A warm fall day filled with laughter and happiness from the beginning to the end, marked Alessandra and Tom’s wedding. One thing is for sure, these two have some of the best family and friends anybody could ask for! Alessandra and Tom’s wedding took place on the campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock California. One of Occidental College’s most notable attendees include former US President Barack Obama. The campus is filled with awesome spots for photographer’s to take advantage of and that’s exactly what we did. Here are a few of the highlights from the day.
Since the grand opening of the Walt Disney concert hall back in 2003 it has been a mainstay for photographer’s of all kind. The stainless steel exterior forms, which were in fact inspired by world renowned designer Frank Gehry’s love of sailing, have now become iconic. Located in downtown Los Angeles the building has become an awesome backdrop for wedding and engagement photos. I have been excited to post this session because of the color and richness of the setting, as well as to show off Genesis and Shibli’s beautiful portraits. It was a little tricky photographing the Shiny, polished-metal buildings because they’re highly reflective and can generate a substantial amount of heat. Our bride and groom were real troopers and hung in there for what turned out to be an awesome shoot. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife! Thanks for having us be there.
We were surrounded by an incredible bunch of people for Katlin and Jack’s wedding. One thing is for sure, Katlin and Jack have some of the best family and friends anybody could ask for! I already knew that Katlin’s family was going to be awesome because I’ve photographed Katlin’s older sibling’s weddings in the past. We started at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach where we photographed all the little preparation details. The hotel was a perfect place to do all the bridal party photos as well as the first look. We knocked those out and then headed to the beautiful Sea Cliff Country Club in Huntington Beach for the ceremony. Sea Cliff Country Club is less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean, not far from the historic Huntington Beach Pier. Sea Cliff Country Club is an absolutely beautiful location that provided an awesome backdrop for the wedding. Thanks to the wonderful staff there at Sea Cliff for making this an incredible experience. Katlin and Jack, we are so happy we got to share your special day with you and wish you many years of happiness!
On a day that started with rain but then progressed to a classic California overcast Saturday, Kate and Michael braved the elements and tied the knot. Situated in the shadows of the Santa Susana mountains Wood Ranch Golf Club was the perfect choice for them to do their nuptials. The staff made sure everyone would remain dry by moving the ceremony indoors. After Kate and Michael exchanged their vows we did some fun umbrella wedding party photos around the grounds of the golf course. We are so happy we got to share your special day with you and wish you many years of happiness!
Kristine and Christopher were married at the historic and very cool Motte Museum in Menifee one of the most unique locations in California. Barn weddings have never been more popular and the Motte Museum is full of the rustic country charm that brides love. Surrounded by their family and friends the ceremony was touching and very personal. Kristine and Christopher and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the barn roof filled with beautiful classic cars from every decade.
These images are from an awesome wedding that we recently did with a holiday theme. The event was held at the historic Vibiana’s. Vibiana’s, is a former Catholic church building located in Downtown Los Angeles. The building opened in 1876 and remained the official cathedral of Los Angeles for over 100 years. The cathedral was heavily damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake and went through intensive renovations. Now it’s one one the most premier wedding and event venues in Los Angeles. Vibiana is a beautiful venue, the architecture on the exterior and interior of the building is stunning. The inside space is imposing, grand, and just perfect to photograph. Danielle and Ryan and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the spectacular architecture. The flowers were spectacular and prepared by Nina’s Floral Design and Events. The remaining of the evening was filled with dancing and lots of laughter
Kristin and Eric’s engagement photos at Malibu Creek Wilderness Park were filled with love and affection. Malibu Creek is famous for being the location for the old M.A.S.H television series. Malibu Creek State Park sits in 10,000 acres of rugged terrain near the Malibu coast, protecting flowing creeks, man-made lakes, historic structures, and prominent cliffs. Kristin and Eric were feeling adventurous, so they braved the rugged terrain for a few photos and I’m so glad they did. I can’t wait to photograph them again on their big day in December!
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.