Mar 28, 2009
Karen Leah Photography
I just got back the photos from my wedding and they were absolutely fantastic. There are so so many good photos that I can't even begin to know where to start to make an album. Every photo is carefully edited (I had some blemishes) and there's a great variety of candids, portraits, details, preceremony, ceremony, reception, etc. photos throughout. Wonderful. Karen took tremendous advantage of our old-school setting (the Los Angeles Athletic Club) and used it to her artistic best, employing natural light. But let me talk a little bit about Karen and her second-shooter/husband, Brian. The two are a font of wedding knowledge. They know how to make - and to stick to a timeline. They know how to corral unwilling relatives and how to smooth over awkward situations with grace and humor (my family has a lot of those)... they had such great attitudes, and really treated us with dignity and respect. An important note: We had a gay wedding - two brides. This is what's really important - Karen and Brian never asked any weird questions, had any reservations, had any moments of "Well who is going to wear the dress..." they simply let us do what we were going to do and were totally supportive and wonderful and open to our lives and the way we wanted to express our love and commitment through this ceremony and this great reception. We had our engagement photos taken by Karen and Brian as well. They walked us through downtown and spent the whole afternoon (capturing sundown at Disney Hall) and we have the BEST pictures other than our wedding pictures. We literally made it a Christmas present for our relatives -- they were that good...
Services used: Photography
This was the most beautiful, classiest wedding I could have hoped for. The wood-paneling and stark chandeliers along with the beautiful trim set off any color scheme -- the venue is great because there is this awesome old school wood bar and you can have your ceremony, your cocktail hour and your reception in the same large area (which is divided up, spacially). The roof makes for excellent cityscape pictures and the rooms have tons of natural light for pre-ceremony photos. What I should really rave about is how wonderful Kelly is. Kelly is absolutely fantastic - we had a gay wedding and there were no questions asked (we got a lot of that at other venues) - just tons of " how can we make this wonderful, awesome and affordable" Kelly kept our cost in mind and she worked well with all the other vendors - recommending reasonably priced vendors that worked with our budget but whom also knew the club really well for our flowers and our DJ. She was a star - when we were having cake issues - she actually went to Hansen's and drove to get cake samples for us because we were running short on time! When there was a minor glitch day of with seating, she fixed it like a pro. She ran the rehersal perfectly and had the wedding set really well - she worked well with our friend, an amateur musician for the ceremony music - proving that she doesn't need to just have experts for it to be amazing. She was so dedicated - and able to accommodate nearly every request we had, from changing the vegetarian option to creating a really neat seating plan for the ceremony. She had our wedding on top of the timeline and it was really a wonderful experience. When we asked for two bridal prep rooms - no sweat - and she got a mirror in a room that didn't have one for the big day - without us even reminding her. This place is wonderful. We are members of the club, so we had a nice discount. The bar package is quite reasonable and as members of the club, I can tell you that the bar tenders for events are truly wonderful. We closed the bar for an hour during dinner, which saved us some money and we really appreciate being able to do that. The package is a really wonderful deal - the place is wonderful - and the service fantastic. LOVED my experience.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner