July 31, 2008

The Millennium Biltmore Wedding in Los Angeles, continued..

This post is long overdue! I wanted to post some highlight pictures (sooner) from Kevin and Linda's wedding (click here for the teaser slideshow) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, but it was so difficult picking out just a few favorites. I also tried to pick out images that reflected the Biltmore's Beaux-Arts style and architecture - so you'll see lots of backgrounds and symmetry.

I've gotten to know Linda and Kevin in the last few months and I can see their passion and love for creating something that would truly give their family and guests something to enjoy and remember. They created some of the most amazing details for their wedding - everything from the florals to the ice sculpture, table settings, and center pieces were incredible. Their reception started with grand cocktail hour with countless types of hors 'douvres, guests were welcomed into the ballroom with confetti cannons, dinner started with prawn salad then fillet and jumbo prawn, ending in champagne & mignairdaise with cake, and there's just way too many other incredible details to describe!

Linda went out with a HUGE BANG in five (that's 5) different gowns, including her exquisite wedding dress designed by Anne Barge:

8 inches!

Linda had a very nice 'intimate surprise' for Kevin - it was an elegant full color book of her boudoir photo shoot we did a few months ago. Kevin loved it!

I just had to show the Fabergé Egg again, inside were the wedding rings:

A grand entrance isn't a grand entrance without the ticker tape!

It's hard to tell, but that's a 4' cake (four+ feet tall)

holy cow Linda totally got some serious air time!

Balcony view of the majestic Crystal Ballroom

The Rat Pack!

Second Shooter: Kristi Rosales - you totally ROCKED!
Third Shooter: Tania Greenwood - thank you thank you thank you!
Tags: Linda and Kevin's wedding at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles wedding photography, Beaux-Arts, Golden Room, Crystal Ballroom, details, swing dance, a Millennium Biltmore wedding, Greg Bumatay had a blast!
Vendors: this gorgeous place is The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
wedding designed by Linda (the bride) of Grand Soirees
Makeup & Hair: Janelle Contreras & Erin Shellabarger for Nirvana Salon
videography by Luvbug Films (Elysium Productions) - Jeff and Hillaire were awesome!
florals by Kimberly Horn - amazing details and design
live band/music by Rick Whitefield Band - they were incredible!!!
Invitations, programs, menus: Whimsical Designs
calligraphy by Ginny Moore
Pillars, Planter Boxes, Stairs: TKL Custom Builders
Bridal Gowns: #1 Anne Barge, #2 Nicole Miller, #5 A.B.S.
Bridesmaids Gowns: BCBG Max Azria
Tuxedos: Suitfellas, Los Angeles, CA
Favors: Godiva (that topped it off for me!)

Now go watch their slideshow (click it or else)

July 25, 2008

The Millennium Biltmore Wedding in Los Angeles

Here is a quick teaser of Kevin and Linda's wedding at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. It's a short video clip of them practicing their first dance in the hotel lobby and I wanted to make it look like a vintage movie captured with a Super 8mm film to match their wedding theme. These images were captured with an old digital camera! Who needs a Super 8mm when I have my old Canon 20D? (click here in case you're not seeing the embedded frame below)

Tags: Wedding pictures of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, Linda Kevin video clip first dance, Los Angeles Wedding Photography

July 21, 2008

Trash the Dress in Los Angeles

I finally have some pictures up from Ruby and Sergio's TTD shoot (trash the dress)! The term doesn't exactly mean we're trashing her Pronovias dress, it's just a shocking name for doing a photo shoot in places that most people wouldn't want to risk getting their designer gown dirty. We make it risky, romantic, and totally sexy! We had to hike for this location, but it was so worth it because where else are you going to find a waterfall in Los Angeles?

A HUGE THANKS to Ruby and Sergio for braving that ice cold water!!!
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July 18, 2008

Cicada - Los Angeles, CA

Here are just a few of my favorites from Monica and Tony's wedding in Los Angeles. There are so many vintage images that I love from their wedding but I couldn't post them all on the blog so be sure to check out their teaser slideshow (click here). The song on the slideshow is something very special to Monica as she used to sing to her Dad when she was a kid. Tell me if you recognize the singer.Monica and Tony's wedding ceremony took place at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale (one of my favorite cities to live in) and their wedding reception was held at the magnificent Cicada ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles.
I can't say enough to describe the countless advantages there are to doing a first meeting (romantic portrait session before the ceremony). Let's just say we came out with some amazing images because we didn't have the time constraint or pressure during the photo shoot. We started Monica and Tony's first meeting at The Oviatt Penthouse in Los Angeles.

Second shooter: The Amazing Neil Rosales
Awesome vendors: the Art Deco and lavish ballroom is inside the opulent Cicada Restaurant
the stunning and elegant flowers by Shirvan Designs
gorgeous cake was from my favorite bakery Porto's (seriously good sweets)
Jazz singer Max Vontaine made everyone gush over his stellar performance
and afterwards DJ BStang filled the dance floor with some killer mixes
Haute Cuture gown by Justina McCaffrey

Tags: wedding photography los angeles, Monica and Tony's wedding pictures, Cicada wedding reception, Holy Family, Justina McCaffrey wedding dress, romantic and sexy photographs by Greg Bumatay, Los Angeles wedding photographer