On to part 2 of Liana & Mike's wedding! So after they saw each other for the first time, they scheduled a few hours for us to run around Santa Monica to shoot some portraits, like most good photographers would. (side note--Jeff is more traditional and does not want to see me before the wedding so we will not be doing this--more on that subject later).

Anyway, we all piled in the limo and cruised from Beverly Hills down to Santa Monica:

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We then arrived at one of my favorite places in the world. You can't tell where it is from this photo, but I love it anyway:

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Some of you may have guessed, it's the Viceroy-Santa Monica. It was decorated by my style icon, Kelly Wearstler. I love everything about this place--the decor, the rooms, the food---everything. I took all my branding inspiration from this hotel because it has the exact feel I wanted to give my business. When Liana told me that she and Mike had chosen it for their wedding night, I could not have been more stoked to shoot there!

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We had such a great time--it's so fun!

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I hope to incorporate plates like this into my decor when I eventually own a home:

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Liana is affectionately known as "Liana Banana", so these yellow chairs were oh-so-appropriate:

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Liana sure can work it like a model, especially for a photographer!

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Mike's no slouch himself:

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A little bit of a Marie Antoinette feeling bridal party photo:

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Then a few more portraits in the lobby:

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I swear, I could move in to this hotel and be perfectly happy:

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I wanted to make a more etherial portrait of Liana:

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Then we went down to Santa Monica Pier:

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So hot:

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Don't try to shoot here without a permit. You will get kicked out, like we did. Luckily, I shot and they twirled mid-kickout, so we still got these couple of shots:

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Fun with cotton candy!

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Everyone thought it was delicious:

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Liana especially:

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Looking beautiful:

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Yup:

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Next part coming up in a few days: the ceremony!