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!
This Summer wedding lands us in the wonderful company of the beautiful May and very cool Stephen. Our day began at the Hilton for makeup and hair by Theresa Huang and her crew. Since all of the bridesmaids were getting ready at the hotel, I had plenty of time to cover preparations in great details. May’s room provided lots of soft morning light, which helped tremendously with the detail shots. Later on I caught up with the groom, Stephen, at the church waiting for his bride’s arrival. After the ceremony, we headed to the reception site, Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills. The reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and dinner. After dinner, May did a quick change into her traditional dress for a Chinese Tea Ceremony. Later on the festivities reverted back to the main reception room where dancing gradually transformed into a full blown party.
Today I’d like to blog about Megan and Jade’s wedding. This wedding had all the ingredients you need for a complete day filled with a beautiful ceremony in the afternoon and an over the top 80‘s style party in the evening. The ceremony began in Seal Beach at the family’s cherished chapel, St. Anne’s Catholic Church. After the ceremony, we moved on to the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, which is well known among Southern California wedding photographers as a premier wedding and event venue, for the reception. Upon arriving at the Hotel Maya, I whisked the couple away for a few formal shots. As the evening approached, the guests had no idea what was about to hit then when the 80’s cover band Flashpants took the stage. The band covered all of the great tunes from the decade and invited the audience on stage for full participation. The night didn’t end until everyone got their geek on.
Erin and James’ ceremony took place at the Church of the Angels in Pasadena, California, on a Southern California winter’s day. The day was shaping up to be a rainy one when dark clouds moved in and the sky looked very threatening. Luckily, we planned ahead with some cool umbrellas for the formal photo sessions. Not wasting any time, we started shooting the formal shots of Erin and James highlighted by the incredibly dramatic sky. The reception was held at The Rococo Room at the Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. Dinner was highlighted with toasts by their families, which were extremely touching and memorable. Later, everyone hit the dance floor for some great freestyle dancing and crazy fun.
One of the things I love is photographing weddings at unique and out-of-the-way places. Recently, I had the chance to photograph Janelle and Michael’s wedding at a unique place called The Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California. Felton is located in Northern California, just north of Santa Cruz. The Roaring Camp Railroads is home to a centuries old Redwood Grove that features a self-guided nature path. The Roaring Camp Railroad ceremonies are held in a stunning Cathedral Grove located on Bear Mountain, which is accessible by a vintage steam train. While at the Cathedral Grove site, Janelle and Michael exchanged their vows underneath ancient, towering redwoods with beautiful streaming light behind them. After the ceremony the guests made their way back down via the train stopping to catch a few quick priceless photos on the way down. Thier guests were treated to an authentic wagon train style dinner with all the fixings, along with an old-fashioned marshmallow roasting party thrown in to boot. Below are few of my favorite shots from Janelle and Michael’s magical day. Enjoy!
Los Willows in Fallbrook is well known among Southern California wedding photographers as a premier wedding and event venue. From outdoor ceremonies to corporate events, it is without a doubt a perfect spot for a celebration of any kind. Today I’d like to blog about Alejandra and Israel’s wedding, which I had the pleasure of photographing. The couple’s wedding day began at Los Willow’s Bed and Breakfast Inn, where they had their “first look” in the courtyard, followed by some shots in the French Quarter with the wedding party. Because pictures are very important to Alex and Israel, we spent almost an hour at shooting formals and I couldn’t have asked for better afternoon light. Dinner was followed by lots of dancing, toasts by close friends and family and more dancing. At the end of the night, everyone lined up for a final sparkles salute, as the bride and groom departed in a classic chauffeured Rolls Royce!
What an absolutely perfect wedding day it was at the beautiful Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach. We started the day out early at the Surf and Sand Resort for getting ready shots and some pre-ceremony images on the beach behind the resort. I took a few pictures of the girls helping Vanessa with the final touches and then stepped outside to the beach with more room for the group shot. I had some fun with the bridal party on the beach with some funny impromptu running shots. We jumped in the limo for a quick drive up to Tivoli Too for the ceremony. The reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and then gradually transformed into a full blown party. Overall, the entire day was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being there! Below are few of my favorite shots from Vanessa and Spencer’s day. Enjoy!
A warm summer day in Northern California filled with laughter and happiness from beginning to end, marked Destiny and Bill’s wedding. The day’s events took place at the historic and beautiful Hakone Estate & Gardens, the oldest Asian estate and garden in the Western Hemisphere. Destiny and Bill incorporated several unique touches to their day with things such as releasing a box of butterflies after they said their vows and also having a custom jigsaw puzzle made of their engagement photo. The pieces of the puzzle were then passed out to the guests in order to construct the puzzle throughout the rest of the afternoon. I love the woodsy and tranquil feel of this location. Everyone seemed to be so at ease. The beautiful day wound up with both families on the dance floor.