Meaghan + Scott: Riviera Mansion Wedding

Riviera Mansion wedding first dance

A drive Los Angeles up to Santa Barbara, this time for a wedding at the Riviera Mansion, always does tired bones some good (jesting lightly). In my mind, only California can pull off an outdoor dinner in the fall with such grace. This soiree forwent tradition and had a certain untraditional flair I am so very fond of. A groomsman looking for an excuse to go shirtless and juggle billiard balls, what’s not to love? Disposable film cameras for the guests to document the night beside me. Thinking back, fun little bits of personality remind me of past moments like when this couple voluntarily wrapped a python around their shoulders.

This series of wedding photos is long format! I sat on the gallery for a while since the completion of the final edit, unsure if I should just post a few highlights. I’m about photojournalism through and through, delivering to you the experience of being there, and I’ll definitely be doing more of that in future blog posts.

Riviera Mansion sign
Riviera Mansion entrance
Riviera Mansion table setting
Riviera Mansion groom prep
Riviera Mansion groom prep
Riviera Mansion groom prep

Riviera Mansion bride prep
Riviera Mansion bride makeup
Riviera Mansion bridal suite
Riviera Mansion bridal suite
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding night reception
Riviera Mansion wedding night reception
Riviera Mansion wedding cake
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding cake cautting
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor

JoJo + Na: Ebell Long Beach wedding portraits

Ebell Long Beach wedding

Once in a while, couples ask me for recommendations on things like locations. In this instance, I threw out the Ebell of Long Beach for wedding portraits as a suggestion and they said agreed to it! The Ebell of Long Beach houses a beautiful interior with iconic tile work in the main hall. Said main hall lets in just the right amount of natural light through the ceiling and the control and predictability is a photographer’s dream to work with.

Nothing quite like having free rein due to tight schedules and people blocking in the way, two common wedding occurrences. Having this freedom at a private venue also allowed for outfit changes, not something we can do easily at an outdoor location.

Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Wedding portrait Mamiya 6 Portra 800

Studio engagement portrait sessions

studio portrait wedding

I’ve bounced back and forth with the idea of studio portraiture and wedding photography. It is an integral part of my photography background, as I often mention during consultation, but not something couples typically (important word here) give thought to. A part of the reason for this is the market and social media. How do you know what you want for your engagement session when you don’t know it exists? If you can’t find it, you might settle for is currently available (remember a time before oat milk?)

When you meet a bride who wants to swim against the current, knows what she wants, and follows her intuition to hire me, it is humanly rewarding. It feeds one’s soul. Let’s work together because you have a vision and we have something to prove against tired trends.

Below are a couple of final selects from a recent shoots. I looked for subtlety through body language, rather than hitting the viewer over the head with the oft seen themes when people search for engagement photos (bright colors, matching colors, props).

los angeles studio portrait wedding
los angeles studio portrait wedding