To this day, I am not exactly sure how Adrienne and Chris found me, but I am absolutely thrilled they did! When I first met them, they promised me that their wedding was going to be unique. To make certain that their vision would be met, they hired the sophisticated, yet unconventional, Rebel Belle Weddings to plan their day! And true to her talent, Laura Guerrie, owner of Rebel Belle, introduced the couple to Boardners, a historic, Hollywood speakeasy, to become the venue for their ceremony and reception. To make sure that I caught the vibe for Adrienne and Chris’ vision, we all met for our first meeting at the club. You could not ask for a more unique setting for a wedding and I knew that this event was exactly the kind I live for as a documentary-style wedding photographer! When I finally got the call a couple of days later that I was selected to be their photographer, needless to say, I was ecstatic!
To help me photograph this terrific day, I contacted my long time buddy, Los Angeles-based wedding photographer, Asgeir Bollason. Asgeir has worked with me on a number of weddings and I knew his style was the perfect compliment to my own to capture Adrienne and Chris’ unique wedding day story. Normally, I will bring a second photographer along to help me for a portion of the day at most weddings, but this wedding demanded the eyes of two photographers from beginning to end.
The day began for both Asgeir and I photographing the couple getting ready in separate suites at the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. What a cool place to set the mood and kick off the day for this wedding! I spent my time with Adrienne, her bridesmaids, and parents getting ready. Personally, I was excited to see Adrienne’s dress! I was not tipped off in advance, but I had a suspicion that she was not going to be wearing the ordinary white taffeta and lace! For Chris, on the other hand, I could see him wearing a black tuxedo to be Hollywood-cool, but likewise, he had other plans as well! Sure enough, Adrienne and Chris did not disappoint and you can see for yourself in the photos on this page!
The next and final stop for the day was down the street at Boardners. Guests began arriving at 4:30pm for this Sunday afternoon affair. Boardners is such a throw-back place. It has all the charm of a by-gone era. Divided into three sections: a low lit social room and bar with cozy booths; a larger, twenty-two foot high ceiling, art deco antique bar with a loft and velvet red decor overlooking the dance floor area where the ceremony would be held; and, an outdoor, New Orleans style patio where another bar is set up with a stage for outdoor entertainment. The ceremony began sometime after five. It was beautiful! Low lit and mysterious, it felt like a movie classic unfolding before us. Leading the way was a Scottish bagpiper to set the tone. Chris and his groomsmen followed in their kilts. Lastly, the ring bearers anchored the groom’s arrival party, each carrying lanterns.
Adrienne’s bridesmaids were next in the processional, equally impressive in their attire, wearing black, elegant dresses and carrying gold-tipped bouquets of roses. Finally, Adrienne’s time had come. Slowly, she entered the room through a gauntlet of onlooking guests both standing and seated. She was stunningly beautiful! Chris’ eyes were welled up with tears as she approached the stage where she would be helped up the steps by Chris’ outstretched hand. This very moment is captured in the photo shown above. The ceremony was short and sweet. The officiant is a personal friend of Adrienne’s and a couple of emotional readings were made by other friends as well.
The remaining hours of the night had most of the typical wedding formalities, but with much flair! Adrienne and Chris were introduced as confetti began raining down in mass, as well as all of the guests donning red clown noses – a surprise for Chris from Adrienne to celebrate his former years as a circus clown with Ringling Brothers! There was a short first dance and toasts from the Best Man and Maid of Honor. There was a cake cutting, but the cake was not your usual wedding cake…it was a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, where Chris proposed to Adrienne! The guests had much to participate in: there was a silhouette artist to sketch their profiles, plenty of great food and hor d’oeuvres, three open bars, a slow motion video booth, a DJ to keep the guests on the dance floor, as well as a whiskey and cigar bar.
It was a highlight wedding for me for sure and probably the most unique wedding I have ever photographed! I would be remiss not to mention a couple of outstanding vendors that I had the pleasure of working with and meeting at this event: Kiera and Josh of Jakfoto Films providing video; and hairstylist, Mia Shin, of Anastasia Beverly Hills was in attendance the entire day for Adrienne. Enjoy some of my favorite photos below of this spectacular event! You can also view the entire highlight slideshow of the day by clicking >>>>HERE<<<<