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Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Wedding – Versha & Arjun

UCLA alums Versha and Arjun were married on a sunny day at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, which is a breathtaking site for any wedding. The cliff-side ceremony location overlooked an azure ocean that provided the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple’s mid-day Hindu wedding. The day started as many Indian wedding days start — with hair and makeup (this time, provided by Oscar Naranjo) providing comedic relief while the bride’s look was being perfected. Versha’s proud parents and brothers stopped by her getting-ready room to help with her bangles and finishing touches, and then I kidnapped her for portraits. After a first look and some quality photo time, Arjun went to meet Tai the elephant (from Have Trunk Will Travel) for his baraat. Since their entrance took place on the north side of the property, I was able to grab a great shooting location in a room overlooking the north lawn. The end result was a high-angle overview image of the baraat that was truly rare (simply because we can’t often find that kind of vantage point from which to shoot).

Versha wanted to incorporate elements of nature into her mandap, as she thought this would perfectly accent her oceanfront wedding location. To help Versha’s vision come to life, the talented Fayaz from Bloom Box Designs created a garden interior on the mandap’s ceiling, complete with greenery, roses and hanging flowers. It was a beautiful complement to the more subtle gold draping that made up the rest of the mandap. To ensure that their reception had an elegant feel, Versha and Arjun settled on a palette of creams and golds, with pops of coral. Fayaz also set up a unique front backdrop featuring a modern white couch, massive mirrors, candles galore and hanging plexiglas flower boxes.

Coordinator Nutan Shah from Elegant Events by Nutan Shah made sure that every detail was attended to so that the couple and their families could relax and enjoy an incredible evening. Their guests delighted to numerous performances by The Jewels that Raq, a troupe of dancers offering too many styles to count (belly dancing, snake dancing, knife dancing, Tango, Brazilian, etc.). The multi-tiered cake was expertly crafted by the very creative Christopher Garrens, who employed the reception palette of cream, gold and coral to create a magnificent work of cake art. No party would be complete without fantastic sound and light, which for this event was provided by Parag and the team at the always fabulous Special Occasions Los Angeles. With videography by Brian and the team at Impressive Creations, mendhi by Neha Assar, and officiant services by Shukavak Dasa. With second camera by the talented Yoshi Morimoto.

Online Dating Photos – Los Angeles

We love shooting photos for online dating or matrimony sites, such as Match.com, OK Cupid, Tinder, eHarmony and Shaadi Online. Our goal is always to help you put your best foot forward. Want to learn more? We’ve put together an extensive writeup on how we approach these sessions. If you’re in need of new photos for your online dating adventures, and would like pricing and additional info, just click here: Online Dating Photos Los Angeles  And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.:)

St. Regis Wedding – Rusha & Vindeep

Rusha and Vindeep got married on a foggy day at the beautiful St. Regis in Monarch Beach, California. I was so delighted when Rusha asked me to shoot her wedding, as I also shot her older sister Rena’s wedding to Ajay at the Montage. I thus already knew her lovely family, and was so happy to see and work with them again. Rusha and Rena are two of the closest sisters you could imagine, and they always give each other adorable Eskimo kisses. (Rena and Ajay also now have a darling little baby daughter, so it was fun to see how their lives had changed.) The girls’ mother was as adorable as ever, crying tears of sorrow and joy at her last daughter getting married. She is just the sweetest thing, and watching her feel so much emotion over the marriages of her beautiful daughters has been wonderful.

The day started off with the usual getting ready preparations, followed by portraits, then a baraat and lovely outdoor ceremony on the St. Regis Grand Lawn. I was super happy to be able to convince the entire wedding party to arrange themselves on the mosaic tile of the St. Regis rotunda for a super-cool bridal party image. The reception ballroom was decked out in a palette of blue and white, and Rusha’s reception outfit was actually a beautiful white wedding dress, which fit the evening’s color scheme perfectly. The wedding itself was coordinated by the lovely Seema Shah from Elegant Events by Nutan. Rusha tapped the talented Fayaz at Bloom Box Designs to handle her florals and decor, and he did a wonderful job (as always). The talented and beautiful Jeannie Jeffries and Star Whitaker from Couture Beauty Team handled hair and makeup, while videography was provided by Lin & Jirsa. And the awesome Ajay Manaktala at Special Occasions L.A.  provided DJ artistry and lighting.

07.22.14 - 11:33 am

Amanda - Stunning photography, gorgeous couple, beautiful wedding!! Well done, as always!

07.22.14 - 11:34 am

Allegra - stunning as always! You can really feel the love and excitement!

07.22.14 - 11:36 am

Dina - Thanks so much, Miss Amanda and Miss Allegra. :) You are both so talented, so your kind words mean a lot.

07.22.14 - 11:41 am

Leslie - This is such a gorgeous set of images. The decor, the moments, the colors, and an absolutely beautiful couple – all so amazingly captured. Your incredible talent will never cease to amaze me!

07.22.14 - 11:41 am

Danielle - Pure eye candy! Love the emotion and great use of light and color in every image.

07.22.14 - 11:49 am

Dina - Thanks so much, Leslie and Danielle! This couple was so much fun, and I just love all their friends, too. This wedding was a pleasure to shoot, so I’m really glad you like the images. :)

07.22.14 - 11:54 am

Kathy Rappaport - What a gorgeous event – spectacular photography and of course a beautiful couple. Every photograph is more lovely than the next.

07.22.14 - 11:56 am

Tamera - What a beautiful couple and a magnificent wedding! Great work, Dina! You captured it all so perfectly!

07.22.14 - 11:59 am

Dina - Thanks, Kathy and Tamera!!! You guys are the best. <3

07.22.14 - 12:08 pm

Rebecca Little - Oh my, these are gorgeous. The colors are amazing; so different from our ‘traditional” weddings. And the bride is beautiful!

07.22.14 - 12:13 pm

Dina - Thanks so much, Rebecca! I know Rusha and Vindeep will love reading all these wonderful words.

07.22.14 - 12:18 pm

Natalie Licini - What a beautiful bride! Absolutely gorgeous work Dina. What a spectacular and elegant wedding. Stunning!

07.22.14 - 12:20 pm

Desiree - Gorgeous, Dina! Amazing colors and beautiful wedding!

07.22.14 - 12:33 pm

Dina - Thanks, Miss Desiree and Miss Natalie. :)

07.22.14 - 4:45 pm

Tara Welch - So totally epic! Beautiful! Seriously!

07.22.14 - 8:37 pm

Crissy Everhart - Beautiful images, Dina. Your work is always so vibrant and stunning.

07.23.14 - 11:50 pm

Dina - Thanks, Tara and Crissy!!! :) <3

07.24.14 - 3:56 pm

Terrie - Beautifully caught the spirit of that wedding!! Amazing work!!

Fashion Photography Los Angeles — A Shoot with Laura New Myers

I love doing fashion photography, and love these shoots even more when I have the opportunity to work with a great model. I photographed beautiful model Laura New Myers a few months back, but I am just now getting around to blogging a few portraits from our fashion shoot. Laura is just so talented, and has bone structure for days. She is also just incredible to work with. I recently did another shoot with her that came out beautifully, so I hope to share those images soon.

06.14.14 - 1:04 am

Child Photographer Denver - I like the intensity of the colours. Great models as well. Good job!

Century Plaza Wedding – Eli & Charleen

Eli and Charleen had a beautiful Persian wedding at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The wonderful thing about Persian weddings is the full-on love. Cat-calls, fantastic dancing and non-stop hugs all seem to be hallmarks of the traditional Persian affair, and this couple’s respective families were just so sweet and attentive to everyone (from guests on through the people working the event). A ketubah signing preceded the event, and was filled with more joy than one can usually fit into a small hotel meeting room. Both Eli and Charleen are non-stop smilers, and their warm personalities infused the entire day with an extra measure of joy. But of course, extra joy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The chuppah was adorned with white orchids and other hanging florals, which created a beautiful canopy for the couple to stand under during the ceremony. An elevated white runway created a pathway from the entrance to the chuppah, and when it was lit up with spotlights, it created a stylish ambiance to this after-dark outdoor ceremony. Dinner was served just after midnight because with hours and hours of dancing, and an incredible live band, who had time to stop and eat? The cake and confetti took place at more like 2 a.m., but as you can see from the images below, this crowd was still going strong in the wee small hours, with not one smile showing a hint of dimming. With coordination, florals and decor by Kevin Lee at L.A. Premier.

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Denver Wedding Photography - The purple lights is pretty… Beautiful frame!