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SmogShoppe, Culver City Wedding

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Karin and Jeremy's 2015 feels simultaneously like yesterday and 100 years ago! I can't believe it was 2015. Never blogged, thanks to my wee baby girl and adjusting to life as a new mom. But this wedding has to be posted! It was so filled with fun, laughter, and happy tears.

Their wedding day started at the gorgeous Culver Hotel with bagels and champagne. They DIYed their flowers, hair/makeup, shoe design, and even the bridesmaid dresses! Sewing is one of Karin's favorite past times. After their first look, I witnessed one of the most heartfelt Ketubah signings of my entire career. The atmosphere was beautiful and heavy - the upstairs of the SmogShoppe was the perfect intimate space. After the ceremony, guests were treated to breakfast for dinner. Soooo tasty. The party finished with an AWESOME dance floor that can only be credited to Karin and Jeremy's amazing tastes because this was AN IPOD wedding! No DJ! Kinda scary, I'm not gonna lie, but this one turned out pretty freakin' great! 

Since their wedding day, I've photographed them as guests at one of their bridesmaids weddings and still follow most of their crew on instagram - they are just GOOD people. I'm so happy that my work brought me into their world. 

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Wedding photographed by Brittany and Jayrol.

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Descanso Gardens Wedding

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Samar and Derrick met at university. He's from Pennsylvania, her family is currently based in Egypt. She's cosmopolitan, he's a country boy. They couldn't be more opposite, except for one thing: they both possess a heart of gold.

 
 

It was such a pleasure photographing their nuptials at Descanso Gardens (one of my favorite places in L.A., not just for weddings but for life!). 

 
 

Soon after their wedding, they packed up and moved to Colorado to really start their lives together. What an adventure. Love you guys!

Wedding photographed by Brittany and Jayrol.

Mount Washington, Los Angeles Intimate At-Home Engagement Session Photography

*sigh* I love NELA. I love my neighbors and the couples it brings me. I love the intimate venues. I just love the way it looks and FEELS.

No couple characterizes this better than some of my recent faves - Lauren and Blaise. We had our first meeting at Civil Coffee on Fig (I should have had the meeting at my home office, but Civil is just too damn tantalizing!). 

We shot this calm and lovely engagement session in their Mount Washington home. Lauren and Blaise are sweet, sophisticated. They love food and love each other. I hope it all shows in this set! 

I'll be sharing their (also local!) Huron Substation wedding, soon :) I can't wait!

 
 

How to Host Your Badass Wedding Reception at a Bar

1. Be enough of a gourmet cocktail lovin' boozehound that no one is surprised when you announce your wedding reception at the eternally cool yet simultaneously down-to-earth Oldfield’s Liquor Room in Culver City. 

2. Create a website with your custom design and logo with enough backend mechanics that it creates a unique experience for every guest depending on the information you’ve provided. 

3. Make your own photobooth with a Raspberry Pi, simple camera + light setup, and homemade backdrop.

4. Be awesome enough that you have longstanding deep relationships and a wide friend base to support a craft night in which you get drunk and hand etch hundreds of custom cocktail glasses. Bake insanely delicious cupcakes and place them in aforementioned hand-etched glassware, just days before the wedding (you won't be busy, don't worry!). Call them “cake-tails” because you are witty, dammit. 

5. Be so entirely awesome and fun all day long that your photographer wishes she has known you forever and is moderately depressed when her professional duties are over.

Lacey and Peter blew me away with their amazing wedding reception. It was such a genuine representation of themselves and their ingenuity. It truly showcased the depth of their relationships of their friends and family, as everyone really came together to make the event go off without a hitch. 

The general party atmosphere they created…it was such an honor to capture. Events like this don’t JUST HAPPEN. The demeanor and stress level of a wedding event totally trickles down from the couple themselves. Lacey and Peter were calm, loving, and ready to have a rager. It was so so so much fun. 

The two had their wedding ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden earlier in the day. I can't wait to share that, also!

Wedding photographed by Brittany and Jayrol.

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