This was such a fun wedding to photograph! Not only have I known the groom for a long time (we went to high school together and, fun fact, we went to our Senior Prom together, too!) but the wedding took place at such a funky, fun little venue called Big Red Sun in the awesome city of Venice, CA. The wedding day was full of fun details and personal touches, and it was great being there to document it all.
Thank you GATHER Events for being there to make sure it all came together. Always so wonderful working with you!
Sarah chose a beautiful and simple BHLDN dress paired with the cutest purple and red heart heels. I love a bride who isn’t afraid to have fun with her wedding look!
And here’s the groom sporting a blue suit and awesome blue floral bow tie. If you’ve read my blog for a while and Steven looks familiar, it’s probably because I photographed his twin brother’s wedding back in 2009.
I loved these awesome earrings!
Love the pop of color and how her lips matched her bouquet.
The First Look:
They have two dogs that are very dear to them so we wanted to get some family photos of the four of them. Poppy, their new little one, was not so interested in sitting still, but I kind of love this series because of that.
This was the best one we got where Poppy wasn’t going crazy…
We did some portraits at the Santa Monica City Hall… and after shooting there that day I wondered how I had never shot there before! The big white walls and the stairs… so cool.
Then it was time to head to the venue Big Red Sun which is this awesome home & garden store in Venice and such a great little space! The backyard is the cutest little eclectic garden and was the perfect location for this wedding. The details of the venue made it so they hardly needed to bring in any decor.
So many laughs during this ceremony.
We took some time for a few more portraits of the newlyweds after the ceremony. Being February, it was getting a little chilly so Sarah wrapped up in one of these awesome blankets she had purchased for all her guests.
A highlight of the party was the beer that Steven’s brother Sean brewed himself for the event. He’s a beer aficianado who knows a lot about, makes, and even writes about craft beer. (He has a book coming out this year on the topic called We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America’s Craft Brewers, which is just so cool!)
I tried some of the golden ale and it was pretty delicious.
They fed their guests amazing food from the Kogi BBQ truck. So delicious and so perfect for this location!
When you have your wedding in a space with such an awesome fire pit, you just have to give your guests the option of making s’mores…
Here’s me with a couple high school friends and their ladies. I meant to get a photo with Sarah & Steven, too, but somehow that never happened…
Congratulations, Sarah & Steven! So happy for you both!
Zandi and I went to high school together which means we’ve known each other for almost 15 years… crazy! We actually had the pleasure of serving as Senior class officers together, which were crazy fun times. Aside from being so kind and intelligent, Zandi is also one of the most talented singers I’ve ever known. She has a true gift and was always the girl that totally rocked it during talent shows and any other opportunity she had to sing for a crowd. She’s this all-around awesome person packed into a tiny little body, and she’s an amazing inspiration for so many reasons.
One reason in particular is that at this very young age, she’s a breast cancer survivor. In September 2011, when her son Max was just 2 years old, she was diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer. Though we hadn’t been in touch for some time, just a couple months later and in the midst of her chemotherapy treatments, we reunited because as Senior class officers it was our job to organize our 10-year high school reunion. That sounds crazy, right? To take on planning such an event while dealing with something as devastating and scary as cancer. But, that’s Zandi. And she was a warrior through it all documenting her journey from the day she was diagnosed on her blog Once Upon A Boob.
Like she wrote on her last blog post in December, she didn’t know for sure if she would be able to have any more children after having gone through such intense treatment. I can only imagine the many kinds of joy they felt when they found out they were expecting this little one. Life is a miracle any way you look at it, but this was a special kind of miracle. Olivia is such a special gift to the world. Not only is she the symbol of health for Zandi, she is a symbol of hope for her, her family, and for anyone else who is faced with such a serious illness. And she has made Zandi, Danny and Max so happy.
Welcome to the world, Olivia! You are so very loved.
A mama and her two babies. Max is such a good older brother already.
The whole family.
I have this blanket and have used it for a few other images recently, but I couldn’t resist it as a background again for this shoot. It was just so perfect for Max and his big personality.
I just know that Max will always watch out for Olivia.
This image of Danny holding Olivia just melts me!
As a photographer, I should have known that my child would be one to hate having her photo taken. That’s just the way the world works, right? I mean, I can get great photos of her if I’m super sneaky and quick, or catch her in the exact right mood… but for the most part, this 21-month-old has a mind of her own. And that mind is telling her that having her photo taken is the most annoying, awful thing in the world. At least, being told to smile, or sit still, or stand in a certain place for a photo is the worst thing in the world. But, as a photogapher, I just can’t stop taking photos of her, right?? So, I just have to go with it and hope that that maybe it’s just a phase…
A couple weeks ago, my Moms club (Hold up. Yes, I’m in a Moms Club and yes it’s totally the best club I’ve ever joined. I never imagined myself a suburban mom joining Moms Clubs and taking Mommy and Me classes at the local park, but that’s me these days! I’m SO thankful to these women and their kids who help keep us entertained and social during the week. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this club, people I know I’ll be friends with for a long time.) Anyway- My Moms Club friends and I put together a play date where I took photos of all the kids in this little kissing booth that one of the other moms built. It was a really relaxed photo session, but it was so fun to photograph each of the kids and to be able to share the images with their families. We got some really cute images of all the little ones. And the 5 below are the only images I have of Charlotte. She refused to be behind the booth solo, so I sat back there and had another mom take these shots of us together. They aren’t the smiley, happy images I was looking forward to, but they are such a great representation of how she is in front of a camera right now that I know I’ll loved these photos forever.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Hope you’re spending some time today with the ones you love!