Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara

You’ve got to love a wedding that revolves around cocktails! Let me explain, Dave and Ali own a really amazing bar in New York City named Death and Company. I don’t usually get too excited about hard liquor, (I’m more of a glass of Cabernet kind of girl) but the drinks served at this super cool watering hole can only be described as spectacular. Pre-prohibition style drinks are made with fresh juice and served on large blocks of ice. The flavors are so unique and absolutely out of this world! Whether at work or in planning their wedding, Dave and Ali are all about hand crafted quality, which really resonates with us. Needless to say, their special day was filled with lovely elegant touches with a nod to the cocktail.

Saral, the officiant (who by the way is the best officiant ever and I ought to know, she married Larry and me) joked that in all the years she had been presiding over weddings she had never blessed a cocktail.

Before dinner guests were led to their seats by place cards resting on cocktail strainers and once there, they were treated to cocktail spoons and letter pressed booklets instructing guests on how to set up their home cocktail bar. This gorgeous keepsake was written by Dave and Ali and designed by Tim, the best man. Mindy Rice created gorgeous floral arrangements for the tables and again Tim, along with his wife designed all of the table signs, which were of course named after classic cocktails.

To satisfy the late night sweet craving, jars of old fashioned candy were arranged on a large table and the white on white wedding cake featured cut outs of all of Dave and Ali’s favorite things.

At the helm of this gorgeous wedding was Jill LaFleur who made sure every detail was perfect.

Here are links to the websites of every one who made this such a great event and by the way, Dave and Ali are planning on opening a bar here in Los Angeles so I will keep you posted!

www.lafleurweddings.com
www.bacararesort.com
www.mindyrice.com
www.deathandcompany.com
Email Saral

Ojai on a Summer Afternoon


I still can’t believe this is my job. Imagine spending an afternoon with a really lovely, photogenic couple that is up for any thing in a location as gorgeous as Ojai. To make things even better, Bruce and Cherie love that we employ so many old cameras so we really got to play around with lots of different formats.

Bruce brought us to the barn where he and his band, Shades of Day rehearse. Larry and I were literally tripping over all kinds of cool props. We were like two kids in a photographic candy store!

We’ll be photographing Bruce and Cherie’s wedding next May in Coral Gables. We can’t wait!

By the way, be sure to check out Bruce’s very cool website at www.shadesofday.net.

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena


The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena is one of our favorite venues. When you add a great location and a really adorable couple, there is bound to be some magic.

Stephanie and Vadim are truly an adorable couple and they are as lovely on the inside too!

We were treated to an Egyptian Orthodox ceremony, which is hauntingly beautiful and reverent and the reception was an elegant affair in pink. Carolyn Chen of The Special Day, made sure every thing went off without a hitch and Luna Gardens perfumed the air with stunning floral arrangements. All in all, it was a really wonderful day.

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