Monday, March 23, 2009

Rock band + Beastlies + Dinosaurs + Wai-Ching = Love



Leslie and Emory's wedding: one of my favorites! People that do their own thing, in their own element, should be role models for everyone. I was fortunate, along with my second Jennifer and our assistant Josh to be a part of this unique day. Leslie and I connected on Offbeat Bride, an excellent website for couples who have their own ideas and are more non-traditional than most. Their networking site is full of people who are extremely supportive, with real-life, DIY, affordable ideas.

Everything took place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The museum is a uniquely Los Angeles venue. Aside from the museum, the Rose Garden can be found next door, as well as USC across the street. Jennifer and I both grew up in LA, visiting the musuem on field trips throughout the years. We loved being back!

Leslie got in her eucalyptus Wai-Ching silk charmuese dip dye dress. Emory looked great in his all black, pinstriped vest, and fedora with a jaunty feather in the brim. We did a photo tour in and around the museum including the bird area and some animal dioramas. Leslie and Emory were not camera shy and had a good time posing (and being natural) for the camera. Despite what many people think, most "photojournalisitic" shots do take some posing and coaxing. It's best if you know, and feel comfortable with your photographer. An engagement session is quite helpful.

The ceremony took place in the main hall with Mr. Triceratops and Senor Tyrannysaurus Rex looking on. Programs were printed on old-school fortune tellers. A wonderful duet serenaded the guests during the ring warming ceremony.Guests coming into the reception in the Hall of African Mammals were greeted by Leslie's handmade beastlies on the three cakes. Guests signed wishes on a chalkboard. In lieu of a first dance Leslie and Emory started the fun off with a first song on Rockband!

Message to take away from this wedding: please be encouraged to do things your own way. This day is about celebrating the uniqueness of you!

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