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October 4, 2010

Here’s a tip for anyone planning a wedding and having a hard time fitting your photographer into your budget: do something different. An unusual location, a crazy theme, something that you’d never see in a bridal magazine. Giving your photographer the chance to shoot something brand new (definitely not the Hilton ballroom again) will improve your chances of getting a discount…well, it will with me.

I’ve been really lucky this year to have the most awesome locations (most out of town) & themes. It’s already October and I’ve got a few crazy ones still up my schedule sleeve. This wedding, brought to you by Leila & Glenn, was shot at a crazy cool location: the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. With the whole place to themselves, they were able to moongaze (up close), dance beneath the stars and treat themselves and their guest to a truly out of this world experience.

So did I discount this wedding just because it was at this most awesome location? Hell yes, I did! But I also discounted it because I offer discounts to active servicemen and women (and others as well); in fact, Leila found me through a military discount website. Another plus was that I got to go back to my old stomping grounds, the Bay Area, and get a long weekend out of it for me and Mr. Susan. We had a gas driving up there, shooting the Mendhi at Leila’s house in the Oakland Hills and then getting to shoot overlooking the entire Bay Area.

After looking at lots of locations for their wedding, they came upon the Chabot center and because they’re the crazy cool kind of people who can appreciate having their first dance underneath the entire solar system, they booked it and started looking for vendors. I’ve had several brides this year who have chosen really outrageous locations or themes for their wedding; not just to save a few hundred bucks but because it’s who they are: different, not the standard ballroom at the Chinese buffet down the street people, people who want their wedding to be a true reflection of their personalities–as individuals and as a couple.

You’ll notice that there are a lot of photos in this gallery; more than the usual blog post. That’s because Leila & Glenn’s wedding weekend was so big it took 3 parts to tell it. The first part is here. The second part is here. And this, this is the part three. When you think about it, going to Mars to get married should take longer than the little banquet hall down the street.


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I swear. Every time I look at wedding pix I want to get married again. To the same man, of course; but you just make weddings look like so much fun!
This one is truly awesome.


October 4, 2010

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