From the second I walked into the bridal suite, and the second I walked into the groomsmen's room, I knew that Jessica and Shawn weren't there for the mason jars. They could not have cared less about the centerpieces, the aisle runners, or even the dress (all beautiful, by the way); they were only there for each other. You could see it in how they looked at each other, and as someone who photographs an incredible amount of weddings per year, this was just so refreshing and gorgeous to see. I ended up just staying hours past my leave time to make sure I captured every beautiful moment of these two.
I absolutely love photographing weddings where the couple steals the spotlight. And with these two, even though they had their wedding in the most gorgeous location ever complete with blooming cherry trees, you got the feeling that they could've gotten married on the side of the road and they wouldn't have cared.
Plus, I swear in these photos, he just couldn't keep his eyes off of her all night. Congratulations to the beautiful Sean and Monique.
Couple - Gabe & Leighanna
Venue - Oviatt Penthouse, Los Angeles, CA
Karl's Note - The Coolest Couple in LA
"OK... I'm going to try to keep this brief, but there are so many wonderful, splendid things to say about Karl it is going to make this tough! I found Karl originally via Craigslist because my husband and I were having a tiny wedding ceremony (us, our two witnesses, and our
Sometimes the emotion in weddings can come from the places I least expect. I photographed this gorgeous wedding at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. It was one of five weddings that week (yes, I know, I need to raise my prices...but I'm just too nice), and I was expecting it to be a normal, beautiful wedding.
Both the bride and groom had children, and when families blend it can sometimes be especially beautiful, and sometimes tearful; although the last place I expected the tears to come from, was from the groom. He was a very nice man, very pleasant, and incredibly straight-forward and professional. His vows to the bride started very normally, and then about halfway through I started noticing that not only was the bride crying, but so was just about everyone in the place. Except for him. He seemed completely calm, and professional, when in an instant his eyes darted behind the bride to his daughter and the bride's daughters as they were all crying, and he lost it immediately. He turned away, and then turned back laughing out loud, pointing and saying it was all their fault. The break in the ceremony from heartfelt tears to the release of heartfelt laughter, stemming from the one man you did not expect to get emotional, was one of the most special and moving things I have ever witnessed at a wedding.
Sincere congratulations to Shawn and Melissa and your family, and thank you for letting me be a small part of the background at your perfect moment.
It doesn't really matter what you're doing in your life; there is always a way to give something back.
So for the rest of the month of May, I will be giving away one free, six-hour, "Romantic" wedding photography package. The couple who wins will be a very deserving couple. I don't know if that means a military couple who haven't seen each other in years, or a couple who constantly gives back to the community themselves, or just someone who could really use a win right now. Completely free, no strings attached, and I can't wait to give this away! However, there are a couple catches. Here are the catches (rules):
1. You can't nominate yourself. ;) This is for friends and family of the deserving couple to nominate them.
2. Of course I have to be still available and unbooked on the wedding date. The wedding date can be any time within the next two years, all weekends included; however, the submission date for the nominations is May 31st, 2015. Of qualified nominations, the winner will be chosen at random. By my wife, so there's no bias. :)
3. The couple has to like my work. Don't gift someone photography they hate. ;)
4. To nominate a couple, simply email me at the link below, stating why you feel this couple deserves free wedding photography. Every couple nominated on a day that I am still available will receive 25% off the package of their choice if they are not the couple chosen for the free "Romantic" package.
5. This is for the Southern California area.
Thanks so very much!