Cicada Los Angeles Wedding : Christina + Mike

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here's something uniquely beautiful about the way they love each other. A quiet confidence that rubs off on those around them, and makes people smile. Christina is organized, type-a, and has the prettiest handwriting this side of the Mississippi. The type of writing where are the t's are crossed and the i's dotted with points that resemble hearts. Mike is...well...Mike is free-flowing, caring, and lovable. They're the human depiction of ying and yang, each holding a small version of the other in their souls.

As they prepared for their wedding at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Christina and Mike texted back and forth, each smiling as they anxiously tapped their keypads. Beyond all else, while there was joy and smiles, the day was particularly special for Christina as she carried the memory of her father in her heart. Throughout the day, every time her father was memorialized, Mike grabbed Christina's hand and squeezed it tightly. It was his way of reminding her she wasn't alone.

As the girl with the pretty writing vowed to love, honor, and cherish, the boy with the free soul responded in an unexpected way: by reading his neatly written wedding vows to the woman of his dreams. Perhaps this is why Christina loves Mike so much. In his own unique way, he shows the world Christina makes him better. And she, in return, learns to love, care, and free-flow in way that makes him proud. They're the human depiction of ying and yang, each holding a small version of the other in their souls.

Christina and Mike...I just wanna hug you again! I can't stop thinking of how special your wedding was and how lucky I feel to have documented your perfect love. You both have been so over-the-top supportive and caring, and I can't thank you enough for your kindness. I hope you have the time of your lives in Antigua...and Christina I can't wait to see how you use your Canon 20D capture awesome pictures! :) Much Love and Appreciation...j*

The wedding day started marvelously at the Biltmore Hotel...shooting gold shoes in golden light!

Christina's stunning Carolina Herrera wedding dress...

Like always, I adore working with my fav LA styling duo, Tanya Bures and Tommy Cyr...

Every room in the Biltmore Hotel gets the most amazing light...

Christina's Maid of Honor, Katie, was amazing at everything she did for the wedding...including holding a mirror! :)

While Christina waited in the Biltmore Hotel lobby for wedding photos to begin, JD captured these photos of her. And I can admit it...I'm jealous! ;)

After a few hiccups during the start of the wedding day, Christina turned to me and said seeing Mike before the ceremony was the best decision for their day. It made me feel so great knowing my clients appreciate my advice and it's always in their best interests. For their First Look, Christina and Mike began their wedding photos in a historic Los Angeles corridor in the Biltmore Hotel and their moments together were so sweet...

While JD was shooting this....

I was shooting this...


Just outside the Biltmore Hotel, we discovered an alley that got the most fabulous light and we parked out there for a while to complete the wedding photos of the bride and groom, as well as their amazing bridal party...

Christina had a little fun in her wedding dress and I could've photographed her all day!

Just before walking to Cicada for the wedding, we stopped for a few more pictures in the lobby...

JD's photo...

For an old school Hollywood vibe, Christina and Mike married at Cicada and the evening was amazing...

The First Dance...

Mike's dad toasted (and roasted) him...and he couldn't resist the urge to glory in the accolades! ;)

Mike wasn't so indiscreet about blaming Christina during toasts...

And this is how they spent most of the night on Cicada's dance floor....

To see more of their fabulous wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Kelly - Just curious Jasmine, Did you use flash during the ceremony? Thanks!  03.03.10 - 9:45am
Danae - What a terrific venue! Love the double team to provide them with composite prospectives.  10.26.09 - 11:31pm
eeyern - These photos are amazing! Love them! Love you!  10.21.09 - 8:08pm
Michelle Guzman - The bride looks so happy. What great moments you captured!  10.21.09 - 6:21pm
WeddingBandGuy - Jasmine, Thanks for sharing - the photos look great. The Biltmore is also an astounding venue - it has that "elegant but not stuffy" feel.   10.19.09 - 7:19am
Fotograf - Zwietne zdjcia  10.19.09 - 3:47am
Erica Velasco - What a smile on her!  10.17.09 - 5:40pm
Sarah Lee - Awesome wedding! Your work is amazing!  10.17.09 - 5:13pm
Kelli Baker - I love these...Your pictures are always so breathtaking:)  10.16.09 - 10:05am
Tim May - I love the first shot in the lobby. Those blues are beautiful. It somehow looks like she is in an old railway station waiting for a train or something. Lovely wedding. Great work.   10.16.09 - 6:24am
cassandra m - so many favorites. so many. the shots in teh alley. great shoes.  10.15.09 - 11:26pm
Lyndsey - WOW!!! LOVE this wedding. Gorgeous pics of the bride!   10.15.09 - 6:07pm
Emily - Unbelievably beautiful! Jasmine, you did such a great job with shots!!   10.15.09 - 2:49pm
Brandon - I really Loved JD's shots in this one!!!  10.15.09 - 1:34pm
courtney - I love the lighting! And I'm wondering who does the song on your slideshow... love it! ;)  10.15.09 - 1:03pm
jorge - !Bellesima!  10.15.09 - 10:56am
Nicole Glenn - Her smile is beayond contagious! Beautiful couple, beautiful wedding, beautiful photos. Not sure I can keep saying this haha...but this is one of my favorite weddings!  10.15.09 - 10:07am
LibbyJames - what a pretty bride. love, dress and hair  10.15.09 - 5:11am
jacqueline fronters - These are the most amazing times of life. Brilliant photography!  10.14.09 - 5:21pm
Hilda Quintanilla - JAS-You keep doing your thang girl! You have an amazing gift from the Lord!!! Thanks for sharing!!!  10.14.09 - 4:38pm
Dawn McCarthy - Stunning! There are no other words.   10.14.09 - 1:32pm
Kayleen T. - Love the ones of the bride on the balcony in the church! beautiful!  10.14.09 - 11:53am
KrisD Mauga - I think this is one my fave weddings you have shot!  10.14.09 - 11:45am
ajira - And this is why yours is the first blog I read in the morning. Way to go mama!   10.14.09 - 10:15am
Braedon Flynn - Those portraits of the bride on the balcony are absolutely stunning! Incredible wedding Jasmine!!  10.14.09 - 9:54am
I'm Kristen - *whiiiiiistle!* These are smoking hot :D  10.14.09 - 9:33am
Walter M. - Jasmine, these photos are absolutely beautiful. Your photography inspires me every time I see it. There truly is nothing more beautiful than a bride!  10.14.09 - 8:16am
Vitaliy - Beautiful work, Jasmine!  10.14.09 - 7:55am
Feuza Reis - I love it when Brides have fun and the playing with the dres was awesome!  10.14.09 - 7:42am
john p. - you always have the hottest people to shoot. like models. gerat job.  10.14.09 - 7:24am
Katie Whitcomb - LOVE IT!  10.14.09 - 7:24am
Stephanie Stewart - Gorgeous wedding, beautifully captured!  10.14.09 - 6:55am
Jakob Granqvist - Stunning work as always Jasmine!   10.14.09 - 2:10am
jenny tarau - umm hottt couple ...amazing photos...luv em  10.14.09 - 1:44am
Robert Raszczynski - Stunning photographs. I love these from bridal preparations   10.14.09 - 12:24am
melissa oholendt - HER DRESS IS AMAZING. Ahem. Sorry. Just wow - the portraits are amazing, the location is stunning, and I love how you captured how excited she was morning-of. Beautiful.   10.14.09 - 12:01am
Holli True - Another wedding that belongs on the pages in a Wedding Magazine. :) You are sooo good!   10.13.09 - 11:44pm
Michelle Pearson - hey Jasmine.... These are awesome, beautiful couple!  10.13.09 - 10:55pm
Tim - Phoenix wedding photographer - Love the shot of the bride in the mirror!  10.13.09 - 10:24pm
Sherry - Wow, these are gorgeous. They are fabulous! I love the photos at the Biltmore. I MUST visit when I go to California in February.   10.13.09 - 10:11pm
Lydia - Jasmine, your skills are out of this world! I don't think I could take pictures like these even if I used your camera! ;-)  10.13.09 - 9:02pm
Serendipity Photography - Wow, love the venue. The gold shoe is awesome. Beautiful dress and gorgeous couple! What a wedding :)  10.13.09 - 8:26pm
Jennifer Brotchie - Jasmine- your writing is as soulful as the images you capture. thanks for inspiring~ as always!  10.13.09 - 7:43pm
Brian Fletcher - Awesome work....that 50mm 1.2 - mmm....must get!!  10.13.09 - 7:16pm
Dennis Bullock - Jasmine these are all so great!  10.13.09 - 7:15pm
Duncan Leung - Awesome work! I really love the way you use the best of natural light!  10.13.09 - 6:52pm
Veronica Lane - Beautiful as always! I always look forward to your daily posts!   10.13.09 - 6:35pm
Megan - Beautiful wedding! Amazing job, as usual, Jasmine!   10.13.09 - 5:54pm
Lin and Jirsa Photography - Another Beautiful wedding Jasmine!!! Your accuracy with such low apertures is amazing! Keep up the inspiration!  10.13.09 - 5:49pm
Emily Hayes - Beautiful work as always! I absolutely love your lighting. You have inspired me to get better!  10.13.09 - 5:36pm
diane ( - This couple looked like they had fun from start to finish. Nice work  10.13.09 - 5:25pm
Jackie L. - Just so much fun!  10.13.09 - 5:17pm
Caroline Ghetes - Ok, can we say -models? These two are smokin'! And I love the way you seem to always get great images without having to overprocess them with all sorts of toning and stuff. You do an amazing job documenting true emotions and with an editorial flair too. Nice!  10.13.09 - 5:01pm
Lauri - Wow, you always find THE most beautiful light! Beautiful as always! :-)  10.13.09 - 4:51pm
Jen Johnson - That mirror shot is to DIE for!  10.13.09 - 4:24pm
gina amin - I wish I could get married again, just so you could be my photographer - Really! Beautiful as usual :)  10.13.09 - 4:09pm
megmanionsilliker - a beautifully captured wedding. just stunning. you're the best jasmine!!  10.13.09 - 4:06pm
Lana - Absolutely phenomenal, as always Jasmine. But I think you made a typo- did you mean to say Christina's maid of honor, instead of Katie's? :) Great work!  10.13.09 - 3:52pm
Tina dela Rosa - Beautiful! You truly have a gift.   10.13.09 - 3:47pm
Samantha Keisler - "Amazing" does not even begin to descibe your photography. I could look at it for hours on end.   10.13.09 - 3:42pm
Betsy Blue -'re amazing as always! Is there anything you HAVEN'T photographed AMAZINGLY? Fabulous my dear...just fabulous!  10.13.09 - 3:28pm
Khristen - what a beautiful wedding! You and JD alwaya shoot awesome portraits!  10.13.09 - 3:21pm
imthiaz houseman - stunning job Jasmine!  10.13.09 - 3:19pm
Leyla N - Another stunning couple, another fabulous photo shoot! You & JD rock! You guys are a killer team together! Beautiful wedding & I love how you described their love story... Made me tear up =)  10.13.09 - 3:18pm
Mapuana - These are stunning!!! What beautiful pictures of a gorgeous couple.  10.13.09 - 3:17pm
Kfnola - S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G! She has to be up there with one of the most beautiful women in America. Beautiful day! You're Amazing!  10.13.09 - 3:12pm
Larry - Breathtaking. That's all.  10.13.09 - 3:06pm
Joan Solitario - beautiful! simply beautiful!  10.13.09 - 3:06pm
Ashley - Beautiful!!! As always!! You are great!!  10.13.09 - 3:01pm
B - S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Just beautiful!  10.13.09 - 2:57pm
andrea Blair - what a fabulous expressive couple!!  10.13.09 - 2:51pm
Troy Woods - JASMINE!!!!! These are beautiful!!! Incredible. Everything is spot on! All hail the Blog Queen! :)  10.13.09 - 2:48pm
jackie g. - stunning as always!  10.13.09 - 2:44pm
Nena - Ohhh!!! I am the first to comment!! GORGEOUS photos. Will you please shoot my wedding? You're the best! =-)  10.13.09 - 2:34pm