Wedding At Cicada Restaurant In Los Angeles, CA | Kelly & Nimrad

Wedding At Cicada Restaurant

KELLY & NIMRAD

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Wedding photos at Cicada Restaurant:

Kelly and Nimrad contacted me at the end of last year about capturing their Old Hollywood-inspired wedding at Cicada Restaurant. They actually live out in San Diego but were planning their wedding in Downtown Los Angeles at what is one of my favorite wedding venues.

I was honored that they trusted me enough to hire me solely through email and was excited to connect with them a few months back to hear more about their special day. They had opted for a classic, vintage feel that worked in perfectly with the Art Deco architecture and interior features of the Cicada Restaurant.

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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds outside the entrance to the Cicada Restaurant following their LA wedding ceremony.

 

Getting ready photos at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles:

The day all started at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles where the couple was getting ready in separate suites. When my assistant and I arrived at 1PM to document the couple’s preparations, Nimrad and his groomsmen were already dressed and ready to go in the hotel lobby.

I captured a few candid shots of Nimrad’s groomsmen helping him into his jacket and one of the groom adjusting his watch, then headed upstairs to photograph the girls in their elegant suite.

Kelly had put a high priority on photography, with her room at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles tidy and all the details laid out for me ready to document. I grabbed some candid shots of her stylist applying hairspray and making the final touches to Kelly’s lipstick, then captured some portraits of the bride admiring her gorgeous gown.

There were special moments to document between the bride and her mom and sister as they assisted Kelly into her wedding shoes, as well as a warm moment as her bridesmaids gathered around. I really loved the natural light streaming into the bride’s suite and all the decor of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, which worked perfectly with the Old Hollywood feel of Kelly’s wedding.

After grabbing some portraits of the bride looking out her suite window, it was time for the father-daughter first look. I photographed Kelly’s dad walking up to his daughter and embracing her warmly.

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Kelly has the final touches applied to her makeup while getting ready at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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The bride admires her gorgeous wedding dress in a naturally-lit suite window at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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One of Nimrad’s groomsmen helps him into his jacket as he was getting ready at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Nimrad fixes his watch as he prepared for his wedding day at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Nimrad was all smiles while he waited for his bride in the lobby of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s stylist applies hairspray as the bride was getting ready at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Kelly looking out her suite window at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles while preparing for her special day.

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Capturing a special moment between Kelly, her mom and sister as they were getting ready in their LA hotel suite.

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Kelly’s mom, sister and man-of-honor assist as she steps into her wedding shoes while preparing for her special day.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and her entourage in a suite at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s mom helps to secure her earrings as they were getting ready at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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A black and white candid shot of Kelly fixing her earrings in her suite at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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A portrait capturing the stunning details on the back of Kelly’s wedding dress while she looked out her suite window.

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A candid moment between Kelly and her mom as they made their final preparations at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s dad walks towards her during their first look at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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A candid black and white shot of Kelly and her dad embracing during their first look in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s dad takes a step back to admire his daughter on her wedding day in Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s dad kisses her on the cheek affectionately during their emotional father-daughter first look.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles:

It was then time for the first look between Kelly and Nimrad, which we had it in an alleyway beside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. I photographed Kelly walking up to her groom and his reaction as he turned around, as well as his tender kiss on her hand during this beautiful moment. The couple’s adorable son, Kai, also arrived to be with his parents and I grabbed a fun photo of him covering his eyes as they stole a kiss.

We had a bit of time available for portraits of the bride and groom in front of a gorgeous iron balcony, as well as kissing backed by the ornate exterior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. We then headed over to the Cicada Restaurant (which was only a block away) and grabbed some bridal party portraits on the grand wooden staircase before the ceremony was due to start.

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Kelly walks towards Nimrad during their first look session outside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Nimrad and Kelly capture their first glimpse of each other on their wedding day at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Nimrad kisses Kelly’s hand affectionately during their first look outside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Capturing a special moment between the couple and their son Kai outside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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Kai covers his eyes as his parents steal a kiss outside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

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An elegant portrait of Kelly and Nimrad on the second-floor balcony of the Cicada Restaurant.

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Capturing a tender kiss between the couple outside the Cicada Restaurant during their Los Angeles wedding celebrations.

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A portrait of Kelly and Nimrad embracing in the Art Deco-inspired interior of the Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly and Nimrad embrace outside the Cicada Restaurant during their Downtown Los Angeles wedding.

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Kelly with her bridesmaids and man-of-honor inside the ornate interior of the Cicada Restaurant.

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A fun portrait of Nimrad with his groomsmen and son inside Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly and Nimrad kiss on a staircase at the Cicada Restaurant, surrounded by their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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Kelly and Nimrad kiss while their bridal party celebrate during the Cicada Restaurant wedding portrait session.

 

Ceremony photos at the Cicada Restaurant:

Nimrad and his son Kai were escorted down the aisle of the Cicada Restaurant by his parents, with Kelly following on the arm of her dad shortly after. I captured Nimrad’s reaction as he watched his bride walk towards him, then a candid black and white as the couple continued together to the altar.

Kelly and Nimrad had written really sweet, personalized vows for one another and I documented both of their reactions (and their parents’ reactions) as they read them in front of their family and friends. I also grabbed a creative shot looking down the aisle of the Cicada Restaurant and an elevated shot of this stunning wedding venue from the second floor.

After exchanging rings and being officially pronounced “husband and wife”, Nimrad dipped Kelly and kissed her before the couple celebrated with their wedding guests. They made a joyous recessional walk down the aisle where they were greeted with glasses of champagne to make a toast to their love.

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A portrait of Kelly with her son Kai during the Cicada Restaurant wedding photo session.

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Nimrad holds Kai while being escorted down the aisle by his parents at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly walks down the aisle on the arm of her dad during the Cicada Restaurant wedding ceremony.

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Nimrad watches on proudly as Kelly walks down the aisle during their Art Deco-inspired wedding at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s dad gives her away to Nimrad at the start of their Cicada Restaurant wedding ceremony.

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A black and white candid shot of Kelly and Nimrad walking down the aisle at LA’s Cicada Restaurant.

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The couple were all smiles as they looked out towards their wedding guests during the Cicada Restaurant ceremony.

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An elevated shot looking down on Kelly and Nimrad’s Art Deco-inspired wedding at LA’s Cicada Restaurant.

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The couple watches on as the priest addresses the wedding guests during their intimate Los Angeles ceremony.

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Nimrad reads his personalized vows to Kelly during their indoor wedding ceremony at LA’s Cicada Restaurant.

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Capturing Kelly’s reaction as Nimrad read his vows during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly’s parents watch on as the couple exchanged vows in the elegant interior of the Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly reads her personalized vows to Nimrad during their Art Deco-inspired wedding in Los Angeles.

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A creative shot looking down the aisle during Kelly and Nimrad’s Cicada Restaurant wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Nimrad’s reaction as Kelly read her vows during their intimate indoor wedding ceremony in LA.

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Nimrad’s parents and the flower girls watch on during the Art Deco-inspired wedding at the Cicada Restaurant.

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A cute photo of Kai struggling to stay awake as his parents wed at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Kelly and Nimrad exchange rings during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Nimrad was all smiles as he married Kelly at the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing the dramatic first kiss after the couple were declared “husband and wife” at LA’s Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly and Nimrad celebrate after becoming officially married at the Cicada Restaurant in LA.

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The newly weds make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle following their elegant wedding in LA.

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Kelly and Nimrad share a celebratory champagne toast after officially becoming “husband and wife”.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Cicada Restaurant:

While the couple’s wedding guests were enjoying cocktail hour upstairs (and the staff at the Cicada Restaurant were doing a “flip”), we headed to the entrance of the venue for a couple portrait session.

I captured some romantic portraits of Kelly and Nimrad embracing beneath the bride’s veil and relaxing against the grand golden doors of the Cicada Restaurant, as well as a shot of Nimrad leading his bride across a Downtown Los Angeles street.

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A portrait of the newly weds outside the entrance to the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown LA.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly weds beneath the bride’s veil during their Cicada Restaurant wedding portrait session.

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Kelly and Nimrad lean up against the ornate doorways of the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown LA.

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Nimrad leads Kelly across a Downtown LA street during their urban-inspired wedding portrait session.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of the couple beneath Kelly’s veil outside the Cicada Restaurant in LA.

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Kelly and Nimrad kiss in front of the opulent doors to the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown LA.

 

Reception photos at the Cicada Restaurant:

Nimrad and Kelly then made their grand reception entrance down the Cicada Restaurant’s wooden staircase and went straight into their first dance. This was followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them, with the couple and Kai watching on from their beautiful sweetheart table.

Nimrad then had a musical performance (with the help of his siblings), followed by the cake-cutting ceremony and parental dances. Kelly and her dad had worked hard on a surprise, fun choreographed dance that had all her family and friends with their cameras out filming!

After the bouquet toss and garter removal, some of Nimrad’s groomsmen did a hip-hop dance routine, with the groom and bridal party joining in at the end. I then went up to the second floor to capture a group shot of the couple’s wedding party from above as Kelly and Nimrad kissed in the middle.

Everyone then hit the dance floor to celebrate this new union and I tried to capture all the action as young and old let loose. The night ended with a grand sparkler exit and a big dip kiss from Nimrad and Kelly.

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Kelly and Nimrad make their grand reception entrance at the Art Deco-style Cicada Restaurant.

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The newly weds perform their first dance during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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Kelly and Nimrad dance beneath an ornate chandelier at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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An intimate moment between the newly weds during their first dance at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Kelly and Nimrad kiss at the end of their first dance during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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Kelly’s dad makes a speech during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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Kelly, Nimrad and Kai watch on from their sweetheart table as speeches and toasts were made.

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Kelly’s matron-of-honor and man-of-honor make a toast during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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The newlyweds and their son watch on from the sweetheart table as speeches and toasts were made.

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Nimrad’s best man makes a speech during the elegant indoor wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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Kelly and Nimrad share a laugh as speeches and toasts were made during their Cicada Restaurant reception.

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Nimrad and two of the bridesmaids make a surprise performance during the Cicada Restaurant reception.

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Kelly records her husband performing during the Old Hollywood-inspired wedding reception.

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Nimrad performs for his bride and wedding guests during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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Three of the bridesmaids watching on during Nimrad’s emotional performance at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly embraces her groom after his surprise performance during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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Kelly and Nimrad perform their cake-cutting ceremony at the elegant Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Nimrad and his mom perform their lively parental dance during the Cicada Restaurant reception.

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Nimrad and his mom were all smiles after their mother-son dance at the Cicada Restaurant in LA.

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Kelly dances with her dad during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kelly’s mom watches on during the father-daughter dance at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly’s family and friends watch on during her choreographed father-daughter reception dance.

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Capturing a fun moment during the father-daughter dance at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a fun candid shot of Nimrad enjoying the festivities during this Downtown LA wedding reception.

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An action shot of Kelly’s bouquet toss on the dance floor of the Cicada Restaurant in LA.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom during the reception garter removal.

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Nimrad’s friends do a surprise hip hop dance performance during the Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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One of Nimrad’s friends performs during the lively wedding reception at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Nimrad and the bridal party perform a surprise hip hop dance routine for Kelly during the reception.

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A group photo of Kelly and Nimrad kissing, surrounded by their wedding party, at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Kelly enjoying the dance floor with her son during the Old Hollywood-inspired wedding at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Nimrad getting down on the dance floor with his wedding guests at the Cicada Restaurant in LA.

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Kelly and her mom enjoying the dance floor together at the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor at the Old Hollywood-style Cicada Restaurant.

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A black and white candid of Kelly on the dance floor during her Cicada Restaurant wedding reception.

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An action shot of a young wedding guest spinning on the dance floor of LA’s Cicada Restaurant.

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An action shot of the bride and groom surrounded by their family and friends on the Cicada Restaurant dance floor.

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The bridal party getting down on the dance floor during the Cicada Restaurant reception in LA.

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Kelly getting down on the dance floor during her Old Hollywood wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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Kai being carried around the dance floor as the night came to a close at the Cicada Restaurant.

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Nimrad dips Kelly during their grand sparkler exit from the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Wedding photos at Cicada Restaurant:

I really appreciated that Kelly and Nimrad wore their emotions on their sleeves during this wedding at the Cicada Restaurant and the priority they put on photography. There were so many great moments to capture in what is a really beautiful venue and they sure know how to have a good time! I know that they’re off to Hawaii for their honeymoon so I wish them an incredible time and hope they enjoy these photos on their return.

May 9, 2018

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