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Marina del Rey – LMU + California Yacht Club

Some days you steal a few moments wherever you can find them, other days like these, you have some extra time and a relatively small bridal party, allowing us the luxury of making plenty of portraits. Bride being a fan of candids and portraiture scores bonus points.

In recent posts, I feature a lot of walking together down the aisle shots. Not that I don’t capture first kisses, but it’s the photo everyone and their mother gets. I really like photographing a couples’ first march back together as a newly wedded couple. Also, it’s a front row and center seat giving you an exclusive privilege.

Weather and light in Marina del Rey are a bit too perfect. I suppose I still have my East coast mentality, expecting patchy clouds, humidity, and who knows what else.

Portraits at Loyola Marymount University
Reception at California Yacht Club


Wedding in downtown LA – Los Angeles Athletic Club

A few moments from a wedding at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Everything took place at the same location, albeit on different floors. These layers to the venue make a really nice visual story and I picked shots that had layers of their own, whether it’s the ceremony on the rooftop or the first dance in the ballroom.

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Philly Wedding – Hotel Monaco + Down Town Club

When I took a short trip to Philadelphia for a wedding, I was treated to two very pleasant locations. Bridal prep took place at the Hotel Monaco and was just a short walk to the ceremony and reception at the Down Town Club.

Bridal prep can get pretty intense. Oftentimes, there’s this moment I witness that I refer to as the maternal touch. It is a series of mom jerking, twisting, and tugging the dress, any gentleness spared. Then there are dress emergencies. No, no staged or recreated moments with Stephen Tang. I really like the raw moments, clutter and all.

Should I ever choose to create one, my non-definitive guide to bridal prep would definitely include safety pins and a sewing kit. Wedding and bridesmaid dresses sometimes run long or loose even after tailoring. Leave it to me to turn this entry into an educational moment. Anyway, moms are pretty damn awesome.

One of the coolest details at this wedding was the custom cake and topper. There was so much detail and cuteness to admire. I’ve seen my fair share of weddings, and I’m not gonna play favorites (will give you bad puns though – wait for it), but this one might take the cake?

Have you figured out by now that they love cats? Two different programs with illustrations for the wedding.
Instead of a traditional first dance, the groom performed a piano piece. If a piano performance and all of the other custom details do not make this wedding really stand out, I haven’t a clue what will.

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