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

Kathy + Joe: Diamond Mills Hotel Wedding

Diamond Mills Hotel wedding first look

Of the vast pool of talented photographers to choose from in New York City, Kathy and Joe wanted me to photograph their wedding in Upstate. I’ve known them from before I ever did photography in any serious manner, so I feel like they are two siblings who watched and supported my creative endeavors. Their wedding also felt like a big reunion to me because throughout our parallel journeys, I’ve met many of their family and friends on jobs and occasions, and there they were all in one place on that day. Our long friendship led to finding myself at the Diamond Mills Hotel over Labor Day weekend this year.

Late into the celebration, Rick Moranis (of Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, and other 80’s Hollywood hits) shows up to say hi and to dance for a bit. Leave it to Kathy and Joe’s circle of friends to spot him in their neighborhood doing his thing and nudging him into crashing a wedding. The longer you shoot (weddings), the more celebrities you encounter.

Tossed into the photos is also one of me in a grey suit with the Vitamin Enriched team, with whom I’ve worked a number of gigs over the years.Diamond Mills Hotel
Diamond Mills Hotel sign
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding first look
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding portrait
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding candid
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding cakeDiamond Mills Hotel wedding portrait
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Wedding rings macro
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Rick Moranis at a wedding
Rick Moranis at a wedding

Kelley + Brandan: Orcutt Ranch Wedding

Orcutt Ranch Wedding

If you ever want to impress a wedding photographer (which really should be your goal when you’re planning, since we see so many weddings!), consider a custom touch to your outfit such as camera dial cufflinks. Brandan comes from a family of photographers so it was only natural that he created his own cufflinks from pieces of film cameras. Now that I think about it, I have a few defunct relics that are suitable donors for something like this. I admired their choice of venue for their wedding, Orcutt Ranch. Its few historic buildings matched their personalities in not having to be overtly loud or bright and embracing the natural scenery that surrounds it.

Kelley and Brandan also expressed their fondness for nature and America’s national parks, having visited almost all of the ones in the western contiguous states, by adding some illustrated postcards into their table setting.

This was another hot summer afternoon wedding that progressed into the warm evening, which can be a challenge for lighting. The guests seemed to have such a good time that the sun didn’t seem so bad after a while. In fact, they were even poking a bit of fun at me in some of the photos. I was equally sweaty, slathered in sunscreen, and hyped for wedding pie, their alternative to the traditional cake.