Sunrise Joshua Tree Elopement

Aimie and Drew woke up before dawn in Joshua Tree National Park on the day of their wedding. They shuffled around their rented motor home in the near darkness to prepare for their exchange of vows at daybreak. Vows that would kick off a long #vanlife honeymoon and a life together. 

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Right before dawn, we found a place where the Big Rocks surrounded us. Aimie and Drew faced one another and made a big promise. 

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It was such an honor and a privilege to be their witness.

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Florals: Clementine Floral Works
Photographed by Brittany, BKM Photography

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Janelle Loiselle, Event Design and Catering at Madeline Garden Bistro

This styled shoot and multi-course menu is entirely the brain child of Janelle Loiselle, a former BKM bride!

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She thrifted the settings, arranged the bouquets, as well as planned AND executed the menu. (All while pregnant, ON HER DAY OFF from her full time gig - she’s a trained chef!) I am in awe. These images will populate her new website for her soon-to-be catering and event planning company.

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Janelle Loiselle is GOING PLACES. I can’t wait to be able to say, “I knew her when…”

 
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Design and Catering: Janelle Loiselle
Venue: Madeline Garden Bistro and Venue
Photographer: Brittany of BKM Photography

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Russian River Wedding, Guerneville, California

Tawny and Drew, finally on the blog! I had drinks with Tawny just recently and it reminded me that I never blogged this gorgeous wedding. (I had a new baby at the time, so client work takes priority. The blog, not so much.)

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Tawny and Drew had family fly in from allll over the country, and their goal was to throw a badass party in a uniquely Californian space. Guerneville meshed their appreciation of landscape, outdoor sports, and craft beer. In short, it was fucking awesome.

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We only had two locations on the timeline, Armstrong Woods and the Russian River Sportsman’s Lodge. We met up in the woods for their *magical* first look.

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Then off to the Russian River Sportsman Lodge. Not a typical wedding venue…a legit lodge! On stilts right next to the river. Complete with vintage member photos and trophy animals on the walls. It was the best cozy vibe.

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For the pre-ceremony cocktail hour, there were kegs of craft beer stuffed into every nook and cranny of the lodge deck. When everyone had a nice buzz, it’s was right to ceremony followed by (of course!) more beer, dinner, and dancing (with a little interruption for riverside portraits).

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I LOVE these two, and being a part of their Russian River destination wedding was a total gift.

 

 

Photography: Brittany at BKM Photography
Coordination: Lidia at Cotton & Oak
Venue: Russian River Sportsman Club
Entertainment: Jeremy of Love is in the Bay
Food Truck: Roli-Roti

Dessert: Village Bakery
Staffing: Party Staff
Transportation: Tour It LLC
Rentals: Party Tents & Events
Rentals: Encore

LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Wedding

We met J at her hotel before sunrise. The vibe was super. chill. Everyone had hair and makeup done in an hour (one hour!) and we were on our way to the LACMA for the first look and wedding party portraits.

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There was a little drizzle that morning, but it didn’t stop us from playing. We had so much fun running around the Urban Light exhibit - it was completely empty that early!

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After a short walk around Wilshire, we headed to Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills for the wedding ceremony and reception.

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R changed into his uniform after the ceremony and we grabbed a few more photos in between bites of prime rib and bowls of wine. A perfect lunch wedding!

Photographed by Brittany and Rhea of BKM Photography

Hair/Makeup: Tina Mit Artistry
Florist: Floraland
Photobooth: Softspot Media
Pianist: Steven Solomon
Cake: Kings Hawaiian

Photographers: Brittany and Rhea
Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Wilshire
Portraits: LACMA
Venue: Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Coordinator: Stark Events

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Backyard Wedding, Highland Park Los Angeles

Stephanie and Aaron were married in the backyard of their historic Highland Park home. The location was steeped in memories, it's been in the family for generations. Their event was a true coming together of loved ones. Months prior, everyone worked together to renovate the backyard. When I arrived the morning-of, family and friends were all through the space setting up lights and tables and wine (can't forget booze). The teamwork was a beautiful thing to witness, and it was a true coming together of families!

Steph and Aaron leveled up the new first look tradition with private vows. I absolutely love this idea. So happy to have captured the moment (from afar!).

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They were married under a huge tree in the backyard, surrounded by their loved ones. Cocktail hour was under the shade of the biggest cactus I have ever seen, as tall as the house! Aaron's grandma could remember when it was just a tiny, single stalk. We walked the neighborhood streets for our post-ceremomy portrait session. 

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Popover | Lifestyle and Product Photography

Popover curates stylish kits for working, living, and entertaining. Had a lovely morning creating content with the founder Jaclyn in the beautiful home of Jolene and Ben of Park Studio

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Photographed by Brittany.

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Gerry Ranch Wedding

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I feel like as soon as I start writing about Jessica and Jeremy's Gerry Ranch wedding, I'm going to have a novel! So I will keep it short and sweet -- these two are so obviously in love with one another. Their excitement was infectious and their joy shows clearly in their images. I feel so lucky to have captured the day. 

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Gerry Ranch was a dream to work with. Everyone, the family and staff, was so kind and helpful. Chantal, especially! Everything was on site - bridal suite, ceremony, cocktail, and reception. The ranch even included a sunset golf cart trip to the top of the ridge where frolicked (yup) and ate fat little blueberries straight from the bush. Dreamy.

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Venue: Gerry Ranch
Coordinator: Chantal, Gerry Ranch
Photographer: BKM Photography
Hair and Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistr

Florals and Rentals: Casi Cielo
Officiant: Officiant Eric
Food: Command Performance Catering
Cake: Sugar Lab

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Wedding photographed by Brittany and Rhea.

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Multigenerational Family Portraits, Pasadena

LISTEN UP! Next time your whole family is in town, the rare case when everyone is together -- HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER! I promise you, you will not regret it. 

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I worked with Carol to get a family and shot combo list ahead of time, so that on the day-of we knew exactly what we were doing. Preparation keeps the stress at bay and gives everyone time to play! (I didn't mean to rhyme, but I'm sticking with it!)

Photographed by Brittany.

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