Vibiana, Los Angeles | As Shot by Callaway Gable Photography

As seen in Modele Weddings 2013 article, Quintessential California.  Photography by Callaway Gable Studios.  Article by Rayce PR and Marketing.

Vibiana: Most Fashionable California Venue

The former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, located in downtown Los Angeles, has a very long and interesting history. One of L.A.’s few remaining nineteenth-century landmarks, St. Vibiana’s was completed in 1876 and the city’s first cathedral was an impressive example of architecture, designed by Ezra F. Kysor. The cathedral’s Italian Baroque façade was inspired by the Los Angeles bishop’s childhood church in Spain. Architect John C. Austin enlarged the structure in 1924 and created a new Main Street façade of Indiana limestone. St. Vibiana’s Cathedral was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1963.

Vibiana LA | As Shot by Callaway Gable Photography

In 1995, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced plans to demolish the church to make way for an all-new cathedral complex on the site. The Los Angeles Conservancy intervened and a long fight began to save St. Vibiana’s. Luckily, the Conservancy ultimately prevailed in both lawsuits, despite appeals from the Archdiocese and the City. The Archdiocese ultimately decommissioned and deconsecrated the cathedral, vacated the site, and built the new cathedral a few blocks away on Temple Street. The Conservancy pursued potential buyers for the property and in 1997 commissioned a study of options for its adaptive reuse.

Vibiana LA | As Shot by Callaway Gable Photography

In 1999, Vibiana was purchased by Tom Gilmore, a visionary who worked to revitalize downtown L.A.’s historic buildings. St. Vibiana’s rehabilitation began and the incredible building now known simply as Vibiana, is the darling of venues in Los Angeles, hosting some of the most fashion-forward weddings and receptions in the world, in addition to fashion shows, fundraising events and live entertainment.  Feast your eyes on a few Vibiana events as shot by Callaway Gable Studios.

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Cyndie and Philip

Cyndie and Philip Real Wedding at Villa Sancti Malibu

After Phil and Cyndie met and studied together in college, life led them to unfortunately begin their careers on different coasts. Fatefully in 2005, their college reunion in Los Angeles brought them back together for a chance at love. They easily became best friends and started a relationship that would evolve into the most important one of their lives.

Cyndie came home one day to find Phil making dinner and was asked to let the dogs out to the backyard. As she entered the backyard, she found a romantic phrase “Will you marry me?” carved into pumpkins, set up on the lawn. In shock, Cyndie turned around to find Phil on one knee with a gorgeous ring in hand. This creative idea was a perfect way to signify their love as Phil and Cyndie first met during her freshmen year of college at a pumpkin carving event. She said yes!

Though times were difficult for Cyndie and Phil, as Phil’s mother was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer and Phil’s father had reunited with him after fifteen years, they proceeded with their gorgeous wedding. Bright yellows, stunning golds and soothing teals set the tone for this romantic, outdoor ceremony at Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista, Malibu, Ca. Cyndie’s astounding Ian Stuart wedding dress glistened in the sunset and was gracefully perfect for their choreographed first dance. Marianne Lozano caught amazing photos from their special day, one that represents the start to a loving and successful marriage. Congratulations to this beautiful couple!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista, Malibu, Ca • Photographer: Marianne Lozano Photography • Wedding Consultant: Pink by Echo • Florist: Commerce Flowers • Rentals: Classic Party Rentals • Lighting: Props Productions • Linens: Designer Specialty Linens • Invitations: Indian Wedding Card • Caterer: 24 Carrots • Cake: Jamaica’s Cakes • Entertainment: Props Productions (DJ/MC) • Entertainment: Pat Maki (Four String Quartet) • Photobooth: Cheesy Photobooths • Videographer: Cloud 9 Cinematography • Limousine: ACE Transportation • Gown Designer: Ian Stuart • Formal Wear: 2000 Dreams Bridal and Calvin Klein • Wedding Rings: Blue Nile • Hair and Makeup: Theresa Huang

 

Photo Shoot at Noor

Combining the ambiance at Noor‘s event space, hair and makeup from Contour Fossa, dresses from R-Mine Bespoke‘s gown and bridal collections and coordination from Nira DeLuna at Amber Events was a recipe for pure imagination.  The stunning photography at the shoot was done by Alders Photography and the video by Shaun Paul Creative. The designers, videographer and models were able to manifest an environment unthought of in the bridal world.

Design and Coordination: Nira DeLuna Venue and Catering: Noor Bridal and Couture Gowns: R-Mine Bespoke Photography: Alders Photography Table Décor: Linda Estrin Hair and Makeup: Contour Fossa Flowers: Delphinium Designs Rentals: Town and Country Stationary: Copper Willow Cake: Charm City Cakes Film: Shaun Paul Creative

WIPA Presents Squaring The Circle

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Monday, June 24, 2013

 

“Squaring The Circle – The Art of Photography – An Intimate Discussion with Four Uniquely Talented Trendsetters”

 

Join us on June 24th at the Pacific Club as Raphael Conelly, Owner and Publisher of Modèle Weddings Magazine, leads a panel discussion with four of Southern California’s leading Wedding Photographers and Film Makers.

“Squaring The Circle” is an ancient mathematical idea which has been used as a metaphor for doing the impossible.

We can master our cameras. We can master technical knowledge, theory and the history of our craft, but how do we master creativity? And how do we bring it to main stream media?

Our award winning Panelists – Mike Colon, Gene Higa, Brian Callaway and David Robin will discuss capturing the moment, the art of getting published, working with main stream media, and the best practices in the luxury market. We have also set aside time to answer your burning questions regarding their own marketing philosophies.

This esteemed group has reached notoriety not only through their photographic artistry but in their desire to teach and give back to their craft and industry. As individuals they have inspired and encouraged the next generation of photographers. As a group they present a wealth of knowledge and a not-to-be-missed WIPA Educational experience.

For additional details, registration and directions visit the WIPA website.

See you there!

Dieu and Greg’s Wedding at the Natural History Museum

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This unique wedding at The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History was transformed into a gorgeous royal happening by Along Came Mary for Dieu, Greg and their beloved guests. Robert Evans, owner of Robert Evans Studios, captured all the couple’s gorgeous and very memorable wedding photos.  The photos captivate and guide you through the event as if you were a guest of honor. The significance of the venue, the gorgeous formal ambience, the respect between family members and the loving wedding customs are beautifully depicted in each photograph. Read an interview from the bride dishing out all of the elegant details and view all of the dazzling photos below.

 

Dieu & Greg

Wedding Date: 1/12/2013
Ceremony: St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA
Reception: The Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Honeymoon: Pre-wedding engagement trip for three weeks in Vietnam to introduce Greg and his parents to my relatives in Vietnam and to throw a huge engagement party. Stayed at the Six Sense Con Dao for the relaxing part of it.

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography
How did you meet?

We both went to Pomona College but never met while we were enrolled. I was even friends with his college girlfriend and never once laid eyes on him. Years later, we were introduced at a korean barbeque dinner by another Pomona College graduate who was a dear friend to each of us. After dinner, we went to sing karaoke and I remember leaning in to the mutual friend and saying ‘I think your friend is into me.’ We had our first date two days later and that dear friend was our best man.

Describe the proposal.

I live to plan things and I had planned a great trip to a couple cities in Europe. We started out in London visiting friends, then up to Solihull for a day long tour and driving adventure at the Land Rover factory , a stop in Birmingham to watch a friend DJ on the Katy Perry tour . Then we flew over to Reims to have a romantic stay at Les Crayeres and a private tour of the most wonderful champagne producers in the Champagne valley and, naturally, outrageous dinners. By this point in the trip, it was the first break I had planned and all I wanted to do was sleep. Turns out he’d been hoping to just find the right moment to propose and if not sooner, at the very least, perhaps at Les Crayeres but I was so sleep deprived that I wouldn’t open my eyes, thereby missing waking up to a proposal and an engagement ring. Long story short, it was the last few hours of our trip, we were now in Paris, on our way back to the hotel to tidy up before going to dinner and leaving on a 3am flight to Los Angeles. We bought one of those love locks from a street vendor and wrote our initials on it. Greg knelt down to lock it on the bridge over the Seine, I turned to throw the key into the river, and when I turned back, he had the engagement ring in hand!

Robert Evans Photography

What inspired your wedding theme/colors/details?

The reception venue inspired everything. With the Beaux Arts style of the museum, I really wanted the wedding to be formal but also have an overall tone and feel of the 1920s with free-form feeling florals, dark purples, shiny golds, and richness in textures. I studied book arts in college and so printed matter was an important detail. I designed and hand painted all of the wedding invitations in purple and and had them all printed in gold foil. They really are spectacular invitations.

 

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Is the location significant?

We go to the museum every year. I love taxidermy, dinosaurs, bugs, precious stones, metals, and history so we end up going to natural history museums all around the world. It had been the very beginning of our wedding venue search when it was time for our annual museum visit and the minute we walked into the space, we both knew instantly we were going to bring everybody to party there.

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography


What wedding details were the most unique?

Major items: hand painted wedding invitations with gold foil embossing, the Natural History Museum, black tie, and the linens for everything was very patterned and textural.

Our wedding flow was very typical but the spaces were all spectacular or meaningful, Catholic wedding performed at my childhood church, shuttles to the reception, cocktail hour in a stained glass domed rotunda, and dinner and dancing in the west african mammal hall. Guests were free to walk around the museum all night and view the exhibitions at their leisure. I’ve seen so many friends with new facebook profile pictures, wearing tuxes or gowns, holding martini glasses with taxidermy! We also had a glut of shiny going on in our outfits. My manicure was done at Marie Nails and my manicurist hand-placed and completely covered my nails in pale blue, white gold, and silver holograms, then hand painted the letters MRS H in gothic lettering on my left hand. This took 2.5 hours to position ever hologram and paint the lettering. Those nails stopped people and received compliments for weeks afterwards. The photography was also super important. My oldest sister used to work for a company working on hand bound wedding albums and so when it came time to talk about the wedding photographer, I told her how much I loved black and white photos for weddings. We both remembered the one photo of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston cutting the cake and so I went on the Google hunt for the photographer. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found Robert Evans‘ name and that he was in Southern California. It was our first meeting with a photographer and such an easy meeting that we didn’t even bother to hold meetings with any other photographers.

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Robert Evans Photography

Bridal Gown: Priscilla of Boston [no longer in business]
Shoes: Valentino
Cake/Dessert Bar: Along Came Mary
Caterer: Along Came Mary
Photographer: Robert Evans
DJ/Band: Stevie Kream and Yung Skeeter
Florist: Along Came Mary
Décor: Along Came Mary
Groomswear: Ralph Lauren
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent The Runway
Makeup: Kat Laskey
Hair: Kat Laskey
Nails: Marie Nails
Invites and Programs Design: The Bride, Dieu Ha
Invites and Programs Printing: Aardvark Press
Guest Book: Kolo Albums, Perfect Shot Photo Booth
Lighting: Along Came Mary
Linens: Along Came Mary
Officiant: Father Mate Bizaca
Planner: Penny Barr, Along Came Mary