Archive for May, 2011

Simi Valley Wedding Photographer ~ Deanna and Joshua ~ The Wedding ~

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Oh em gee, I don’t know where to start.

Our 2 hour first meeting?
Our 2 hour second meeting?

No matter where I start, no matter what happened, or got in the way of the wedding that they originally planned (change of dates, venues, even Ketubah’s) they weren’t at all phased-it was a pretty impressive site to see.

Even with the weather. Now, typically, when it rains on a wedding day, people will tell the bride things like, “oh, it’s good luck” or, “it’s a blessing.” In this case, rain is sort of an understatement…it poured.

At an outdoor venue (a gorgeous one, though: The Tuscan Villa Estate in Simi Valley).

Still, the rain wasn’t an issue. A quick call to Gems Parties and a couple of hours later-problem solved. Deanna was completely cool and calm (and having a dress designed by a seamstress at the LA Opera House doesn’t hurt either). :-)

Despite the rain, mud, change of plans, change of schedule…Deanna and Joshua kept focused on what was truly important-each other; and it showed.

Music: Ariel Louk
Cake: Continental Bakery
Rabbi: Rabbi Block of Young Israel
Flowers: Rosique Flowers (and then arranged by the groom)
Invitations: Plotke Photo

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This is *your* wedding day

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I need to learn to follow my own advice. Besides giving me lots of time for photos, the one thing I try and tell all my clients is, “This is your day. This is not a photo session for family (if that’s not what you want), or a time to act and dress a certain way because it’s the “right” thing to do.” As my favorite Dr. Seuss quote says, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Yet, for my own wedding, I found myself acting in ways that I normally wouldn’t because I thought that’s what I *should* do. We had a few last minute guests “surprise” my husband-emailing me only a few weeks in advance asking if they could come. While their intentions were good, and we were so happy to have them, it meant multiple meals, flowers, hotel accommodations and transportation that had to be arranged. The day before my wedding I ended up shuttling family around tourist attractions instead of focusing on us and our errands.

I did all this because my wedding dream revolved around what I thought a wedding should look like, and not what my wedding was supposed to be. Now, yes, there were outside influences (which I will save for another entry) that, um, “helped” (sure, let’s call it that) shape that vision…but once my original vision got altered, I went with it.

My wedding was gorgeous and it was a blast; and I was thrilled with it, but it wasn’t what I originally envisioned. I don’t think about it that often anymore, just the good memories (for which there were many)-and then I came across this blog entry from the great Seth Godin.

I cannot encourage every single one of my clients enough to read this post on the importance of choosing your own dreams.

This is your day, this is your dream, and as he says, “Choose your dreams carefully.”

Happy Anniversary

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Hi,

Once, a long time ago, I looked up the distance between Dundalk, Ireland, and Los Angeles, CA. I seem to recall that it came to something like, 5,200 miles (and some change). In 2007, you decided to move 5,200 miles (and some change) to be with me (and my crazy cat).

Due to living arrangements at the time, you slept on couches (thanks, Jeff), spare bedrooms (thanks, Jess and Carly), icky hotels, and eventually my mother’s living room with some vintage quilts and a Transformers fleece blanket :-) until the very last day your visa allowed you to stay in the country. Some people alternate apartments or towns-we alternated countries: Ireland, back to the U.S., Australia, back to the U.S….

Days were based on time differences for Skyping and cell phone calls (until the month of the $2,000 phone bill; sorry ’bout that. Oh, wait, and that time I called you in Abu Dhabi), and G-Chats. And just when we were looking into Fiance visas-and their astronomical costs – due to an amazing stroke of luck: just a stop over just to say “Hi” to some former clients, you were able to stay for good.

Other than world’s worst immigration interview (which, 2 years later, is really funny-honest. And all I have to say to anyone who needs to have one: don’t cough in front of the immigration officer. Seriously, hold it in until you turn blue-just don’t cough), we’ve had a pretty smooth road for which I’m grateful.

One crazy cat, a house, the world’s tiniest pool, a wedding here, a wedding in Ireland, and a permanent residency for you-here we are four and a half years later. You are stuck with me. :-) I don’t cook much, seem to be physically unable (I think it’s a disorder) to actually get my shoes in the closet, I book weddings on your birthday, our first anniversary, and the day we (er, you) moved into our new house. I spend an obscene amount of money on cereal and cleaning products (yet I hate grocery shopping) and am constantly trying new and weird eating habits-all of which you accept (and even shop and cook for). I laugh when your hair gets all fluffy, at your accent, and your obsession with finding just the right shade of brown socks to go with your jeans. And you laugh with me.

I’m not very expressive (during our wedding, I even handed you my vows and just asked if you could read what I wrote to you), not very affectionate at times (except when I’m sad or cold), and still can’t fold clothes the way you like them (you know, neatly).

But, I want to thank you. Bad wife aside, you make me want to be a nicer person…no wait, you make me want to be, not just a nicer person, but a better person. The snarky streak I’ve always had just vanished when I met you.

This year, I may have booked another wedding on your birthday (but I got you a really awesome birthday gift-promise) and still make fun of your accent, but know that I absolutely adore you. I’m lucky to have met you and can’t wait for what’s in store for us.

Happy anniversary.

Love,
Me

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*Photo by www.pictureit.ie

Glendale Wedding Photographer ~ Sandra and Robert ~ The Wedding ~

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I have got to share this story:

Brian arrived at the Embassy Suites in Glendale for some pre-ceremony shots of the guys. As they were finishing up, the limo arrives to take the groomsmen to the San Fernando Mission Church. At the same time, I was at Sandra’s sister’s house, taking pre-ceremony photos, and then time the limo is supposed to arrive to pick up the girls is upon us.

No limo.

We call-no answer. I call Brian to find out what’s going on and it turns out there was an accident on the freeway causing a huge delay. And all Robert could think about was making sure the limo picked up his bride to be so she wouldn’t worry (there may or may not have been some encouragement from the groom for the limo driver to drive on the shoulder of the freeway. :-) Maybe). Given the situation, a lot of brides would be in panic mode-not Sandra. She was as calm as could be. So, when it looked like there was no chance of the limo picking us up on time-no problem. We all got in 4 different cars and headed to the church ourselves.

We all made it there with about 5 minutes to spare and the rest of the day went off without a hitch.

Sandra and Robert had the MOST dramatic and stunning reception at Palladio . And being the people they are, they made a point to come up to us multiple times during the evening to make sure we ate and ask how we were doing. When we had a few minutes for dinner, we assumed we would receive standard vendor wedding fare.

Our jaws dropped when we saw what they had for us. Right down to the appetizers, beverages, and set-up, it was the exact same cuisine the guests were eating-we were so flattered. So after taking a few bites (and IPhone photos of the table) we headed back down for more photos and I don’t know how we all did it, but we managed to get table shots of with every single one of the 250 guests. (Brian and I are table shot masters). :-)

Sandra and Robert, I had a hard enough time narrowing down photos for your blog entry; I don’t know how you’re going to do it for the album but I can’t wait to see what you’ve chosen (I know I have a few favorites)!

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