Monday, October 13, 2008

10/11/08 Fall wedding in Covina/Glendora

I have to admit I do occasionally watch Huell Howser. I grew up in Los Angeles and love to discover new places to visit. I was so excited as I drove up to Megan's house in Glendora right across the street from Rubel Castle, "an eclectic mix of rock buildings, discarded items, and a renovated citrus packing house." The caretaker allowed us to shoot there since Megan had taken care of horses there when she was a teenager, and he was fond of her.

Megan was one of the most easygoing, cheerful brides. She was willing to do anything and understood that her dress would get dirty at the bottom edge before the wedding. Although it may seem like a big deal, when you walk down the aisle the last thing people will be looking at is the hem of your dress. Don't let that hinder your great pre-ceremony shots.

The traditional catholic ceremony took place at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic church. The reception was held at the South Hills Country Club. The bride and groom and I rode around in a golf cart, then did some fun group photos with their bridal party of 18!

Everything was timed just right by planner Ivonne Melendrez. If you are thinking of going with a planner please do- they make the day easier for everyone. She made sure the room was ready to go, decorated with rich fall colors. The floral arrangements were beautiful and contained protea, or pincushion flowers. I had not seen those used in wedding flowers as of yet but had been thinking of using them for my own wedding. The most unique touch was the caramel apple name cards. They stand up on their own, and everyone loves a caramel apple! Megan and Scott were a fun couple to work with- I hope they have a great time on their honeymoon at Sandals, Jamaica. Special thanks to Cindy, Megan's mom, for making me feel so welcome and appreciated (and giving me my own caramel apple!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10/5 Vintage Glamour at Western Justice Center

"The Western Justice Center at the Maxwell House is a 1929 jewel in the crown." What a perfect place for a perfect couple. Heather and William's wedding was filled with vintage glamour and so much emotion that even I cried. It happens from time to time when I'm shooting. I keep going of course! Perhaps it was how William lost it when Heather appeared at the aisle. Or maybe their tearful vows. It was wonderful.

Details included personalized napkins with their recurring owl motif, wind up owls at the tables, and a pair of owls nested at the top of their cake. They had a live band performing standards and accompanied Heather down the aisle with their beautiful music. Cajun food was provided by the excellent Larkin's in Eagle Rock. (Everyone should try Larkin's! home made mac and cheese- need I say more?)

This intimate wedding was exactly what Heather had been hoping for. Great friends, beautiful weather, good music and food, and her handsome new husband William by her side.

10/4 International Wedding at Mission San Fernando

I love second shooting! This weekend I photographed Rina and Vaughn with an excellent colleague of mine. Rina is from Australia- they'd met while Vaughn was vacationing there and dated long distance.

The traditional Catholic ceremony took place at the Mission San Fernando. It is a beautiful place for a ceremony.
During the ceremony a huge downpour began. We worked around that by shooting the couple under the overhang just outside the church. The mission was holding 3 other ceremonies that day and the other photographers found our spot too. We worked around them and it was worth it- the light was wonderful during the rain!

The reception took place at the Oddesey Granada Hills. A wishing tree was set up for guests write personalized messages for the bride and groom. This is a good way to get guests involved and avoid lines waiting to fill in the guest book. After a wonderful first dance and special toast to the parents, the night went on with lots and lots of dancing.