Marlene and Devin were married this fall in Southern California. They got ready at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, and then had their ceremony at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra. Then the reception was held later on at the Hotel Maya. We had beautiful sunshine all day then later on a cool clear night. I have been excited to post this wedding because of the color and richness of the setting, as well as to show off a great looking couple. The coordination was handled flawlessly by Melissa Rizk and her crew at Boutique Event Planning. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife! Thanks for having us be there.
This is coverage from of Darriana and Blake’s amazing wedding. This was a bit quieter day, more laid back and took place back at Blake’s parents’ home in Rancho Cucamonga. Guest arrived at the house were soon greeted by a elegantly appointed home that has been miraculously converted into a beautiful wedding venue.The ceremony was touching and very personal. Darriana’s brother-in -law, performed the ceremony. After the ceremony guest moved on to the pool area were a mermaid played cocktail hour host to all onlookers. During dinner friends and family were treated to a fabulous course of braised beef short ribs, Moroccan baked chicken, creamy shallot potatoes and the chef’s legendary Brussels sprouts. Darriana and Blake and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated beneath the beautiful foothills dancing into the night. Coordination was handled beautifully by Melissa at Boutique Event Planning, and the flowers were spectacular and prepared by Flower Duet.
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about a wedding. So without further ado, I am so happy to share some images from Mariel and Zach’s wedding from a few weeks ago. They were married at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach, California. Tivoli Too is a stunning location surrounded by picturesque hills. The ceremony was beautiful and it incorporated some cool touches, like having the bride’s brother serenade them with his rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. Prior to the ceremony, the bride and groom wanted to do a “first look”. We moved on to Heisler Park for the first look and some formals with the couple and bridal party. I have to say that I had so much fun doing the formals! Mariel, Zach and their friends were just crazy and silly. They were just a joy to hang out with the entire day!
I can’t even begin to describe the incredible people that I was surrounded by at Frances and John’s wedding. One thing is for sure, Frances and John have some of the best family and friends anybody could ask for! Their wedding was a very small and intimate affair but like the old saying goes good things come in small packages. Frances and John were married at the historic and beautiful Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California one of the coolest locations in California. I believe that any wedding photographer would have loved this location. I love the artsy feel of the romantic images as well as those by the unique outdoor exhibits. It was a great day overall and I wish them the best!
Julissa and Christopher were married next to the ocean at the ideally located and beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. One of the most amazing locations in Southern California. This wedding was definitely a labour of love for me because Julissa and I have been friends for a number of years. Surrounded by their family and friends (many in from the East Coast and Texas) the ceremony was touching and very personal. Julissa, Christopher and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the big top of a custom event tent and dancing into the night.
The La Venta Inn in Rancho Palos Verdes is well known among Southern California wedding photographers as a premier wedding and event venue. Something that a lot of people don’t know is the La Venta has outstanding food. I’m sure most never expect to have a great meal at a wedding, but Stella and Ben consider themselves to be great foodies, which is one reason why they selected this venue. Another reason for selecting this venue is the breathtaking panoramic views. La Venta overlooks the coastline and city of Los Angeles. I think the variety of scenery around La Venta is simply amazing – charming architecture, beautiful gardens and, of course, the awesome view as a backdrop. We used all of these to our advantage for the ceremony and the formal photos that followed. The reception was held just inside where Stella and Ben surprised their guests with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers who wowed the crowd. Dinner was followed by lots of dancing, toasts by close friends and family, and more dancing. Everybody had a really good time and Stella and Ben gave everyone a late night treat with Kobe beef sliders and homemade milk shakes. Everything was wonderful to the last bite.
large number of wedding photographers in Orange County enjoy shooting weddings at the Fullerton Arboretum. The Fullerton Arboretum is a 26 acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world and is located on the northeast corner of the California State University Fullerton campus. Amy and Khalil wanted get a first look at each other before their ceremony so we used the Arboretum to do the grand reveal. The ceremony took place after the Arboretum shoot at the beloved St. Luke’s Orthodox Church. After the mass we took few family portraits by the altar and headed back to the Double Tree Hotel in Anaheim where all the guests were very excited to greet the newlyweds. The reception began with the introduction of the entire bridal party, followed by an incredible money dance where money was raining from the sky. Just when the guests thought the party was coming to an end, Amy and Khalil threw everyone a curve ball with a late night snack provided by a California original, In-N-Out Burger. Congrats to Amy and Khalil on a phenomenal day.
Cindy and Danny said their vows at one of the most coolest places in Southern California, the Hotel Figueroa. It has been a fixture of downtown Los Angeles for close to a century. The Hotel Figueroa was built in 1925 as a hotel for “business, traveling and professional women and their husbands and children,” by the YWCA. After years of decay, the hotel underwent a long-time renovation that features a Moroccan theme with Mexican tiles, Iraqi rugs, Indian textiles, exotic lamps and the occasional Asian erotic carving. The Moroccan theme bedroom suite made for a beautiful backdrop for the morning prep photos. The ceremony took place in the Rabat room, which is decked out with draped fabric and jewel-toned, stained glass ceilings. After the ceremony, the guests were escorted outside for the cocktail hour. It was held in the Bougainvillea-filled courtyard, called Rick’s Place. A Moroccan style dinner was served back inside. After a few nighttime rooftop shots, we ended up downstairs in the Tangiers room where the DJ kicked the party into overdrive.
Most wedding photographers in Southern California would enjoy shooting weddings at the this little hideaway and I must admit, I’m no exception. I think the variety of natural and home grown scenery around Saddlerock Ranch is simply amazing. Throw in a few touches like wild animals and a huge national geographic yellow frame where you can climb upon and create fantastic images, what more could you ask for. Because pictures were very important to both Chevonne and Jaime, we spent almost an hour walking around the breathtaking surroundings getting one great shot after the next. I couldn’t have asked for better light. Dinner was followed by lots of dancing to traditional Caribbean dance songs, Motown and a bit of old school party tunes thrown in for good measure. Below are few of my favorites from Chevonne and Jaime magical day. Enjoy!