Shane and Josh’s Avalon Palm Springs wedding was planned and designed by our good friend and often collaborator Joey Lizotte from Artisan Events. Although not a new property, the Avalon Hotel Palm Springs is new to the Palm Springs hotel scene. Most recently the Viceroy Palm Springs, the hotel changed ownership in March 2015. Former founder of Viceroy Hotels, Brad Korzen, took over the hotel with his new brand Proper Hospitality. Other than that, its still the same Kelly Wistler designed charming boutique hotel.
For Shane and Josh, it was the perfect place to celebrate their love over the weekend. Friends and family came in from all of the United States and beyond. Things started off with an epic pool party which continued into the wedding party. During cocktail hour guests were entertained by the Aqualillies. The Aqualillies is a retro-themed synchronized swimming group which may be one of the most interesting forms of wedding entertainment. Their wedding portraits were photographed offsite near the infamous Palm Springs windmills which meet you on your way into town.
Many thanks to everyone we worked with over the weekend, especially Joey from Artisan and Olivia from the Avalon Hotel.
Ashima and Ayush’s Bel-Air Bay Club Indian Wedding was planned by the amazing Mili Shah of Planning Elegance. The Bel-Air Bay Club is located just north of Santa Monica where Mailbu begins. It’s interesting to note that the Bel-Air Bay Club was built in 1927 and was the premier social hub during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Today there are two clubs: Upper and Lower, separated by Pacific Coast Highway. Weddings and special events take place at the Upper Club, which may have the best view of the Pacific Ocean than any other wedding venue in the LA.
Congratulations to you Ashima and Ayush! It was amazing to spend a couple of days with you and your families.
Bel-Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Ashima and Ayush held their South Asian Sangeet at the Carondelet in downtown Los Angeles. The Carondelet is one of the more unique event venues in all of Los Angeles. Originally constructed as an Italian style villa in 1928, the house features an open floor plan with exposed brick, hardwood floors and tons of natural light. The owners have decorated the house with lots of interesting furniture and antiques. Outside the Carondelet feels like you are in the French Quarter in New Orleans. For their Carondelet Sangeet portraits, Ashima and Ayush preferred to shoot most of the pictures in western attire. A Sangeet is a traditional Indian ceremony which is more or less a big party thrown the night before the wedding day. There are traditional dance performances from family and friends, and lots of yummy Indian food. The following photos are some of our favorite portraits of Ashima and Ayush.
The event was planned by our good friend, Mili Shah of Planning Elegance.
627 S. Carondelet Str.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Jen and Ray’s Los Angeles Engagement Photos were shot at two of our favorite downtown LA spots. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Building, also know as the John Ferrero Building, is located on Hope Street, between 1st and Temple. Across the street is the Walt Disney Concert Hall located on Grand. Both spots have amazing light which was really fun to compose and play with for Jen and Ray’s Los Angeles engagement.
One of the best parts of our job is meeting people like Jen and Ray. They are absolutely adorable. Allison and I had so much fun hanging out with them and getting to know them better. And get this: we photographed their engagement after their wedding. This was great because they were relaxed and happy and not stressed. They were back to their normal non-wedding-planning selves. Who knows? Maybe we will do it again.
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The latest Fearless Photographer Award Collection, number 29, was released today. I am proud to announce that Lauren Belknap and Allison Callaway both won 2 Awards for a total of 4. You go girls! That brings our collective studio total to 64 Fearless Photographer Awards! Collection 29 is an amazing group of images. Think about it. Only 200 or so are chosen from over 10,000 images submitted each quarter. It’s incredible!
You must see all of the winning images from photographers from all over the world. Go to the link below. There is some serious eye candy!!