out her love for Disney, I KNEW that she was going to be our photographer. Unfortunately, due to unexpected personal events that happened right before our engagement shoot, we weren't able to do our engagement photos at Disneyland. HOWEVER ... our second choice for the shoot was just as good of a location, if not better -- sorry Disney! From the moment we arrived, and up until the sun had set ... she made us feel so comfortable. Some photographers just kind of tell you what to do, which is great because sometimes you do need guidance. But Vanessa will not only guide you, she will tell you to just be yourself. Letting us be comfortable in our own ways allowed her to capture every little awkward, quirky, silly moment between us. It was as if she wasn't even there. On the day of our wedding, it was all of this and more. She and her team really listened to what we wanted, took into consideration some of our family concerns/dynamics, and worked her magic. She captured some of the grandest moments of our wedding while also taking candids. With her personality and style of photography combined, we decided to keep her in the family so that she could document the next chapters of our lives! We are so excited and can't wait to use her again in the future. The love and passion that she has for photography really shows in her work, and I promise you that you will not be disappointed.” ~ Jennifer

XO & Fetti Styled Shoot

their first vendor, but their most lasting memory

“Vanessa was everything we hoped for in a wedding photographer and SO much more. My husband and I are a little camera shy and we were worried about our photos turning out awkward. But Vanessa knew exactly what to tell us and naturally posed us. We can’t believe how awesome we look! But beyond taking incredible pictures, Vanessa and her team honestly felt like family. We were instantly comforted by them and laughed with them through what can be a tedious experience. Both of her assistants, Alexis and Kristina, went above and beyond the scope of their jobs. Anytime we needed ANYTHING during our various photoshoots throughout the day, they were there for us (I vaguely remember Kristina handing me a plate of snacks, because she overheard me saying I was hungry). XO & Fetti was the first vendor we booked for our wedding because we were so sure we wanted to work with Vanessa. We couldn’t be any more positive that we made the best choice.”

~ Cecilia

XO & Fetti Styled Wedding Tablescape

She’s based in Cali, but apparently “available for travel worldwide.” So, I’m reserving her for my vow renewal in 5 years… She married her teenage sweetheart, has a thing for Mickey Mouse, and her world turns with ‘whimsy.’ This girl is my spirit animal!!!

Feeling like me? THOUGHT SO. Reach out to XO & Fetti for more information and $100 off your Engagement Photography, Wedding Photography, Anniversary, or Bridal Portraits with the code ‘WCPROMO.’


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