Lindsey & Josh :: Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding

Lindsey and Josh are both the kind of people that make everyone feel like they’re their best friends. You know the type? The ones that just exude love and happiness, and have a multitude of close friends in their life that would do anything for them as a result? That’s Lindsey and Josh. So when they asked me to capture their day, it was an immediate yes. Especially since I knew it would be lovely, seeing as they’re both brilliant artists (she does mostly portraits and watercolors, he does carpentry).

She’s sister to my dear friend Mindy, so that made this day even more special. I’ve been hogging these photos to myself all summer, clutching them like a greedy kid with her Halloween haul, but it’s high time I took a lesson from L&J and shared the love.

On a warm summer evening at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, we celebrated. I absolutely loved the casual family atmosphere they created. It really felt like they were just having everybody over for a dinner in their garden!

We started out with a marathon of girly-ness getting ready in a nearby hotel. With champagne at the ready, naturally.

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Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Oh, those baby blues!

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They exchanged vows officiated by Lindsey’s aunt, who’s a rabbi, and literally surrounded by their closest family and friends.

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Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
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Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography

The setup and service at the arboretum was lovely. Dinner was served family-style, which was awesome because you had the convenience of a seated meal, but it allowed you to choose which entree you wanted (or combination thereof). The guests loved it, and I’m sure it made things easier on Lindsey and Josh because there was no need to worry about who’s eating what!

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These next few are a couple of the film shots I was able to snag that day, just for fun. I loved the succulent theme and the rock table numbers, it just fit in perfectly with their personalities and the location.

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Those who were in attendance will laugh at this shot of the peacock, because while it was amazing to watch them stroll the grounds, these suckers are loud. (Just think of the bird from the movie Up.) So when they decided to get chatty during the ceremony or toasts, we just had to laugh and wait until they were finished. :)

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Before dinner got going, we snagged a few last minutes of daylight for some portraits. Prepare thyself for sun flare overload.

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Work. It. Girl.

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And then it was time for good eats, good toasts and good music.

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Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography
Los Angeles Arboretum Wedding Ellingsen Photography

Much love and blessings to you both! Thank you so much for letting me share in your celebration. (And I’m so thrilled you’re moving back to the west coast!)

xoxo