Friday, July 30, 2010

Wilshire Restaurant Reception

Santa Monica, California
After some quick photos in the park across the street, Mackenzie and Allan come back to the Wilshire Restaurant for their wedding reception.

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Mackenzie's awesome sister-in-law helps with the bustle.

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One last touch...

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and a quick stop at the photo booth.

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Then it's on to the grand entrance...

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wedding hugs

The Wilshire serves an incredible dinner.

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Then it's time for the best man toast.

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Cheers!!!

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And of course cake!

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I love this sequence from the cake cutting.

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After the cake cutting, the lights are dimmed low for Mackenzie and Allan's first dance.

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Allan's mom look so happy dancing with her son.

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The bride shares a laugh with her dad.

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Dad twirls his little girl on the dance floor.

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Now the party's started!

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The background makes for some interesting silhouettes.

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Relaxing in between songs with the occasional drink or cigar.

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Thank you Mackenzie and Allan for a fun wedding! Congratulations!!!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

An Elegant Affair in Santa Monica

Santa Monica, California
Mackenzie and Allan held their wedding at the Wilshire Restaurant.

I wait with Mackenzie in the bride's room before her entrance.

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The bride and her dad share a laugh.

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A quick peek at the guests.

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Last look.

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It's time!

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The outdoor area at the Wilshire is L-shaped, so there are guests on all sides, including behind the bride and groom. Michael is in the back and catches this quick kiss Allan gives Mackenzie as she steps under the pergola.

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Weddings are so emotional, especially for the moms. There's the hint of sadness that your little boy or girl is all grown up and leaving the nest so to speak. And then there's the happiness for his or her new journey, a new life together with a loving partner.


The beautiful and super nice bridesmaids.

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A judge who knows both Allan and Mackenzie serves as the officiant. He tells stories about the couple, as well as his tips for a good marriage.






The bride and groom are so serious...

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I love this photo of Mackenzie.

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Allan makes Mackenzie smile...

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Then they both laugh at the judge's funny stories.


Mackenzie reads the vows she's written.




Then it's Allan's turn.


The rings.

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The judge makes the couple wait before their first kiss...

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 and keeps talking...


and talking...


... and talking....


... and talking.



The kiss...

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wedding kiss bride groom Los Angeles wedding photographer

The Happy Couple...


and happy grandparents.



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Now it's time to celebrate!!!!