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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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Scott and Tony have been together for 16 years. They had a very intimate wedding ceremony last year that a friend and colleague of mine had the pleasure of shooting. The couple had a reception for friends and family a few months ago, an event my friend Cam was not available to shoot so he sent them my info. I am so happy that my friend was busy with another job!!! This event was so crazy awesome, I’ll never forget it.
Everything about this job was lovely from the start. They held it at the very beautiful Women’s Twentieth Century Club in Eagle Rock. The decorations where simple, pretty and emotional. The food catered by Romega Catering was delicious and stunning in it’s presentation. The guests all seemed to have a loving, sincere, kindness to them… I sensed a hint of wildness in all of them almost immediately, which is always exciting. I like those people that cross the line from relative normalcy to shenanigans without much urging. The stress-free lightness in the air and the unmistakable feeling of spring made me feel like I was in a movie, or commercial or something.
The main event was a program where the couple’s actor friends took turns reading letters that the newlyweds had written to each other over the course of their relationship. IT WAS THE BEST! It was deeply personal, funny and entertaining all at the same time. Brilliant boys.
Seriously people. This is this couples card! They made business cards that say “Professional Fun-Havers”! Remember what I told you about the hint of wildness just under the surface? This is a perfect example.
The sister giving a speech made her brother and his husband put on these glasses so that she wouldn’t cry when she was speaking.
For real. They had to keep them on the whole time she was talking. I love this group so much.
After the program and the speeches, the stage manager (yup, they had a stage manager) asked if anyone else had something to say. Scott surprised his husband with a production number. He lip-synced Crazy For You from Dreamgirls. He killed it.
He followed that up with actually singing a ballad to Tony. It was a song about sailing. At the song’s climax, 16 people in the crowd raised blue flags above their heads symbolizing waves on the ocean. There were 16 flags representing the 16 years that the couple has been together. I don’t need to tell you that there was very few dry eyes in the room. It was so special.
These ladies cracked me up. There were a lot of thespians at the party. I think I gave them “The Witches of Eastwick” as motivation for this sequence.
This shot makes me so happy.
When I took this job I had no idea that such a quick event would be so much fun and so special. Congrats Scott and Tony! Thank you for choosing me to capture your love and your special day.
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I have been emotionally wrecked since the outcome of the presidential election. I don’t think that any politician has the power to really change the world, so it’s not as if I looked to Hillary, Bernie or Obama as saviors. I believe that change comes slowly, most often quietly, from the ground up.
Even so, what occurred here has been upsetting to many of us. I have cried a lot. Like with any tragic, or shocking event, I’ve gone through the various stages of grief. Anger, denial, overwhelming sadness… All of it. I have been trying my best to process the whole thing, working toward that point where I climb out of the despair, put on my big girl panties and move toward the light. While I understand the need for battles in life, I personally am most effective when I am actively working toward progress no matter how subtle.
Hate and taking sides NEVER works. EVER. What is the saying? Love begets love. Hate begets hate. I totally believe that shit. So on inauguration day this 2017, I was presented with an opportunity to spend the day in love and light and I jumped in headfirst.
An event planner colleague of mine, Rose Forbes of Two Tree Events, married two couples at no charge at Pasadena City Hall and I documented it… Also free of charge. Both couples surrounded themselves with a small gathering of their closest friends and family. We all congregated on the most scenic part of the covered patio where we were protected by the POURING rain. The rain seemed to amplify the intense emotional aspect somehow in the most beautiful way.
(Shit. I totally started crying typing this…. Get it together Melissa!)
The whole thing was so special, and so beautiful; I am grateful to have been a part of it. Although the act itself was a sort of quiet protest, it was really more about making a stand and committing ourselves to the love we want to see in the world. While it was about the individual couples and their love for each other, it was bigger than that.
It was a collective, audible affirmation to hold our heads up and our hearts open to the goodness that abounds even in times of turmoil.
(Dammit. I just started crying again. Ugh. I talk tough, but I’m so sensitive!)
Here are pics from the day. Please share this post. This is not about being against anything or anyone. This is about choosing love and inclusion. We need to come together in order to push the needle forward.
I believe we have the power to do it.
Soooo, this is where I lost it the first time. As soon as her bride turned the corner, she gasped, “Oh my god, she’s so beautiful.” My poor little heart just exploded.
I panned over to Rose and she was clearly experiencing a similar emotion.
Rain on your wedding day is lucky!!
While at lunch in between weddings, our mom’s both texted at the same time with the same “I love you, I’m proud of you” type text. Mom intuition, check!
Wedding number 2! Rose prepares while the happy couple poses for their loved ones.
The last two days turned out to be an unforgettable weekend filled with so much love and hope… two emotions I didn’t see coming. Seeing all the peaceful marches across the country and being a part of “I Do In The Park” will forever be remembered as one of the most profound moments of my life.
Love will always win if we choose that option over the alternative.
LOS ANGELES WEDDING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS HOST “I DO IN THE PARK” IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
2017 JANUARY 19 Los Angeles, Calif.: Los Angeles-area wedding industry professionals are coming together to show their support of marriage equality and their belief that marriage is a human right to all people in loving relationships. Rose Forbes, proprietor of Two Tree Events, the LA-based wedding and events coordination company www.twotreeevents.com and Melissa Kobe, owner and lead photographer of M. Kobe Photography www.mkobephotography.com are spearheading the efforts by presenting “I Do In the Park.” The purpose of this event is to flood the internet with photos of couples of all persuasions in love and getting married on the same day as president-elect Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. It is meant to be a subtle protest showing that by flooding the world with love one can continue to fight the hate that many believe the President-Elect incites.
Because of the anticipated rain, “I Do In the Park” will now be hosted at the Pasadena City Hall rather than the originally designated Arlington Gardens in Pasadena January 20, 2017 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. During those hours couples who come prepared with their state-issued marriage license applications will become legally married surrounded by friends and loved ones in a beautiful public garden free of charge. Melissa Kobe will be documenting the event and posting photos on all forms of social media as well as posting the pictures on a client gallery where couples can purchase prints and digital downloads at the prices Kobe normally extends only to her paying clients.
The idea occurred to Rose Forbes the day after the election. “My first thought was, ‘what can I do to make a difference?’ Being wedding industry professionals, we have the unique ability to support to couples of all types in a way that other businesses cannot. We really want to fight the hate and anger that is at its height with a showing love at its strongest,” says Forbes. When Melissa Kobe heard the idea she was so excited that she was inspired to come offer her photography services as well stating, “If I’m not doing something intentionally positive at that time [of Trump’s inauguration], I will be a basket case,”
This is the third event of this type that the Forbes as hosted To sign up for your ceremony or for more information as to how you can be a part of this day please contact Two Tree Events at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please contact for a location update if it should be raining that day.
AH HAHAHAHA. I kid, I kid… This happy couple is big time in to Star Wars, not Star Trek. I mean, if you can’t poke fun at your little cousin and her now husband, there is nothing right with the world. Yup, this beautiful bride is family; the blood kind. She and her crazy man had an intimate backyard wedding at a dear family friends home in Spokane, Washington. Today’s post is a little longer than usual, but I guess when I know so many of the subjects in front of my lens, that’s bound to happen.
THIS IS NOT THEIR DOG. This friendly guy totally came when called and was not stingy with his love.
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL MY COUSIN IS!!!
Look closely at the bride’s wedding ring. Total nerds. I had way too much fun staging this shot. Just look at that background. I picked up the W on this one.
So, this happened.
The bride’s older sister maybe had dry eyes for like 5 minutes.
An epic arm wrestling tournament ensued! I am sad to say that I competed many times, and won NONE. I think that’s why I kept getting asked challenged.
I love you both so much! Congratulations! You’re just crazy enough to make it 🙂
Good god, this couple is A D O R A B L E. They were actually married several weeks before this in a NYC courthouse, so this was meant to be a casual celebratory, post wedding party with their closest friends and family. The whole affair was beautiful, from the elegant summery décor, the wild guests once they cut loose, to the love that was palpable in the air from all in attendance. That’s what’s so great about these joyous life events… More often than not when you gather a bunch of people that love each other in celebration, you can feel it in the air. It really is the best. I totally lucked into this job with these amazing people, and I am so grateful I did.
The guests had name tags on, which of course I kept making them take off when we did portraits. I kept telling them to put the name tags on their butts, so we did a version of one of my favorite shots where I lie on the ground and have everyone stand around me…. Booty booty booty booty booty everywhere!
I’m not sure where to start with this couple… I suppose I officially met them when they attended a wedding I was hired to shoot last year. We have several acquaintances in common; the major connector is the groom’s best friend and one of my favorite colleagues, Jill at MHP Events. Jill is pretty much the bomb. Robbie and Suzette got married in Palm Springs, which meant that I got to travel to one of my favorite southern Cali places to shoot one of my favorite types of jobs, for some of my favorite people!!! They had the ceremony at the very beautiful PGA West in La Quinta. It was intimate and had stunning views. It was pure awesomeness all around. Robbie and Suzette are seriously two of the nicest, most chill, fun, and generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working for. I love them with all my sappy photographer heart!
The wedding party was enjoying the pool in the courtyard… Right in plain sight of where I wanted to take pictures of the dress. I gathered some big strong men to hold up a sheet to serve as a curtain so there were no spoilers.
God, I love me a pool jumping shot!
I mean, come on! She’s gorgeous.
Oh yeah, we did this.
The rose was not cooperating so Robbie fixed it with is foot.
This was the best First Look’s ever! Robbie turned around and basically lost his shit. He took a step back to take her in, and told her “Oh my god, I’m so lucky baby.” I’ll never forget it.
This was a HOT Palm Springs weekend. The venue had these misters that made it look like they were coming out of the clouds.
Suzette is even a pretty crier!
This last sequence pretty much sums up how fun this group is. To you my dear newlyweds, I think you should get married once a year so we can do this all over again… And again…
Sometimes I am amazed at my luck. Take this family for example… Meghan was my contact person for a random assignment I worked one night for the newspaper I freelance for. She’s a photographer herself and she’s just one of those people that you can breathe easy around. I just love her. We hit it off and not long after having met her, she hired me to shoot her parents anniversary party. I was then introduced to a good chunk of her family who all ranked equally high on the “awesome meter”. It was a job I will never forget because of the emotional, loving nature of the whole thing. To say I adore them would be an understatement.
Last year I got a call from Perri, Meghan’s niece, regarding shooting her 2016 Malibu wedding. I was beyond stoked when it became official that I was going to be hired as their photographer. I totally vibed with the couple in our correspondences leading up to the big day, and when I met them in person it was just as I expected. They rock. They are so kind, chill, funny, have a great sense of humor, and are all around beautiful inside and out. Their friends and family welcomed me the person, not just the hired hand, right into their day and their life. Laura with DB Creativity did an amazing job as the day-of planner at the stunning Calamigos Ranch venue. It was an absolute blast to shoot. The only down side of my job is that I get thrown into these incredibly meaningful life-moments, fall in love with an entire group of people… Spend time with them after the event as I edit their photos for hours on end, and then, BAM! They’re gone. It’s like mourning the loss of a short-lived relationship. Something tells me though that I will see this group again… If I’m lucky.
I mean come on! Look how cute she is!
Wait for it….
The Dirty Dancing lift! This expertly choreographed move solidified my love for this crew.
Like I said… I heart Perri & Patrick 🙂
FACT. I am a sappy, big-hearted girl that gets smitten with people, experiences, and moments. This couple fits each of the above. Cindy reached out to me about shooting her super small, backyard wedding at the happy couple’s home in the valley. She works with another client of mine and loved the photos I took for them. After the initial back and forth of sorting out pricing and availability, she told me more fun stuff about who they were as people. How long they’ve been together, their careers; both are actors… Barry was Doody in the original Grease (AAAHHH!). She told me about their passion for philanthropy which is a big part of their life, and even sent me a picture of their cat, Grace. Once she did that, she solidified what I had already suspected… that I loved this woman.
The day could not have gone more smoothly. The warm, but not hot sunny California day had that subtly exciting feeling that summer was in the air. The flowers and trees in their yard were in such a full bloom that it felt as if I walked into an enchanting oasis. Grace, their awesome cat even let me photograph her wearing Cindy’s scarf! The smokin’ hot bride let me recreate a famous still from the movie The Graduate, and on top of that, the ceremony was intimate and emotional… IT WAS JUST THE BEST!
I absolutely adore this couple and am so happy they fell into my life and in front of my lens. I am a lucky girl.
This fabulous couple used to be regulars at a 50’s diner I used to work at while I was going to school for photography, and then when my business was in its infancy stages. They would come in every Sunday, and wait for a table in my section. I love them.
When I finally cut the cord at the diner and decided to give my photography business 100%, I lost touch with a great number of people I loved that had become fixtures in my life over the course of my decade long tenure at that particular restaurant job. Lori and Scott were among those I missed.
Then one day out of the blue, I got a call from Scott telling me he had popped the question to Lori, and they wanted me to shoot the wedding. There was just one thing… It wasn’t going to be a traditional wedding. It was going to be SUPER small, and oh yeah, it was going to take place on a jet.
Sign me up sir. I am in.
Scott is a pilot himself and proposed to his smokin’ hot bride while flying a small plane around a romantic waterfall in Hawaii.
This is not a fairytale. This is a true story.
They felt it was only suiting to have their very intimate ceremony take place on a Surfair jet while circling Catalina Island at sunset.
I repeat, this is not a fairytale.
Surfair is an airline club that services California; members pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to flights to their growing number of select cities. It’s beyond cool.
Everything about this job was special. The way the bride and groom looked at each other is the stuff they make movies about. There’s something about framing a shot, literally bringing a moment into focus, and realizing that what’s happening right in front of you is one of those moments you’re always searching for as a photographer… And it’s happening ABOVE the most scenic backdrop one could possibly ask for! The love this group had for each other was palpable in that small cabin, and caused my viewfinder to fog up as my eyes filled with tears more than once. These are the kind of gigs I live for.
I will never ever forget this job. Thanks you two for bringing me into your plane and your life. It was an incredible ride.