Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Liz and Chris’ Wedding, St. Bernadine Catholic Church and the Woodland Hills Country Club

Sweethearts Liz and Chris got married on a beautiful fall day at St. Bernadine of Sienna Catholic Church in Woodland Hills and then headed over to the quaint and historic Leonis Adobe Museum for their photos.  I loved shooting at the Leonis Adobe for it’s rustic vintage charm.  Afterwards, the couple and all of their guests headed to the Woodland Hills Country Club where guests partied the evening away.  City of Commerce Flowers provided the pretty pink flowers, Hills Beauty Club did an amazing job on the bride’s hair and make-up, and Manna Bakery made the scrumptious cake.

Lora and Frank’s Wedding, Blessed Sacrament, Hollywood, & the Marvimon, Downtown Los Angeles

Both Lora and Frank have larger than life personalities.  Lora is artistic, hilarious, and gregarious and Frank is probably the coolest surgeon that I’ve ever met, so together they are quite the power couple and their wedding pulled out all the stops.  Lora got ready at the uber-chic Standard Hotel and then headed to Hollywood’s Blessed Sacrament Church for ceremony #1.  After their Catholic ceremony, they headed over to the hip urban loft, the Marvimon, for their second ceremony and reception.  Lora and Frank left no detail behind with thier wedding, from the bathroom decor, to the rotating video of romantic movie scenes constantly playing during the reception.  Ada Chan with Fresh Events did an amazing job pulling all the details together.  One of my favorite details of their wedding was the gigantic print from their engagement session in the front entrance of the Marvimon and the use of her engagement session prints on the interior walls.  The bride’s dress was by Erin Cole Bridal, the flowers were by Holly Flora, and the super-modern cupcake tower was by Leda’s Bake Shop.

Jordana and Mark’s Wedding, Beverly Hills Private Estate

Here’s another wedding I photographed that never quite made it up since I now have a very long queue of weddings to post.  Jordana and Mark got married in a private family estate in Beverly Hills and what a gorgeous day it was!  I loved Jordana’s delicate and whimsical dress by The White Dress, and the fall color palate of various shades of orange was incredibly vibrant.  Lesley Kyle did an amazing job with the coordination of the day and Rabbi Leah Lewis did a beautiful job with the ceremony.  The drop-dead gorgous flowers were provided by Mark’s Garden.  I also loved the food by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods.  All in all, an amazing wedding!

Carrie and Andrew’s Wedding, Firestone Winery, Santa Ynez

This is a wedding that I did a little while ago, but I always love the relaxed elegance of weddings up in the Santa Ynez wine country, so I wanted to make sure this wedding made it onto my blog.  The ceremony took place at the Old Mission Santa Ines and the reception was held at the Firestone Crossroads Estate.  The coordination was done by Joy of Joy de Vivre and the catering was by Pure Joy Catering (one of my all-time favorite catering companies).

Featured wedding in the Knot Magazine!

Now that my busy wedding season is over, I’m very excited to share that a wedding I photographed this past April (Pinyu and John at the Langham Huntington Hotel) is now featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of the Knot magazine, which hits newstands today!

Holiday photo cards

So, you have your digital files from your wedding, engagement session, family session, etc., but haven’t had time to order your holiday cards? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! This year I’m offering both photo cards (4 x 8 and 5 x 7 on photo paper with envelopes) and press-printed cards. I have dozens of stunning designs to choose from and the quality from my professional lab is outstanding! All cards include minor touch-ups and ship directly to you. Contact me as soon as possible to get started! Here are just a few of the many options I offer (to see a full selection, please e-mail me at: info@karikochar.com):

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Finally, some of my travel photos!

I never seem to get enough time to work on my own personal photos and since I’ve done quite a bit of travel this past year, I thought I’d share photos from the trip I took to France this past summer. The first stop on our road trip around France was Chartres Cathedral.  It was impressive, although we were proabably too jet-lagged to fully appreciate the gradiose cathedral that is considered one of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture.  Over the next several days we visited several châteaux in the Loire (specifically Chambord, Villardry, Azay-Le-Rideau, and Chenonceau). Chenonceau was definitely our favorite, but oddly, they closed during the most stunning hour of the day, so we snuck in, which was not an easy feat, as it’s surrounded by a moat (we nearly fell in, but that’s a story for another day!).

(this seemingly random photo of dogs is actually feeding time for the hunting dogs of Cheverny).

The next stop on our tour of southwestern France was Bordeaux and the World Heritage town of St. Emilion, a quaint town surrounded by vineyards originally planted by the Romans (and later developed into a full-scale wine producing region by monks).  An interesting history for sure, but the best part of the region was the food, which was hands down, the best food and wine I’ve ever had in my life (especially a 4-hour dinner we had at an inn called Hostellerie de Plaisance- mon dieu!).  Just thinking about it makes my stomach grumble a little!

After we left St. Emilion, we visited the Dordogne region, known for many things, including its charming midieval towns, outdoor markets, foie gras (yes, more food- can you tell we ate our way through France?), and prehistoric caves from 25,000 years ago.

After 10 days of driving through southwestern France, we headed back to Paris.  It’s hard to come up with something original to say about Paris, so I’ll just say that if you’re creatively inclined, Paris is such a hugely inspirational city- at least it was for me!

One of things I find most interesting about Paris is the interesting juxtaposition of the old and the super-modern.

…and yes, I almost got killed taking these last couple of shots!