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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 | [email protected]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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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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Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Planning

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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Photography, Wedding, Wedding Photographer, Wedding Photography, Wedding Photos
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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Photography, Wedding, Wedding Photography

Fun Irvine Wedding Photo Ideas 

For the soon to be bride and groom planning their wedding in the near future that does not necessary like the more traditional posed wedding photography, these Real Wedding Photos by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder are perfect for you! This wedding was shot in Irvine, California and as you can see the weather was just perfect as it normally is here in Southern California. The bride and groom were so happy to get married and wanted to capture their wedding day on a journalistic way, not so much posing photos.  They did want some group photos but they just did not want them to look like all the other serious shots, they wanted everyone’s personality to pop out and this is exactly what we delivered!  

The wedding photography began at the bride’s home in Irvine. She had two of her bridesmaids help her get ready for the big day and though we did not want to get in her way while she got ready, we certainly made ourselves available for the perfect moment. Once everyone was ready we got to capture some fun natural photos of her just having some fun with her girls before the ceremony. We always recommend doing Prep Photos because it is probably the only time the photographer has some one on one time with the bride and groom.


Paper Parasols were available for the guests to use for this outdoor wedding and of course they also came in handy when the time came to do some fun group photos. The goal was to allow everyone’s personally to come out naturally and stay away from the posed photos that the couple did not care for. The final product was exactly what the bride and groom wanted, beautiful, fun wedding photos shot in a journalistic way!

Fun Irvine Wedding Photos by Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder

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Engagement, engagement photography, Photography

Santa Monica Engagement Photos by LA Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder. If you need some inspiration for your upcoming engagement photo session. Or maybe you are looking for that perfect location in Southern California that is fun yet romantic. Let this beautiful Santa Monica Engagement Photo Shoot by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder inspire you! With so many great local hot spots in Southern California, it’s hard to pick one location for your engagement shoot. But if you are looking for a fun and hip beach that screams out SOCAL, then look no further and select Santa Monica Pier for your engagement or save the date photo session! There is just so much to do at Santa Monica Pier, from relaxing at the beach to getting on the Ferris Wheel! All the fun things to do make it a really popular spot and we honestly love how well it photographs. Every time we shoot at this location our clients end up loving the photos and so do we! This soon to be bride and groom had a wonderful time at Santa Monica Pier.  We all met up early in the morning and began to take photos at the beach before the crowds showed up.  It was nice because we got to take some fabulous photos and not many people got in our way!  Once the pier opened, we followed the lovely couple around as they went on their date. We got some great photos of them playing games, getting on the Ferris Wheel and just have a fun time.  The day went by so fast and it totally did not even feel like a shoot. It was more like hanging out with a couple of friends. We loved how we were able to capture them at a more natural state, unlike the more posed photos out there. Our style is more of a journalistic approach and our clients seem to love.  Take a look at the photos and see for yourself. Please comment, share and lets us know what you think! If  you have any questions or would like to book us for your engagement or save the date photo session email us directly:  [email protected]  

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Photography, Planning & Styling, Wedding

San Diego Wedding Photography

Casey



For those of you planning a San Diego Wedding, let these Wedding Day Photos by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder inspire you. Both of us were looking forward to shoot this beautiful San Diego Wedding and when the time came around, we could not have been more happier! We can now say we are San Diego Wedding Photographers. The wedding photos turned out just as we had imagined and we got so happy when we heard how much they loved them. We met the Bride and Groom six months ago when we shot their engagement shoot in Chino Hills California and since then we knew that we would have a wonderful experience shooting their wedding. The Bride and Groom have a lot of style and we did a lot of talking during their engagement shoot. The couple wanted a bohemian style wedding with nature all around them and lots of color. Their location was just perfect for us to deliver just what they wanted.

 

We shot this San Diego Wedding in a journalistic style displaying entire wedding day from the prep to the exit. Wedding photos are full of color and we couldn’t help but to let our own artistic style roam free. It is weddings and couples like these that we just love working with. A bride and groom not afraid of having fun on their wedding day and allow us to shoot their wedding day naturally.



Bride’s Experience!

Oh my goodness Alex, we can’t thank you guys enough!! You were on point and we all loved working with you and Josh. You are both so friendly and fun. I also appreciated you guys being so punctual and efficient throughout the day.
Casey

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Photography, Wedding

Pasadena Wedding Photography

Karina & Adam

This fabulous Pasadena Wedding Photography was a blast from the start! We started our day by meeting the bride and her bridesmaids at the Hilton in Glendale, CA for their prep photos. It was non-stop laughs and great conversation the entire time. It made our job super easy and we were able to capture some beautiful wedding photos of the bride bonding with her bridesmaids. In the meantime the groom and his groomsmen were being photographed for their prep photos in Whittier, CA.

 

After the prep photos we all moved to the Colorado Bridge in South Pasadena, CA for some first look photos of the bride and the groom. It was very sweet to be part of this lovely moment and witness them see each other in their wedding dress and suit. The bridesmaids and groomsmen had smiles on faces the entire time. We took advantage of the gorgeous location and took some fun photos of the entire wedding party.

 

The ceremony took place at the Neighborhood Church of Pasadena. Every seat was filled by their family and friends. There was tears of joy and laughs as their minister wed them. We continued our day with some family formals and some portrait photos of the bride and groom at this gorgeous location. Then we head out to the Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA for the reception to continue this amazing wedding. Karina was sweet enough to leave us a review on our Facebook, Weddingwire, the knot and Gigmasters account!



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Photography, Planning & Styling, Wedding

Queen Mary Wedding

Alina & Eric

We love shooting Long Beach Queen Mary Photography and as you can tell this gorgeous wedding took place at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  The ceremony was on the Well Deck with a fabulous view of the ocean and clear blue skies. With a wedding location like this you don’t really need that much décor, in fact for this wedding the décor was very minimal and it worked out perfectly. The ceremony was very intimate with about fifty of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends. The lovely bride was dressed in a traditional fitted white lace wedding dress and the groom wore a handsome black dark suit.

 

The reception moved inside the Queen Mary, at the Mauritania Room were more guests soon arrived to celebrate the newly weds. In the meantime we took the bride and groom for a tour around this beautiful ship. We took some timeless wedding photos throughout the Queen Mary. Even though it was a pretty warm summer day the couple were delighted to get their photos taken. We got super happy when we got a great review from them days later after we sent them a couple of samples.




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