Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve

Nick and Michelle are some of the coolest people ever. Like, make you laugh really, really hard, cool. Like, make other people feel welcome and loved, cool. Like, know how to throw a rocking party, cool. Nick and Michelle met when Nick helped set up a community garden at the elementary school where Michelle taught, and their family and friends kept mentioning this during their toasts. So add to the list: take care of others cool, nurture the earth cool, have lots of fun cool. Pretty much, cool all around. After getting to know the two of them at their engagement session, this was seriously a wedding we had been looking forward to all year. Not mention coming back to one of our favorite venues on earth just sealed the deal.

Michelle and Nick were married at the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve in Calabasas, quite the mouthful, but one of the best hidden gems in LA. Joan, the property manager is also a real treat to work with. This beautiful open expanse was a contrast from the streets of Venice where we shot Michelle and Nick's engagement photos, and after their ceremony we were able to sneak into the fields for some golden sunset light. We always like it when people aren't afraid to get a little dirty, and Michelle and Nick jumped into the grasses for some of our favorite photos of the day.

Michelle and Nick really made the event theirs. The centerpieces, in a nod to Nick's profession, were wooden boxes filled with moss, lemons, flowers, and photographs from their engagement session. I'm not going to lie, I think it's so much fun when couples use their engagement photos in creative ways - we love engagement sessions and we're glad when people love them, too! Nick proposed to Michelle using a photo booth, so it seemed only appropriate to incorporate a photo booth into their reception. It's not a secret to anyone who visits our house that we take a photo of ourselves at every photo booth wedding and have now practically filled our fridge with years' worth of goofiness. Thank you Michelle and Nick for such a great time, what a fun couple.

Vendors

Photography: Ian Grant Photography
Planning: Kim Vu
Venue Manager: Joan Pankratz / joan.pankratz@mrca.ca.gov
Catering: Huntington Catering Company
Wedding/Reception Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon / Calabasas, California

 

Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve

Nick and Michelle / Photography by: Ian Grant [portfolio / contact]

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Michelle and Nick get the lifetime award for best/most usage of engagement photos. Super flattering to walk into the event to see this!

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Nick needed a moment to collect himself and pull together his vows while Michelle got the approval from her bridesmaids for hers. The printout reads 'ignore the bad spelling, etc', her face in these are seriously priceless.

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Our favorite clients are always really emotional and expressive. Such a beautiful moment for these two that neither they or we will forget.

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The reason why we love Calabasas: gorgeous beautiful sunset fields. Michelle and Nick were such troopers and made awesome use of the endless fields.

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You can see more of our Calabasas wedding photography work at www.distinctphoto.com

 

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