Officiant: Jjana Valentiner
Venue: Rose Garden, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Catering: Fresh Gourmet at the Peacock Cafe
Desserts: La Monarca Bakery
Bar: The Bottle Shop
Floral Designer: Yasmine Floral Design
Stationary: Parallel Play
Hair: Hair by Studio K
Makeup: Deanna Brooks
Wedding Dress: Judy Berberian Custom Design
Groom’s Attire: J. Crew
Vinyl DJ: Tim Malooley
Transportation: Atlantic Express
Accommodations: LA Athletic Club
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Weather forecast on the day of the wedding: Severe snow storm!!!
I’m already up in the mountain and all of these negative thoughts were running through my head. Things like, why didn’t I buy tire chains? Where am I going to shoot their portraits in this snowstorm? What if I get stuck somewhere and can’t contact anyone? Will my body freeze over? Will I ever be found? I know, dramatic right?
The wedding day arrived and I shot through the getting ready portion of the morning. Luckily, the skies were calm but cloudy. I couldn’t stop myself from constantly checking the weather report on my phone. It was predicted for this storm to arrive around noon and those thoughts were constantly running through my mind. By then, we were in church and the hours had already passed noon. Loida and Neil sealed their first kiss signifying the end of their single lives into married life. I’m still feeling anxious to see what the weather was like outside, trying to figure out the worst case scenario. As I walked backwards up the aisle towards the exit while shooting through my camera, we were greeted outside with snow flakes gently falling from the sky. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was beautiful! I was relieved and enjoyed that amazing moment with Loida and Neil.
To experience the joy and happiness outside with the newlyweds was something I’ll never forget in all of my wedding photography career. It was as if they hired someone to stand on the roof with a snow machine. The timing was perfect. We managed to somewhat shoot their wedding party photos in the valley below, but was confronted with cold, strong high winds signifying the arrival of bad weather. We eventually finished our portraits in a different location protected by tall majestic trees. Eventually, the snow storm finally arrived but by then, we were already inside for their reception which sits at 8900 ft at Mccoy Station in Mammoth Mountain.
It all came together perfectly. No one was trapped in the snow and we were all celebrating the night away, safe, and sound. Loida and Neil’s wedding weekend was definitely an adventure for all the guests and vendors that helped made their wedding weekend an unforgettable experience! Their hashtag / website couldn’t have been a better choice #NeilandLoidaVentureForth . Congratulations Loida and Neil and cheers to many more adventures in life!
Stationery Design: Andrew Ibanez // Cake Design: Mountain Cakery // Florists: Red Lily Floral Design Wedding Coordination: Greenfox Events // Videography:Colour Craft Media // DJ: Spencer Myers // Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church // Reception: McCoy Station Mammoth Mountain // Shuttle: MAWS Transportation // Photo Booth: Ryan Ramos // Hair & Make-Up: Eric Torppe & David // Ceremony Music: Christine Richard & Richard Hihn // Officiant: Father Jorge