I have been wanting to blog this Abalone Cove engagement session for a while and I thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect opportunity to show off these lovebirds! Haleh and I first met while working together at HauteLook in the photo studio. We bonded over true crime and Friends, and I was so excited for her when I heard about her surprise San Francisco engagement to Mitchell. These two ADORE each other and it was so meaningful to me to play a part in their love story. Haleh and Mitchell are the perfect example of letting loose and letting your love shine through at your engagement session. Their connection with each other is effortless and comfortable, which made it easy for me to capture so many adorable moments. The great thing about an engagement session is it reminds couples of the excitement of being engaged, and takes them away from all the worry and stress of wedding planning. Enjoy their Abalone Cove engagement session!
Farnoush and Sam chose the botanical gardens at UCLA for their wedding photography session. This was my first time shooting at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and I highly recommend it for wedding and engagement photography sessions in Los Angeles. The gardens are lush and green with such a great variety of locations. One minute I felt like we were shooting in the spring bloom and the next minute we were crunching through the fall leaves. Farnoush's baby rose crown and high low gown gave a real boho feel to this Los Angeles session. Congrats to Farnoush and Sam!
Location | Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden ||
Chiara and Thomas were married on the cliff overlooking the ocean at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes.
Earlier this year they had a ceremony in Italy where Chiara is from, but they also wanted to share their wedding with their Los Angeles friends in the city where they first fell in love. Despite Thomas already having seen Chiara in her wedding dress, I swear every time he looks at her it's as if he falls in love all over again. I highly encourage having a personalized ceremony like Chiara and Thomas did. The officiant told the story of how Chiara had a dream that she would be proposed to with a unique ring and a dreamcatcher necklace- Thomas had both of these custom made for the proposal. One of the highlights of the night for the guests was the gelato cart dessert, an small ode to Italy at this Los Angeles wedding.
You may notice that the colors in these photos look a bit different than my usual style; that's because Chiara and Thomas wanted their wedding shot mainly on film. This allowed me to experiment with different film stocks other than my go to Fuji 400H. I was able to embrace the native color of each film stock, rather than feel the need to match the film colors to my usual bright and true to life style. I'm happy to say that 95% of the photos in this blog post are film. I'm so grateful to have had these two as clients. They allowed me to be super creative with my approach and they were patient with the extra time and care that must be taken when shooting film. I am also so lucky to have had my awesome second shooter Louis shooting film alongside me.
If you missed their Joshua Tree engagement film engagement photography session you can see it here. The engagement photos were also featured on Beyond the Wanderlust. As always I used my trusty film lab Richard Photo Lab for developing and scanning all the film.
VENUE | POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER || WEDDING PLANNER | SAY I DO TO DETAILS || FLORIST | VALLEY FLORIST || DJ | VOX DJS || CATERING | SILVER SERVICE EVENTS ||WEDDING CAKE | LIDO BAKERY || WEDDING GOWN | STELLA YORK || BRIDAL SHOES | BADGLEY MISCHKA || BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES | DAVID'S BRIDAL || GROOM'S ATTIRE | BALANI || MEN'S TIES | THE TIE BAR || RINGS | AKALA JEWELRY || INVITATIONS | BLOOMING PAPER || BUS | TCS || OFFICIANT | REVEREND LESLIE OLIVER || SECOND SHOOTER | LOUIS TRINH ||