Sarah + Dylan: Wedding at Hartley Botanica

Hartley Botanica wedding portrait

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
Groom looking out the window black and white
Hartley Botanica wedding school bus
Hartley Botanica wedding sign
Hartley Botanica Jewish wedding outdoors chuppah
Hartley Botanica wedding guestbook signing
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding family candids
Hartley Botanica wedding family candids
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding reception outdoors centerpiece
Hartley Botanica wedding reception outdoors
Hartley Botanica wedding cake outdoors
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony flower girl grandmother
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica Jewish wedding ceremony tallit
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony black and white
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
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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
Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding first kiss
Saint Victor Catholic Church wedding exit
Saint Victor Catholic Church bride and groom candid
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
Sunset Marquis wedding guests West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis wedding cake cutting
Sunset Marquis wedding cake cutting
Wedding favor cookies
Sunset Marquis wedding guests
Sunset Marquis wedding candid
Sunset Marquis wedding candid
Sunset Marquis wedding candid Portra 800 Olympus mju-ii
Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood
Sunset Marquis wedding portrait West Hollywood

Tuba & Dylan: Downtown LA Wedding at Perch

Wedding natural light portrait Perch LA Mamiya 6 Portra 800

Tuba and Dylan opted to hold their wedding in Downtown Los Angeles at the visually delightful Perch. As a photojournalist, the details that resonated most with me were the emotions and personal touches – matching henna for the bridesmaids, two-piece wedding dress, conscious decision to pick a location that added to their guests’ experience. We also took a break from the reception at night to head over to Pershing Square and take some portraits with and without the bridal party.

Bride and bridesmaids henna
Groom and groomsmen Perch LA
Wedding first look Perch LA
Wedding natural light portrait Perch LA Mamiya 6 Portra 800
Black and white portrait bride and groom Perch LA
Bride and Bridesmaids rooftop Perch LA
Wedding family portrait Perch LA
Wedding party portrait Pershing Square Downtown LA
Bride's henna and groom
Wedding cake cutting Perch LA
Bride and groom downtown LA night