Sunday, May 31, 2009

Where's Polka???

This last month was crazy busy, lots of shoots, some farther away from home. Can you guess where I went? This photo is a clue.

First person to leave a comment with the correct city name wins. Extra prize if you correctly identify what this lion guards.

And no cheating - so if I already told you where I was you're not eligible for the prize.


Friday, May 8, 2009

Wedding Luau

Los Angeles, California
Natalie and Gerald continue the island theme into the reception with more Hawaiian music and hula dancers.



The newlyweds start the festivities with their first dance.


A family member says a blessing over the food.





The couple kisses with a smile as guests keep clinking their glasses.



The bride's cousins dance a hula.



And the bride jumps right in there with them!





Only Gerald knew whether his and Natalie's baby is a boy or a girl. Natalie, and all of their wedding guests, find out when she opens this present. If the clothes inside are blue, then it's a boy. If pink, then a girl.





It's a girl!!!



Natalie's mom and nephew pull a reluctant guest onto the dance floor.



I am sure one of the kids at the wedding is going to be an Olympic gymnast. She did about 4 somersaults, then four backflips!



A luau wouldn't be complete without a fire performer - and this was one awesome wedding luau!




Congratulations Natalie and Gerald! Thank you for a super fun time!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Downtown Affair

Los Angeles, California
Natalie and Gerald had a gorgeous Hawaiian wedding at Tesoro Trattoria in downtown LA. Before the ceremony, the maid of honor said a prayer for the bride and groom.



Good luck kiss from the bride's dad, who wore a traditional Hawaiian lei.



Waiting to walk down the aisle...



A waterfall rained down behind the happy couple.



The bridesmaids and the cutest flowergirl...



The handsome ringbearer...



I love this photo Michael took from behind the waterfall --- one of the benefits of having a second photographer at your wedding.



Vows



Rings



A Hawaiian dancer performed the traditional wedding hula, wishing the couple all the best in their new life together.



Blessing



The Kiss

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Made-Up View

Los Angeles, California
I met the gorgeous Natalie at the Omni Hotel downtown where she was getting ready. I love the light streaming through the picture windows.






As the bride and bridesmaids are getting dressed, I take advantage of the cool view for a detail shot of Natalie's shoes.





Finishing touches...


Voila! The beautiful bride!

Natalie's family is from Hawaii so I wanted to give this photo a lush green background reminiscent of the islands.

Ring Around the ...

Los Angeles, California
As soon as I saw the view from his hotel room, I knew I had to ask the groom to hold up his wedding ring as if it was encircling the Hollywood sign.