Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography QuestionsA Google search for “questions to ask your wedding photographer” will come back with a ton of results. It’s difficult to know which questions are valuable and which aren’t going to be helpful, though. For example, some websites suggest asking about the equipment your photographer uses, but if you don’t understand the technicalities of cameras, how will you know the right answer? We’ve put together a short list of 4 wedding photography questions you definitely want to ask.

Have you shot at my venue before?
Photographers like to be familiar with a location before shooting. If your photographer hasn’t been to a venue before, they’ll head to the location before the wedding day to check it out, find out about any restrictions, predict lighting issues, scope out backdrops, etc. Your photographer should be experienced with shooting in both natural and artificial light, so they’ll determine ahead of time when a flash or external lighting will be needed.

Will I be able to relax in front of the camera?
The more relaxed and at ease you feel, the more natural and genuine your expression will be. Luckily, making people feel comfortable in front of the camera is our specialty. It’s always a good idea to work with us for your engagement shoot to practice before the big day. We have a few tricks up our sleeves for building trust and getting you to loosen up!

How do you backup your photos?
If something unexpected should happen, you want to know that your photographer won’t lose your photos. Your photographer shouldn’t trust a single source for storing your images. When shooting, many photographers opt for a dual card slot so that if something happens to one card, the images are still saved to the other.

Why should I pay your rate?
If you’re price-shopping for a photographer, you may wonder what exactly is included in the rate. Beyond the number of pictures you’ll receive, you want to know what value you’re getting. We understand – your images are a big expense and you want to make sure you get what you pay for.

Pricing takes several things into consideration: the one-on- one attention we give each wedding; how we encourage you, your bridal party and guests to relax so images look natural; editing, of course; background and experience; plus a good track record, happy customers and credibility.

Top Engagement Photography Locations in Los Angeles

I usually recommend a location where we will be isolated from large groups of people.
For this reason, early morning sessions are recommended to avoid the crowds. Some of these locations requires a permit or special property permission.




Arlington Garden
275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-4478




Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 399-1721




Pasadena City Hall
100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4000




Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
($50 permit for walk-on access)
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3222




Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 880-0367




Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8901




Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(805) 370-2301




Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000




Exposition Park Rose Garden
701 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 763-0114




Griffith Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800




5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000




Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200




Brand Library
1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 548-2051




Hungtington Library and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100




Venice Canals
Carroll Ct & Eastern Canal Ct
Venice, CA 90293




Greystone Mansion
905 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 285-6830




Your Pre-Wedding Party in Los Angeles

Pre-Wedding Party in Los AngelesBefore the wedding, there’s a string of other parties you get to attend as the bride-to-be. Luckily, you won’t have to plan most of these yourself; that responsibility falls on your family, friends and bridal party. Want to know what to expect? Here’s a cheat sheet!

Engagement Party

This is the kickoff to the other wedding events in your honor. Most of the time, there’ll be either a cocktail party at someone’s home or a mixer at a restaurant. One or both sets of parents will usually host, but there’s no hard-and-fast rule about who can throw the engagement party.

Bridal Shower

During a bridal shower in Los Angeles, the bride gets “showered” with gifts for her married life. There are three elements to a shower: refreshments, activities, and the opening of presents. Etiquette-wise, the bride’s mother or sister is not supposed to throw the shower, but today, the opposite usually happens. Sometimes, brides gets more than one shower: from different sides of the family, from friends, and at work.

Bachelor/ette Parties

A couple of weeks before the wedding, the bride and groom will bond with their respective wedding parties and pals during a day- or weekend-long “singles” party. Bachelorette and bachelor party ideas can either be singular or combined: a spa day for the girls, a golf outing for the boys, or a trip to Vegas for everyone.

Rehearsal Dinner

We’re right down to the wire! During the rehearsal dinner, your Los Angeles wedding party members, along with your parents and grandparents, will get together to practice their respective roles during the ceremony. Then, of course, you’ll eat! The rehearsal is traditionally hosted by the groom’s family, although sometimes the couple will host the dinner themselves.

5 Tips to Look Gorgeous On Your Wedding Day

wedding salon in Los Angeles, CaliforniaTo a bride, her wedding day is a fairytale come true. Everything must be perfect, including her hair and makeup. Here’s how to look impeccable and radiant all day (and night) long.

1. Thick, curly hair should only be washed the day before your wedding, not the day of. Natural oils will make your hair look healthy and your style hold longer. Double check with your preferred wedding salon in Los Angeles to make sure this is the right course of action.

2. Your stylist will make sure that every strand is firmly in place, but if you’re getting married outside, you could still have a few flyaways. Tame them with a pomade stick. The product can be heavy, so first dab it on your fingers and then run your fingers through your hair.

3. Wear sunblock under your makeup. One of the best things about a California wedding is the sun, but if you get too much exposure, you could be red by dinnertime. Once you’re burnt, there’s no quick fix your makeup artist will be able to do.

4. Your Los Angeles wedding is bound to be hot, so you’ll want to do shine checks throughout the day. Every hour or so, lightly dab perspiration with a tissue, then remove the rest of the oil with blotting paper. Apply a light coat of tinted, pressed mineral powder to look camera-ready again.

5. All that smooching with your new hubby could leave you lipstick-free. To make your lip color last extra long, exfoliate before settling into your makeup artist’s chair. Apply a dab of Vaseline and gently rub your lips in a circular motion with an old toothbrush. Use a soft towel to clear away any dry skin.

2017 Wedding Catering Cake Trends

Cake Trends for Weddings/Events

Wedding Cake Trends

Believe it or not, like most things in today’s world, wedding and other types of event cakes go through trends and phases too. Every few years those in the cake world look forward to things being twisted and shaken up by new and exciting trends.

In terms of the wedding catering for your big day, you should take the time to check with the caterer on whether or not they are up-to-date with the latest trends. More importantly, find out if they can match your trendy wedding cake vision to your selected wedding venue.

2017 Wedding Catering Cake Trends

Here are some of the hottest wedding/event cake trends of 2017.

● The naked cake
Same basic concept, layers, icing, slice, serve and eat. Except the icing only exists between the cake layers, while the remainder of the cake – as the name suggests – remains naked. Naked cakes have a sort of organic feel to them and that means that gum paste flowers and décor do not quite mesh. However, real flowers make for an excellent accompaniment.

● Metallic finishes
All that glitters turns to gold. This is especially true with this year’s trending metallic cake trend. Gold, silver, sparkles, glitter, shiny and jewel tones are all expected to make a statement this wedding season.

● Personality
Basically anything with personality is expected to make the cut as a 2017 hottest cake trend. Think chalkboard finishes, watercolor-esque elements, and love song lyrics written down the side.

● Old becomes new
Vintage style cakes – circa 1940’s through the 1960’s – are expected to continue to be a hot ticket item when it comes to wedding and event cakes in 2016.

● Wedding cakes that are not cakes
Playing off of last year’s cake trends, this year it is anticipated that the not-so- wedding-cakey cakes will be a big hit. That is, other deserts built into the shape of a wedding cake (i.e. cupcake and bonbon towers).

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6 Things to Do During Your California Honeymoon

Honeymoon in Los Angeles CaliforniaHoneymooning in California has its perks: year-round sunshine, ocean waves, fantastic weather, and world-famous sights, just to name a few. From the snow-capped mountains to the sandy coastline, California is brimming with romance.

1. California has over 1,200 miles of coastline. Stroll along the beach at Carmel, Morro Bay, Laguna, or Malibu.

2. The 17-Mile Drive in Monterey is one of the most popular stretches of roadway in the U.S. You’ll view the ocean, towering cliffs, golf courses, and the weather-worn Lone Cypress. Plus, you’ll get plenty of scenic photo ops to remember your honeymoon in California.

3. Pay a visit to Napa Valley or Sonoma to sip some of the wine industry’s best vino. Wineries are located in various areas of California, including the Shenandoah Valley, Monterrey Bay, and Santa Barbara.

4. A California honeymoon isn’t complete without a visit to the Redwood National Park in Crescent City. Here, you’ll see some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. Ancient firs, sequoias, oaks and hemlocks tower above as you walk on the paths between.

5. During the 1930s and 40s, William Randolph Hearst and his celebrity friends lived it up at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Today, that castle is open to the public.

6. Heading to San Francisco for a day? Take the trolley to Fisherman’s Wharf to dine on fresh seafood, browse art galleries and duck into artisan shops.

The cities in California are spread out, so you’ll want to rent a car instead of relying on public transportation. Also, the highways in California are scenic, but crowded. Ask the concierge at your hotel for tips on when to go for a cruise and when to stay put in Los Angeles.

7 Ceremony Ideas for Your Wedding Day in Los Angeles

Wedding Ceremony Ideas Los AngelesYour wedding day will be filled with significant moments, but none so touching at those that take place during the ceremony. From customizing the ceremony “props” to adding significant rituals, here’s a sprinkling of ceremony ideas to consider.

1. Family members that live far away may not be able to make it to your Los Angeles wedding ceremony, but they can still be there in spirit. Ask them to write letters to you and your groom, then have the officiant read them out loud.

2. Modern couples ask their friends and family to get in on the vows. After making promises to each other, the officiant will ask the guests if they offer the couple support, love and guidance, to which everyone simultaneously responds, “We do!”

3. When marrying outside your faith, there’s no need to choose one religion over the other. Instead, blend them by performing rituals from both religions.

4. In blended families, the bride and groom will often make vows to each other’s children during a California wedding ceremony. You’re not just marrying each other, but each other’s kids, too!

5. Design your ceremony runner. Classically, there’s just a white runner or flower petals down the aisle, but you can create an ombre, flower-coated runner or even use chalkboard arrows to point the way.

6. Most people will hire a string quartet or harp player to perform during their ceremony in Los Angeles, but you can think outside-the-box a bit. Ask your musicians to play instrumentals of your favorite pop songs. Or, celebrate your cultural background with regional music, like bagpipes or steel drums.

7. Forgo the traditional ring pillow for something much more unique and personal, like a hollowed out book or a fake bird’s nest.

How to Politely Ask for Cash Gifts Only

wedding cash boxWho doesn’t love getting money as a gift? When it comes to your wedding, you may feel that cash gifts will go much farther than traditional registry items. You could use the money you’re given to off-set wedding expenses, travel to an exotic location for your honeymoon or put towards your new home. Writing in the invitation, “Cash gifts only, please!” isn’t exactly sophisticated and charming, though. How do you politely ask for cash gifts without seeming crass? There are a few tricks you can use, but you still have to be open to get a few material items.

First, set up a small gift registry. “This is the opposite of what I’m going for, though.” I know. Some guests, no matter how much you clarify that money is preferred, are going to want to buy you a traditional wedding present. Maybe they just think that an actual gift is nicer or maybe they’re embarrassed by the amount of money they can afford to give you.

Either way, you’re going to get a couple of presents. However, you don’t have to include a link to this registry in your invitation and you don’t have to add a ton of items to the registry, either. Guests will only find your registry if they ask for it directly. When they get to the list, pickings will be slim, which means you won’t get a ton of gifts and that guests may even be encouraged to write a check instead.

Next, tell your nearest and dearest that you really prefer cash gifts over anything else. Chances are you don’t have to find a mannerly way to let your parents and bridal party know this, so you can just flat-out tell them. When wedding guests ask those closest to you what they should get you for a wedding present, the news will be passed along. Yes, you’re beating around the bush with this approach, but you’re also not coming off as rude by requesting money. Also remember that a lot of your guests won’t be put off by the idea of giving you money. It’s a super easy gift, no wrapping is involved and you’re guaranteed to love it.

If the reason you want cash gifts is to help pay for a honeymoon, consider signing up for a honeymoon registry. You can sign up for things like a bottle of champagne in your hotel room or an airplane ticket upgrade. However, you don’t have to use the gift for what it’s intended for. If you get upgraded to the resort’s best suite but you'd rather keep the extra few hundred bucks for yourself, you can simply cash it out.

When most couples get married, they already have the necessities they need to start a life together. Money can be a huge benefit when it comes to opening a savings account or helping out with the purchase of a big ticket item. There’s nothing wrong with asking your guests for checks or cash, so long as you go about it the well-mannered way.

Tips for Wedding Website Designers

wedding web designWe know that planning a wedding is a tall order. As a bride, you’re probably looking for ways to eliminate some “To Do” list items, not add additional ones on. Building a wedding website may not seem like a necessity when there are vendors to book, dresses to try on and vows to write. Set up the right way, though, a wedding website can make your life easier by helping you to organize your planning information and communicate with both your bridal party and guests.

Benefits of Having a Wedding Website

A lot of wedding website platforms have planning tools for you to use. Many websites will let you keep track of your budget, send out e-mail blasts any time you have to communicate with your bridal party or manage your guest list. You can also use your website to figure out your seating plan, list the songs that you want your DJ to play and organize vendor information. Not everything on your wedding website has to be for public view. These tools can be private and for your eyes only.

Wedding websites also help guests by putting the information that they need right online. Instead of having to fumble around to find the invitation they misplaced, guests can view an invitation online to remind themselves of the day, time and location of your wedding. Guests can also RSVP on your website, link to your registries and find maps to your wedding location. Some couples also choose to put area information online for out-of-town guests, including nearby hotels, popular tourist attractions and restaurants.

Tips for Building a Wedding Website

If you have the spare time or if you hire someone else to design your wedding website for you, there are a few fun features you can add to make your visitors’ experience even better. Consider including these extras to your website:

•       Tell the story of how you and your guy fell in love or of how you got engaged.
•        Post a countdown for your rehearsal dinner, wedding day or honeymoon.
•        If you have a flare for writing, keep a journal-style blog about your feelings during the wedding planning process. Write tips for other brides as well as your emotions about getting married.
•        Include photos and bios of both you and your groom. Some guests may only know one of the two of you!
•        Post professional engagement and wedding photos, as well as shots from other wedding events, like the bridal shower and bachelor party.

Wedding websites offer so much for the bride and groom that there’s almost no reason not to set one up. Many websites are low-cost while others are entirely free. Most website platforms are extremely easy to use even if you’re not a professional designer. The best part is that your wedding website can evolve over time. You simply add information as you go along - there’s no need to set up too many details from the start. Start your wedding website as soon as you can and keep it up until after your honeymoon.