{ Susan + David | Redondo Beach Wedding Photography }

A bride as shown in magazines and movies is elegant, sophisticated, graceful. But a bride in real life is so much more – she’s excited, she’s effervescent, she’s unique, she’s real – a down-to-earth girl who who just happens that day to be adorned in the most stunning white dress. Susan served as a beautiful reminder of this – throughout her wedding day at the elegant beachside Portofino Hotel, she laughed, she cried, she cracked jokes, she mastered a silly pose in a shot or two, and showed everyone present why a real bride is more beautiful than anything you’d find on the cover of a magazine.

Their wedding was simple and fresh. Gerber daisies, which have always been some of my favorite flowers, graced the room and popped against the cool ocean colors. Susan and David have a beautiful connection and it was great to see the bond between their families as well, as they danced together and laughed together and celebrated the union of two individuals and two households.

A big thank you to the amazingly talented Tracy Kumono for inviting me to come along!

Loved this moment of prayer:

There were bouts of dancing throughout the entire reception!

The moving father-daughter dance:

Near the end of the reception we snuck out for just a few portraits:

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16 Responses to “{ Susan + David | Redondo Beach Wedding Photography }”

  1. ibizajb Says:

    lovely as usual!

  2. jasminemariephotography Says:

    Great job Adrienne. What a beautifully well-lit venue! Love all the windows!

  3. Skunkabilly Says:

    I think everyone needs to note how the contrast between the dark suit, the white dress and skin tones are pretty much perfect, and that the scenes are not underexposed, even with light blasting through the windows.

    Your technically proficiency being so subtle is what makes your event photos the awesome.

    (and Scott dude get a Xanga already!!!)

  4. iheartphotos Says:

    awesome pics!!!!!  i love the colorful flowers!  i totally agree with skunk!  the lighting in all the photos are amazing!

  5. gonchoi Says:

    that’s a beautiful bouquet!

  6. zhoo Says:

    Nice! I like the dancing picture

  7. adriennephoto Says:

    @ibizajb – Thanks, and thanks for always dropping by! :)
    @jasminemariephotography – Thanks! I loved the huge windows too!!
    @Skunkabilly – Thanks for always being so encouraging Skunk! Could still use lots of tips from you though in the off-camera lighting area! You are the master!! ;)
    @iheartphotos – @gonchoi – Yeah I totally fell in love with those colorful daisies! :)
    @zhoo – Thanks!

  8. Skunkabilly Says:

    @adriennephoto – you know it’s funny you say that! I was looking at your photos and thought I should give available light photos a chance again!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    This an easy comment to make… YOU ROCKED IT!

    Candice BrookeMarkbrooke photography

  10. sdohana Says:

    ahhhh love the last shot! that is just too cute adrienne! beautiful job!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Wonderful work as always!  The light truly is wonderful?  Did you have to fill in with flash at all on the backlit ones or did you just use your magic and open up the lens?  Lovely!

  12. adriennephoto Says:

    @Stephen Grant – Thanks Stephen! No flash on these if I remember correctly. The reception & portrait shots were shot wide open either with my 24-70 2.8 or my 50 1.4. I almost always have to use flash at receptions so I was loving all the available light here! :)

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome, Adrienne!  Thanks!

  14. DrFantastic Says:

    Hey Adrienne,

    I love looking through and admiring your photos. The second from the top is my favorite in this post.

    I do have a question. I am having trouble editing Asian skin. It usually appears too green. I know WB is important and hue. I’ve shot also in raw and experimented with changing the white balance. I found that the skin can appear too green when I up the saturation or contrast and sometimes I don’t have to do any of those things. Any suggestions? Is my white balance still the problem or maybe it’s not too green and my monitor makes it look that way. I would love any help. Thanks.

    I shoot with a Nikon.

  15. adriennephoto Says:

    @DrFantastic – Hi Stephen! Thanks for the comment! I generally shoot in RAW so I just use Auto WB when shooting and don’t really adjust it in-camera. When editing, I feel that RAW photos have an overall green tinge, so I always bump up the saturation a few notches and adjust the hue just a tad to add more magenta into the photo. I don’t really do things differently depending on ethnicity… the adjustments I make for skin are usually just lightening or darkening rather than color adjustments. I took a look on your blog and they don’t look too green to me. Like you mentioned, it could be your monitor? Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

  16. Dida Says:

    wow.. you are doing a great job! excellent!

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