Shelby + Michael [Pickwick Gardens Wedding]



When I first meet with a couple, I really like to talk about what you -- as the bride and groom-to-be -- love most about photography.  That is, when looking through an album, what signature images do you respond to most?   And are you seeing the types of images in my work that you'd like to have for your own?

Michael and Shelby responded to color -- bright, vivid images, cozy light.  And this aesthetic was the perfect complement to their wedding venue, Pickwick Gardens in Burbank.  In summer, the property is bursting with color with all of the varied gardens in bloom.   We'd be taking pictures, and then walk about 5 feet, and there'd be another great photo op.  It's a really wonderful property for picture taking.

Rev. Leslie Bockian officiated their outdoor ceremony, with a reception to follow in the banquet hall. Despite being a warm day, Michael and Shelby kept the energy high throughout, and we were rewarded with lots of great captures.

Michael and Shelby, thank you again for collaborating with me to document your day!

Ceremony + Reception Venue:  Pickwick Gardens | Officiant: Rev. Leslie Bockian| DJ: Graham Silver, Silvertunes 

Karina + Mark [Betty H. Reckas Cultural Center Wedding]



As 2011 dawns, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I first met Mark and Karina. I can remember the three of us huddling at a lone table outside a Starbucks. It was a chilly March night, and all of the seats indoors had been spoken for. We chatted about their wedding day -- of their cozy church, of lush portrait gardens -- and best of all, Mark's motivation for marrying in November: the rest of the year is just too darn toasty to be in a tux. You have to admit, that's pretty good reasoning, especially from the standpoint of a photographer who's on the move all day under the sun.

Come their wedding in November, wouldn't you know, the chill of that first night was long forgotten, as we were greeted by one of the warmer days in memory. But it beat rain, and the weather was a dream, even in a tux. Mark and Karina prepared at the Hotel Maya, Long Beach. With its chic decor, outdoor mirrors, and sprawling harbor-side patios, this place is a photographer's candy store. I'm not exaggerating. Your mind will go bonkers trying to decide where to sling your lens first, it's that awesome.

Resisting the temptation to shoot at the Maya all day, we proceeded only a few miles away to their ceremony at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, unique to the area with its welcoming small town New England charm.   For portraits, Mark and Karina reserved Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, yet another home run photo-op locale, shot under the fading glaze of magic hour. 

The Betty H. Reckas Cultural Center hosted a beautiful reception, stunningly decorated by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design and the perfect closure to the day's festivities.

Mark and Karina, I want to thank you again both for being so generous, kind, and trusting. Keep in touch, always.