Alexa + TJ: Secret Garden Event Center Wedding

Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony

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
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Secret Garden Event Center wedding bridal prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding bridal prep
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Custom silver wedding cufflinks
Secret Garden Event Center wedding groom prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding groom prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding bride portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony
Secret Garden Event Center marriage license signing
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center black wedding cake
Secret Garden Event Center wedding first dance
Secret Garden Event Center wedding first dance
Secret Garden Event Center wedding reception candid
Secret Garden Event Center wedding reception black and white
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Jennifer + Jordan: Wedding at the Cicada Club

Cicada Club wedding portrait

This Cicada Club wedding was one I looked forward to for the longest time! Perhaps due to my New York roots, I am a huge fan of old, historic venues to balance out all of the sunny, outdoor weddings. Tucked away in Downtown Los Angeles, the Cicada Club opened its doors in 1928 and is adorned with wood tones, gold accents, and art deco styling. Due to the moody and dim interior,  lighting is a challenge and reminds me of a clean slate to work with. The challenge is almost like setting up in a photo studio.

To remain faithful to the styling of Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding, I approached this wedding no different than any other, adding some of my own lighting without overriding the ambience the couple and lighting designers created. I want couples to look back and see what they remember, not an entirely new scene I created with flash.

While I’m sure next year holds many amazing weddings at sunset or overlooking the ocean, I also look forward to photographing many more historic interiors like the Cicada Club!


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Jenn & Rich: West Hollywood wedding at the Sunset Marquis

Sunset Marquis Hotel wedding portrait West Hollywood

Jenn and Rich wanted to celebrate their wedding in West Hollywood, the city they live in and love. We approached the day in strong photojournalism fashion, passing on “getting ready” photos in favor of documentary and first look at the ceremony site. They got married at Saint Victor Catholic Church, one of the friendliest churches I can remember in a long time, with the priests understanding that they and I are all in service of the couple on such a day. Also, one of the ladies tidying the premises referred to me as such a good-looking photographer and I’m a sucker for compliments!

The reception was held just around the corner within walking distance at the iconic Sunset Marquis. There were three beautiful cakes, one dedicated to the parents of the groom’s 50th anniversary, and one to their Dr. Who fandom, and one to cutting. The gathering was with their closest friends and family throughout the afternoon, allowing me to be a fly on the wall and capture many moments, big and small.

Their corgi Archie could not join them at the venue, but he participated in cookie form!

Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding West Hollywood
Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding candid
Saint Victor Catholic Church bride and father
Saint Victor Catholic Church bride and father
Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding altar
Saint Victor Catholic Church bride candid
Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding
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Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding exit
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Saint Victor Catholic Church bride candid
Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis wedding cake
Sunset Marquis wedding cake
Dr. Who cake
Sunset Marquis wedding reception West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis bride candid moment
Sunset Marquis wedding candid moment
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Sunset Marquis wedding cake cutting
Sunset Marquis wedding cake cutting
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Sunset Marquis wedding guests
Sunset Marquis wedding candid
Sunset Marquis wedding candid
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Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood