Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wedding at The Athenaeum Cal Tech Pasadena | Adam and Aviva

Here's a short highlight of Adam and Aviva's wedding day celebrated at The Athenaeum at Cal Tech in Pasadena California. The day was filled with lot's of Jewish traditions. The song used for their highlights was recorded and performed by Adam's good friend Junar Ortega, the song is Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Two of my favorite photographers, Mike and Emi at Evoke Photography captured the days beautiful images which can been seen here.

I love shooting at The Athenaeum but if you are considering having your reception in one of their two ballrooms, I highly recommend purchasing a lighting package with up lights, gobos, etc. Without the use decorative-ambient reception lighting the space inside is very dark.

If you plan to shoot photos around the campus you will need a permit to do so. I think the permit is around $200.00.

Cal Tech Athenaeum Wedding Video in Pasadena California from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wedding Reception Lighting for Ambience

Your reception should be warm and welcoming, and lighting can affect the atmosphere dramatically. Lighting your reception venue might not be something you’ve given too much thought to, but it really does create atmosphere and mood to the space, so is well worth considering.

Having shot at hundreds of venues in California and abroad I have seen modest venues look gorgeous with lighting implemented, and I have seen the most expensive venues look dark and cold due to the overhead "in house" lights or lack of lighting all together.

So, where do you find a reputable and reliable lighting company? Having worked with Jack Hou at The Music Man Productions many times in the past, I can say that he is well worth considering to set the atmosphere for the biggest party you will ever host!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wedding at at The Villa in Westminster | Mike and Thu

Such a sweet couple! I had so much fun shooting this wedding. It doesn't hurt when I have a chance to work with such as awesome photographer for the first time a.k.a. Tuan Nguyen at Two1Studio Photography. I also had the opportunity to shoot at The Villa on Beach Blvd. in Westminster California for the first time. Not only is this a beautiful venue to shoot at but the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
This wedding was shot by me alone with no second shooters, here's some highlights from the day.

The Villa in Westminster California Wedding Video from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wedding at Huntington Beach Hyatt | Robert+Jean's California Oceanfront Wedding

Such a cool couple! I also shot two of their friend's weddings as well a while back. Robert and Jean had a beautiful wedding at the Huntington Beach Hyatt in Hunting Beach California. The ceremony was officiated by the always fun and lighthearted Reverend Don Johnson. One of my favorite wedding planners to work with Carrie Goff of Exquisite Event Planning and Designs did a flawless job. My friend and awesome DJ Eric at So Cal DJs was on board for entertainment. Last but not least, photographer Joel Eckman Maus captured the days beautiful images.

Here's a highlights of the day.

Huntintgton Beach Hyatt Wedding Video from Today's The Day Weddings on Vimeo.