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Sarah and John had a beautiful garden wedding in West Hollywood surrounded by their family and friends from all over the country. This was a destination wedding for everybody who attended except for the bride and groom! Such love.
Adi and I especially loved the opportunity to get to shoot the couple on Melrose Avenue for a super romantic couple’s fashionesque photography session for an hour before the ceremony began. They were such great sports! The Spanish Kitchen, with its stunning décor and dimly lit lanterns, was the perfect setting for this fun couple to celebrate their big day. Wedding coordinator Karri Lucas from The Go To Gals kept it all together and made sure that everybody had a great time!

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Shooting Michelle and John David’s wedding at Rancho Las Lomas in Orange County was like a dream. Everybody loves M&JD because they are the nicest people in the world and all they wanted were some damn good wedding photographs. So much so that the day they got engaged over a year ago, they took a photo of the newly acquired engagement ring in front of their computer with our old NEXT EXIT PHOTOGRAPHY website showing and emailed it to us! Here it is…

And, they gave us carte blanche on shooting crazy wedding photos galore. Of course, Adi and I are all about a “comfortable blend of creative wedding photojournalism and relaxed portraits.” Heck, I even did my monkey dance to get the kids to smile while Adi snapped away. Adi’s sister was one of the saucy bridesmaids and the entire bridal party was a blast to work with.
Los Angeles wedding coodinator Stephanie Lairson did a great job with all the details and is always a pleasure to work with. Sherry McAnelly at On Location Beauty did a beautiful job with everybody’s makeup. Fantasy Floral Designs designed creative centerpieces and fabulous bouquets for the girls. Tom Buckley Videography is always a pleasure to work with. And, Jim Eppolito from West Coast Music (who did all of the music at our wedding 4 years ago) rocked the house like you have never seen with his wedding band, “James Gang.” Their going rate is about 10G and worth every penny.

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  • Bride Michelle - WOW!!! WE LOVE EVERY PIC!!!!!

  • JD the GROOM - The perfect blend of photojournalism and portraiture — Thanks for listening to what we wanted, and giving more than we expected! You guys were a dream, and even helped make the day go smoother


  • Aunt Susie and Uncle Dick - Great pictures!! Can’t wait to see all of them.

  • nicole - you guys look so amazing! the pictures are beautiful, and the models are out of this world. are those actual models?… ; )

    brings back great memories!

  • Aunt Barbara - Fantastic photos–not your run of the mill shots. Great job!

  • Aunt Lois &Uncle Mike - You both look so happy. May all your life be filled with that same happiness.Love

One of our long time assistants felt like getting saucy for the camera and Next Exit photographer, Adi Benner, was up to the task. Adi and I love shooting just about anything”¦ But fashion photography is something that we try to integrate into all of our weddings and portrait sessions. Patricia is invaluable to our company and such a good friend. We met almost 3 years ago in a Black and White printing class. She is hard working, loyal, and above all, a killer photographer who will be making her mark in the industry, trust me.
Jennifer Opeka was kind enough to lend her magic hands and did an extraordinary job applying Patricia’s make-up.

Many of you who read this blog are our past Next Exit Photography clients and know how much I love each and every one of you! So, stop by and visit the new casa de Next Exit, would ya?
Allie is one of 5 Next Exit brides who all work together at the same company! We just shot the fifth’s wedding (Michelle!!) and that wedding will be blogged next week!
Allie and Jason got married in October ’05 and got preggers right away. She looked so beautiful at our maternity shoot (all images taken at our new pad and across the street) and her photographs show all the love. I love doing maternity photography and I hope that you all come in when your tummies are big, round and beautiful!

Candice and Matthew had such a beautiful Orange County wedding set at Rancho Las Lomas, a.k.a heaven on earth. It is a restored California ranch once occupied by coastal Indians full of wild animals and endless photo opportunities.
When we arrived, we found our past bride, Dayna, getting her bridal party make-up done! It is such a pleasure working with our fabulolus wedding photography clients again and so wonderful that they are so kind to refer us to their best friends!
We loved working again with wedding planning guru, Alexandra Doudian, from Enchanted Events & Design. Working with Ashley Video Productions was as easy as it gets. She was a true pro! Dinner was delish by Suzanne’s Catering and the beautiful cake was designed by the Great Dane Baking Co.

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Ever since Sandra and Oscar treated us to a post engagement session happy hour extravaganza, they were high up in our books. Wink wink.
What an incredible ceremony at one of the oldest Catholic Churches in Southern California. St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Los Angeles is worth a visit to see the stunning architecture “reflecting the late Baroque ecclesiastical style popular in 18th-century colonial Mexico.”
Some of you might know that Adi got his B.A. in photography at the USC Cinema School 12 years ago, so he almost convinced Oscar to go grab a burrito at Chanos Drive-In (his favorite hang-out) after the ceremony. Oh yeah, it was their wedding day! So, I guess we’ll have to go another time.
Rosie, our friend from Just a Girl Events, worked her magic making it all happen with ease. Our other good friend, Joyce Luck, did a phenomenal job with Sandra’s Makeup and Hair. She looked like a queen! City of Commerce Flowers arranged the beautiful flowers. The Gourmet Chocolate Fountain was flowing all night long. The rice crispy treats were just as good as my mom used to make them. Of course, the reception at the Castaway Restaurant was perfect as we all watched the sun set over the hills of the San Fernando Valley.

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  • Sandie - Love Love them! the first pic is awesome! that is definetely a “money” shot! oscar is jealous! wink wink! luv you guys! can’t wait to see the rest!

    adi.. chano’s anytime!

  • Rosie - The first picture is my fave!!! Needless to say you guys did a fabulous job!!!!

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