Tuesday, November 25th
Machelle and Leo-the Wedding
Could Leo and Machelle be any sweeter, more thoughtful, charming, considerate or just plain cute?!?!? Not possible. No matter how many guests were there, no matter how large their bridal parties, Machelle and Leo always made sure everyone was OK, making a point to get to all their guests, at the church
and the reception (not a small feat in this case)-even checking in on us...and how can you not love a girl who makes a point of having garlic mashed potatoes on the menu (And yes, those mashed potatoes at the Doubletree San Pedro
were totally worth the calories).
Machelle and Leo, like your engagement sitting, thank you for being up for anything, and for humoring me as I kept crying out "wait, you guys look so cute-let me get a couple more!!!!" (Which, as anyone who has worked with me knows, a couple means, well, always more than "a couple"), :-) and once again, for being so incredible to work with.
Karen Leah on 11.25.08 @ 10:32 PM PST [link]
Sunday, November 16th
Amanda and Dave
It's not uncommon for me not to meet the groom until the actual day of the wedding; however, in this case, I didn't even get the chance to meet Amanda until about an hour before her wedding. All I knew is that she was a referral from a referral and over the phone, she was sweet, bubbly, energetic, and pretty open to any sorts of photos.
It was such a nice surprise to see that BOTH she and Dave were that, and more. Their wedding flew by in the blink of an eye was but an incredibly fun, exciting evening where almost everybody seemed to be up out of their chairs on the dance floor, by the "impromptu" bar set up by the firepit or by the incredible sweet bar that Amanda set up (well, actually, it was more like a sweet ROOM with all of the pastries and gorgeous little cakes to choose from).
Amanda and Dave, thank you, thank you, thank you, for letting Brian and I capture your day; we had an incredible time and a lot of fun reliving the day through these photos (as you will soon as well).
Karen Leah on 11.16.08 @ 08:56 PM PST [link]
Sunday, November 9th
Adela and Jose
I knew that I liked Jose before I even met him. Often times, I don't meet the groom until the actual wedding day, which is what happened in this case. But, when I walked into Adela's room, saw her beautiful dress and the "little blue box," and she told me that Jose, upon seeing that she was going to buy traditional "bridal jewelry" for her wedding said, "why don't I just take you to Tiffany's instead?" and actually DID, I knew I liked this man...and why shouldn't he take her to Tiffany's and let her pick out what she wanted; she was a stunning, and incredibly sweet bride who deserved every tasteful, elegant trinket in those "little blue boxes."
Jose and Adela had a beautiful ceremony at St. Callistus
in Garden Grove, followed up by, what has to be in our years of photographing brides everywhere from castles in Ireland to actual working ranches in Sunland, CA: the most original, simply coolest background ever-the backyard of Adela's uncle.
This was not a back yard. I mean, yes, it was in the back of somebody's home, but this was small city. It was a working old-west replica; from the jail, to the saloon to the town center complete with gunslinger and dancer replicas. I could've shot here all DAY!!
And, when our scheduled photo time was over, and Adela and Jose were happy to keep going, making them late to their (gorgeous) reception, Anais from Confetti Events and Catering
got us back on track immediately! It was a truly impressive feat.
Adela and Jose, when you wrote that, "I don't have anything but nice things to say about you and your professionalism the day of our wedding! Your patience and kindness was very much appreciated with our BIG wedding party," I meant every word of what I said when I wrote you back and thanked you and Jose for being so incerdible to work with and for giving us such an amazing experience.
Karen Leah on 11.09.08 @ 01:59 AM PST [link]
Saturday, November 1st