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Wedding

Jen + Colin Preview

I did a special project for Jen and Colin’s wedding after seeing how many classic frames they had, and to show what it’s like for me to get through an entire edit. You can see all the images straight from the camera into this short video here

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One down, one to go!

I had the privilege of photographing Nirali and Alfonso’s US wedding before they flew off to be wed in the most royal of celebrations in Jaipur, India.


Alejandro + Nancy

San Jose, California

Several of Alejandro and Nancy’s friends declared their wedding the best they’d ever attended. The wedding party definitely had never before participated in the likes of this Chinese and Mexican celebration which was one part tea ceremony and Catholic mass, one part door games and dollar dance. If you’re not familiar with Chinese door games, I’ll just say that the girls made it extremely difficult for Alejandro to collect his bride on the morning of the wedding. They demanded he profess his love through feats of strength, heartfelt singing (after some lyric-googling), eating sushi rolls consisting of only wasabi wrapped in rice, and a few rounds of pass-the-seaweed-with-your-mouth, all which he and his groomsmen took on like a champ before they were allowed entry. The ceremony was beautiful, and the party was one for the history books.

For this wedding I was delighted to have Natalie Eidelman on board as a second shooter, on loan from the Chrisman Studios. Her images are gorgeous and you’ll see some of them below.

Photo by Natalie Eidelman

Photo by Natalie Eidelman

Photo by Natalie Eidelman


Linh and Tao

Linh and Tao were the picture of grace. Several hundred pictures, actually, as they were required to pose for the requisite family portraits that comes with doing a traditional tea ceremony and banquet complete with greeting guests at the door and wardrobe changes. I look back at their wedding with fondness at the ease of which they navigated the day. Smiles, easygoing, with the confidence and contributions from both families.

My second shooter was Marc Campos who did a fabulous job. I was also VERY impressed by their MC, who was DJ Wasabi from AM1430. She’s flawless and charismatic in three languages and if you’re looking for cantonese, english and mandarin at your wedding, look no further.

^photo by Marc Campos


^photo by Marc Campos


^photo by Marc Campos

^photo by Marc Campos


^photo by Marc Campos

^photo by Marc Campos


^photo by Marc Campos


Linh and Tao surprising their guests with a choreographed, fantastic tango.


^photo by Marc Campos


Pows go Boom!

Brides are often described as “radiant,” but at Anna and Sam’s wedding last week, it was obvious to many that the groom, Sam was the happiest they’d ever seen him. The couple exuded pure joy and the audience became collectively misty-eyed while witnessing their ceremony. Their festivities were organized in just a short amount of time with the help of some close friends. Anna’s father passed away earlier during the year and the wedding was initially postponed, but seven weeks before their original date, Anna knew that the loss of her parent would forever be with her and not bettered by a wait, and that she really did want to marry Sam, and celebrate their love, now!

The Pow’s wedding day was just a shiny, shiny day and I’m sure, remembered fondly by her family and friends. Anna and Sam met at the Burning Man Festival and kept it as a theme in their wedding, with their invitations, tables and cake topper designed to match.

Planning and day-of coordinating: Sophia LoRenagade
Music: Nutty Jazz*
Venue: Topanga Community Center
Food: Moksha Restaurant
Florals: Mia More

*highly recommended!


Maral + Kyle

I have known Maral since before she met this boy that became the man of her dreams, so it was with great joy that I was able to be there with the family on her wedding day. Behold, my big sister’s wedding:

The slideshow is HERE!

The wedding was held at the Pierpont Inn, co-ordinator was Pam (on-site @ Pierpont), make-up by Maxine Christians, florals by Maral’s mother, Giti. Everything was beautiful and smelled heavenly.


Angela + Eugene Tea Ceremony

One of the things I enjoy about shooting lately is the number of different mixtures and backgrounds and amazing various people that combine in unions. A Baha’i wedding with a Persian groom and a Hmong bride, or a Jewish wedding with an Indian bride just to name a few of the inspiring and unique celebrations I was honored to be at. Here’s a traditional tea ceremony from two different cultures, and this ceremony which honors the family is always sentimental for me to see.