Lubi and Yuliya were married at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. It was a beautiful afternoon in Los Angeles and everyone was excited and ready to see this joyous occasion unfold! Lubi and Yuliya both live on the East Coast. Yuliya’s wonderful family lives in Los Angeles and Lubi’s amazing family lives continents away in Botswana. It was a true blessing to see so many special family and friends from different cities, continents and people groups unite all because these two special people have fallen in love united in the commitment of marriage – to live the rest of their lives together, bound together by invisible yet undeniably powerful bond of love! I had been in touch with Yuliya for the last year as she planned this wedding. I know she worked extremely hard to make this special day just perfect. All that hard work paid off Yuliya! It was so cool to finally get to know and meet Lubi. What a great guy!
Before heading to the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens I photographed the bride getting ready as well as many detail shots at the Yuliya’s parent’s home. I worked this wedding by myself. There were 4 videographers at this wedding and I worked extremely hard to try to keep them out of Lubi and Yuliya’s wedding pictures. What a challenge!
Eventually, we made it to the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. As you can see Yuliya spent a lot of time and effort on many different details. As usual, I did my best to capture as many of those details as possible.
Lubi and the guys got ready at a location no too far from Yuliya’s parent’s home. I shot over there to capture the Lubi and the groomsmen getting ready . They were in good spirits and had a great time joking around with each other…and helping Lubi get ready.
It was a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens!
Ceremonies can be challenging as a wedding photographer. Not only do I need to work around videographers and try to compose my shots so that they are not part of the couples wedding pictures, but then there are family and friends who like to roam around and take pictures as well. I have to say though I have never had this particular thing happen to me before. Meaning…someone getting right up on the couple in the first kiss shot!! I sure hope she got a good shot! Fortunately, the couple just keep kissing so when the sweet lady finally went back to her seat, I was able to get a “clean” first kiss shot! WOW! Just when I think I’ve seen it all, there’s something new! It’s the life of being a wedding photographer and humor is required!
A special thanks and congratulations to Lubi and Yuliya and all their loved ones. What a fantastic and memorable wedding day you guys had. Just amazing and wonderful! Thank you for allowing me to be witness to your love and to be part of the fun celebration. May your love for each other abound more and more each day! All the best!
Just as an informational note, The Los Angeles River Center and Garden Weddings is located at: 570 W Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065.