Laura-Lee and Erik celebrated their wedding at LL’s uncle’s estate in San Marino, just around the corner from the Ritz Carlton, Huntington Hotel (also the wedding hotel for all of the guests). Rumor had it, that a NBA superstar knocked on their door a few weeks before the wedding and told the owners, we want to buy your house. The owners declined and the b-ball player insisted. I guess he made it worth their while, because this wedding marked the last event at their family’s home!
There was a lot of love for the University of Arizona, where the couple first met. It seemed like the whole Wildcats cheering section was in attendance.
The ceremony at Church of the Lighted Window in La Canada was beautiful, even though they didn’t allow photography inside the chapel! Ambience Lighting provided the incredible paper chinese lantern dÃƒÂ©cor. It was so gorgeous! My favorite caterer in town prepared the food. It just doesn’t get any better than The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Beautiful flowers by Leonora Moss and a beautiful cake by The Cakery Bakery.
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It was such a pleasure working as the official corporate event photographers for Dartmouth College at their phenomenally designed Black Tie Thank You Dinner/Fundraiser at the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Our good friend Kim Fox was already booked that night, so she passed along our name to the incredibly sweet event coordinator, Deborah.
Exquisitely catered by the Patina Group, every display of food was deliciously prepared and presented. The design team from Dartmouth created the entire event based on a theme of Dartmouth Grad Theodor Seuss Geisel’s, “Dr. Seuss.” Everything was Seussical! The guests were mainly Hollywood notables and their families who attended the University. The two hosts were also Dartmouth grads, actress Aisha Tyler and Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binder. BTW, the Chocolate Fountain was a huge hit!
I must add: as a graduate of Tufts University (me) and USC (Adi), it was really special for us to see all of the love the attendants had for their alma mater and made us want to get more active with our alumni associations.
Yesterday, Adi and I went shopping on 3rd Street Promenade. Yippee!
I got a new 24″Â iMac for my desk to facilitate my correspondence with all of our fabulous Next Exiters. Adi got a Mac Mini to run as a server for our new client database software AND a deluxe Cuisinart from Sur La Table (the same one the we received at our wedding almost 5 years ago but returned because we had no room for it in our tiny apartment!)
Anyways, it’s fun to buy new toys!
Alana and Ryan are one of the coolest couples in town. Alana (and her entire family?) are all psycho-therapists and Ryan is a rock star. He has played drums for the Push Stars (12 years!), The Dixie Chicks, Tracy Bonham, Anna Waronker, Chauncy, The Break and Repair Method, and Amy Cooper. He is currently playing with the band, Redcar. How cool that he got to play at his own wedding during the cocktail hour along with the jazz band, Gregorian Music. We were all so seriously impressed. And, Alana watched in glee along with their family and friends. The ceremony and reception all took place after dark at the stunning Cicada restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. My favorite Rabbi preformed the ceremony. Rabbi Steven Carr Rueben from Kehillat Israel Temple in Pacific Palisades is just so funny. Adi and I recently donated a portrait sitting to his temple’s silent auction. I hope it sells for lots of money!! Alana and Ryan got dressed at the uber-hip Standard Hotel. So awesome for “getting ready” wedding photography.
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Yes, we’re heading into our crazy end-of-the-year wedding season at the Next Exit Photography Studio and we have been shooting nearly every day! Thank you to everybody who accommodated our schedules and made these 5 portrait sessions happen! All of these five couples are getting married within the next month and were all just so phenomenal to work with. We are looking forward to all of your weddings! (Except for Alice and Tim, because they’re getting married in Hawaii without us, boohoo…they had already booked a photographer!)
~Amy and Matt in Downtown Culver City (Gone With The Wind was shot at the Culver Studios and all the exteriors of Tara, Twelve Oaks and the city of Atlanta were created on the studio’s 28-acre backlot)
~Julie and Kil at UCLA
~Jennifer and Steven in the back alleys in Santa Monica
~Dianne and John over & under the Santa Monica Pier
~Alice and Tim in Downtown Los Angeles, Disney Hall, Union Station & their romantic getaway hotel room (Alice is also a wedding photographer and worked at WeddingChannel.com for ages)
Amy and Matt
Jennifer and Steven
Julie and Kil
Dianne and John
Alice and Tim