Monique + Michael [Lindley-Scott House Wedding]

AZUSA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Most of my work comes from referrals.   I think that holds true for many photographers.   I've often compared the scenario to the "Kevin Bacon Game" -- you know, where you try to connect any given Hollywood actor or actress to a film starring Kevin Bacon.   Similarly, with most of the events I photograph, more often than not I can connect the referral dots back to a core group of clients that first kick started my business.  In fact, a few of them are hiding out in this bridal party!

Back in 2007, Monique and her cousins hired me to document their family reunion in San Diego.  It was one of my first portrait sessions, and I'm forever thankful for the countless referrals I continue to trace back to that very session.  So when Monique wrote to tell me she was getting married this year and asked if I'd be her photographer, I was excited to be on board.  Not only was it a wonderful wedding, but it was the perfect chance to catch up with the gang, some of whom I hadn't see since that very first shoot years ago.

Monique and Michael prepped a few rooms apart at a cozy hotel, with a full mass ceremony at St. Christopher Catholic Church.  Their reception was hosted at the Lindley-Scott House, a private historic venue located in Azusa, CA.  Throughout the day, everyone was completely relaxed and always made me feel like family, which really made for an intimate, natural documentation of their day.  When you're comfortable, it truly translates into lasting pictures.

Kudos to a great celebration! And I'm really looking forward to seeing this group again in the next couple of months, when yet another of them ties the knot!

Ceremony: St. Christopher Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Lindley-Scott House

Lily + Elvis [St. Vincent de Paul Church Wedding]

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

 

St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church.  You can't miss it when you drive by.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, standing tall at an intersection adjacent to USC, it's a remarkable urban gem.  Built in 1925, it's described as a combination of Spanish baroque + California Mission.  Outside, your eyes dazzle over the details of the architecture. Inside, warm woods and the drama of the space soothe and encourage reflection.  And as a plus, the property is fairly photo-friendly as far as churches go.  Some churches ask that you pretty much photograph from one fixed location at the rear = a lot of shots of the backs of the couple's heads.  St. Vincent allows discreet access along both sides of the altar, which really opens up the possibilities in terms angles and perspectives.

After capturing some getting ready coverage at Lily's home east of L.A., we headed to St. Vincent.  I'm always a bit anxious heading into downtown for a wedding on a weekend, because inbound traffic can be a real game changer.  But we made great time, and Lily and Elvis committed to a life together at the altar.   Post-ceremony, there was some talk of going up to Griffith Park for some portraits, but seeing as how the wedding reception was a good distance away at

Mirage Banquet Hall in North Hollywood, I suggested we head on up to the valley and spend a half-hour taking shots at a park just a few blocks away from the reception hall.  Plenty of great light there that time of day, and the natural setting made for a nice contrast to our earlier urban adventures.

Lily and Elvis threw one heck of a party.  A saxophonist for cocktails and two killer bands rocked guests into the wee hours of the morning.  At the close of my services, Lily and Elvis made sure I followed through on a promise to have a few farewell shots with them to close out the night.  Good people, good times.

Praise to Karina from Cana Karola Bridal for a smartly coordinated evening.  Congrats, Lily and Elvis!