Posts Tagged ‘los angeles vintage wedding’

{ jess + rich | brookside equestrian wedding }

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I would like to say that the reason Jess & Rich‘s wedding was amazing in so many ways, the reason it had me tearing up in the middle of a cafe {good lawd} as I was editing the images, was because I’ve known Jess for years and that they are a couple that is so close to my heart. But the reality of it is that even if I hadn’t know Jess and her family for years, and hadn’t had such a close association to them – I would still have been a teary mess because the wedding was just. that. amazing. in and of itself. It was a true expression of who they are, and love seriously poured out of each and every moment. Like when Jess gifted necklaces to Rich’s daughters during the ceremony, and shakily expressed, “you are my heart”. Or when her sister Nikki gave her speech and Jess stood to embrace her when she found it hard to go on. Her mother helping her put on the very veil she wore for her own wedding day. Or the way Rich and Jess looked at each other during their first look, and couldn’t stop smiling. Love, everywhere, all day, and it was wonderful.

When Jess first called me years ago to tell me about this man she had just met, we were 23 year old kids, and I couldn’t have imagined what an amazing thing that relationship would blossom into. It is a wonderful happiness to see two people who are pretty much perfect for each other, who shine in each other’s presence, and it’s even more wonderful when that person is a dear friend.

Jess & Rich – I’m so happy for you and feel so honored and blessed to have been the one to document your special day. There was so much prettiness to capture in every corner, and I hope these images do justice for just how amazing your day was :)

Venue: Brookside Equestrian Center
Coordinator: Lauren Kadowaki
Florals: Bunch Studio (always my fave! :)
Make-up/Hair: Theresa Huang

{ ayumi + brian | smog shoppe wedding }

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Such a joy-filled day! Ayumi & Brian are those type of people who radiate positivity & warmth at all times, and their wedding was a perfect reflection of that – the bright pops of color everywhere, the cheerful table settings, the labor-of-love DIY goodness {check out those handpainted signs! the cool toolbox! the invites! the pocket squares!}. Even the retro print fabric that made appearances throughout the day exclaimed, “happy!” Even more cheer – as an alternative to petals or bubbles, they had guests blow up Japanese paper balloons (just like the ones that made appearances in their engagement session!) and toss those during the recessional. The Smog Shoppe, with its quirky backdrops & always intimate vibe, provided the perfect nook to house all this joy :)

As I always say, the most beautiful weddings to me are not necessarily the grandiose ones, with the ginormous budget, or the opulent decor – they are the ones that are by default unique & creative because they incorporate the pieces of who you are, that are naturally stylish because they celebrate your personalities, that can’t help but be meaningful & fun because they focus on your very own special type of love :)

I can’t thank Ayumi & Brian enough for giving me the chance to be a part of this day, and to All You Need is Love Events for coordinating everything perfectly behind the scenes (and designing all the amazing florals!)

{And thank you to Style Me Pretty as well for featuring this wedding! You can see the post & read more about the details straight from the bride here!}

{ kelley + edmund | smog shoppe wedding photography }

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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You may remember Kelley & Edmund from their colorful Up-themed engagement session! Now imagine this theme being sweetly carried over to their wedding. Add some pinwheels. A couple hundred of them perhaps. (Handmade one-by-one by Kelley and her mom! Check out the altar! They made them ALL! MIND=BLOWN!) Then add some pretty patterned dresses. A casual & artsy venue (I’ve been wanting to shoot at the Smog Shoppe for eons). A stack of books here, a cluster of milk glass vases there, and an ice cream cart, filled to the brim with salted caramel & strawberry buttermilk, to round out the evening.

With a setup like this, and dozens of excited family and friends in attendance, this wedding was just as magical as the movie it was themed after :) It was such an honor to share in their joyous day!

A wonderful thank you to Wedding Chicks for featuring Kelley & Edmund’s wedding on their blog! Be sure to check out the post with additional eye candy here

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Cinematography: 618studios
Floral Design: Flower Allie
Event Design: White Lilac Inc.
Makeup + Hair: Kelly Zhang
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew
Invitiations: Ello There