When Netta was describing her ideal engagement session, she wanted it to be somewhere outdoors, but other than that, she left it up to me to pick the location. Los Angeles has so many scenic outdoor options, but I chose the LA River. Before moving to LA, I knew the dry concrete parts of the LA River from the Grease and Terminator 2 movies. However, we ventured to the lush, green parts that actually have water in them. And Netta and Kas were such good sports to even climb on rocks in the river, which turned out to be some of favorite shots of the day. I love the way these two make each other laugh and can’t wait for their wedding next month!
Melanee and Tara eloped privately at a Napa Valley vineyard, then had a lovely, intimate wedding reception at a friend’s home in Pasadena. The backyard was beautifully decorated with lavender, wine crates, rustic benches, and an amazing custom marquee sign with their initials. The music was festive, the food was delicious, and all of the guests were incredibly sweet and having the best time. I couldnt’t happier for these two gorgeous ladies and I’m so honored I got to share in their celebration!
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Venue – Pasadena Westin Hotel for getting ready and private residence for reception
Caterer – Huntington Catering Company
Cake – Sweet Lady Jane
Music – Sombra Quieta
Hair and Makeup – Liz Castro
Brides’ attire – dress and lace jumpsuit both from J Crew
Alyson is another friend I met through roller derby who volunteered for the One Roll Project. We decided to do some portraits in a cool little cactus garden that’s a desert oasis in the middle of Beverly Hills. The sunset light was gorgeous and Alyson was a great model!
Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera, Kodak Portra 400 medium format film.
Nicole and Mike originally wanted to have their wedding at Angel City Brewery in the Downtown LA Arts District, but at the time they started planning, the brewery wasn’t open for events rentals*. So plans moved ahead for a wedding at the Cicada Club instead, but this was still the perfect spot for their engagement session. And Angel City Brewery is dog-friendly, which meant their adorable pup Lola could join us for some photos too. Beer and laughs and art and cute overload – my kind of people in my kind of place, and I cannot wait for round two at their wedding!
* Angel City Brewery is available now to rent for parties and weddings. They have great space for both ceremonies and receptions, and obviously wonderful bartending and beverages.