beverly hills wedding at the mondrian
Angela and Darren
Our day started at the elegant Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. This location is absolutely fabulous for bridal preparation shots. The rooms are spacious and bright with floor to ceiling windows, modern touches of black and white floral décor and include a brilliant, orange-tinted looking glass all of which were designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. These elements add lovely texture and vibrancy to the images. One of my favorite images from this wedding is the bride getting ready in front of the orange-tinted mirror. It is absolutely unique. There was ample room for the seven to eight women and the make-up and hair artists, as well.
We then journeyed to The Church of the Good Shepherd, a historical Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Beverly Hills that also claims title to being its oldest.
It is lined with stunning sculptures and stained glass, and had several areas outside, including a secluded garden, which we used for our sweetheart photos. The sanctuary itself receives an ample amount of light for photos and has a lovely marble alter.
The reception was held in a private residence in Bel Air and had a sweeping view of Los Angeles. The lighting at sunset was breathtaking and we made sure to get plenty of images during the golden hour with the cityscape in the background. Angela and Darren had huge smiles on their faces all day and the timing for everything went perfectly.
Many of the guests had traveled from all over the globe, and quite a few from Australia. The couple took extra care to provide transportation by a chartered bus to each location.
A few fun details like having huge, oversized white balloons that floated over the swimming pool in the backyard where the reception primarily took place, although the entire house was used. The couple had a sign-in book where guests would take a Polaroid of themselves and attach it into the book with a sweet note. They also had an amazing taco truck on site, in addition to the many appetizers and sweet treats. The dances at sundown were a great start to the party that ensued the rest of the evening.