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Photography, Wedding Photography

We got to photograph as this Gay Bride got Gifted a Car at their Reptacular Ranch Wedding.  In all the weddings that we’ve done I can honestly say that we never seen a bride or a groom get a car as a gift during their reception.  This being our first, it was thrilling to be able to capture this moment and we could not help but to also get excited as this was happening. Since we arrived at this awesome wedding location we knew we were going to have a wonderful time.  We actually met this young gay couple at a Wedding Expo and had the pleasure to shoot their Country Theme Engagement Photos.  This allowed us to get to know them prior to the their wedding day and this made shooting their wedding that much more personable.  

The Reptacular Ranch is a perfect venue for those that want to have a real ranch wedding experience. You know what they say it’s all about the location and this is certainly the right location to give your guests the real outside the city type of experience.  If you’re considering this wedding venue for your wedding, the staff is really accommodating and from the sound of it they’re planning on making some upgrades to be even more accommodating to their weddings clientele.  As photographers we especially loved  the decor that the brides selected.  It was the perfect amount to give their rustic wedding the right look.  Sunflowers and wine barrels adorned the venue along with a touch of Tiffany Blue accents. 

After taking some decor photos we moved to the prep photos of both brides.   Shortly after the ceremony began and we got to capture how these two brides saw each other for the first time. Both looked stunning and most importantly displayed a joy so lovely to photograph. After the beautiful union we continued with some fun family photos and then moved to the couple portraits.  It was very nice to step away with the brides  and be able to capture them alone.  Later that evening after most formalities we all got surprised as one of the brides got called to the dance-floor by the disc jockey and shortly after her wife surprised her with a brand new car.  Everyone reacted with smiles and applause, including us.  The surprised bride cried with joy as she saw her brand new White Toyota Corolla with a huge red bow.  The fun did not end there, in fact it was the start of a great celebration that lasted until the very last song.  

Congratulations to this beautiful couple living proof that LOVEWINS.  

Wedding Location: Reptacular Ranch | 8828 Gold Creek Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342 
POC: Cory Lagusker | cory.lagusker@gmail.com | http://www.reptacularanimals.com/weddings/
Photography: http://cateraoke.com/

Gay Bride Gifted Car at Reptacular Ranch Wedding photos by Photographer Alex Diaz & Josh Ponder 

 

 

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It was a pleasure to provide our event photography for Singer-Composer Matt Koener Live Concert at The Fifth in Anaheim. His genre is Country-Rock and it suits him perfectly. This was a sold out concert with an amazing view, great energy and lots of music. Matt Koerner is a truly talented singer with the perfect amount of charisma to give his fans exactly what they came to see. He performed his original songs and some crowd favorites that left his fans asking for more. With the help of Guitarist Mike Bay, Phil Ortiz and Brent “Tarka” Layman by his side along with Tyler Ross on the drums, it was a show to remember. Not to mention this awesome rooftop location provided great views and a firework display while the concert was at full throttle. Yes, The Fifth in Anaheim has a perfect view of the Disneyland firework show and as you can see from our pictures, it was captured beautifully.

Matt Koerner came onto stage right on time shortly after the band members did a sound check. He wore a black t-shirt and jeans matching the rest of the band who also opted on dark colors, all going for a casual look. In no time the crowd greeted him with excitement as the show began. Halfway into the concert the Disneyland fireworks began to light up the sky. This not only created additional excitement but also provided fabulous photos. Everyone that owned a phone had it out and was trying to capture as much as they could as Matt Koerner continued singing away.

This two hour affair went by so fast even after Matt Koerner performed additional songs to make his crowd happy. But like they say, “All good things come to an end.” It was so much fun to photograph this event while at the same time get to enjoy good music in person.

Matt Koerner Live Concert at The Fifth in Anaheim photos by Photographer Alex Diaz & Josh Ponder

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Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Planning

Take a look at this gorgeous Classic Wedding at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, CA 92028.  Hopefully if you’re considering this picturesque location, our wedding photos will help you decide if it’s the right venue for you.  Our experience shooting at Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens is a great one.  Besides having  eighteen acres of beautiful gardens, a stunning lake and so many great photography spots, their staff is just amazing to work with.  This is a very popular wedding venue in San Diego and we can clearly see why it’s in such high demand.  If you’re considering this location for your wedding we advice to schedule a walk-through sooner than later. 

This spectacular day began by meeting the bride and bridesmaids at a beauty salon in San Diego.  We took some preparation photos as they got their hair and make up done.  Once we had enough photos we made our way to the venue to for more preparation photos and of course some establishing shots of the decor at the venue.  Shortly after the bride and her bridesmaids made their arrival.  Into their lovely bridal suite they went to get dressed for the ceremony.  The bridal suite at Grand Tradition Estates & Gardens has a gorgeous Victorian look to it, perfect for pictures.  Of course the bride especially requested to take some portraits by the window and we just love how they turned out.

Once the couple got fully dressed we escorted them for some first look photos by the stairway.  It’s always so sweet to see how the couple react on their first look.  Moments later it was time for the ceremony and a gorgeous one it was.  The bride looked breathtaking as she walked down the aisle, it almost seemed like she was glowing. Once the ceremony was over we took some portraits by the willow tree and lake as the background.  Then we made our way back to capture the exciting grand entrance.  The groom and his groomsmen entered doing an epic Labanese Zaffe (Zaffah) Wedding Grand Entrance.  Time just went by so fast and before you know it, this glorious day came to an end with a Sparkler Exit by the newly weds. 

Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens Photos by  Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder


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Check out this gorgeous Dukes Malibu Wedding. Hopefully if you’re thinking about having a beach wedding or maybe you’re considering this location, it will help you decide. Our experience shooting at Dukes Malibu is a great one. Besides having such a great location with ocean views and blue skies, their staff is just amazing to work with. This is a very popular wedding venue so we do recommend booking with Dukes Malibu at least a year in advance to make sure you get your special date.

This particular wedding day was a memorable one, there was a 65% probability of rain at the beginning of the week but luckily it turned out a gorgeous day with clouds that would come and go. It was every wedding photographer’s dream come true. We got to take photos that looked romantic with the clouds giving us just enough shade and then as the sun would shine in giving us a new look for the photos.
This wedding was fun to plan and due to the couple’s busy schedule we ended up handling most of the wedding planning. We took care of the styling, flower arrangements, centerpieces, signs, and Chuppah decor. As much as we love to be trusted to handle all the decor and styling, we can’t help but to feel a bit nervous when the couple gets to see everything for the first time. But this is what we were born to do. Seeing the Bride and Groom’s smiles as they see their wedding set up for the first time is a feeling we can’t explain.

For this wedding Josh Ponder took care of all the preparation photos as Alex Diaz handled the full Day-of-Coordination and Styling along with the fabulous Cateraoke crew. Once all the decor was ready, Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder got back on their roles of capturing photos from all angles for every key moment. We love how the couple joined traditions and created a wedding for all to enjoy. Right after toast our in house Cateraoke Wedding DJ played an Irish Dance and then the very popular Jewish Hora Dance that got everyone on the dance floor. Later in the evening our photo booth was a total hit giving the guest another fun activity to do.

Dukes Malibu Wedding Photos by Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder | Wedding Planning & Styling by Alex Diaz


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This gorgeous Rustic Wedding took place right here in Orange County at The Hacienda Wedding Venue, 92706. We had the pleasure to provide this couple with our Photography, Videography and our Photo Booth services. This day could not have gone any faster as we breezed from the prep photos all the way to the final dance. There was so many great locations within the venue to take photos but not enough time. We were still able to capture some amazing photos that display this glorious wedding day


We especially love the fact that we got to shoot the engagement photos for this couple. This allowed us to provide an overall greater experience to the newly weds by giving us the chance to spend some time prior to their wedding day. It’s almost like a trial wedding except that we had a lot more time for every photo. This also allowed us to get to know their best angles so that on their wedding day we will be sure to capture them


We can’t wait to visit this wedding venue again! Take a look at these gorgeous wedding photos
To watch highlight reel click below! 


The Hacienda Wedding Photos by Photographer Alex Diaz | Wedding Video by Joshua Ponder



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Check out this Fun Engagement Photo Session we shot at some of the most Popular Los Angeles Engagement Locations this summer.   Hopefully it will inspire and give you some ideas for your own Save The Date or Engagement Photos in LA.  This couple was a blast to work with from the planning to the actual day.  The hardest part was narrowing down the locations, especially when Los Angeles has so many fabulous places to photograph. What made it effortless was the fact that they had a theme so it made it a bit easier to decide on what spots to choose.  Their theme was Old Hollywood couple on a date. If you’re considering any of these locations let our experience guide you though. 

We started the day by meeting at LACMA (Los Angeles Country Museum of Art) early morning with the goal to shoot in front of the Urban Light, the iconic landmark by Chris Burden.  Our Tip if you’re planning on shooting engagement photos at LACMA, come in early at least one our prior to opening but to play it safe two.  This will allow you to take photos at this amazing location without having your usual tourists in the background.  We showed up of course early and had no trouble finding street parking on the back side of the museum.  They also have their own parking lot but it’s only open during hours of operation. 

Our next location was The Grove, a very trendy outdoor mall with a classic looking movie theater.  The Grove is located only minutes away from LACMA so it was very convenient to drive there once we got the photos we wanted at the Urban Lights.  We arrived  as the mall had just opened,  this worked out perfect since there was not many people there yet.  Keep in mind that this very popular location can get very crowded so the later you show up, the less freedom you will have for your shoot.  Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at The Grove, call in advance and get permission to shoot here from their administration office one week in advance.  There was not a fee to shoot here for us but they do require for you to call and inform them of your situation.  Make sure you get the name of the person that helped you.  Shortly after we arrived a security guard approached us and asked if we had called in advice. Once we gave them the name of the person that helped us, he gave us the green light and our shoot was uninterrupted.

Our next stop and the most meaningful location was UCLA.  This gorgeous campus has many amazing areas all around the collage grounds.  Both being UCLA alumni made it very easy for us to just follow and let them show us where they wanted their engagement shoot to take place.  It was a beautiful day but because our shoot happened to be during graduation season we missed a couple of shots due to large crowds.  Our Tip if  you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at UCLA, avoid scheduling during graduation season.  Otherwise expect a large crowds and limited parking.  I also advice for you to read the sings carefully since they do have meter-maids at all hours and they will issue a ticket.

Our last stop for the evening was in DTLA at The Historic 1928 Art Deco Oviatt Building, 617 South Olive Street , downtown Los Angeles.  If you watched the movie Pretty Woman then you will be very familiar with this beautiful iconic building.  This is the location is now known as Cicada Restaurant. Even though the restaurant was closed we were able to take some fabulous photos outside.  We had fun with it by incorporating a vintage camera and having the couple pretend to take selfies with it. Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos outside Cicada, in the Oviatt Building, or anywhere in DTLA is to shoot during the week or non-peak hours.  This way you can avoid crowds and not interrupt the restaurant.  If you would like to shoot inside any location in DTLA, make sure you call.  Most restaurants and bars are more than happy for you to take photos for non-commercial purposes, this is like free publicity for them.  There are still some locations may require a fee or simply not allow any photography, so it is best for your to call and confirm. 

Popular Los Angeles Engagement Location Photos by  Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder

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This Classic Disney Wedding was fun from the planning to the wedding day! Our company Cateraoke Weddings + Events got hired to provide this couple with multiple services including our Photo Booth, DJ & MC, Flowers & Decor, and of course our Wedding Photography. We had the pleasure to meet up with the Bride and Groom a couple of times prior to the wedding day. This made the wedding day such a wonderful experience! The wedding took place at the Garden Room Wedding Chapel, 92841 and it provided the look that both desired so much. It was like a Disney Wedding!  

This charming location was designed to provide everything you may need to have a perfect wedding day.  Their venue coordinators were so great to work with.  We loved taking the prep photos of the bride in her spacious bridal suite. The ceremony took place indoors at their chapel which is perfect even on a rainy day. After the ceremony we got to take photos of the bridal party with the newly weds all over the venue. Then we continued to have fun at the reception and got to enjoy everyone having fun utilizing the photo booth and dancing until the last call.

As a wedding planner and photographer we can’t help but love when our clients are as sweet as Ryan & Amanda. Whenever we look at these photos we remember their joyous day and are grateful to have been part of it! We wish you both a “Happily Ever After!”

This is what our couple had to say about us!

Classic Disney Wedding Photos by Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder

BRIDE & GROOM:

5 stars might not be enough here. Cateraoke is a 10 star business that took an amazing event and made it completely out of this world. Alex and Josh are experts in their field and two of the most amazing people we’ve been fortunate enough to work with. We received personalized attention and prompt responses, coupled with information and ideas that we never considered. Having one group handle the photography, the DJ, the photobooth, and the flowers took any real stress out of our day. The photobooth was a huge hit at our event and our guests really enjoyed the setup/look of the booth. The DJ played some awesome music and was really great at gauging the audience to keep things moving. Alex & Josh worked great with our venue coordinator to keep everything on track. And the photos…These two have an amazing eye and captured our day so well.. After all was said and done, my bride and I both agreed that Cateraoke not only exceeded all of our expectations, but they made the day better. Thank you both so much.

Ryan & Amanda.

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This Beautiful Beach Wedding took place at the lovely Malibu West Beach Club 30756. After a week of rainy days, it turned out to be the most perfect day to get married and it certainly made our job a breeze. Everyone was so happy to be at this gorgeous location in Southern California. Especially the Bride and Groom who were a bit worried to have a rainy wedding day.

We were able to capture these beautiful wedding day photos of their magical day. This lovely wedding venue is quaint and very private with direct access to the ocean. We enjoyed taking all the establishing decor shots and can agree that for some venues less is more. The prep photos came out great since the bride and bridesmaids had access to a large room with windows that allowed natural light in. The ceremony took place on the deck with blue skies and clear water as the background. Finally the reception took place indoors but everyone had access to the deck and got to enjoy the sound of the ocean and evening breeze. 

As a wedding photographer I will honestly say that Malibu is one of our most favorite wedding locations and we can’t wait to come back to this location again!  This is certainly a spot we suggest if you’re planning to have a small or mid size wedding.  The only thing that I can see as an issue is the very limited amount of parking space but who wants to drive to a wedding anyways! There’s always Lift or Uber for  you to take and this will allow you to enjoy the wedding even more without having to worry about parking.  Something else I’d like to add is that the staff here at Malibu West Beach Club are totally sweet and take care of their clients. 


Malibu West Beach Club Wedding by Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder


 

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