Helena and Richard are so sweet with each other and so passionate for each other, I was glad to capture just a fraction of it! Now, if I could only bottle it up and sell it!
You guys sizzled during our Malibu beach shoot and I can't wait for your Santa Barbara wedding next month!
I love helping out my community the best way I know how, through my photography. Giving back is a huge part of Karen Ard Photography and would be part of my mission statement if I was organized enough to have one! ha ha
One of the amazing organizations I belong to is called "Wish Upon A Wedding", a non-profit wedding-wish-granting organization that, if I remember correctly, is only about a year old but making huge strides in our industry. Through a network of like minded vendors, they provide weddings for individuals facing life-threatening illness.
They are currently in fundraiser mode and there are some great things happening over at their site that you can participate in:
Couples planning to be married can bid for wedding-related auction items online starting in October or at a Blissful Wishes Balls Nationwide in November, with all proceeds benefiting Wish Upon a Wedding .
Wish Upon a Wedding is also currently seeking donated products or services in 46 cities, ranging from wedding gowns to tuxedos, invitations to cakes, and limousine services to honeymoons. It only takes a moment to register and make a difference in someone's life at Bidding for Good! Be sure to add your item to the correct category (city), and don't forget to include your company logo and URL. You'll be making a positive difference in someone's life who truly deserves it!
Rachel and Brian met in a dance class... not a surprise for two professional dancers. They are so gorgeous, you could almost imagine the attraction in that room, on that first day of seeing each other. After dating for awhile, Brian proposed to Rachel in Hawaii, where he was raised, so having a Malibu beach themed wedding was only appropriate for these two.
I loved the feel of this whole wedding. They managed to keep it modern and fresh with the white on white decor (including purple and black accents) with a young Hollywood edge. I loved working with Camilla from Element Weddings, who made the day flow so smoothly. And per my new requirement of only shooting weddings with a candy bar, my sweet tooth was fulfilled. Naw, just kidding... well, sort of kidding...
When Rachel put her wedding dress on, everyone gasped at how amazing the dress was and how breathtaking she looked...
I think Rachel was on the mark with her peacock feather accents. I'm seeing them pop up in a lot of wedding details.
And of course our groom. How good looking is this guy!
So thrilled that these two opted for seeing each other before the wedding. We got all our portraits done so after the wedding they were able to be with their friends and family right away. To say it was a very windy day would be an understatement but we found a great place for Rachel to hide as Brian come around to see her.
The fierce wedding party...
I love that the officiant talked about binding their love, using a cloth to 'tie the knot" and bring them together...
Here are some detail shots of the reception site at the Sunset Restaurant...
For more of this beautiful wedding, please watch the slideshow here:
Thanks to my second shooter: Carol
Dress from R Mine Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Makeup: Marlena Robbins (805-302-0222)
Flowers: The Flower Factory
Cupcakes: Vanilla Bake Shop
DJ: Double Jay Entertainment (562-547-3391)
Joy's sister contacted me about her sister's wedding only a few months back. She wanted to treat them to a professional photographer as her gift to them. I love when families are this close and their friends are so close too you almost can't distinguish between the two types of love. Their wedding was full of beauty and joy, silliness and emotion, and Joy, I'm so glad your sister called me!
Although Joy and Ryan were both born in the Philippines, it wasn't until their families moved over 7000 miles away, that they meet and fell in love. That is fate. They said their 'I Do's' on a beautiful afternoon at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura, bringing their families, friends and love together.
I loved the rich plum/burgundy accents throughout the wedding...
These guys did the coolest first dance!
Hair and makeup: Eric Reyes
Flowers and shoes from downtown LA
Dress from David's Bridal
Cake (loved the classic look and geometry of this!): LaStarr and Co.
DJ: Keith Erickson Music (310.409.8001)
If you'd like to see more of their day, please check out the video below.
I should have named this post "Passionate Kisses". When I told Emma and Claude to be themselves, they couldn't keep their hands off each other! These guys are so cute together! They live in Virginia and just got engaged so they called me up for some engagement photos during their vacation here in LA. Once they told me they wanted some thing "different" and what their interests were, I knew we'd have a blast driving around Hollywood.
We started at Sweet Lady Jane for some delicious cupcakes.
These are the kind of photos I would want for myself. I am a huge fan of vinyl and Amoeba Records is heaven to me. They stocked up on their vinyl wish list while I snapped away.
I've been dying to do this for sometime now and Emma and Claude where the perfect couple so I brought along a few of my own albums for us to play with!
We ended our evening over at the LACMA for some evening shots. Very appropriate since Emma works for a huge lighting company. Thank you Emma and Claude - you two are so perfect together!
For more of their make-out session... I mean photo shoot... check out the slideshow!