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Paul and Laraine – THE wedding

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I had so been looking forward to Paul and Laraine’s wedding – I knew they were putting a lot of time and effort and love, SWEET love into their special day. From the moment I stepped into the spacious hotel suite overlooking the marina, I knew we’d have a great time. Did you see the sneak peek I stayed up all night for?) The beautiful intricate Monique Lhuillier dress was already hanging at the window, alongside her laced fitted dress for later in the evening. ( With the Jimmy Choo sandals to complement them both) It was a hectic morning in the room, and the buzz was felt in the air, excitement, energy, love and beauty mixed together for the perfect cocktail of detailed photos…Meanwhile, on the other side of the harbor, Paul was getting ready at the “oh, I so want to shoot there” Viceroy Hotel, where ┬áthe adorable Linda Ko was second shooting and finding out how goofy Paul was. ( looking at the images she shot, I too found out how goofy Paul really was…you might not get to see that side of him, unless you were there…) The ceremony was held at the absolutely gorgeous church of St. Monica, who knew they even built them this way right in the heart of Santa Monica? Obviously, Paul and Laraine did. The reception was held at The Marriott in Marina delRey, so it was a great location to stop at the beach and get a few shots there too…Thank you so much for being so into “let’s try something fun on the beach” or “can we do one more photos just the to of you…” It was such a fun wedding- thank you Paul and Laraine for being so sweet throughout the whole day, and being such a beautiful sweet (toothed) couple. Amongst the fabulous people who made this wedding day so special and lovely to be part of were the jadore-florist, Michele Candido and jaimee from, and of course- Cynthia. I wish you all, all the best! Congratulations on a wonderful new beginning of a life together.

If you want to see more of how the day unfolded, you can view the slideshow right here or access the gallery.

September 21, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Getting Ready at Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica | Linda Ko Photography - […] the rest of Paul + Laraine’s wedding pictures will go up afterwards. But for now, check out Shani’s wedding post for more […]

September 21, 2010 - 11:37 pm

Mark Gonzales - Shani, from the moment I saw the pics of Jacqueline and Ricardo Ribero’s engagement photos I knew that you had a unique and fresh abstract perspective in taking the typical wedding photos. So happy Cynthia came to The Ribero wedding on a whim and witnessed you in action. These pics are absolutely stunning. The viewer can really feel the emotion coming through your work. KUDOS!

September 22, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Ken - Awesome pics!!! Your creativity and post processing skills is something I can only dream of. Hope I wasn’t in your way in the church though =(I was one of the pic snappers from the pew)

September 22, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Albert & Blanca Lopez - These pictures of Paul & Laraine’s wedding are AWESOME! Each minute detail of their special day have been captured through each of the photographs. We can’t wait to see the final collection of photos that Paul & Laraine will choose. We don’t envy them because it will be quite difficult to not choose ALL the SHOTS!!!

Shani Barel… you are the Michaelangelo of Photography!! =)

September 22, 2010 - 11:50 pm

shani - Thank you guys for all the kind words!

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