Jennifer and Joe’s wedding day was wonderful for me because I felt like I was surrounded by my own friends and family all day, since it was only a few months ago that I was shooting Joe’s brother Darren’s wedding! Joe and Jennifer’s families are absolutely wonderful and it was such a pleasure to see familiar faces again. To top it off, these two make such a beautiful couple and it is always a magical thing photographing two people in love. Ever since their Downtown LA engagement session, I have been totally anxious to get these two in front of my camera again.
The day began at the Four Seasons, Westlake Village, where Jennifer and her girls began preparations for the day. The light in the suite was so beautiful, I could have shot in there all day! Brides, when choosing a hotel room to get ready in on your wedding day, choose one with lots of huge windows, you won’t be sorry!
I met up with Joe and his boys at a neighboring hotel.
We finally made our way to the beautiful Maravilla Gardens, or as I like to call it, my new favorite wedding venue! Everything about this location was picture perfect and very conducive to events. It was so much fun to wander the grounds and shoot.
Jennifer and Joe opted to do a First Look. It was a beautiful moment that was quiet, sweet and emotional. Absolutely perfect.
Unique Floral Designs created the vibrant floral arrangements that pulled together the bright and cheerful vision Jennifer had for the day.
Since there was already a putting green at Maravilla Gardens, Jennifer and Joe provided some cute custom golf balls as an interactive favor for their guests. Love it!
Dean Merrill officiated the beautiful and touching ceremony. Love this moment of Jennifer’s dad giving his daughter a heartfelt hug before handing her over to Joe.
The light immediately following the ceremony was PERFECT, so we took some time to wander the grounds and get some lovely portraits of the happy newlyweds.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge thank you to Whitney of Wish Wonder Dream, Jennifer and Joe’s wedding coordinator. She was the one responsible for introducing me to Jennifer and Joe in the fist place and she made sure the entire day ran so smoothly and always kept me in the loop. She’s a dream to work with and I can’t wait to work with her again soon!
I don’t normally get to taste the cake when I’m shooting weddings, but I managed to get a slice of this one by Skiff’s Cakes, and it was delicious!
Derek and Keeley of SOS Entertainment did an amazing job setting the tone of the reception with a perfect playlist. I seriously loved every single song they played, which almost never happens. Also, I got super weepy during Jen and Joe’s first dance and the parent dances. They were just so full of happiness and smiles and Jennifer has this incredible way of floating around the dance floor in a very pure and happy way. It was great.
At the end of the night, Jennifer and Joe had a sparkler sendoff, which is always a great way to end a perfect day!
Congratulations, Jennifer and Joe!