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

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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

  2. jackie g.

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    stunning as always!

  3. Troy Woods

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

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

  4. andrea Blair

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    what a fabulous expressive couple!!

  5. B

    October 13th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

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

  6. Ashley

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

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

  7. Joan Solitario

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    beautiful! simply beautiful!

  8. Larry

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Breathtaking. That’s all.

  9. Kfnola

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    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. Mapuana

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

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

  11. Leyla N

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    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 =)

  12. imthiaz houseman

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    stunning job Jasmine!

  13. Khristen

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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

  14. Betsy Blue

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

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

  15. Samantha Keisler

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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

  16. Tina dela Rosa

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Beautiful! You truly have a gift.

  17. Lana

    October 13th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    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!

  18. megmanionsilliker

    October 13th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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

  19. gina amin

    October 13th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

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

  20. Jen Johnson

    October 13th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    That mirror shot is to DIE for!

  21. Lauri

    October 13th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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

  22. Caroline Ghetes

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    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!

  23. Jackie L.

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Just so much fun!

  24. diane (

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:25 am

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

  25. Emily Hayes

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:36 am

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

  26. Lin and Jirsa Photography

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:49 am

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

  27. Megan

    October 14th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Beautiful wedding! Amazing job, as usual, Jasmine!

  28. Veronica Lane

    October 14th, 2009 at 1:35 am

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

  29. Duncan Leung

    October 14th, 2009 at 1:52 am

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

  30. Dennis Bullock

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Jasmine these are all so great!

  31. Brian Fletcher

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:16 am

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

  32. Jennifer Brotchie

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:43 am

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

  33. Serendipity Photography

    October 14th, 2009 at 3:26 am

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

  34. Lydia

    October 14th, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Jasmine, your skills are out of this world! I don’t think I could take pictures like these even if I used your camera! 😉

  35. Sherry

    October 14th, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Wow, these are gorgeous. They are fabulous! I love the photos at the Biltmore. I MUST visit when I go to California in February.

  36. Tim - Phoenix wedding photographer

    October 14th, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Love the shot of the bride in the mirror!

  37. Michelle Pearson

    October 14th, 2009 at 5:55 am

    hey Jasmine…. These are awesome, beautiful couple!

  38. Holli True

    October 14th, 2009 at 6:44 am

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

  39. melissa oholendt

    October 14th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    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.

  40. Robert Raszczynski

    October 14th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Stunning photographs. I love these from bridal preparations

  41. jenny tarau

    October 14th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    umm hottt couple …amazing photos…luv em

  42. Jakob Granqvist

    October 14th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Stunning work as always Jasmine!

  43. Stephanie Stewart

    October 14th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous wedding, beautifully captured!

  44. Katie Whitcomb

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    LOVE IT!

  45. john p.

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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

  46. Feuza Reis

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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

  47. Vitaliy

    October 14th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful work, Jasmine!

  48. Walter M.

    October 14th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Jasmine, these photos are absolutely beautiful. Your photography inspires me every time I see it.

    There truly is nothing more beautiful than a bride!

  49. I'm Kristen

    October 14th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    *whiiiiiistle!* These are smoking hot 😀

  50. Braedon Flynn

    October 14th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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

  51. ajira

    October 14th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

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

  52. KrisD Mauga

    October 14th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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

  53. Kayleen T.

    October 14th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

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

  54. Dawn McCarthy

    October 14th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Stunning! There are no other words.

  55. Hilda Quintanilla

    October 14th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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

  56. jacqueline fronters

    October 15th, 2009 at 12:21 am

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

  57. LibbyJames

    October 15th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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

  58. Nicole Glenn

    October 15th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    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!

  59. jorge

    October 15th, 2009 at 5:56 pm


  60. courtney

    October 15th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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

  61. Brandon

    October 15th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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

  62. Emily

    October 15th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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

  63. Lyndsey

    October 16th, 2009 at 1:07 am

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

  64. cassandra m

    October 16th, 2009 at 6:26 am

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

  65. Tim May

    October 16th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    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.

  66. Kelli Baker

    October 16th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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

  67. Sarah Lee

    October 18th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Awesome wedding! Your work is amazing!

  68. Erica Velasco

    October 18th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    What a smile on her!

  69. Fotograf

    October 19th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Zwietne zdjcia

  70. WeddingBandGuy

    October 19th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing – the photos look great. The Biltmore is also an astounding venue – it has that "elegant but not stuffy" feel.

  71. Michelle Guzman

    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:21 am

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

  72. eeyern

    October 22nd, 2009 at 3:08 am

    These photos are amazing! Love them! Love you!

  73. Danae

    October 27th, 2009 at 6:31 am

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

  74. Kelly

    March 3rd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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