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

Yali + Larry: Quail Ranch Wedding

Quail Ranch wedding first look

This wedding took place at Quail Ranch, out in Simi Valley, which is in that part of SoCal with enough elevation to give you great weather and views for outdoor events.

When I met with Yali, she expressed to me that she had taken some photography courses in college and had a fondness for black and white photos. My third camera for their wedding was my Nikon FE2 loaded with Ilford HP5. To me, the real surprise was using this film at night outdoors, which comes with all sorts of uncertainties. It loved my off-camera lighting setup and continued to produce pleasing micro contrast.

One thing I noticed about Quail Ranch was the way the sunlight fell toward the end of the day. The property told me it may have just been a coincidence that the buildings were laid out in a way to maximize on sunset. Whether you’re dealt good design or not, photojournalism’s duty is to take what you’re given, with lighting and otherwise, and making the best of it!

Quail Ranch wedding bridal prep
Quail Ranch bride portrait
Quail Ranch bride portrait Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch wedding first lookQuail Ranch wedding party portrait
Quail Ranch wedding ceremonyQuail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding ceremonyQuail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding receptionQuail Ranch black and white wedding portrait
Quail Ranch black and white first dance Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch black and white first dance Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch wedding reception
Quail Ranch black and white wedding reception Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2