One of the perks of my job is that people will just walk into my life; seemingly out of nowhere, and just thrust the most amazing moments in front of my lens for me to document. One day, I got a message from this beautiful bride who had found me on Yelp. A week later she, her fiancé and their two kids met me for a meeting at my studio DT, and then just a few weeks after that I shot their most amazing wedding at the Beverly Hills Courthouse! It all happened so fast and with such ease.
Their super intimate wedding at the courthouse was one of the most stunning weddings I’ve ever shot.
First of all this family is beautiful inside and out. The bride quite literally oozes joy naturally, like all the time. Emails, on the phone, at her home on a random day in the middle of the week when I learned we were practically neighbors… Not just her wedding day.
Second of all, the Beverly Hills Courthouse is seriously gorgeous. I had no idea how beautiful it was, even as I walked up to it to meet my clients. The halls had a total Mad Men vibe with big floor to ceiling windows and really cool light fixtures that produced some really stylized effects. Inside the actual room where couples say their “I Do’s”, photos of old Hollywood decorate the walls displaying the building’s famous history.
Finally, their two kids were freaking adorable. So cute. It was as if they were animated cartoon characters and not real. Sometimes they were beaming with joy and full of activity, and sometimes they got a bit grumpy in their tiredness, but they were always a delight to be around.
It was such a special day! I love it when I get to fill my days with love and beauty. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.
The little girl’s face just kills me.
The front of the courthouse had these super bitchin’ pillars that I wanted to get a picture in front of. Their friend and fellow photographer did a little wrangling/styling for me as he assured his friend that it would be okay.
Look at the bus!!! Are you kidding me?! I did a silent happy dance when it pulled into my frame.
I had the idea to have the newlyweds stand in the middle of the street while cars passed them on either side. I barely got off this one test shot to check my exposure when a cop car flipped around behind me and flashed his lights and siren.
Now normally hearing the woop woop of a police siren behind you instantly fills you with dread and anxiety but I had a bride and groom with me. A bride and groom is kind of like having a hall pass where just about anyone will let you do just about anything. It’s awesome. I did another silent happy dance when I heard the screeching tires as the officer flipped around to confront us.
Woot woot!! The kind man blocked traffic while we took this shot.
We left Beverly Hills to take some photos in Santa Monica. The bride loves the Santa Monica Pier and really wanted to take some photos with it in the background.
This is the time when the kids got a little bit grumpy wanting to be done with it all.
Their insanely cute grumps lasted all of like two minutes. This is not staged, none of the running shots were. It was just too much cuteness for my heart to handle.
I love my job.
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