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Valerie & Chris : Married

I backed my car into a cop car, the other day. Well he just drove off, sometimes life’s okay.” That’s when I tuned in. And really listened to what he was saying. Chris and Valerie’s officiant was quoting a song I’ve heard lots. And a song I really like, Modest Mouse’s Float on. “And we’ll all float on, okay…” he went on to say. And although it was very unorthodox, I liked what he was saying. I liked it because it’s true. When you’re with the one, the person you’re supposed to be with, the person that gets you, the person that’s willing to fight for you, work for you, no matter what – well, things just float on. Good or bad, they just make sense. And you move forward, together.

I can’t even begin to describe Valerie and Chris better. Through thick and thin, even before marriage, they have stuck it out. Through school, long distances, different cities, faraway jobs, they’ve just made sense. They’ve moved forward, making new friends along the way, all the while sticking together. And most importantly, keeping their faith. It was evident at their wedding how much love there is for this happy couple. 500 guests worth of love to be exact. Love from New York to Australia and every in between. Such an amazing day at the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Los Angeles Union Station. It’s a day I won’t soon forget. Thanks Val and Chris for letting me share in your day. I’m excited for your move back to Pasadena and I hope you had a fabulous time in Maui! xo

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I went a little overboard shooting Valerie’s shoes. I mean, they are purple…with bling! Her parents home had the most amazing staircase with even more amazing light filling the foyer.
More shoes. And even more shoes. Plus, the earrings Valerie’s aunt made the bridesmaids.It was so awesome to witness Val walk down the same staircase she walked down growing up. This time, as a bride. Soft and sweet. Seriously. Val’s bouquet by Fleuretica was so yummy I wanted it for myself.  Chris awaited Val at Westminster Presbyterian Church, a stunning French Gothic Cathedral.
Boys are always such clowns. In every other picture, one of the boys was making a face. But I really wouldn’t have it any other way. After the ceremony, it was off to celebrate at Los Angeles Union Station. Such a lively and fun venue, just like Val and Chris. The couple carved out SO much time for photos. It’s always an absolute pleasure to have time with my couples. Plus, they get to enjoy some alone time together.
It’s so fun to see familiar vendors at weddings. Special thanks to Terry for lighting the place up right.
During the reception, Val changed into the most fabulous magenta dress. I had to rip her away from her guests for just one minute to grab some shots.

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  • Courtney DellafioraJune 22, 2010 - 4:33 am

    AWESOME church! And Ala, your images keep getting better and better!! You are so gifted!! xoxo

  • Tira JJune 22, 2010 - 4:51 am

    Gorgeous work Ala! Both the church and Union Station are great places to photograph a beautiful couple!

  • Brent PilgrimJune 22, 2010 - 5:31 pm

    You continue to amaze me!!! This couple looks incredibel!

  • gladys jemJune 22, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    love that last shot and that they had their reception at a train station. that is pretty awesome! and those shoes AGHHH! you know i love shoes and those are awesome

  • Megan WelkerJune 22, 2010 - 11:05 pm

    ummm to die for locations!! Love that light inside her childhood home!! Fabulous shots Ala! You’re amazing!

  • Joe+KathrinaJune 23, 2010 - 9:59 am

    Um. SWOON over your details shots! Love.

  • jen berryJune 23, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    wow. you gave them an incredible amount of diversity here. Gorgeous romantics, telling scenery, sweet looks. You are more and more awesome. I really love the over the shoulder bride shot with her beaming groom. And thank you for your private words of support. you are kind. and loving.

  • Michelle HebertJune 23, 2010 - 8:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures! You have such a knack for details. The pictures are flawless!

  • Marissa RodriguezJune 24, 2010 - 4:52 pm

    Such a gorgeous wedding! And as usual you did an AMAZING job! Love it! Welcome back from your vacation! I’m sure everything was perfect!

  • Kia GregoryJune 24, 2010 - 11:03 pm

    Love your work!

  • Alex BeadonJune 25, 2010 - 9:46 am

    You are such a great wedding photographer 🙂 Love it!

  • JeffJune 25, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    amazing work Ala!

  • Lora AyersJune 30, 2010 - 8:31 am

    These are just gorgeous! Love the shoe shots, and the one where you shot through the whole in the door during the ceremony… so awesome girl!

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