amanda + james // a los angeles wedding editorial.

It was Amanda’s tonsillitis that brought these two together. You see James just so happens to be an ear, nose and throat doctor, and when Amanda went in for her tonsillectomy, it was one of those oh-hey-there-handsome-doctor-man moments for her. And of course, he was all sorts of “why hello there pretty and awesome and fun patient of mine!” So needless to say, they were smitten with each other from the start, and naturally one thing led to another, and suddenly they found themselves falling in love and pining to spend the rest of their lives together. And let me tell you, Amanda + James make the sweetest pair. Being a musical theatre actress, she is magnetic and wonderfully vibrant. And while he may come from a lively, Greek family, he is calm, quiet and of course, attentive and present to Amanda is the most genuine of ways. It’s no wonder to me why they are perfectly suited for each other.

Amanda + James’ wedding was one of most timeless, sophisticated, intimate and downright gorgeous weddings I’ve photographed. Between the classic Tuxedos and bowties, the chic metallic color palette, the breathtaking artitecture of the church, the intimacy & coziness of the Club , and those stunning floral designs, Amanda created a memorable event that was truly elegant and beautiful. And beyond that, Amanda + James’ friends and family were all delightful, sweet and fun and a joy to spend the day with. Sigh. Isaac was unable to shoot with me this time around, so I enlisted the help of the awesome, incredible Derek Frenzel. He was such a help and was particularly skilled at working with the kiddos. I think all those children he’s been raising is paying off. :-)

And of course, special thanks to the amazing team we got to work alongside! Church // Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Reception venue & food // Ramsey’s at the Club, Floral Design & Tablescapes // Finishing Touch Wedding Design, Cake // Michelle’s Bakery, Amanda’s Gown // Alfred Angelo Bridal, Tuxedos // Friar Tux, Hair & Make-up // Nancy Gettinger.

We started the day off at the Club where we met up with Amanda, her bridesmaids, and her family. We had a few moments to photograph her beautiful gown and her shoes before so climbed in for some portraits before the ceremony.

Amanda, you are stunning.

While I was photographing the bride, Derek captured this adorable shot of the flower girls.

The light was quite harsh pouring in this lounge area outside the ballroom, but luckily there were shades we were able to pull back. And of course, it was breezy, but thanks to some of Amanda’s awesome friends and few pillows, we made it work. I’m thrilled with what resulted. So elegant and swanky. Bam.

This ring-bearer was hilarious. He had such a mischievous manner about him and it cracked us all up.

After we finished up with the ladies, we ventured to the church to meet up with the groom and his guys for some portraits pre-ceremony. How amazing is that architecture?

And this turquoise door? I die. It was the perfect back drop for portraits. I used it as many times as I could. Haha.

James looking all sorts of dapper…

Check out this BREATHTAKING church. It’s it unbelievable? I just about fell over when I walked in.

This two boys were hilarious. One of them walked down backwards. Haha.

The emotion and anticipation was palpable as Amanda’s father walked her down the aisle…first up, Derek’s angle. Then mine.

The wedding ceremony is considered a sacrament in the Greek Orthodox Church and it was nothing short of beautiful and intimate.

The light bouncing off the concrete created the most perfect light to work with. I loved the soft, elegant color palatte Amanda picked and the church steps were the idyllic setting for bridal party portraits.

We sent the crew up the hill to the reception, and spent sometime with the bride and groom capturing their beautiful connection and romance of their wedded bliss.

Two of my favorites from the day…

I love this boutonniere shot Derek got…

After the sunset, we battled traffic up the 101 but made it just in time to start the party. Since Amanda was so on top of it, she had everything set up in the morning when we first got there, so we were able to photography the oh so pretty ballroom and tablescapes. I loved the use of metallics, diamonds, and white flowers. It created an elegant, classic and intimate space to celebrate the newly wedded couple.

Amanda & James prepared an elegant waltz for their first dance and it was impeccably executed.

And that’s a wrap. Thank you Amanda & James for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding. It was an honor and joy. Hope you’re having an amazing time in Greece. xoxo – j.

As always, the complete editorial can be viewed at their wedding website here.

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