Destination same-sex wedding Los Angeles
October 10, 2018
Charlie and Eric’s perfect day!
I wouldn’t usually mention Barbara Streisand and an old vehicle emissions facility in a blog post about a same-sex marriage in Los Angeles wedding. But this summer I had the pleasure of traveling out to Los Angeles to shoot the wedding of Charlie and Eric on July 14th. The couple are both professional classical musicians, Charlie plays the cello, Eric plays the double base. Charlie played cello on Barbara Streisand’s last album! Charlie had gotten a call to work with Barbara on her new album over that weekend – but of course he had other plans.
The Culver city hotel was the host hotel for the weekend. This historic hotel, opened in 1924, is famous in Los Angeles for the many movie stars who stayed there, including the little people who played the Munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. I had a wonderful time photographing the grooms in and around the hotel, with all of its incredible locations. The grooms wore impeccable suits by Indochino for their big day with succulents as boutonnieres.
The weekend vibe was cool and fun, the perfect California wedding!
It started off with an awesome rehearsal dinner at Chosun Galbee, a Korean BBQ restaurant where everyone had fun cooking a variety of Korean foods on the grill in the middle of each table. What a great way for all the guests to know each other. The couple had lived as professional musicians for three years in Japan, during which they made several side trips to Korea. That’s where they discovered their love of Korean BBQ.
The Smogg Shoppe
The ceremony and reception took place at the Smog Shoppe, an old emission facility that has been turned into a unique and fun wedding venue in Culver City. It was so totally L.A! I was obsessed with the wall of cactus and succulents and the florist, Holly Floral, who did their flowers is the same one who designed the succulent wall that makes this venue so unique. What a cool backdrop for me to use for photographs and a perfect fit for California. They had the cutest ring bearer, Kenji their dog, who stole the show!
It was a very personal ceremony because it was officiated by Charlie’s brother-in-law, and Charlie’s brother sang “Mondnacht” by Robert Schumann an arrangement Charlie made for string quintet and voice. You can’t get more personal than that! There was the most amazing music provided by the grooms’ friends who are also professional musicians.
Of course the weather was perfect, so they had the ceremony and cocktail hour outside so everyone could enjoy the California sunshine and the extraordinary venue. The food was catered by Little Nelly who put together a fantastic family style menu of California cuisine with seasonal food followed by a delicious Dulce De Leche cake by Porto’s Bakery. Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying the music of DJ Hustle Cats and dancing the night away in the City of Angels!
Planner Demaray Events
Venue Smogg Shoppe
Host hotel Culver City Hotel
Caterer Little Nelly
Floral Holly Floral
music DJ Hustle Cats