I will try to keep it short and sweet but I have a personal connection to these two, so please bear with me. Alexis and Tanner are two amazing people and really great friends of ours … even though we rarely see them. As art graduates that share a passion for ceramics and handbuilding, they spend most of their time bouncing around the world through artist residencies. They always come back to long beach – their home away from home – in between projects and call us and the crew to get together, no matter how short the visit. When we found out they were getting married and they wanted us to shoot it, we felt the initial “whut whut!” but then thought about how much fun we’d miss if we were working. Lucky for us we have a lot of fun working, so it all came together amazingly.
The ceremony site was set at “Queen Califa’s Magical Circle” sculpture garden … not normally open for events, Alexis and Tanner (as huge fans of the artists work) got special permission to stage it there. More info on it here.
Their wedding – succinctly described as “BBQ-chic” by Alexis, was a critical mass of DIY skills brought out of the woodwork from all of their friends. I (and I assume Alexis and Tanner as well) wouldn’t have had it any other way. Special recognition of all of the talented people who busted out skills to make it come together: Jeff Bates (guitar), Anabel Correa (flowers), Thuy-Mi Nguyen (make-up), Josh “DJ Weird-Beard” Costa (DJ and MC), Chris Smith (photos), Kim Tran (photos), Jon Hodges and Aaron Kahn (video), and Mary-Jean (ceremony) . Also thanks to Lisa with Festivities Catering for keeping our tummies happy.
Oh and the wedding was the maiden voyage for our “Wallflower” old-skool polaroid photobooth. I’d say it went over well.
Leanne putting the camera down to bust our her hair-stylist skills
photo-nerds, from left to right : aaron kahn, chris smith, paul sargeant, jon hodges
the entrance to the “Magic Circle” … no photo can ever do this place justice
surrounded by talent : jeff bates and anabel correa, hiep nguyen, andy and kerstin fletcher
more weddings need pinatas … seriously.
mother of the bride decapitation the beast and releasing its candy innards to all (!)
the “wallflower” … later in the evening after 100+ instant pictures lined the walls