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I am a California-based wedding and lifestyle photographer, specializing in visual storytelling with beautiful contemporary and fine-art images. This site also showcases a wide range of my other types of work as well.
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Friday, May 06, 2011

A Wedding At Vibiana

I think I've mentioned here before how much I LOVE weddings at Vibiana.
It would seem as though plenty of brides do also....flicking through the latest Ceremony magazine yesterday I saw about 7 featured weddings that all took place here!
The most amazing thing was that they all looked so incredibly different....it is such an architecturally beautiful "blank canvas", you really can create a dream wedding at Vibiana.

Bahareh and Sami's gorgeous wedding was so glamourous and elegant.
The floral arrangements and chuppah by LA Premier were practically works of art!

And it was so fitting that there was a red carpet to walk down that aisle because most of the ladies dresses were Oscar-party worthy for sure.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Speakeasy

I guess you learn something new every day.
When I shot this fabulous speakeasy-styled, private party designed by Brown Hot Events I thought that Jeff Brown was simply being his super-creative, witty self by calling it The Blind Pig.
But this from Wikipedia:

" The term "blind pig" originated in the United States in the 19th century; it was applied to lower-class establishments that sold alcoholic beverages illegally. The operator of an establishment would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a "complimentary" alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.
The difference between a speakeasy and a blind pig was that a speakeasy was usually a higher-class establishment that offered food and entertainment. In large cities, some speakeasies even required a coat and tie for men, and evening dress for women. But a blind pig was usually a low-class dive where only beer and liquor were offered."

But I have to say this party was high-class all the way...even the waitstaff and bartenders were dressed for the part.

The amazing burlesque show from the Cuban rum bar La Descarga was the evening's entertainment...beautiful girl doing a sexy "striptease" along the bar..... talk about wow factor!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A Wedding In Italy

Not quite.
But the beautiful Villa Del Sol D'Oro in Sierra Madre WAS designed after a particular villa in Tuscany.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Italy...especially Tuscany...so I am always ecstatic when I have a wedding at this villa. With just a little imagination you can almost believe you're in Italy.

Maybe it's the old wrought-iron gates that open onto the driveway, or the colonnaded balcony, or the reflecting pool lined with Cypress trees....you almost expect to see an accordion player wandering the outside reception, and to hear shouts of "Mangia! Mangia!" and " Salute!".

The bride, Julie actually went to the high school that is also on the grounds, and her husband Michael is from Switzerland.

Photographers can always recognise a location they've shot at....so it was great to see the art directors for Ralph Lauren transform the Villa Del Sol D'Oro into a California rancher's homestead for their latest Home decor Ad campaign.