Nicole Caldwell Photo

Carondelet House Wedding

I have always wanted to shoot at the Carondelet House Wedding in Los Angeles,  built in 1928 as an Italian Villa,  the hardwood floors, natural light, and exposed brick walls make this gem in downtown a pleasure to photograph.  Elizabeth and Marcos had a winter wedding, and were on board to do a first look to take advantage of the warm winter light, which was fantastic on the top of the parking lot adjacent to the venue.

Outside the Carondelet house, the bride in the window,. I like the negative space above the building, and the hint of the parking structure next door.  Gives the Italian villa tucked in downtown LA feel.

The First Look.  For the first look, I like to have the groom walk to his bride, as in the ceremony, that role is reversed.  You get true emotion this way, without having him standing in front of a large group, seeing you from a very far distance,  and there are no distractions, you get his true reaction.

Not seeing each other before the wedding is an over rated tradition, that should be replaced with the first look.

You can see their Son looking though the window, so cute.

Adjacent to the Carandelet House is a parking structure that overlooks the city, providing the iconic LA Downtown buildings as a backdrop, graffiti and beautiful warm winter light.

We set up the 8 x 10 calumet c1 and took an 8 x 10 film image.

Here is the 8 x 10 polaroid result.

 I love love love this photograph. The sun star, the orange cone, the trash can with graffiti, and the hand painted “elavador” sign.  The camera was set for a sun star, and this was captured in the moment under no direction.  The bride Elizabeth pushing the elevador (Portuguese) button to get back to the venue for the ceremony.  It’s the shots in between the shots that are the magic.

We had remote on or camera mounted to a light stand for the Carondelet house ceremony, for a tall point of view of the bride walking down the aisle with a slow shutter to achieve the motion in this image.

Grain is good.

 on camera flash paparrazi style right after the ceremony

Carondelet house reception room details, long farm tables.

Father Daughter dance

Man Jam band provided fun live entertainment.  Check out their web series, it’s funny! The dance floor at the Carondelet House  is spacious and a great venue for a live band.

Food Truck Son of a Bun for midnight snacks


Venue Carondelet House

Planner Orange Blossom Weddings

Catering Tre LA

Cake Sweet Lady Jane

Floral The Little Branch

DJ Red Shoe

Band Man Jam

Linens Stephanie’s Linens

Hair Brittany Stevens Ken Paves Salon

Make Up Kat for Delilah Beauty

Food Truck Son of A Bun

Second Photographer Kip Roof

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