Wedding At SmogShoppe In Los Angeles, CA | Eva & Brandon

Wedding At SmogShoppe

EVA & BRANDON

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Private residence in Beverly Hills (bride) and SmogShope in Los Angeles, CA (groom)
  • Ceremony and reception: SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, CA

 

Wedding photos at SmogShoppe:

I heard from Eva and Brandon just over a year ago about capturing their wedding at SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, an eclectic wedding venue that’s located just off La Cienega Boulevard. They’d met at a food festival in Southern California and with Brandon working as a chef, there was going to be a strong focus on food during their intimate wedding celebrations.

Although Eva was getting ready at her parent’s house, everything else was happening at SmogShoppe, so my second photographer and I drove down to capture their final preparations and a surprise first look.

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A portrait of the newly weds on La Cienaga Boulevard following their wedding at LA’s SmogShoppe.

 

Getting ready photos at SmogShoppe:

Rather than doing a classic first look, Eva wanted to surprise her groom by wearing a funny shirt when he was expecting to see his bride all dressed, and ready to go. I photographed her walking up behind her groom, then his reaction to seeing her not at all as he’d expected on their wedding day!

Eva then went to get into her gorgeous gold-tinged gown with the help of her mom before her dad arrived for a father-daughter first look. I documented this special family moment as Eva’s dad admired his daughter looking so stunning, then grabbed a portrait together with her mom in the leafy courtyard of SmogShoppe.

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Eva walks up to Brandon during her surprise first look at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva surprises Brandon during a pretend first look session for their SmogShoppe wedding celebrations.

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Capturing a warm moment between Eva and Brandon during their fun first look at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Capturing a special moment between Eva and her mom as she was getting ready for her SmogShoppe wedding.

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Eva walks up behind her dad for their father-daughter first look at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva’s dad gets his first look at his beautiful daughter during the SmogShoppe wedding celebrations.

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A special family moment between Eva and her parents as she prepared for her SmogShoppe wedding.

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A portrait of Eva looking stunning in her golden wedding dress in the courtyard of LA’s SmogShoppe.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at SmogShoppe:

It was then time for the real first look between Eva and Brandon, which we began with a “first moment” as they held hands in front of their bridal arch. After Eva walked up behind Brandon, he turned around to admire her looking absolutely radiant.

We used the opportunity for a few romantic portraits of the couple embracing in the gorgeous courtyard of SmogShoppe, as well as some fun bridal party portraits as the couple kissed and their groomsmen and bridesmaids cheered on. I also grabbed a candid shot as Eva high-fived her cute flower girl before it was time for the traditional Jewish Ketubah signing as the two families officially recognized the new union.

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Eva and Brandon’s first moment in front of their bridal arch at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva walks up behind Brandon during their first look session in the courtyard of LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Brandon admires his beautiful bride during their first look session at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva and Brandon kiss beneath their bridal arch in the lead up to their SmogShoppe wedding ceremony.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom during their SmogShoppe wedding portrait session.

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Eva and her bridesmaids in their bright red dresses look towards the cute flower girl wearing sunglasses.

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Eva high-fives her flower girl as they prepared for the wedding ceremony at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Eva and Brandon kiss while their bridal party celebrate in the leafy courtyard of the SmogShoppe.

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A playful bridal party portrait backed by the leafy gardens of Los Angeles’ industrial-inspired SmogShoppe.

 

Ceremony photos at SmogShoppe:

After a few final getting ready adjustments with her bridesmaids, it was time for the wedding ceremony to get underway, which was taking place in the courtyard of SmogShoppe. Brandon was escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by the flower girl and Eva on the arm of her parents.

I captured Brandon’s proud reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle, then documented all the candid moments as the couple exchanged vows in front of their family and friends. Their ceremony incorporated a number of Jewish wedding rituals, including drinking wine from a goblet and the couple being wrapped in the Chuppah cloth.

After Brandon performed the breaking of the glass, he kissed his bride and they made their joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife”. We used the time available for some romantic portraits of the couple in this super sweet moment, utilizing the lush greenery of SmogShoppe courtyard as a backdrop.

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Eva signs the Ketubah during her Jewish wedding celebrations at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Brandon signs the Ketubah while his parents watch on during the Jewish wedding celebrations at the SmogShoppe.

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The fathers of the bride and groom sign the Ketubah during the Jewish wedding celebrations.

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A candid black and white of Eva’s maid-of-honor helping her get ready for the SmogShoppe wedding ceremony.

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Brandon’s parents walk him down the aisle during the courtyard wedding ceremony at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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A candid shot of the cute flower girl walking down the aisle at the start of the SmogShoppe wedding ceremony.

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Eva’s parents walk her down the aisle during the courtyard wedding at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Capturing Brandon’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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A candid shot of Eva, Brandon and their Rabbi during the SmogShoppe wedding ceremony in LA.

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Eva reads her vows to Brandon during their Jewish courtyard wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom as they exchanged vows at the SmogShoppe.

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Brandon’s parents watch on as their son weds Eva at the SmogShoppe on La Cienaga Boulevard in LA.

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Brandon reads his personalized vows to Eva during their intimate courtyard wedding at the SmogShoppe.

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Capturing a contemplative moment from Eva’s parents during the SmogShoppe courtyard wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom share a laugh during their intimate Jewish wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Eva and Brandon exchange rings during their courtyard wedding at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Brandon drinks from the goblet during the Jewish wedding ceremony at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Eva and Brandon are cloaked in their Chuppah during the Jewish wedding celebrations.

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Brandon performs the breaking of the glass during the Jewish wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Capturing the first kiss between the newly weds during their intimate wedding ceremony at the SmogShoppe.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at SmogShoppe:

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A portrait of the newly weds kissing during their SmogShoppe wedding celebrations in Los Angeles.

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Eva kisses Brandon tenderly on the cheek during their SmogShoppe wedding portrait session.

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The newly weds kiss while Eva’s veil flies in the wind during their SmogShoppe wedding portrait session.

 

Reception photos at SmogShoppe:

Eva and Brandon then made their grand entrance into the indoor reception venue at SmogShoppe while being cheered on by their family and friends. After a “thank you” speech from the couple and some words from their Rabbi, they cut a loaf of bread and distributed it to their wedding guests in what is a Jewish tradition.

This was followed by speeches and toasts from the best man and maid-of-honor, as well as words from both sets of parents. I documented the couple’s reactions as they listened in from their sweetheart table and a special moment as Eva’s maid-of-honor presented her with a doll that has held significance for the friends since childhood.

Eva and Brandon then took to the dance floor for their first dance, followed by the parental dances, then everyone let loose to celebrate. In between capturing all the action of the dance floor, I also grabbed some shots of the fun taking place in the photo booth and a photo of Eva and Brandon biting into a piece of their wedding cake together.

SmogShoppe had set up a retro-styled whiskey bar for the wedding reception, so I photographed Brandon enjoying a shot before he and his bride were lifted above their wedding guests for the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance.

I also grabbed an action shot of Eva’s bouquet toss and a creative silhouette looking across their wedding reception venue before ending the night with a romantic kiss between the couple at the whiskey bar.

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Eva and Brandon make their grand reception entrance at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Capturing the couple’s joyous reactions as they arrived at their intimate SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Eva and Brandon make a speech to welcome their guests to the reception at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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The newly weds welcome their wedding guests to the intimate reception at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Eva and Brandon’s Rabbi makes a speech during the SmogShoppe wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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Eva and Brandon perform a traditional Jewish cutting of the bread during their wedding reception at the SmogShoppe.

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Brandon’s best man makes a speech during the wedding reception at Los Angeles’ SmogShoppe.

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Capturing the reactions of the couple as they listened in to speeches and toasts during their SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Brandon’s dad listens in as speeches and toasts are made during the SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Eva’s maid-of-honor makes a speech during the intimate wedding reception at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Capturing the reactions of Eva and Brandon’s friends and family during the reception speeches and toasts.

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Eva’s maid-of-honor presents a special doll to the bride that held significance during their childhood.

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Brandon’s parents make a speech during the intimate wedding reception at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva embraces Brandon’s parents during the intimate wedding celebrations at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Eva’s mom makes a speech during the Jewish wedding reception at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Capturing the reactions of the newly weds during speeches and toasts at their SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Eva’s father makes a speech during the intimate wedding reception at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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A candid black and white shot of Eva and Brandon enjoying their reception festivities at the SmogShoppe.

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Eva’s mom listens in during the speeches and toasts at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva’s father embraces Brandon during the Jewish wedding reception at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Eva and Brandon perform their first dance during the SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their wedding reception first dance.

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Eva playfully places her head piece on Brandon during their first dance at the SmogShoppe.

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Eva and her dad perform the father-daughter dance during the intimate SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Brandon and his mom perform the mother-son dance during the wedding reception at LA’s industrial-inspired SmogShoppe.

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Capturing all the fun of the photo booth during Eva and Brandon’s wedding reception at the SmogShoppe.

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An elevated view of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor at the industrial-inspired SmogShoppe in LA.

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The flower girl having fun on the dance floor during Eva and Brandon’s Los Angeles wedding reception.

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Wedding guests with their hands in the air during the SmogShoppe reception in Los Angeles.

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Eva and Brandon bite into a piece of their wedding cake during the lively reception party at the SmogShoppe.

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The whiskey barman poses for a shot during Eva and Brandon’s SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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The groom enjoys a shot of whiskey at the retro-styled bar during his SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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The flower girl and one of the groomsmen enjoying the dance floor at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor during their SmogShoppe wedding reception.

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Eva is lifted into the air for the Horah chair dance during her Jewish wedding reception in Los Angeles.

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An action shot of Brandon being lifted above the dance floor during the Horah chair dance at his SmogShoppe reception.

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Eva enjoying the dance floor with her family and friends at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.

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An action shot of wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor during the SmogShoppe reception.

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Eva performs her bouquet toss during the Jewish wedding reception at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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Capturing a candid moment between Eva and her wedding guests on the dance floor at the SmogShoppe.

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Brandon getting down on the dance floor, surrounded by his family and friends, at the SmogShoppe in LA.

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Eva and her maid-of-honor enjoying a moment together on the dance floor at the SmogShoppe reception.

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A silhouette shot of Eva and Brandon’s wedding reception and dance floor at the SmogShoppe.

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A fun candid moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor at LA’s SmogShoppe.

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The newly weds steal a kiss in front of their whiskey bar during the SmogShoppe wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at SmogShoppe:

I really enjoyed being part of Eva and Brandon’s intimate wedding at SmogShoppe and all the creative touches that make it such a unique venue. I wish them all the happiness in their married life and lots of incredible foodie adventures together.

May 17, 2018

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