Anne & Jo ceremony at Los Angeles Arboretum

These two at the arboretum in Arcadia! Talk about B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. Anne and Jo had an intimate marriage ceremony amidst the greenery last month and despite the waning summer heat (and the mosquitos!) their photos are among my favorites taken this year.

Inn of the Seventh Ray wedding photos

Maaay have had a personal connection to this gorgeous couple. Their intimate canyon wedding was attended by so many loving and supportive friends and family members! Weddings can be so emotionally draining to plan and execute, but the warm and glowing atmosphere like that at this event is totally the payoff. Thanks to Meghan Lubeck for photographing this one with me.Venue: Inn of the Seventh RayFlowers: Elliot & Olivia EventsVideography: Love Story Productionrachel & gabebride getting readybridal shoesRachel is a musician, so incorporating her piano seemed not only appropriate but downright necessary!dad sees brideI always love that "first look" when the bride's dad sees her for the first time on her wedding day!bridal room hugsgetting dressedbeautiful bride photogroom putting on shoesgroom getting dressed with boutonnierefirst look ringsinn of the seventh ray weddingframed bridewedding ceremony black and whitebride at weddinggroom during weddingwedding centerpiecemr and mrsrose petals in fountaincute baby at fountainOh, hi! Look who made an appearance...wedding cakewedding toastswedding bandcouple first dancefirst dance ring fingerwedding dancefloor partywedding dancefloorwedding guestbooksparkler grand exit

Brittany & Tom's Cute Long Beach Wedding

Brittany and Tom come from such warm, loving, and supportive families who were itching at the opportunity to help create and plan the perfect wedding for them, particularly since the couple themselves hail from the SF Bay area instead of locally in Long Beach. All that assistance paid off in the form of a beautiful June affair at LBMA! Big thanks to Luminaire Images associate Michelle for lending her considerable talents towards capturing this loveliness.Pre-Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Long BeachWedding Venue: Long Beach Museum of ArtCoordination: Heather WilsonFloral Design: Monica KovachFlower Girl Dress: Pippa & Julie (Nordstrom's)Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure BridalsWedding Dress: Paloma Blanca from Bridal ProjectGarter: Fallen Star Couture Inc.Hairstyling/MUA: Maggie Williams/Nicole ArmstrongDessert/Cake: Lisa's Bon AppetitVideography: Video Ventures ProductionsDJ: Grayt Scott DJ ServicesOfficiant/Guitarist: Scott GrilloSelvy1058Loved these ethereal soft blush bridesmaid dresses!Selvy1000weding dress and ringsSelvy1118groom gets dressedbride gets dressedSelvy1105Selvy1231Selvy3118Selvy1263Selvy3065Selvy3072wedding ceremony grandparentsSelvy3139Selvy3105That flower girl! I seriously cannot get enough of her! LOL!bride and dessertSelvy3152Selvy5087Selvy5208The parent dances are often my favorite part of a wedding. So much love and emotion. ESPECIALLY now that I'm a parent, too!Selvy5214Selvy5240Selvy5254Selvy5295Selvy5344Congrats to this happy couple!

Calamigos Ranch Wedding Photos

Loved everything about Julie & Eric's wedding nestled in the rustic hills of Malibu! This pair is a fun, funny couple with a great group of friends and great taste in venues. Great wedding to close out the month of May!Accommodations: Westlake Village Inn in Westlake Village, CAVenue: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CACoordination: Mindy & Co. EventsHair/MUA: Dianna OhDJ: DJ Henry HelixFlowers: Enchanted Garden Floral DesignOfficiant: Friar Mike from Good Shepherd ChurchCake: Vanilla Bake ShopLosAngelesWedding001westlake village inn weddingwestlake village inn wedding photosLosAngelesWedding002westlake village inn wedding photographerLosAngelesWedding003Westlake Village Inn wedding first lookEric had such a great reaction to Julie's dress during their First Look!calamigos ranch weddingLosAngelesWedding004calamigos ranch wedding malibucalmigos ranch wedding picturescalamigos ranch wedding photosLosAngelesWedding005LosAngelesWedding006LosAngelesWedding007LosAngelesWedding008LosAngelesWedding010LosAngelesWedding009calamigos ranch wedding photoLosAngelesWedding011LosAngelesWedding012LosAngelesWedding013calamigos ranch wedding receptionLosAngelesWedding014LosAngelesWedding015LosAngelesWedding017This kid was a crackup. Toasts running a little long for you, my dear?LosAngelesWedding016LosAngelesWedding019LosAngelesWedding021LosAngelesWedding018LosAngelesWedding020

Luminaire Images featured on Brides.com!

HickeyEng1056Our engagement photos of Lockell and Chris, taken at Union Station in LA have just been showcased on BRIDES magazine's website! Click here to see the feature!

brides logo

Mission Inn Riverside wedding photographer - Sandra and Art

While editing these photos kept noticing Sandra's youthful glow, or the twinkle of mischief in Art's eye. These two have to be the very definition of "young at heart." The pair wed on a perfect autumn day in the rotunda at the historic mission in Riverside last month.Venue: Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside CAHair/MUA: My Lasting LookFloral Design: Glam Event StylistDJ: Glam Event Stylistblack and white wedding photosCantu1054

wedding flowersThis is the second wedding I've seen this year that included pins with photos of loved ones on floral arrangements. Such a beautiful tribute idea!

Cantu1055

Cantu1069Art's face when he first sees Sandra! She did look pretty stunning.

Cantu1073Cantu1136Cantu1200

Cantu3017Their ceremony was held in the rotunda instead of the usual chapel, which was an interesting and pretty change-up!

Cantu3086wedding ceremonyCantu3045mission inn wedding ceremony rotunda

Cantu3133Art with all his brothers. Man, can you imagine handling that many boys?

mission inn riverside wedding photoCantu5073

Cantu5288They had a big beautiful full moon that night...

Cantu5295Congrats to Sandra and Art!

Tracy and Richard Wedding at Westridge Golf Club

What I love about Tracy and Richard is that they are so salt-of-the-earth, All-American, and mellow; case in point: Richard goes by the nickname "Bub," among both friends and family.You might remember Tracy and Bub's engagement session at Stone Brewing Company, which they opted for because one of their favorite pastimes is just hanging out with a good beer. And at their wedding, it was like the inevitable chaos that occurs on a wedding day just seemed to sort of happen around them instead happen to them; any concerns that cropped up seemed to roll right off their backs like it was nothing. Talk about a model couple!Venue: Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, CAPlanning: Silver Charm EventsFloral Design: The Enchanted FloristBride's dress: Maggie SotteroBride's shoes: Audrey Brooke

Cafe Pinot Wedding Downtown Los Angeles | Adrienne and Cameron

We know Adrienne as the sweet, quirky, cheerful, and endlessly-helpful shop manager for Dandelion Ranch, one of our favorite floral designers. Cameron is her perfect match in playfulness and good humor, so it was a delight photographing their wedding in sunny downtown Los Angeles. The pair incorporated beautiful designs from Dandelion Ranch into their wedding, of course, including a touch of unripened blueberries in the florals as a tribute to Adrienne's father, now deceased, who was a blueberry farmer in Rhode Island. Other unique ideas involved donations made to the American Heart Association in honor of guests instead of distributing favors, and  an old upright piano as a display table for both the ceremony and reception. I am also in love with the venue they chose, dying to go back for more events there soon!Venue: Café Pinot in downtown Los AngelesCoordination: Cassandra Santor WeddingsLighting: Amber Event ProductionFloral Design: Dandelion RanchDJ: Vox DJsDesserts: Cake MonkeyHair & Makeup: JoAnne OrrWedding Dress: Oleg CassiniBride's Shoes: Glint

Huron Substation Wedding: Lockell & Chris

I have to say, photographing a wedding during wiltingly hot weather can be really difficult. But it makes a huge difference when you have a gorgeous bride as cheerful as Lockell, and a smartly-dressed groom as calm and relaxed as Chris. Not to mention as supportive and responsive a bridal party as they had! Here are some of our favorites from their orange-and-lemon "train themed" wedding!Wedding & reception venue: Huron Substation, a 1906 historic building that used to house high-voltage electrical equipment.Coordination: Nira at Amber EventsFloral design: Peony & PlumMakeup: Jen CasteloHairstyling: Ursula at Mahogany Hair RevolutionRentals: Town & CountryVideography: Engeinus ProductionsDJ: Mister WilsonOfficiant: Clint HufftCatering: Eco CatersLighting: Aspect LightingDesserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop"Home base" venue: The Charlie Hotel

Lockell thoughtfully gifted Chris with some classic "train token" cufflinks

 Lockell looked amazing in her showstopping Rivini dress!{L}: Taken at The Charlie    |  {R}: Chris reacts as the ceremony beginsLove this moment between Lockell and her dad!This was one of the best moments I've ever seen at a wedding: After the couple cut the cake, Chris scooped the first bite into his own mouth, oblivious of the custom that he is expected to feed his partner instead! The look on his face when everybody jumped in to alert him to his misstep!

Disney Concert Hall Wedding Photos | Diana & Luke

When describing Diana & Luke's wedding at the Disney Concert Hall downtown, I'd say the words "elegance" and "grandeur" come to mind; any photographer who's been to the venue will tell you that is a gorgeous site to photograph---beautiful reflective light and dramatic backgrounds. The couple, who met in law school (Luke insists she flirted with him, which Diana denies up and down!) wanted to capture a little of the old Hollywood glamor for their guests, which I can't say is hard to do when working in downtown LA!

Big props to the planner Hylah for swooping in like a well-organized superhero and saving the day several times during this wedding, which happened to land in the middle of a face-meltingly intense heat wave. Hylah rose to the occasion to tackle all the hiccups unbearably hot weather presents, I am so glad she was there!

Venue(s): Millennium Biltmore and  Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los AngelesPlanning & Floral: Hylah White, HWS EventsCatering: PatinaInvitations: Dandelion PatchLive Music: Del AtkinsDiana's Dress: Rivini, from Terri Lynn BridalDiana's Shoes: Nina Shoes

 

Diana & Luke, thank you so much for sharing your special day with us, we had a blast! You two have fabulous taste in venues!

Julie & Mike's backyard wedding featured on Celebrations At Home!

All those nifty backyard details that we photographed at Julie & Mike's September wedding last year have been featured on Celebrations At Home.  Some really great design ideas for transforming an everyday backyard into a venue for an intimate wedding reception. Hop on over to check them out!Celebrations At Home

Hollywood Roosevelt Wedding

Janet and David have a whirlwind romance that all began with a date at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt, which is where they decided to wed with an intimate ceremony in the hotel's classic lobby.  I was a little concerned leading up to their event due to some of the unusual challenges presented by lighting and extremely tight scheduling, but after a week of strategizing timelines and mapping light plots, I think Matt and I pulled off some fantastic pictures for them.Roosevelt Hotel HollywoodRed shoes

Bride at Roosevelt HotelJanet was styled by the uber-talented Veronica Lane

wedding red accentsThe happy red roses were delivered special by Bridesign

Groom at Roosevelt Hotelpreparations at roosevelt hotelBlack bridesmaid dresses red rosesHollywood Roosevelt Hotel wedding

alan katz weddingAlan Katz officiated and kept everyone smiling the entire time, of course

hollywood roosevelt wedding ambiance

garden bride and groom composition

hollywood roosevelt wedding red accentsThe chic cake was by Sweet Lady Jane

 

stolen kiss

wedding in hollywoodDJ Matthew Beaumont kept the party groovin' well into the wee hours of the morning, with Charles Lauren Films recording everything!

 

 

father and daughter with mother and sonparty at the Roosevelt hotelHollywood wedding 

Congratulations to a couple very much in love!

   

Our Lady of Angels Wedding, Downtown Los Angeles

Nancy and Vinny sure know how to pick a ceremony site! They wed at the jaw-dropping Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles.  This is THE cathedral, ladies and gentlemen...I can attest that the only cathedrals I have ever seen equaling its grandeur are in Europe.Our Lady of Angels Cathedral Los AngelesBride and flower girlsVinnyBride and bridesmaidsGroom and groomsmen

Beautiful brideStunning!  Nancy's hair was styled by Favrile Cohen at Salon Dej.

Adorable flower girlsGroomsmen socksTapestryBride with Maids of Honor

Groom's parentsKidsGrandfatherProcessional at cathedralOur Lady of Angels CathedralWedding couple catholicParentsWedding ringsSleeping babyCathedral organ

Couple in forestNancy's bouquet is by downtown florist Michael's Flowers.

ladybugMarrieddancefloorThe Bonaventure Brewing Company at the Westin Bonaventure downtown put on a pretty raging reception for how intimate Nancy & Vinny's party was.  I am sure that having DJ Courtney from JoyRidz Entertainment and coordinator Ayla from Gourmet Celebrations on hand helped, too!dancing king

Romantic wedding portrait

Congratulations to Nancy & Vinny!

 

Bride Against Breast Cancer!

A couple weeks ago Luminaire Images teamed with Simply Mumtaz Events planning, The Spiraled Stem florals, Ferndale's Bridal salon, and Sculpted Silhouette lingerie to donate a spectacular charity wedding for breast cancer survivor Binh and her faithful fiancé Dean!  Christine at The Spiraled Stem organized the vendors and fielded applicants for what was dubbed the "Say I Do" Contest, and ultimately selected Binh who wrote about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 21 and how her boyfriend Dean not only stood by her throughout harsh chemotherapy treatments, he also asked her to marry him.Other vendors involved include the Doubletree Hotel San Pedro, DJ Tony WayneRossmoor PastriesChivari Chair Rentals, and J&M Entertainment photo booths.harborBinh's lovely Maggie Sottero dressbridesmaid emotionbridal hair accessorybouquetsBinh's pearl necklace and one of her treatment scars Looooove this image!Groom in mirror

Binh & Dean

couple in San Pedro

shoe surgery

sunny bridal party

bridesmaids

newlyweds

sunny aisledoubletree hilton wedding

ring on finger

Now that's a happy couple!San Pedrobride & groomI think beating cancer gives someone an extra glow on their wedding day, don't you?ballroomImages by Mattcenterpieceshead tablemenubridesmaid in the windowBinh & Dean's ingenious "guestbook" was in fact a picture of a tree on a canvas; guests would create "thumbprint leaves" and sign their names.first danceSmooth, Dean. Smooth.During the toastschairsBinh & her mom enjoy J&M Entertainment's photobooth!dance floorDJdance floor 2Image by Matt

Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer

Christine and Jess are musicians with the Air Force band, so any official government function you ever see on television with a band or orchestra/quartet performing, look for them!  They live in D.C. but decided to get married on the sunny California coast during an deliciously warm Memorial Day weekend.

bride coutureChristine's hair was styled by Sayde Jammal from Toni & Guy, and her makeup was by one of my favorite artists, Jessica Edwards!

Bride and Groom

ring bearerImage by Matt

bridesmaidsChristine and Jess opted to see each other before the ceremony at their 'home base' for the day: The Shorebreak Hotel.

groomsmen

asian brideLOVE all the color and light at this hotel!

bridal party

laughter

bridal fashionChristine's dress is a silk piece from JCrew and her shoes are Aldo "Bradeen"s in gray.

bride at shorebreak hotelCutest flower girl ever.

church ceremonyThe couple were wed at Christine's church from her childhood, Korean First Presbyterian Church in Westminster, CA

kids

mixed couple wedding

mischiefI don't know what's going on, but this kid's face has mischief written all over it.

brass bandChristine and Jess had a brass band for ceremony accompaniment.  Image by Matt.

jess

ring

bowThere was lots of bowing in accordance with Korean tradition

christine

ceremonyDirectly following the ceremony there was a traditional Korean ceremony. (R) Image by Matt

korean ceremonyI think Christine's mother might be a teensy, tiny bit excited about this wedding?

dates

stitching

grandmaLOVE this image by Matt!

bridal party crazy

bridesmaids

orange county ringsImage by Matt

barFollowing the wedding there was an after-party at one of my favorite restaurants, Twenty-Five Degrees.

cheers

pelican

food

hurrahParty all night, ya'll!