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Please join me (Cat Benner) as I rock The Registry Event at Bloomingdale’s in Century City on October 4th from 11am-3pm.
I was so honored when the gals all Bloomies asked us to represent the photography category as part of the team of wedding experts that will be at this amazing event.
To be named, “the best that L.A. has to offer” by the best department store in the world is truly special!

Come hang out with me!! I’d love to see new Next Exit Photography clients and old. I’ll have lots of sample albums and frames with me to peruse.
All current Next Exit clients who visit will receive a coupon for a free 8×10 to be used whenever.

Special promos for new clients TBD!!

I’ll also be raffling off a free engagement session (or wedding dress redux session) with a 16×20 print. 😉

Follow me on twitter @catnextexit as I tweet, tweet, tweet!

It’s always difficult for me to write a blog entry about couples who fly us across the country (or the world!) to shoot their weddings. I guess it’s because they put so much faith into us, I really want to make sure they love every image that we capture on their wedding day. Of course I feel similarly about my local couples but, you know, Karina flew me 3,000 miles to shoot her wedding!

This wedding was perfect. I LOVED hanging out with the bridesmaids before the ceremony and the entire bridal party afterwards when we had another hour or two to play in front of the camera. Karina and JV were up for anything and it showed. I think this California girl (that’s me) shocked the New Jersey crew at the venue who had never seen a photographer shoot where I dragged the couple off to. Some of my favorite photos of the couple were taken on the edge of this massive ugly parking lot, but we managed to get money shots galore and you’d never know!!
The decor was stunning, especially the lighting and the smoke that filled the dance floor. A wedding photographers dream. Serious.
Future brides take note! Ditch $1k off your floral budget and GET LIGHTING!

Love you guys. Please tell all your friends to bring out Next Exit Photography to the EAST COAST!!
P.S. Special thanks to the talented Joe Rumore for helping me at this wedding.

Wedding Ceremony – The Church of Saint Theresa
Reception – The Palace at Somerset Park
Day of Coordinator – Joyce Martin, rockstar cousin
DJ/Emcee – Lifetime Entertainment
Videographer / Photobooth – Touch of Class Video
Florist – Floral Expressions
Dress – Pronovias from Designer Loft in New York City
Hair – Roger Joseph Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses – Impression/Belsoie/Mori Lee Bridesmaids
Wedding Favors – Balikbayan Handicrafts Homemade by family with love

  • eleanor - impressive! I love the pics CAT. it was well worth the wait! KUDOS!

  • karina - OMG! cat! the pictures are breathtaking!!! i can only type with exclamation points! im that excited!

    you got me teary eyed looking back and remembering what a magical day our wedding was…thank you for capturing all the beautiful moments…you are joe were phenomenal…we love you too and we cant wait to see the entire album!!!

    karina and jave

  • Brittany Fitch - Totally diggin that smokey first dance!

  • Don Norris - One of my favorite wedding photos is of the bride & the bridesmaids in their purple dresses. Great colors!

Eva and Brinton had their gorgeous wedding at one of my favorite wedding locations in Southern California. Owned by the adorable Jill Greene, Rancho del Cielo is a little hideaway retreat overlooking the big Pacific blue. I was sad not to get to see her this time, but hopefully Adi remembered to give her hugs and kisses for me. Another person I was sad to miss is the amazing and talented Amber Gustafson of Amber Events. She and her team are full of fabulousness! Okay, let’s face it, I was sad to miss the entire incredible team of vendors, but I was off shooting an equally kick-toosh wedding in New Jersey. (Yes, Karina, that means you’re next!)
Adi really had such a wonderful experience with these two, their families and friends. xoxo

Stauffer Chapel at Pepperdine University
Smart Party Rentals
Diana’s Creative Catering
Commerce Flowers
Buckley Videography
Mobile Disc Music
A Sweet Design
Design Visage

  • Laura - Nice photo of couple backlit at gate….BEAUTIFUL. Really nice shots overall. Good work.

  • johnwaire | photo - the lighting in the 1st series of shots is PERFECT. great coverage as always cat!

  • Jilly Greene - These are stunning images — I would say, how could you miss with such a gorgeous couple — but to capture the light and the love in perfect harmony is a true gift. What great memories you have given us all. Thank you!

  • Kat Forsyth - What a stunning wedding! Beautiful pics. I love the one with the B & G on the steps. Gorgeous light.

  • Caren - wow we did the hair and make-up…but your work really made the bride shine….thank you for the photos

  • Amber Events - Beautiful photographs of a beautiful couple celebrating a beautiful wedding. It was wonderful working with Next Exit!

  • Holly - Congratulations Eva and Brinton. It looks like it was a beautiful day. Wishing you love and peace!

  • Vicki Chen - Eva!!! You’re positively glowing!!! Beautiful!

  • shirley - Truly lovely in every way.

  • elizabeth archibong photography - Lovely wedding photography…love your detail shots

  • Anita - Your Mom sent pictures of the wedding and they are wonderful.
    Wishing you and Brenton a long and loving life together. Anita

Adi got some amazing shots of these two lovebirds. Their wedding is going to be out of these world next Spring at the Westlake Four Seasons, in Westlake  Village, California. Brent’s mom is a seasoned party planner so you can only imagine how well produced their event is going to be. Can’t wait to work with you guys over the coming year! xoxo

  • MoralesVilanova - So lovely!

  • Mom Renee Siragusa - Just for the record…Jamie and Brent are truly in charge of their wedding…I go along just in case they should happen to need a third opinion…So far, they are doing a great job and introducing the old time mom to some new and exciting vendors..What a wonderful event, and weekend we will all share with our lovebirds..I can’t wait to party, party, party.

  • Mom Renee Siragusa - As Mom and Dad we absoutely love these engagement pictures…We can see the love in our children’s eyes…Young Love, First Love, So beauutifully captured…Thank you..

Jeff and Leanne are next up at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills! Their joy was so amplified, it lifted Leanne off the ground! Just kidding, she is a rockin pro dancer, and it shows.
The adorable and charming (and wine drinkin) Susan White and Kathy Mazza are coordinating from Bella Weddings. It’s always fun when I get to refer to coordinators that I love. Trust me, my list is so long.

  • Caren - we will be helping Leanne with hair and make-up…..what a lovely girl…can’t wait to see your photos….by the way, I love the shot of her in the air….beautiful

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