WILDFLOWER VINTAGE WEDDING| REPTACULAR ANIMALS RANCH | SYLMAR, CA

Cheryl and Jared 's Reptacular Ranch wedding in the hills behind Sylmar, CA was truly a boho vintage dream.

This hidden gem of a venue inspired the entire feel of the wedding; the rustic surroundings and exotic animals melded perfectly with the colorful Wildflower Vintage theme. From taking photos with Vinny the Zebra (who was in a bit of a "wild" mood), to the local ranch cat deciding that the back of the wedding cake was going to be his dinner, animals truly ruled this wedding. The wedding was a labor of love for the bride and groom and their close friends and family, who helped with everything from collecting and making the boho vintage decor, to assembling the perfectly undone wildflower bouquets and flower crowns. One of the most impressive details was Cheryl's wedding dress from 1877 that was brought into the 21st century by the amazing Johnny Sakalis (whose wedding I was lucky enough to shoot). Cheryl's flower crown, lace up boots and gold velvet belt completed her romantic yet whimsical wedding style. I was so sad to hear that the ranch owners, who live on the property, had their house destroyed during the Creek Fire. They have since been fundraising to rebuild and it is business as usual with weddings on the ranch. 

Get inspired to create your own dream vintage wedding! 

Venue |  Reptacular Animals Ranch || Wedding Styling | Alexandra Louise Hartle with Millenial Concierge || Dressmaker | Johnny Sakalis || Dress Boutique | Cannonball and Tilly || Bride's Ring | Made in Earth || Men's Attire | Topshop || Cake | Sweet Lady Jane || DJ | Weston Walls with DJs on a Dime || Catering | Farmers Belly Food Truck || Invitations | Gretchen Lohse || Honey jar favors made by the bride

MILDRED E. MATHIAS BOTANICAL GARDEN AT UCLA | LOS ANGELES, CA

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 ||

POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER WEDDING | PALOS VERDES, CA

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 ||