Haylee & Sonia’s Post-Elopement Unity Candle Ceremony (DTLA & East Los Angeles)

Haylee & Sonia did it their way and eloped to Hawaii, just the two of them in paradise. After coming back home to Los Angeles, they planned a special candle-lighting ceremony for their immediate family and close friends as a formal act of unity. I met up with them in Downtown L.A. for some portraits at the perfectly-picturesque Walt Disney Concert Hall, before going to the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain in Los Feliz for some family portraits. Afterwards we relocated to their home in East Los Angeles for the drinks, the candle lighting ceremony, and dinner, all in the comfort of their backyard! I love shooting custom-designed days that are thoughtfully planned and meaningful for everyone involved. There are so many ways to celebrate and bring people together, so let’s party!

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Michelle & Joel’s Santa Ana Courthouse Wedding

I was lucky to photograph Michelle & Joel’s intimate courthouse wedding in Orange County last February of this year! We met at the Santa Ana courthouse, got them married, then met up again in Los Angeles for a small dinner at The Larchmont with their immediate family and dearest friends.

“We loved working with Gina for our courthouse wedding! We interviewed a few photographers, but we picked Gina because she seemed most like someone we would already be friends with. She has a very kind and calming presence, which came in handy because the courthouse was a madhouse that day (we’ll be sharing our anniversary with A LOT of couples!). It was super crowded and crazy, which led to our timeline running longer than expected, but Gina took it all in stride, and our photos turned out great. Gina did a wonderful job capturing the story of our wedding, including many lovely candid shots of us and our families. She has a great eye for composition and small moments, and she is as adept at capturing humor as emotion. On top of that, she is as organized as she is chill (a rare combination), and very responsive with all communication, even after the wedding. Highly recommended!” — Michelle & Joel

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*Update*: Travel Dates (2017-2018)

As I’m looking at the year ahead and organizing myself, I thought it would be as good a time as any to start sharing my travel plans! *Check this page* for current travel updates and don’t hesitate to contact me if I am traveling to a location near you and you would like to book me for your event. Don’t see your location on the list? Contact me and lets book your destination event!

AUGUST 2017

  • Grass Valley, California
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • San Francisco, California
  • Lukeville, Arizona

SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Kauai, Hawaii
  • El Paso, Texas
  • San Francisco, California
  • Negril, Jamaica

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Emilie & Erik’s Danish American Backyard Wedding (Orange County)

This past April I made my way down to Orange County to capture Emilie and Erik’s wedding in the backyard for Emilie’s family home. I’ve said it before, but I love backyard weddings. It makes so much sense to me that a wedding would take place somewhere as intimate as a home. I had so much fun keeping up with all the Danish wedding traditions, which I definitely googled post-wedding shoot for a better understanding of what I was witnessing and documenting. All the texts below in italics are things I found online that I copied-and-pasted, to give you an idea of what I am talking about!

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*WINNER*: 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards!

CouplesChoice2017I’m so stoked to be selected as one of the winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards! Thank you, thank you!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by 2016 reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

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Rachel & Chris’ Fig House (Highland Park) Wedding

I love this wedding from April of last year at The Fig House. Chris & Rachel’s style is effortless and they definitely chose the venue to match. The Fig House’s self-described style is “a contemporary spin on art-deco with a nod to the rich history of Highland Park” (Los Angeles). They spent their week-day wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends and closed out the night with a killer dance party, with songs that Chris hand-picked for a playlist for the entire celebration. Not bad for a Thursday night!

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