Sep 05, 2009
John & Max Mills Photography
John and Max Mills photographed our wedding at La Venta Inn this past summer and it was a wonderful, stress-free, and high-quality experience. We strongly recommend them!!! After an initial consultation, we opted to do a get to know you session a few weeks before the wedding; just some casual pictures at some of our favorite L.A. haunts that we could share with friends and display at the wedding itself. (John and Max can create wedding-day displays for you, or they can release the photos to you in time for you to create your own displays at the wedding.) This was a very relaxing afternoon without any set formulaewhenever an opportune moment arose, they snapped a picture, all the while casually strolling along with us and, as the sessions title suggests, getting to know us a little. John and Max are a couple with excellent chemistry and great senses of humor, and they work so well togetherthis session captured some beautiful photos and, perhaps more importantly, it made us feel as if we were in good hands for the big day! Shortly after the GTKY session, a cd arrived in the mail with all of our pictures, to do with as we pleased. (Never in this process did we feel pressure from the photographers to buy the fanciest package or spend more more moreJohn and Max do incredible finishing work and they offered us plenty of beautiful packaging and framing options, but they also appreciated our budgeting, and were very considerate and classy about catering to our modest needs.) The wedding-day was handled with professionalism and unobtrusiveness. On a day when theres so much to remember, so many small details to sweat and so many deliveries to time, it was a tremendous relief to see John and Max arriving exactly when they had promised. Before lots of guests arrived, they took some gorgeous venue/flower/table pictures, captured some candids of us getting ready, and, generally, warmed up without being in anyones way. Then, right on schedule, they commenced with the very long list of family photos wed concocted, managing to get them all finished before the ceremony was set to begin. Once the event was in process, they somehow managed to capture every key moment without us even sensing their presences, and, for those special pictures wed asked them to coordinate (such as a whole-group photo with flower-tossing), they got the job done respectfully and quickly. As the night wore on, they had us do some terrific bride-and-groom photos around the venue (showcasing their familiarity with the site and its staffan invaluable asset!) including some breathtaking sunset pictures. Needless to say, when the cd of wedding photos arrived in the mail, we were extremely pleased! All in all, the experience with John and Max was entirely positive and we hope others will benefit from our recommendation.
Services used: Unique Services
An absolutely AWESOME venue with a great view and a terrific staff. As other have noted, coordinator Tim Kennedy is especially recommended!!!
Services used: Wedding Venue
Had Sprinkles in lieu of the traditional wedding cake and boy was it the right decision! They even did a Saturday delivery (right on time!) for us, for a small added fee.
Services used: Wedding Cake
King's Hawaiian Bakery
Had King's Hawaiian pastries in addition our wedding cupcakes. The order was perfect and delivered on time to the venue. Highly recommended!
Services used: Wedding Cake
Spring was an amazing DJ. She was timely, courteous, attentive to our taste in music, and did a terrific job keeping the wedding on schedule (cake-cutting, slideshow, etc). This was for a wedding at La Venta, where she seemed to know the venue and the staff--a big plus!
Services used: DJ
We did our own invitations on Paper Source stock and they turned out beautifully. A friendly, helpful staff and a really good selection!
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations