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Ariella & John // Modern Openaire Los Angeles Wedding Celebration

October 12, 2021


Los Angeles has a very special place in my heart. Over the last decade I’ve spent more time there than I really ever thought I would. I fell in love with the city quickly and the kids and I try to get down once or twice a year. We have our particular go-to neighborhoods, restaurants and shops and that feels really special to me since, for them, I want memories over things on shelves. I digress… When Ariella and John’s wedding moved from a Napa, California farm to The Line Los Angeles I wasn’t sad 🙂 In fact I didn’t charge them travel since I was planning to be there with my darlings anyway!

We worked together to rearrange the day’s timeline and how we were going to move through the day with multiple locations, LA parking and city sunsets (which are earlier than hilltop sunsets). They were such awesome teammates who both knew what they did and didn’t want AND were flexible enough to create space between the day’s events so that they could enjoy it all.

Thank you Ariella, John, vendor teammates and Koreatown Los Angeles. You all filled my heart and I’m grateful.

Till next time LA, cheers!

THE A Team:

Venues | The Line LA, Emmanuel Immanuel Presbyterian Church & LA Openairre

Coordinator | Jessica at Trace Hospitality

Florals | House of Yarrow

Hair & Makeup | Unsure

DJ | Redshoe LA

Dress | Glamour Closet

Rings | Gem Breakfast

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In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.

My son Dorian is 16 and my daughter Hazel is 18 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor, are the stories that they have left and are what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his loved ones. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.

As we print new photographs of our lives, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life. 
Wedding days are such precious crowns of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts. I want the experience for you, of spreading out your images, picking each up and being reminded of that moment's joy and the people you shared it with over and over again. 

I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs; physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.

I'm eager to learn about you, your journey here & your wedding day dreams.


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