I’m so stoked on this next wedding I can hardly stand it!!! You may recognize this rockin’ couple from the engagement session we shot just a few weeks before their wedding.
Patrick + Irma were married on March 28th at the St. Andrew Church in Pasadena and had a ultra fabulous reception that followed at The Castle Green. This was one of those days that just kept getting better and better, not just in feeling, but visually too with style and class. It was a photographer’s dream! Irma + Patrick’s wedding will definitely go down in the books as one of our favorite weddings!
It all started off with a chandelier, a hand-made wedding dress (compliments to Irma’s mother for her amazing craftmanship!), and Christian Dior shoes…
Back in my UC Berkeley days, Angel and I would often escape to Mondo Gelato (now called Gelateria Naia) to indulge in rose flavored gelato. I clearly remember its delicate flavor, aroma, and perfect bubble gum pink color… if love had a flavor, it would be rose gelato. So when Angel, wedding planner extraordinaire, used such terms as “rose gelato”, “pink grapefruit juice”, and “lemonade” to describe Julia and James’ wedding colors, I knew this would be a sweet affair! Pair those bright colors with cool grey, and we had the perfect color palette.
Julia and James were so mellow and open to ideas. The decor would be charming, whimsical, and unique, aka Martha Stewart approved. Both Julia and James are writers, so they wanted to creatively incorporate books and writing into the decor wherever possible.
After meeting up with them, I sketched out a few ideas for their centerpieces:
We first met Amanda + Ray at a bridal show we did a few months ago at The Mission Inn. This was our first bridal show so we had no idea what to expect. Amanda + Ray, apparently, were impressed with our work. They called a few days later to book us for their upcoming wedding in November. When Amanda asked me if I remembered who she and her fiance were I immediately responded, “Of course!!” Over our short, sweet conversation as they passed through our booth I couldn’t forget how I thought that this couple was gorgeous and had so much personality. I had hoped that they would call us and they did! I shot their engagement session in downtown Pasadena and I thought that it suited them perfectly! I also had an awesome assistant by my side, Emily of RogerRuth Photography, thanks Em!
Now on to the pics…..
When Justin and I were first married we lived in Pasadena. One of our favorite things about Pasadena was all of the amazing architecture. We had an engagement session scheduled with the lovely Irma and the uber talented Patrick this las Saturday in Pasadena and we remembered this one specific location we always thought would be super cool to use for a photo-shoot, so we decided to go there. I was super happy with the way that all of the images turned out and our AWESOME couple was nothing short of FABULOUS!!!
Just to give a quick background on how we know Patrick and Irma, Justin has become good friends with Patrick through a mutual friend, as he has helped Patrick on a few high-end clothing companies. Patrick is a crazy talented clothing designer, Justin even dropped his name on the Bludomain Interview we did a few weeks ago, when asked what kind of jeans he wears, Justin wrote, “A custom pair of Patrick Winget’s” (they really are my husband’s favorite jeans to wear!). When Patrick became engaged to the sweet Irma they hit us up to hire us for their wedding photography and I was stoked not only to work with these two rad individuals, but to have the opportunity to shoot a wedding that is sure to be fun and unique in design and attire! P.S. Every outfit that Irma is wearing in this engagement session her mother hand made, so together Irma and Patrick have a double fashion background!
As I’m writing this I’m getting many flashbacks of my college days living with Tony in our nasty apartment. There were many moments shared between us that is best not revealed on the internets. I will leave it at that.
Tony and I have very similar senses of humor that falls very flat with our significant others. I’m sure millions of girlfriends can relate. We always take unfunny jokes to another level and then laugh all that much harder, while our girlfriends just stare and roll their eyes. So putting us together leads to an exponential magnification of jokes that only 12 yr old boys can appreciate. Well, needless to say, this led to good times.
Hello, dear readers! 2009 has been utterly AMAZING so far. I cannot wait to share all that is in store for L&S this year with all of you! For now, I still have a handful of fabulous 2008 weddings to blog. I thought I’d kick off with this blast from the past…
Alina and Michael were wed in April at the stunning St. Vincent Catholic Church in Los Angeles, and followed up their traditional mass with a beautiful blush-toned party at the Westin Pasadena. (Many kudos to Michael, for being such a laid-back groom. Lesser men would tremble at the thought of such a pink-hued event, but not Michael!) Alina and I were instant friends. Not only did we bond over our shared Hapa heritage, we just felt so at ease with one another. Our meetings were filled with so much laughter!! I love this girl to pieces and am so pleased to share these lovely photos of her day with you!
Deep thanks are in order for the wonderful Mike & Emi of Evoke Photography for their talented imagery. I love working with this duo; they create gorgeous work every.single.time.
Okay… I am saying this in all honesty, I had THE HARDEST TIME choosing my favorite photos from this session! The amazing Gretta & Rob were such amazing subjects to capture and we went to some pretty crazy locations for their engagement session; Justin and I were totally “in the groove”! After much deliberation, I was able to bring my favorites for this post down to thirty images — that’s pretty good considering the fact that we shot over 1,600 photos just for the engagement session (we usually shoot close to 600 on a normal day!).
Like I mentioned, we went to some pretty crazy locations for this session. We started out in Downtown Pasadena in the parking garage just below the subway station, then shot some photos on the ride over to our next location, Chinatown, and finally we ended up at Union Station.
Gretta & Rob found us on the set of one of Justin’s photo-shoots for Eliza Magazine. Gretta was one of the girls he shot for that spread and Rob happened to be there with Gretta. They mentioned that they were engaged so we set up a meeting and the rest is history. We had such a great time getting to know Gretta & Rob during their engagement session, that we ended up hanging out with them in Downtown Pasadena and grabbed an amazing Italian dinner at Il Fornaio.
Megan and Peter are an extraordinary couple, and are perfectly suited for one another. They both share a love for travel and are deeply committed to their families. It was a treat getting to know them both throughout the planning process, and I felt that the wedding really reflected the joy and ease they enjoy in their relationship. Since Megan and Peter met (on a bus!) in Guatemala, they wanted to incorporate some colorful, Latin-inspired elements into their wedding celebration. We started with a warm palette of burnished oranges, deep reds and accents of earthy khaki. The look was elegant yet unpretentious.
Here is a glimpse of their wedding day..
The gorgeous couple. Doesn’t Megan bear an uncanny resemblance to Claire Danes??
Bridal portraits took place near Pasadena City Hall. I LOVED Megan’s bouquet, created by the talented Michelle Brue of Flora by Fauna. Mango callas and two-tone tulips made for a rich, luscious, textural bouquet.
I always struggle with my business name, Flush Designs. I often wonder if I should change it. To what, I don’t know. I always have to repeat it at least 3 times when telling someone about it.
“What is your business’ name?”
My reply: “Flush Designs.”
They say, “What?”
I say, “Flush Designs.”
They say “Flesh Designs?”
I say, “No…. (sigh) Flush, like in Flush a toilet, Designs….”
They say ” Oh “The Flush Designs.”
I say ” No just Flush, No the”
They say, “Oh cool….”
I am not so excited to have to explain my business name in relation to a crapper.
This happens more times than not. When I thought of the name, I was thinking a flush of color, or like a rush of pride, or a design that is so perfect it is “totally flush”. Now I am not so excited over it and can’t decide if it would hurt or help my business to change the name. I think it is the new year’s feeling that causes us ( well me) to think of change and what I can do to better my business and myself.
Any thoughts from my oh so avid followers…. I know there are at least 2 of you.
Do you like the name Flush Designs? I guess it depends on what else I would change it to.
Happy New Years!!!