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Day Trippin' :: Heritage Square Museum

Our lovely family friend Cheryl, who I should really just call Auntie, came into town the weekend before Halloween for her annual visit. We had some free fun time Sunday and decided to go somewhere none of us had been before, the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Have you guys heard of this place? It’s basically where they’ve sent rescued Victorian buildings that would otherwise have been torn down to live out their days. It sounded like something right up my history-lover’s alley, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite as awesome as I’d hoped.

They had special Halloween-themed events going all weekend, and there were docents in many of the buildings explaining Victorian era mourning rituals, special displays, mock funerals, etc. It was great! But a few of the buildings were bare bones inside, you couldn’t go upstairs in any of them, and the church was still closed off entirely. So while I support any organization that is dedicated to preserving history, it honestly left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I know it’s a matter of fundraising, but they just built a new (replica) drugstore, so…

Of course we managed to still have a great time together, and that’s one more place in LA checked off my list!

They didn’t allow photography inside at all (lame), so I focused on the details outside…

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Do you think maybe my expectations were just too high? Or have you been somewhere that kinda disappointed you too? After having been there, I get the feeling they leave a lot of it empty because of how often it serves as a set for film and TV, but I'd rather go see a fully furnished/restored home like the Kellogg House or Marston House any day.

xoxo

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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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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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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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

Adventures on Film :: LA's Natural History Museum

Back in February, the girls and I spent a day up in LA, and I left my dSLR behind in favor of my dad’s old Nikon FM with a fresh roll of Kodak Ektar 100 film, which I hadn’t tried before. With it only being 100 speed, I knew I was pushing it in the darker areas of the museum, and I thought for sure half the roll would turn out blurry and dark (most of the interior shots were taken at about f/2, 1/30). But when I finally finished the roll and got it developed, I was in love with the results!

For this day trip we started out with brunch at Luca on Sunset, which was seriously delicious, and I hope to get there again next time I’m in the area. We stopped by Necromance to see their amazing taxidermy (albino peacock!) and browse their curiosities, but there was no photos allowed, dangit. Then we headed over to the main event for the day, the Natural History Museum. I don’t remember ever going there, although my parents assured me I did when I was little.

At any rate, I just loved the building itself, and their new dinosaur installation is incredible. So much to do! But I love that they still kept their old school dioramas and other displays. Even the new entrance with it’s vertical rock wall (behind Katie below) was awesome.

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Don’t you just love that quote? As the museum was starting to close, we headed over to Nikki and Katie’s favorite bar in LA, Tiki Ti. It’s tiny, cash only, their drinks pack a hell of a punch, and the atmosphere is amazing. I loved it – highly recommended as a cap to a fantastic day!  :)

xoxo