Hyatt Regency Valencia Superbowl Weekend Fun For Dori Like & Todd Lerner’s Wedding

The date of this wedding was very meaningful: it was the anniversary of their first date.  Two self proclaimed nerds who met online and within 12 short months fell in love, got engaged, planned an amazing wedding, and got married.  That’s … Continue reading

Ashley & Mason’s Wedding at Newhall Mansion- The Video Slide Show Now Playing

Ashley & Mason’s Wedding Here’s the video slide show from Ashley & Mason’s epic wedding day!  Just click on their names above in pink to watch it!

Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles Sets the Stage for Jessica & Brandon’s Wedding As The Perfect Blend of Glamour, Romance & Tradition With Ceremony at Holy Family Church in Pasadena

It was a happy accident that Jessica & Brandon found us…they had visited a venue that referred us, and although they didn’t choose that venue for their wedding reception, once we met, they did choose us to capture their day.

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Jessica is one of the most organized brides we have ever met, her work for university fundraising and event planning (yes, this Trojan must admit she works for UCLA) really showed in her attention to detail.  The beautiful program you see here was not only made by hand by Jessica and her bridesmaids-they were done over the summer-well in advance of her January 25, 2014 wedding date.

Brandon is an Apple guy, currently working in our own Valencia Apple Store- we hope the irony of the timeline of human evolution shot of all the groomsmen in front of the church isn’t lost…the top of the evolutionary chain is the iPhone!  We just couldn’t resist.

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Holy Family Church in Pasadena is just spectacular!

Jessica's personal touches were evident everywhere- don't miss the elegant table settings in the magnificent ballroom at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which by the way, is adjacent to MacArthur Park-where we actually got a shot with the downtown skyline and vibrant blue evening sky before the party began.  The architecture was amazing and we just could not be more thrilled with the results.Brandon is an Apple guy, currently working in our own Valencia Apple Store- we hope the irony of the timeline of human evolution shot of all the groomsmen in front of the church isn't lost...the top of the evolutionary chain is the iPhone!  We just couldn't resist.

The Bridal Party was so much fun to work with!

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Jessica’s personal touches were evident everywhere- don’t miss the elegant table settings in the magnificent ballroom at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel, which by the way, is adjacent to MacArthur Park-where we actually got a shot with the downtown skyline and vibrant blue evening sky before the party began.  The architecture was amazing and we just could not be more thrilled with the results.

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Private Dance

Private Dance

Here is just a sampling of some of the beautiful details and the amazing ballroom at the Park Plaza Hotel.

The perfect ending to a perfect day!

Perfect Ending to a Perfect Wedding

Perfect Ending to a Perfect Wedding

Vintage Backyard Wedding Lights Up The Night With Megan & Mark’s Blowout Party- RX For Fun!

What are the odds that two people could meet online, and not find out until their first date that they are both nurses working at the SAME hospital?!  Pretty slim, I would think.  But Megan and Mark did it, and when it came time for their wedding it was a prescription for fun…and lots of it!  There was so many custom touches that really showed off their unique personalities- from the custom cuff links that were Megan’s special gift to her groom, to the pharmacy inspired seating cards and table names- complete with the head table named-what else- Viagra!  Their adorable daughter played a prominent role…the three of them got married!  Her expressions are just priceless. 

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

The combination of the warm night air, cute, personalized touches and their warm, friendly upbeat personalities, made for some great shots!  Thank you Megan & Mark for being so much fun and so willing to try ham it up for the camera, and really be yourselves!

Let the games begin!

Let the games begin!

We were very fortunate to work with many of the premier wedding and event vendors in the Santa Clarita Valley, who also happen to be our friends…it takes a village…and we had one!  Thank you to:

Cruz’s Bridal for the magnificent dresses

The Tuxedo Revue for the gentlemen’s attire

Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist for the beautiful flowers to enhance Megan’s vision for the day

Matrimony Films for their complete video coverage of the event…and their light when we needed it

AV Party Rentals for the setup and rental items

Jill’s Cake Creations for the inspired black, white and pink flamingo cake

Salt Creek Catering for the all the delicious food

Together we shared in Megan & Mark’s Happily Ever After!

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Bel Air Bay Club Is The Perfect Location For Kirsten & Brandon’s Storybook Wedding

We had the honor to capture the priceless moments at the wedding of Kirsten and Brandon Caro during this past summer at the  spectacular Bel Air Bay Club in the Pacific Palisades. If there were two words to describe these two, it would be ‘fun loving’.  Here’s a little background story about this couple. Kirsten had been a flower girl at her aunt’s wedding that we photographed over 20 years ago.  Although Kirsten’s mom was secretly hoping the couple would choose us again, she kept mum, and was thrilled when the kids told her she had selected R & R on their own.

The view from above of the beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean

The view from above of the beautiful ceremony overlooking the ocean

Our first to photograph these two was in Carpentaria for their engagement photos. Kirsten certainly is a crafty one!  She had made her own props and even used seashells to mark the special day. When it was time for the wedding, we were excited to see what these two would come up with. The wedding was held on a beautiful Friday evening. Being a local bride, she used some of the top vendors in the Santa Clarita Valley.   Ariel Schumow did the ladies’  makeup, Matrimony Films filmed the day, and Joyful Noise  provided the entertainment and DJ services.

A romantic kiss on the balcony of the Bel Air Bay Club

A romantic kiss on the balcony of the Bel Air Bay Club

To continue with the beachy theme for the wedding, there were seashells as place cards, sand dollars as favors, and the whole event overlooked the ocean. The details were phenomenal, and most were made by the bride. There were beautiful handmade signs throughout the whole event.   They also had a customized sand ceremony that tied in perfectly with their beach theme.  This sweet twosome also wrote their own vows sharing the most intimate promises and devotions to each other for all the guests to witness.

As the night went on, this fun-loving bunch of family and friends really had a good time. People were having a blast with the photo booth the couple provided. Guests had the opportunity to browse their beautiful engagement pictures in the customized guest book they had us create for everyone to sign. The table numbers were named after beaches and the sweetheart table was the ‘Jamaica’ table, as that was the location of the newlywed’s honeymoon. Details, details, details! Kirsten did a fantastic job of carrying the theme throughout their special day. One of the most beautiful moments of the night was when Brandon played his guitar and sang to his new wife. It is a moment like that you can tell the deepness of one’s love.

The evening wrapped up with a magical sparkler farewell and the couple lived happily ever after. We had marvelous time capturing the special moments of this genuinely sweet and loving couple’s special day. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

Wishing the newlywed wed with a sparkler send off

Wishing the newlywed wed with a sparkler send off

Shooting Through The Tears At Carolyn & Andrews Dream Wedding at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica

Our first wedding of 2014 provided lots of first for us:  it was our first time at the hotel- Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, it was the first time we had ever photographed both the bride’s Bat Mitzvah and the groom’s Bar Mitzvah, it was the first time time I (Jody) found out how well I could shoot through my own tears.  I’m not trying to convince anyone that from time to time, I do not push back a tear of two at a wedding, but this day was filled with moments when I was pushing back a flood.  Muscle memory took over and I kept on shooting.  I guess the point I am trying to make was just how special a day this was- Carolyn & Andrew share such a sweet, wonderful, supportive relationship with one another, and both families are so close, and supportive of their kids, it was really a pleasure to be there to share this important event with them.  And then there were the grandmas, oh, the bubbes!  Both Irene & Louise share such a special relationship with their grandkids, and just think another wedding in 9 months for Emma & Josh…we can hardly wait!!!

Enough said, here are some of my favorites moments of the day-still to come-lots more to come- reception part 2 later this week.  In the meantime…enjoy these…we certainly are!

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The beautiful bridesmaids dresses for Carolyn & Andrew’s wedding were purchased from Cruz’s Bridal, who also did the custom alterations on all the ladies’ dresses.

Jennifer & Al’s Story: Romance at Spanish Hills Country Club Wedding

When Al and his fiancé, Jennifer, came in to meet with us, we knew we would have fun with this couple.  We have known Al since he was in elementary school with our son.  Al and Jennifer too, go far back… They started as neighbors, then friends, and eventually that turned into a romance.  Their love story started right here, in Newhall. Nine and a half years of dating, and Al finally popped the question in Big Bear while snowboarding.

When it came time to do their engagement photos, they had tons of ideas.  The first part of their session was at their condo with their cute little Yorkie, Ace. Jen is quite the baker so they wanted to incorporate her love for baking and Al’s enthusiasm for her sweets into their pictures. I don’t think Al minded eating the cupcakes for multiple shots! The next stop was at TPC to take some photos near the lake and catch their love for country by rocking some cowboy boots and hats. We then moved onto their old stomping grounds: Hart High School. Here we caught them kissing in the bleachers, tossing a softball on the field, and throwing around a football. We were able to get to know them even better and capture a lot of their personalities in these photos!  We couldn’t wait to hang out with them again at their wedding.

When their wedding day arrived, we knew exactly how to get these two smiling for the camera.  The bride and groom got ready at Hyatt Westlake where we captured some great getting ready shots and special moments, especially the first look with Jen and her dad. It was a priceless moment. Thanks to the Friday night traffic on the 101, we risked losing precious shooting time, so I took the bride, her matron of honor and maid of honor in my car so we can get all the pictures we would need, and not have to wait for the limo to make the round trip back after dropping off the guys.  Luckily my cooler was loaded with cold water and snacks for everyone.  Once we arrived at Spanish Hills Country Club, we went right into their moment to remember. It was such a touching exchange for these two. These intimate moments for a couple are a memory to be cherished forever, and we take that very seriously. As we shot the ceremony and moved into the reception, there wasn’t a detail left undone. There were personal touches everywhere. With the intimate group they had, you could see all the love for one another throughout the room. Everyone knew each other and had a great time. This was one group that sure knew how to party! We were so happy to be a part of this beautiful day and go home with a yummy cookie for the drive home.

Thank you so much Jen & Al for sharing your day with us, and for all the nice posts on Facebook.  We love your album too…that’s why it became a sample book at the studio.

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Vintage Backyard Wedding Spotlighted in New Composites

Jennifer & Andy had a traditional ceremony at Blessed Kateri Catholic Church and a vintage inspired, elegant reception in Jennifer’s parents’ spacious Agua Dulce backyard.  Check out the amazing attention to detail, and the purple and brown color scheme.  Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist provided the beautiful flowers to complement Jennifer’s vision.

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Redbury Hotel Promised to be new Hot Spot for Weddings-Sam & Neda were the First!

The Redbury Hotel is a new boutique hotel from the sbe group.  It is located in the heart of Hollywood at Hollywood and Vine, directly across the street from the iconic Capitol Records tower.  Neda & Sam’s Wedding was the FIRST one they have held there.  The venue is amazing…hip, trendy, stunning, fabulous!  It was such a treat for us to explore every nook and cranny and to shoot among the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.   Along with their beautiful daughters this couple celebrated with family and friends this wonderful February day.  We can’t wait to return.

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Olivia and Michael-First Love Couple Wed at Bridgeport Clubhouse in Valencia

Olivia is one determined young lady. Case in point- her older brother brought her groom Michael home for the first time; as his friend to hang out with. Then 12 year old Olivia spotted him and said- “I am going to marry him”. Well many, many years later she was finally allowed to date him, and yes, marry the man of her dreams. Who says persistence doesn’t pay off. Their Bridgeport wedding was like a dream come true!

We had such a great time with this sweet couple who take such good care of each other. We weren’t surprised when Michael sent a bag of McDonald’s french fries into the dressing room for his bride to munch on before starting photos. Their black, red and white themed candy bar was a big hit with all their guests.

We wish them both the happily ever after they deserve!

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