Jennifer + David = Married!

Jennifer and David’s LA River Center wedding was undeniably the most relaxed and easy-going wedding I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I already knew from the day I spent with them shooting their Union Station and Olvera Street engagement session that they were fun people who didn’t take themselves too seriously, so I wasn’t at all surprised that their wedding day turned out to be fun and not too serious. My second shooter, Jen Lauren Grant, and I had seriously the best time ever on this day. Jennifer and David looked amazing, they were over-the-moon happy, and their family and friends were filled with joy. It really was a perfect day.

Laura Guerrie and her team at Rebel Belle Weddings helped plan a lovely intimate wedding for Jennifer and David that was a true reflection of their love and personalities. Laura is great at her job, which made my job that much easier. Thanks, Laura!

I was able to arrange a First Look for Jennifer and David so they could spend some quiet time before the ceremony together. Jennifer looked stunning and David looked incredibly dapper in his custom suit.

LA River Center Wedding First Look

LA River Center Wedding Photos

Just like during their engagement session, it wasn’t long before someone’s faced started getting munched on! These guys crack me up.

LA River Center Wedding photos

LA River Center Wedding photos

I told Jennifer to make David laugh, which is something I tell a lot of my clients to do at some point during a shoot. This next shot was the first time I achieved this result, though. It happened in an instant and I captured it. Jennifer said it would probably be her favorite shot from the whole day. Ha!

LA River Center Wedding photos

LA River Center Wedding photos

LA River Center Wedding photos

LA River Center Wedding photos

One of the coolest things Jennifer and David planned for the day was renting a bus that had been converted into an extra-large Woody station wagon. The Big Woody brought many of the guests to the venue and took them home at the end of the night. So awesome!

LA River Center Wedding photos Big Woody Bus

The ceremony was lovely and intimate. The grounds at the LA River Center are quite beautiful.

LA River Center Wedding photos ceremony

LA River Center Wedding photos ceremony

The lovely flowers were done by Leah of Flowers by Leah.

LA River Center Wedding photos ceremony floral centerpieces

There was a made-to-order grilled cheese station and incredible appetizers like fried macaroni and cheese balls. I could not make this stuff up. It was amazing. Contemporary Catering was responsible for the food and it was all delicious.

LA River Center Wedding photos ceremony food

But the pièce de résistance of the reception had to be the cake. I heard about this cake last year when I first met with Jennifer and David to talk about their wedding. Sonia at Cake Studio Café (who actually did the cake for my own wedding, as well!), executed the couple’s vision perfectly. I’ve never seen anything like it before and I loved that about it. This cake embodies Jennifer and David’s playful spirits. They are here to have a good time and be themselves. They are awesome. Also, they are at the top of a burning cake and the military are after them (or maybe they’re saving them?) Either way – RUN!

Fun military wedding cake

Fun military wedding cake

LA River Center wedding photos

After toasts and dinner the party got started and the dance floor got going. But not before the couple of honor got their dancing shoes on…

LA River Center wedding photos

LA River Center wedding photos

LA River Center wedding photos

LA River Center wedding photos

This next shot is one of my favorites because it embodies the relaxed atmosphere of the day. I can’t remember the last time one of my brides had an opportunity to just sit at a guest table and have an uninterrupted and relaxed conversation on her wedding day. I felt like I was watching Jennifer chat with her family at the dinner table inside of their home. It was amazing and I hope I get to see that happen at another wedding soon.

LA River Center wedding photos

Jennifer and David, it was truly an honor to be a part of this day. You two make an amazing team and I’m so happy for you! I hope you’re having an unbelievable time in Mexico!

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  • Mary - ummm these are all so great! That cake is amazing and I love their shoes! Its so amazing to see the love between these two and you captured it wonderfully! =)

  • Jessica - WOW. Heidi you captured Jen and David perfectly! I am so glad I referred you to them because I am sure they are going to be THRILLED with how these turned out! Awesome!

  • Megan Sanders - I love these pics! What a beautiful wedding! Her dress is so dreamy! :) Well done Heidi!

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