Story follows the images…
I’ve known Lydia for about six years now, as she was the preschool administrator for both of my kids. I do the school’s student photos every year, as well as being portrait photographer for some of the families there. So when I found out she was getting married, I was overjoyed that I’d be able to shoot her wedding!
The groom, Andrea, is from Italy. They had originally hoped to get married in Italy—hey who wouldn’t, it’s Italy for heavens’ sake! But the massive amount of paperwork required by two governments created too many delays, and they eventually decided to have an intimate wedding with just close family and a few friends, here in southern California.
The location for both the ceremony and reception was the ultra-luxe Montage in Laguna Beach. Since it was a small affair, the bride and groom reserved a private dining room for the dinner, with the ceremony on the lawn in front of the restaurant. The view, as you can see, is pretty spectacular even for California.
I joined Lydia and her sister at Salon Platinum in nearby Aliso Viejo, where they had their hair done. Jennifer “JennEver” Ever was their stylist, and I’ve worked with her on a fashion shoot before.
The lead up to the ceremony proved to be stressful for the bride. She was concerned she might not get married at all that day! Her groom and his family were to arrive by limo, traveling from Santa Monica to Laguna in rush-hour traffic on a weekday. The limo driver screwed up and was extremely late picking them up. They ended up arriving just as the sun had set, and the overcast skies had rolled in. But it was just enough light to get married by, and get some wonderful images from. After that the tension was off, and the party began!
Technical and vendor details:
Film was primarily Kodak Portra 400, with a little bit of Ilford Delta 3200 black and white thrown in. I did also shoot a few rolls of Kodak 500T movie film, using the ECN-2 process, and some Portra 800. Cameras used: two Nikon N90s bodies, with Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 and 75-300mm lenses. I used my Mamiya 645AF with a manual-focus 80mm f/1.9 lens for a few things as well. Film processed at Richard Photo Lab in LA (for the non-500T stuff).
Venue: The Montage Laguna Beach (Patty Burns, coordinator)
Hair: Jenn Ever at Salon Platinum in Aliso Viejo
Florist: Enchanted Florist in Los Alamitos
Dress: Winnie Couture
Traditional cake: Simply Sweet Cakery in Laguna Hills
Millefoglie cake: Eatalian Cafe in Torrance