Ashley + Ryan: Salvation Army Crestmont College Wedding

In the film and photo industry, you sometimes acquire access to a location you might not otherwise ever get to visit. The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, where this wedding occurred, is one of those places. It comes with Rancho Palos Verdes’ perfect weather and views. It also houses select scenes that lighting
enthusiasts (photographers, painters, and cohorts) would geek out over.

Some of my favorite photos to take would have been the more “character-driven” moments, emphasized by emotional contrast. One example is Ashley’s glee next to her father’s tearful face as they marched down the aisle. Being in the moment is all a photographer can ask for of a subject on an assignment with limited time. There were so many
happy photos of the bride since she was genuinely having a great time on her wedding day.

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding invitations
Salvation Army Crestmont College logo
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Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony site
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding shoes
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding dress
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Sarah + Dylan: Wedding at Hartley Botanica

Sarah and Dylan reached out to me last Fall for their wedding at Hartley Botanica. Being from the East Coast like me, they wanted a venue lush with greenery, a more common sight from the other side of the country. It’s one those things we miss out here in LA like good pizza and bagels from mom and pop shops. Hartley Botanica is as green as it gets. There’s grass, bamboo, and trees abound. We’re not talking about palm trees either, but real branchy trees towering above, full with green leaves.

Also, working in Hollywood, I was flattered that they picked me for my eye and my coloring. The film industry and I had a history back in the day. Though it is in the past, cinematography and photography are intertwined disciplines and there’s no doubt my work continues to be influenced by motion picture.

Though they must see countless vendors every weekend of wedding season, when Bel and Karen of Hartley Botanica saw my arrival, it was as if we had just seen each other last week, rather than last year, and they ran the whole day as smoothly as any previous wedding I’ve photographed at this venue. That’s when you know your coordinators will be looking out for you, the couple, as well as vendors like me. A well-fed photographer is a happy photographer, and a happy photographer is one who finds inspiration (wonder if Anthony Bourdain would agree?).

Wedding dress hanging by the window
Bride getting hair and makeup done
Groom's boutonniere
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Hartley Botanica wedding school bus
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Alexa + TJ: Secret Garden Event Center Wedding

Wedding season kicked off in February for me this year, not in SoCal, but in Arizona. This one wedding brought me out to Phoenix at the Secret Garden Event Center. In the middle of winter, daytime skies were tinted green with patchy clouds stretching in every direction. It was Arizona’s version of overcast and it lended itself to me on this day.

The elegant personal expressions like the vintage cape Alexa’s grandmother wore for her wedding, her white opera gloves for the first dance, TJ’s custom cufflinks nodding to the Southwest are things I live for in my photography. If I shot the entire day in black and white film, I feel like the story would still maintain its flow and mood. I’d accept the challenge. Would you?

Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony site
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony site
Secret Garden Event Center wedding decoration
Secret Garden Event Center wedding dress hanging black and white
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