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I know, I know, I say it all the time, but I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it! I lurv Rachel and Joel.
If you grew up going to Jewish sleepaway camp in Southern California, you know Joel Charnick, cause he’s like the Godfather of sleeping bags and campfires and is the proud long time director of JCA Shalom.
His beautiful wife, who he met while studying at the American Jewish University, is one of the officers at Hadassah. What a couple of mensches!

They had one of my favorite weddings of last year at the Saddlerock Ranch Oak Grove in Malibu, so beautifully designed by Wedding Planner Laurel Szetzo at Laurel and Party.
Every detail was planned to perfection and the sunflower theme is just screaming to be picked up by a magazine or wedding blog! What more can I say than it was a magical day up in the hills of Malibu and I loved every second of it.

Command Performance Catering Group
Make-up: Mariah Nicole Makeup and Hair Artistry
Reception Music: Durell Coleman
Next Exit Photography
A Rental Connection
Flowers: Belle of the Ball Designs
Videographer: You’re the Star Digital Films
Vreeke Cakes
Hair: Veronica Morales
Wedding Dress: R-Mine Bridal
Bar: Liquid Catering


  • bryan - great shot throughout looks like a fun wedding

This wedding, held at an exquisite private estate in Malibu, was one of my favorites of last year. Such a perfect team of rockstar vendors! The bride and groom were set up by mutual friends and fell madly in love. You can tell, right?
Although I’m so thrilled to be able to blog some of the beautiful details, candid moments and romantic images of the event, I’m super bummed that I can’t blog any images of the army of A-list celebrities that made up the team of groomsmen that night. Let’s just say, they had me in stitches all day long.
Needless to say, Dorene and Mike’s perfect wedding was beautifully executed by one of Los Angeles’s most incredible team of wedding planners, Geller Events, lead by the incomparable Paige Blatt.

wedding planner: Paige Blatt at Geller Events
photos: Next Exit Photography
hair + makeup: Make Up Therapy (that’s the 2nd wedding blog in a row with Ms. Tara!!!)
caterer: The Kitchen for Exploring Foods
cake: Porto’s Bakery
flowers: The Hidden Garden
video: New Classic Films

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I feel like 2011 was a year of amazing clients for Next Exit Photography. I never know who will walk through my door from day to day during boooking season, but the moment I met Erica and Jerony, I knew that they were a perfect fit for me.
We had an incredible time at their engagement session at the beach and I counted the minutes until their 9-ten-11 wedding. 😉
In the meantime, I was introduced to their wedding planner, Kristeen LaBrot, who has since become one of my closest friends in the industry. So, not only was I lucky enough to get E+J, but I got LaBrot as a new BFF!!

location + catering The Ebell of Los Angeles
planner Kristeen LaBrot Events
wedding photos Next Exit Photography
hair + makeup Makeup Therapy (LOVE Ms. TARA!!!! She’s amazing!!)
cake CAKEGoodness
lighting D Lighting
dj Joe Farley
ceremony musicians Strings by Reiko
flowers Flower Allie
video DP Weddings
paper goods Papyrus
dress Monique L’huillier
custom vest Beane & Company
photobooth  DG Event
menu, program, petal cone and monogram design Kristeen LaBrot Events’ Etsy Shop
honeymoon Bora Bora


  • Melissa Kay Allen - Wasn’t that a marvelous day?! Its always a pleasure to have you back at the Ebell, and I am always so amazed at the images and moments you capture! Thank you for capturing the spirit and magic of the day so Erica & Jeromy have their memories vibrantly on display!!
    The Ebell of Los Angeles

  • Kristeen - These photos make me so happy! Thank you for doing such an amazing job capturing their day. You are the best and I <3 you!

Francesca and Eric are one of the sweetest couples we have ever worked with. They are so our people. We love them. Can we be friends?
Oh, the wedding. Yeah. It was amazing. Beautiful. Lovely. Rockinrollin.
And, Eric? He’s kinda famous. Eric Bress is a screenwriter, film director and producer, probably best known for the Final Destination series and The Butterfly Effect. And, he’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
Perfectly planned (and referred by) one of our most wonderful coordinator pals, Uyen Nguyen from Sassy Girl Weddings & Events!

Sassy Girl Weddings & Events
Kelly Zhang Makeup and Hair Studio
Commerce Flowers
Next Exit Photography
Studio West Video
Rockstar Photobooth
Fusion Linens
Sweet and Saucy Shop
Angelica Strings
Rabbi Barry


  • Uyen - Sassy Girl Weddings - Loooove the images so very much…as much as I loved planning their wedding! You truly captured how incredibly fun-spirited and happy Francesca and Eric are/were on their wedding day. Next Exit Photography is amazeballs!!

  • Joe Klein - Sydney Wedding Photographer - Love the way you use monochrome!

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