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Next Exit Photography has always been fortunate to have the best clients on the face of the earth. No, really, the best possible clients EVER. I know—we checked. Since we began our company in 2003, we have also enjoyed a very diverse client pool. We get everyone, from all walks of life, every culture, all orientations and frankly, we love it. It’s what keeps us coming back week after week. So, with the amazing SCOTUS ruling only weeks behind us, we thought we’d feature on the Next Exit Photography Blog, one of our more recent same sex weddings which took place this summer at the glorious Rancho Del Cielo overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Take a look at the same sex wedding photography and read about Danny and Garrett’s wedding in their own words.

How was your vision created?
We really wanted to let the venue set the tone. We got married at Rancho Del Cielo, a 19-acre olive farm in the hills above Malibu, overlooking the ocean. There was so much natural beauty to the location that we really wanted to be showcased, and Adi, having shot several weddings there before, was the perfect choice. He knew all of the corners of the property that were going to give us the best shots possible.

Did you have any unique traditions or wedding details that stand out?
It was important for us to make our wedding feel special and unique to who we were. When we discussed decor, we wanted a rustic garden vibe that was simple yet elegant, and decided on a slight nautical theme which informed our blue/gold color scheme. Danny made the centerpieces himself, spending several weeks building the wood bases and planting the succulents. Garrett worked with our friend and graphic designer Paul Mendoza, who focused on the design and construction of small cloth bound books that served as our invitations and set the tone for all of the other design elements — name cards, menus, programs — the day of.

Favorite moment from your wedding day?
It’s tough to pick a favorite moment from our wedding day, but we were definitely very emotional during our first dance, and especially towards the end when we asked our guests to join us on the dance floor. Being surrounded by family and friends meant a lot to us.

The SCOTUS ruling?
When we sat down to discuss the ceremony, we agreed that not only did we want our friend Amy to marry us, and we wanted her to become deputized for the day and marry us as a representative of California. We knew that we were incredibly lucky to live in a state that recognizes our marriage and it was great to see, a little over a month later, that because of the SCOTUS ruling it’s now recognized nation wide.

 

#LOVEWINS

 

Vendors:

Coordination: Tricia Dahgren Events
Graphic Design: Paul Mendoza
Rings: Lizzie Mandler
Catering: Lucques
Bouquets/Boutonnieres/Altar arch: Enchanted Garden Floral

 

 

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“It’s like [photography in the] rain on your wedding day.” — Alanis Morissette.

Rain on a wedding day? Isn’t it ironic? Probably not, but it does happen. Many wedding couples immediately jump to the conclusion that rain is bad luck, however we have actually found more superstitions that say rain is good luck.  Many cultures say rain on a wedding day is a sign of fertility, cleansing, and/or unity. Even in Los Angeles, it could happen to you.

Having shot over 600 weddings over the past decade +, we have seen our fair share of rain; everything from light drizzles to torrential downpours. The best advice that we can give to our couples is that if the weather report shows rain, roll with it.  You have planned too hard and waited too long to let a little water get in your way. (Of course, if your wedding is supposed to be all outdoors, you better consult with your wedding planner and/or venue on a Plan B.)

When it comes to rain wedding photography on your day, come equipped with your best attitude, grab your polka dot rain-boots and a cute see-through or white umbrella so that color doesn’t reflect back onto your faces. We will get wet if you will, and we will take the very best rainy wedding day photographs while doing it. Rain on your wedding day is just another aspect of your wedding day story and we will tell it, even if it means getting drenched.

Take a look at these stunning photos at Vasquez Rocks in Santa Clarita. It was pouring ALL DAY LONG and Rita and Wes were game for rocking these rocks with us, rain or shine. Their attitudes typified the Next Exit Photography ideal couple: Relaxed and Ready for anything. We would have never gotten these amazing photos without Rita and Wes’s amazing attitude and commitment to LOVE. Their outdoor garden setting wedding was moved to inside of the restaurant, but they made it work.

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Carondelet was built in 1928 and was modeled after an Italian Villa. Nestled on the outskirts of Koreatown just a block away from the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel and MacArthur Park, Carondelet is something of an urban fairytale. Its unique character and beauty is unmatched. Tracy and Jon blended their families together on a perfect spring day in Los Angeles with gallons of love to go around for both the couple, Jon’s three children, and the amazing crew of guests that turned up for the festive occasion. The whole event went off without a hitch and was coordinated by the spectacularly experienced and skilled Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events. We just adore her and her phenoms team. Throw in the amazing catering chops of Très LA Catering and the smooth runnings of the Carondelet team, flower expertise of The Little Branch and a stunning sweet treat to end off the night by Superfine Bakery.

Hopefully Tracy doesn’t mind us inserted a snipett of her email love: You guys are the best…so amazing. Adi is genius/pro and I don’t know how he deals with crazy brides for a living. Ugh. Miss him already!

Orange Blossom Brooke Avishay
Tres LA
Rentals Town&Country
Lighting Dashing Events
LuckyPhotoBooth
The Little Branch
DJ RedShoe
West Coast Music
Superfine Bakery

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer.

 

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelete House Wedding Photography | Next Exit Photography

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

Carondelet House Wedding Photographer

 

 

This gorgeous couple met on Match.com. Yes, it happened that way! Will’s reception video to his bride said it all. These are two some of the kindest, most heart of gold people that we have ever photographed. The quality and sentiment of the reception toasts that were delivered by family and friends was awe-inspiring. Not a dry eye in the house! I am pretty sure that one of Alesha’s bride’s maids cried for a whole week after the wedding. You could say that a wedding is made up by the sum of its guests and this Bel-Air Bay Club wedding was filled with the kind of love that you can soak in all night.

The Bel-Air Bay Club really is a phenomenal place to get married. If you don’t believe us, just ask the bride. “Our wedding was everything I had hoped it would be and even more,” Alesha said.  “Much of that had to do with the coordinators (Ilana Rosenberg and Mandy Clough) and other staff (Carrie Spriggs) at the Bel-Air Bay Club!  I am convinced that the Bel-Air Bay Club is the best place to have a wedding!  They provide the perfect staff to make your wedding day the best day ever. I am from Wisconsin and Will was born and raised in Fresno, California, so most of our extended families were meeting for the very first time. We were so psyched that everyone bonded so well and our families blended so easily! We are so blessed!”

Videographers: Amari Productions
Florist: Ninfa’s Flowers
Bride Hair/Makeup: Valerie St. George
Reception DJ: Unite Entertainment
Ceremony Entertainment: Angelica Strings
Cakes by Rumy
Bridal Salon: Lovella Bridal
Veil: Pebbles Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns: Weddington Way
Groom’s Tuxedo: Tuxedo Junction
Groomsmen Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy

Bel-Air Bay Upper Club Wedding Photography

Bel-Air Bay Upper Club Wedding Photography

Bel-Air Bay Upper Club Wedding Photography

Bel-Air Bay Upper Club Wedding Photography

Bel-Air Bay Upper Club Wedding Photography

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It’s often the case that the people who book Next Exit to photograph their wedding are the kind of people that we (at Next Exit) would want to be friends with. Our job as wedding photographers is made pretty easy (and awesome) by clients like Nicole and Chris. We liked the same movies, the same books, and the same music. They walked into our studio almost 6 months ago and we immediately hit it off.  In the face of a crazy beach wind/sandstorm so uncharacteristic of a Santa Monica wedding day, Nicole and Chris were relaxed and marvelous.  They threw caution to the wind (literally) and walked right out the door, into the fierce weather; along with their remarkable bridal party in tow. Nobody complained—not even for a second. And wouldn’t you have it? The wind died down and the pictures turned out AMAZING. Never known a beautiful smile and giggle quite like Nicole’s. It melted our hearts! See for yourself—

Vendors:

Venue: Shutter on the Beach
Wedding Planner: Kimberly Paolone at Krae Events
Video: Walter Pawluck
Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

 

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Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photographer

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Look at the wind!

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Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar in the background.

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The tattoos are a tribute to their mother.

Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photographer

Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photographer

My personal favorite!

Goodnight Kiss.

Verandas Manhattan Beach is the kind of beach wedding venue you want to shoot at over and over again. It’s super cozy, kinda chill and laid back and it tends to attract those types of clients. It’s only a hop and a skip away from the beach—in heels. It’s self contained and perfectly run by its amazing team. It has one of our favorite bridal getting ready rooms with some of the most spectacular window light. It makes for some amazing bridal portraits as you can see here below.  Katelyn and Justin fit right in at the Verandas and we were honored to be part of such a loving event. Take a look at this Verandas Manhattan Beach Wedding Photography and you can tell just how in love they are.

Special thanks to teams at VerandasFlowers by Laurel and Vox DJ’s for making the party super amazing!

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