Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ron & Anna ~Wedding~

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Warning: This may end up being the longest blog post of my blog-life so far. ;)


This past weekend, Anna & Ron were married at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. It was seriously one of those weddings where everything came together - the kind a photographer like myself dreams about (literally). Everything was gorgeous - the people were beautiful, the bride was stunning, the wedding party was hilarious and energetic, the details were personalized and fabulous, the setting was amazing, the weather was perfect.... I know they always tell you (when you're a bride at least) that something WILL go wrong, but if anything did for this wedding, I definitely didn't see it.

We started at the Marriott Residence Inn in Beverly Hills for some beforehand prep and details.
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Anna's makeup and hair (and most of the ladies in the bridal party as well) was provided by the very talented Marlou Colina. All of the ladies looked flawless.
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Anna's gown was completely custom. She even had it sent to the Philippines for extra beadwork on the antique lace bodice and detailing along the bottom of the skirt. It was fabulous, fit her like a glove and had a very Luhlier feel to it.
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The lovely ladies in their very fashionable deep purple dresses. Their personalities were evident from the very beginning.
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Anna really did look amazing. Of course, when you're that gorgeous to begin with, a wedding gown and all that is just icing on the cake.
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Ron & Anna opted for a "First Look" before the ceremony. I LOVE it when couples decide to do that. There are so many benefits. You get a nice private moment to enjoy each other's company when you see each other for the first time and you actually get to talk to each other. From my personal experience (my husband and I opted for a First Look before our ceremony as well), it was so special knowing that my husband saw me FIRST - before any of the guests did. Plus, it takes a lot of the stress and tension out of the photo time and you get amazing shots.

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And even with a First Look, Ron still started tearing up when Anna walked down the isle to him. The whole time she was walking, all the groomsmen were whispering to Ron, saying things like "Dude, that's your WIFE!" - they were all pretty impressed with how stunning she was too.

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More details.
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They held the ceremony in an outdoor courtyard that overlooked the mansion and all of downtown LA and Beverly Hills. Breathtaking.
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Ron is such a stud (this theme is re-occurring btw.... you'll see more of why that is later...). He's also a poker player, so while he was sweeping Anna off her feet for their first kiss, his family and friends were all shouting "double down!" to get him to kiss her again. ;)
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Newlyweds!
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Wedding party fun.
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Their adorable twin flower girls were embarrassed by the PDA....
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The gentelmen... and Ron showing off his new bling.
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More Ron & Anna cuteness....
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It should have been a hint of what was to come when Anna had already put on her dancing shoes...
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Seriously, check out that bling! What a gorgeous ring!
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When I shot Anna & Ron's engagement session, they managed to find a cute little miniature golf course that had an Eiffel Tower on it. That was perfect because guess where Anna & Ron are going on their honeymoon.....(no, it's not to a miniature golf course...). They picked one of the Eiffel Tower shots to blow up and display plus they had a full guestbook made of their engagement images for guests to look at and sign.
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After they were officially introduced and made their grand entrance into the reception (held in the courtyard located in the center of the mansion itself), they launched into their first dance. It started out romantic and it was clear they had practiced steps and lifts and dips...
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However, mid-way thru their romantic 98 degrees song, the song came to a screeching halt and switched to "Jump On It" and then they really broke it down!
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After getting their groove on for a while, the song screeched back to the end of their romantic song and Ron ended it well again (more stud action). Everyone was thoroughly impressed.
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After dinner and the sun began to set (and Ron had sung "I Wanna Grow Old with You" as a surprise to his new wife), Anna changed into her second dress of the evening - a hot little short number - to cut the cake and make her exit with her husband in. Btw, they couldn't decide on cake, cupcakes or baby cakes, so they pretty much had all three. :)
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Ron decided one bite wasn't enough and decided to finish the slice they had cut.
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Once the sun had totally gone down, the real surprise of the evening aired. Ron & Anna told everyone that they were going to do a video montage "you know, with baby pictures" to show to their guests. No one except the wedding party knew what they had actually prepared. Anna & Ron shot a full movie trailer version of "The Matrix Engaged" starring themselves and their groomsmen. It was seriously amazing!
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I was totally blown away at all the work they put into it. Kristopher J. Evans (who also agreed to play Morpheus) produced the film along with his company Corner 10 Productions. He also put the full trailer online, so you totally should go here to watch it!

After a bit more dancing, Anna & Ron made their goodbyes and snuck out.
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Hope you guys have an AMAZING honeymoon in Paris and Rome!!! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed myself at your gorgeous wedding! Best wishes to you both!

PS: Told you it was a long blog. :)
~B

4 comments:

Cherise said...

Gorgeous. I am so jealous.

Jenifer said...

Wow!!!! That was spectacular! Every wedding you do gets me more excited for mine.

anna said...

Brienne, Ron and I can't thank you enough! You are amazing... These shots are priceless! Appreciate you capturing our special day...

Kristopher J. Evans said...

You are an amazing photographer. The shots are wonderful! Thank you so much for adding the links to my site and your comments about The Matrix Engaged trailer. I wish you continued success with your career and also as a Mom! Take care.