Cicada Los Angeles Wedding : Christina + Mike

Cicada Los Angeles Wedding : Christina + Mike


There’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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  1. Nena -

    Ohhh!!! I am the first to comment!! GORGEOUS photos. Will you please shoot my wedding? You’re the best! =-)

      10.13.09 - 9:34 pm

  2. jackie g. -

    stunning as always!

      10.13.09 - 9:44 pm

  3. Troy Woods -

    JASMINE!!!!! These are beautiful!!! Incredible. Everything is spot on! All hail the Blog Queen! 🙂

      10.13.09 - 9:48 pm

  4. andrea Blair -

    what a fabulous expressive couple!!

      10.13.09 - 9:51 pm

  5. B -

    S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Just beautiful!

      10.13.09 - 9:57 pm

  6. Ashley -

    Beautiful!!! As always!! You are great!!

      10.13.09 - 10:01 pm

  7. Joan Solitario -

    beautiful! simply beautiful!

      10.13.09 - 10:06 pm

  8. Larry -

    Breathtaking. That’s all.

      10.13.09 - 10:06 pm

  9. 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 - 10:12 pm

  10. Mapuana -

    These are stunning!!! What beautiful pictures of a gorgeous couple.

      10.13.09 - 10:17 pm

  11. 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 - 10:18 pm

  12. imthiaz houseman -

    stunning job Jasmine!

      10.13.09 - 10:19 pm

  13. Khristen -

    what a beautiful wedding! You and JD alwaya shoot awesome portraits!

      10.13.09 - 10:21 pm

  14. Betsy Blue -

    Jaz…you’re amazing as always! Is there anything you HAVEN’T photographed AMAZINGLY? Fabulous my dear…just fabulous!

      10.13.09 - 10:28 pm

  15. Samantha Keisler -

    "Amazing" does not even begin to descibe your photography. I could look at it for hours on end.

      10.13.09 - 10:42 pm

  16. Tina dela Rosa -

    Beautiful! You truly have a gift.

      10.13.09 - 10:47 pm

  17. 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 - 10:52 pm

  18. megmanionsilliker -

    a beautifully captured wedding. just stunning. you’re the best jasmine!!

      10.13.09 - 11:06 pm

  19. gina amin -

    I wish I could get married again, just so you could be my photographer – Really! Beautiful as usual 🙂

      10.13.09 - 11:09 pm

  20. Jen Johnson -

    That mirror shot is to DIE for!

      10.13.09 - 11:24 pm

  21. Lauri -

    Wow, you always find THE most beautiful light! Beautiful as always! 🙂

      10.13.09 - 11:51 pm

  22. 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!

      10.14.09 - 12:01 am

  23. Jackie L. -

    Just so much fun!

      10.14.09 - 12:17 am

  24. diane ( -

    This couple looked like they had fun from start to finish. Nice work

      10.14.09 - 12:25 am

  25. Emily Hayes -

    Beautiful work as always! I absolutely love your lighting. You have inspired me to get better!

      10.14.09 - 12:36 am

  26. Lin and Jirsa Photography -

    Another Beautiful wedding Jasmine!!! Your accuracy with such low apertures is amazing! Keep up the inspiration!

      10.14.09 - 12:49 am

  27. Megan -

    Beautiful wedding! Amazing job, as usual, Jasmine!

      10.14.09 - 12:54 am

  28. Veronica Lane -

    Beautiful as always! I always look forward to your daily posts!

      10.14.09 - 1:35 am

  29. Duncan Leung -

    Awesome work! I really love the way you use the best of natural light!

      10.14.09 - 1:52 am

  30. Dennis Bullock -

    Jasmine these are all so great!

      10.14.09 - 2:15 am

  31. Brian Fletcher -

    Awesome work….that 50mm 1.2 – mmm….must get!!

      10.14.09 - 2:16 am

  32. Jennifer Brotchie -

    Jasmine- your writing is as soulful as the images you capture. thanks for inspiring~ as always!

      10.14.09 - 2:43 am

  33. Serendipity Photography -

    Wow, love the venue. The gold shoe is awesome. Beautiful dress and gorgeous couple! What a wedding 🙂

      10.14.09 - 3:26 am

  34. 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! 😉

      10.14.09 - 4:02 am

  35. 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.

      10.14.09 - 5:11 am

  36. Tim - Phoenix wedding photographer -

    Love the shot of the bride in the mirror!

      10.14.09 - 5:24 am

  37. Michelle Pearson -

    hey Jasmine…. These are awesome, beautiful couple!

      10.14.09 - 5:55 am

  38. Holli True -

    Another wedding that belongs on the pages in a Wedding Magazine. 🙂 You are sooo good!

      10.14.09 - 6:44 am

  39. 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 - 7:01 am

  40. Robert Raszczynski -

    Stunning photographs. I love these from bridal preparations

      10.14.09 - 7:24 am

  41. jenny tarau -

    umm hottt couple …amazing photos…luv em

      10.14.09 - 8:44 am

  42. Jakob Granqvist -

    Stunning work as always Jasmine!

      10.14.09 - 9:10 am

  43. Stephanie Stewart -

    Gorgeous wedding, beautifully captured!

      10.14.09 - 1:55 pm

  44. Katie Whitcomb -

    LOVE IT!

      10.14.09 - 2:24 pm

  45. john p. -

    you always have the hottest people to shoot. like models. gerat job.

      10.14.09 - 2:24 pm

  46. Feuza Reis -

    I love it when Brides have fun and the playing with the dres was awesome!

      10.14.09 - 2:42 pm

  47. Vitaliy -

    Beautiful work, Jasmine!

      10.14.09 - 2:55 pm

  48. 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 - 3:16 pm

  49. I'm Kristen -

    *whiiiiiistle!* These are smoking hot 😀

      10.14.09 - 4:33 pm

  50. Braedon Flynn -

    Those portraits of the bride on the balcony are absolutely stunning! Incredible wedding Jasmine!!

      10.14.09 - 4:54 pm

  51. ajira -

    And this is why yours is the first blog I read in the morning. Way to go mama!

      10.14.09 - 5:15 pm

  52. KrisD Mauga -

    I think this is one my fave weddings you have shot!

      10.14.09 - 6:45 pm

  53. Kayleen T. -

    Love the ones of the bride on the balcony in the church! beautiful!

      10.14.09 - 6:53 pm

  54. Dawn McCarthy -

    Stunning! There are no other words.

      10.14.09 - 8:32 pm

  55. Hilda Quintanilla -

    JAS-You keep doing your thang girl! You have an amazing gift from the Lord!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

      10.14.09 - 11:38 pm

  56. jacqueline fronters -

    These are the most amazing times of life. Brilliant photography!

      10.15.09 - 12:21 am

  57. LibbyJames -

    what a pretty bride. love everything…shoes, dress and hair

      10.15.09 - 12:11 pm

  58. 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 - 5:07 pm

  59. jorge -


      10.15.09 - 5:56 pm

  60. courtney -

    I love the lighting! And I’m wondering who does the song on your slideshow… love it! 😉

      10.15.09 - 8:03 pm

  61. Brandon -

    I really Loved JD’s shots in this one!!!

      10.15.09 - 8:34 pm

  62. Emily -

    Unbelievably beautiful! Jasmine, you did such a great job with shots!!

      10.15.09 - 9:49 pm

  63. Lyndsey -

    WOW!!! LOVE this wedding. Gorgeous pics of the bride!

      10.16.09 - 1:07 am

  64. cassandra m -

    so many favorites. so many. GORGEOUS…love the shots in teh alley. great shoes.

      10.16.09 - 6:26 am

  65. 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 - 1:24 pm

  66. Kelli Baker -

    I love these…Your pictures are always so breathtaking:)

      10.16.09 - 5:05 pm

  67. Sarah Lee -

    Awesome wedding! Your work is amazing!

      10.18.09 - 12:13 am

  68. Erica Velasco -

    What a smile on her!

      10.18.09 - 12:40 am

  69. Fotograf -

    Zwietne zdjcia

      10.19.09 - 10:47 am

  70. WeddingBandGuy -

    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 - 2:19 pm

  71. Michelle Guzman -

    The bride looks so happy. What great moments you captured!

      10.22.09 - 1:21 am

  72. eeyern -

    These photos are amazing! Love them! Love you!

      10.22.09 - 3:08 am

  73. Danae -

    What a terrific venue! Love the double team to provide them with composite prospectives.

      10.27.09 - 6:31 am

  74. Kelly -

    Just curious Jasmine, Did you use flash during the ceremony? Thanks!

      3.3.10 - 5:45 pm

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