I could not be more reliant on GPS whenever I drive anywhere in LA, and I’m usually an unreasonable amount of sweaty-nervous by the time I get to said location. Add, “fear of driving in LA” onto, “once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a wedding at Big Daddy’s Antiques ” and I’m basically the most un-chill, 10 and 2 driving, sweat-machine version of myself on the way to Amy and Andy’s wedding, and I need to get it together because this is the stuff forehead-wrinkles are made of (spoiler alert: I survived.).
On a typical wedding day, I carbo-load like an NFL linebacker, anticipate the worst traffic, and get there early enough to give myself a venue tour, so location-scouting is fresh in my head for the day that is starting. Pulling up to Big Daddy’s Antiques on the day of Amy and Andy’s wedding and seeing it from the outside had me like, “Wait, am I here?“. I entered in through the front doors and immediately introduced myself to the person on the other side:” Hi, my name is Danielle- I’m the photographer? ” person: “Hi, I’m Rob. I’m just a shopper?” and that’s when I noticed the pure magic that was surrounding me- rooms unto rooms of carefully curated antiques from all different eras, all of which made me NEED to redesign my home immediately. I WAS in the right place, and I hadn’t even seen the half of what makes this place the Disneyland of all wedding venues.
I may have been geeking out on my work location throughout the entire day, but that did not distract me from the real reason why I am in LA- to story-tell the day of Amy and Andy, two people who gave very little cares about anything other than getting married to each other on this day, and preferred to laugh, smile, and joke with each other throughout the majority of their photography coverage, and I think that’s why these pictures feel so them to me. Nothing captures more beautifully than that kind of effortless love, and I’m so grateful that me showing up with my giant camera didn’t distract them from being exactly who they are with each other.
Cheers to this couple that I love so much more than a friend (Amy’s family- adopt me??), and thank you SO much for allowing my awkward self to capture this truly magical day.
Planning + Design: Art And Soul Events
Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques
Floral Design: Foxtail Florals
Catering: Spotted Hen Catering
Rentals: LA Pinata Party
DJ+Musicians: Dart Collective
Hair: Amy Panero
Makeup: Nicol Artistry
Dress: Della Curva
Groom’s Attire: Indochino