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First Congregational Church Los Angeles

First Congregational Church Los Angeles Wedding & Vow Renewal

Michiko and Jean were college student when they fell in love and were married in a civil ceremony. They made a promise to one another that one day, when they could afford it, they would have a wedding with their families and all of the trimmings. On their tenth wedding anniversary they fulfilled that promise and this beautifully planned wedding became a reality. 

The morning began at Mr. C’s Hotel in Beverly Hills with the preparations and first-look. The couple enjoyed a ride to the church in a vintage limousine. The ceremony was held at the historic First Congregational Church of LA an architectural wonder, modeled after the great cathedrals of France and England. After the ceremony guests were treated to an elegant soiree at the Carondelet House, originally built as a private residence in 1928. During the cocktail hour the couple treated their guests to an impressive display of their favorite fine cheeses and caviar served with authentic french baguette. Fine wine was served during the cocktail hour and bottles were also gifted as favors. The rustic dining room tables were set with vintage lace runners and opulent silver chargers. Sprigs of rosemary and blush pink and cream florals added lushness to the design. An elegant dinner was served and champagne toasts were given. Then the live music began and everyone was out of their seats! On the patio a barista took orders for strong coffee drinks as fresh Cuban cigars were being rolled.  And if things couldn’t get any better, later in the evening, the bride changed in to a shorter dress and the couple danced a jaw-dropping, sure footed, salsa number that had the crowd cheering!  

Congratulations, Michiko and Jean! Well done! A very special event worth the wait!



Angela Mitchell Event Planner Love & Elegance //Amanda of Rosebud Floral // Reception Venue & Caterer, Carondelet House/TresLA // Wedding Cake/Desserts: Jin Patisserie Bakery – Chef Annabel //Barista Station: Long Shot Coffee – Laine Warthan // Cigar Bar: Naranjo Cigar Events – Maritza Reyner // Ceremony: First Congregational Church of LA. //Band: Project M/Elan Artists // Hotel: Mr. C. Beverly Hills // Transportation – Classic Limos – Dan // Videographer: Buckley Videography // Hair/Make-Up for MOB/Bridesmaid: Jeanne Townsend // Hair/Make-Up for the Bride / Colette of John and Colette Photography

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Carondelet | Gorgeous Wedding Ceremony


Carondelet House 

A Gorgeous Jewish Wedding Ceremony


 A celebration so full with love and passionate people. It was also the groom’s 30th birthday! 

As guests arrived at The Carondelet House they were greeted at the door with a glass of champagne. During this time a private, family ceremony was taking place upstairs with the traditional Jewish Ketubah signing, the bride and groom’s intimate marriage contract. A beautiful moment of reverence. We observed many small gestures between the couple and their family that showed to us, their deep bonds and support for one another. All the while, the soft chatter of delighted guests wafted up the stairs adding an excited giddiness and anticipation to the mood in the room.

As the Ketubah ceremony was ending, guests took their seats for the larger ceremony. The couple chose not to have a bridal party of friends but instead asked their parents to walk with each of them down the aisle and to remain with them under the Huppah together. The mother’s and grandmother held a single rose as they walked down the aisle, in honor of a loved one. A close family friend led the ceremony. Included was the traditional blessings over wine, a sip taken by the bride and groom and ended with the glass breaking, Ali and Spencer took on the task together with one swift stomp in unison. The breaking glass, an emotional kiss and guests cheering was also an official signal to shout, “Mazel Tov!” and start partying! And a great party it was!

We had the best time photographing this truly happy and heartfelt story.

Thank you & congratulations, Ali & Spencer! 

 It was a pleasure to work with this wonderful team of talented creatives ….

Venue: Carondelet House // Event Planner: Crystal@ Orange Blossom Events // Catering: Tres LA // Floral Design: The Little Branch // Cake: Sweet Lady Jane // DJ: Red Shoe // Ceremony Musician: Ellie Bunker // Videography: Kapsule // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Grand Exit Car: Classy Chassis 


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Urban Love: Pasadena Engagement

Urban Love: A Pasadena Engagement 

An evening out on the town.


A fun evening stroll through Pasadena’s old town charm and beautiful architecture. 

An urban love story to compliment Alex & Jessica’s upcoming summer wedding plans at The Ebell of Long Beach 



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A Romantic Winter Wedding


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Floral Designer: Amanda of Rosebud FloralCake: Susie’s Cakes Planner: Tanya of XOXO Weddings

Ceremony & reception venue: Carondelet HouseCaterer  -Most divine! Tres L.A.

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