Here’s a portrait I had fun making at city hall for Ciara and Rich’s wedding in Pasadena. I especially love when my clients have no idea what I’m doing and I can throw in a fun surprise.I can’t wait to share the rest!
Sometimes I struggle to adequately convey with clarity how much I enjoy what I do and how deeply I love the people I photograph. Hopefully this image from Ciara & Rich’s wedding a few weekends ago brings insight into the relationships I’m fortunate to develop and nurture long after my brides and grooms have pledged their vows.
Melinda and Jason, thank you for being way more than clients. You are my dear friends, fierce advocates, and sexy dance partners. This is how we do it at Dexter Lo Photography!
I’m so glad to finally post my favorite images from Sarah+Phil‘s Newport Beach wedding. When I first met this couple at my home a few years ago, I knew from the way that they joked around and described each other that their wedding would be a fun one. At their engagement session, they smiled / cuddled / laughed / smooched / tickled / played around a lot (and Phil got nice and frisky), so I was really looking forward to seeing how their big day would play out — and it didn’t disappoint at all! The day went so smoothly, and Sarah was a picture of absolute beauty and grace; Phil couldn’t help but beam all day. Even their bridal party was fun to be around!
Sarah and Phil, you are near and dear to my heart, and I’m so glad to call you my friends. I’m looking forward to your next visit in San Diego. I’ll take you guys out for noodles!
(Oh, and before we get to the images, a quick shout out to my talented best friend Daniel for second shooting with me and Jason for being a trooper and hustling/assisting all day, even with a jellyfish-injured foot!)
I absolutely adored Sarah’s dad and the way that he looks at his beautiful daughter and shows her affection.
Family formal portraits are more fun when stuff like this happens.
I knew that Ciara+Richard would be unique as a couple when Richard first contacted me and made it clear that he would be handling all the correspondence. It became so evident as we talked at their consultation and also before and after their engagement session how much Richi loves Ciara and makes extra effort to take care of her. It really is delightful to see when guys get involved in the wedding planning (maybe I just relate because I was pretty involved in the process of my own). But it’s extra special when you see all the little, unspoken things… like how Richard runs around the house getting stuff ready so Ciara doesn’t have to lift a finger. And how he asks every few minutes how she’s doing. I also love how down-to-earth both of them are, and how high of a priority their family and friends are to them — even when it comes to their wedding planning. I can already tell it’s going to be an awesome day, and I can’t wait for it to get here in a few short months.
Now on to the photos! One of my favorite things to suggest to clients when deciding on a location for engagement sessions is to think of a place that feels like home to them. Sometimes that means a favorite museum or a part of town where they love shopping… but in this case, Ciara and Richi wisely chose Walnut, CA — the neighborhood where they both grew up, where their families both live, and where they will be starting a family of their own. This made for some really unique portraits that will hold special meaning to them and their families for a long time.