MELISSA & ROBERT
Wedding photos at Cicada Restaurant:
I met newly engaged couple Melissa and Rob at my studio in Downtown Long Beach a couple of months before their wedding day. They were planning a classic art deco-style wedding at the elegant Cicada Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles and were getting ready just a couple of blocks away at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. I loved the “Old Hollywood” feel that the couple had gone for and I think that same charm was expressed in these photos of a wedding at Cicada Restaurant.
An off-camera flash portrait of the newly married couple during their Cicada Restaurant wedding photo session in Los Angeles.
Getting ready photos at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles:
My wife Charlene was working as my second photographer for the day and was with Robert, while myself and my assistant Natalie focused our attention on Melissa and her bridesmaids. There were lots of warm candid moments to capture as she had her hair and makeup done and shared the morning with Robert’s young daughter, as well as some special exchanges with her parents who were obviously very dear to Melissa.
Melissa having her make-up done in one of the suites at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
Melissa sharing a playful moment with Robert’s daughter as they admire her wedding gown at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
Robert’s daughter tries on Melissa’s bridal gown as the girls were getting ready at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
Melissa’s mother offers her daughter “something borrowed” as part of a Western wedding tradition.
Melissa’s bridesmaids and mother help to secure her bridal gown in one of the suite windows at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
A black and white candid shot of Melissa and her father during their first look session at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Capturing a special moment between the bride and her parents as they prepared for the wedding ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Melissa reads a gift card written by her future husband, watched on keenly by Robert’s daughter.
Pre-ceremony portraits at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles:
The couple had decided on a first look session at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, which we staged in their grand foyer area with its ornate chandelier and ceiling fresco. Although the lighting was quite dark, this allowed us to get creative with off-camera flash during the couple portrait session that followed.
One of Melissa’s bridesmaids helps her down the staircase at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel as she goes to meet Robert for their first look session.
Melissa walks up to Robert during their first look session at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
An off-camera flash portrait of the bride and groom within the elegantly-lit interior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
An off-camera flash portrait of Melissa and Robert in an intimate embrace during their Millennium Biltmore Hotel wedding photo session.
The soon-to-be-married couple embrace in one of the ornate stair wells of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Ceremony photos at the Cicada Restaurant:
We then walked over to the Cicada Restaurant where the ceremony and reception were to be held. I could see that family was really important to Melissa and Robert and there were lots of wonderful candid exchanges to capture between both young and old! The venue is actually quite dark and without windows, but we were prepared with all the right equipment to ensure these Cicada Restaurant wedding photos were well-lit and exude that classic feel the couple wanted.
The bride takes a sneak peek into her wedding ceremony venue at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.
A black and white shot of the couple’s family deep in prayer before the Cicada Restaurant wedding ceremony.
Capturing a close-up, intimate embrace between the couple before their wedding ceremony at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.
Capturing a playful moment between Robert’s daughter and Melissa’s grandfather during the wedding celebrations at the Cicada Restaurant.
Melissa’s parents give her away at the altar during her Cicada Restaurant wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
Capturing Melissa and Robert’s reactions during their wedding ceremony at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.
The bridal party enjoy a joke during Melissa and Robert’s Western wedding ceremony at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.
Reception photos at the Cicada Restaurant:
The wedding guests headed upstairs for cocktail hour and the Cicada Restaurant staff did a “flip”, transforming the ceremony venue into a beautiful reception space. Melissa and Robert began the evening with their first dance, followed by a playful dance between Robert and the other woman in his life – his daughter – who I also captured smearing cake all over his face!
Melissa and Robert’s first dance during their wedding reception at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.
Melissa watches on as Robert dances with his daughter at the Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Capturing a playful moment between Robert and his daughter on the dance floor at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.
Melissa’s family members enjoying the dance floor during her Cicada Restaurant wedding reception in Los Angeles.
Robert’s daughter smears cake on his face during the cake cutting ceremony at Los Angeles’ Cicada Restaurant.
The groom’s daughter and another young wedding goer getting down on the Cicada Restaurant dance floor.
Capturing an intimate embrace between the newly married couple during their Cicada Restaurant wedding photo session in Los Angeles.
Wedding photos at Cicada Restaurant:
It was a beautiful evening shared between close family and friends, and a wonderful experience to see the union of this new family. I wish Melissa, Robert, and their daughter a life full of joy and happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.