I knew from the first time Richard called us that he and Andrea were going to be an amazingly fun couple. Richard is a filmmaker in Southern California, and was filled with all sorts of great ideas for setting up their wedding with how everything might translate to imagery in mind. And better yet, he let us know right from the start that they loved our style and would like to let us have free reign to do our thing once that tone was set. On top of all that, Richard was born in South Africa and has a killer accent. As if that wasn’t enough, I don’t think it would even be possible to take a bad photo of Andrea if we tried.
Good news! For those of you that are used to our one image posts, prepare! You’re about to go into image-overload-shock.

Thanks to our new ring shot lens:



The gorgeous Andrea

getting ready, vintage style




And the dashing Mr. Berman

(That’s “Burhhman” for those of you reading this south-african-accent-style)




I love the looks on their faces in these shots of them seeing each other for the first time










The guys – Richard and his brothers








The gals




Check out this suhweet couch chair thing we found




And check out this suhweet… umm, everything in sight that we found.




The chuppah was made out of Andrea’s mothers’ wedding dress–that’s going to be an amazing heirloom to pass down




stuff to eat.

clever caption, I know, right?





(that you eat!)








signing the Ketubah

WOW there were a lot of people in that tiny room.




the bedeken




Their ceremony had to take place 42 minutes after sunset–but no worries… as filmmaker Richard said “there will be light”










And did we mention? Fireworks!






They tangoed to Gotan Project!

I TOLD you they were a great match for us!

Sean << Gotan Project fiend




Did this group know how to partay–or did they know how to partay?

the answer is clear.


















Thank you so much for everything, Richard & Andrea! We had a great time with you, and miss you already.


… but wait?? there’s more?? Stay tuned for part 3.

All I’ll say at the moment is that 8 days ago, Mel and I were back with the adventurous couple…

in an underwater bat cave.


::dramatic DA DA DAAA music::


  1. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography on April 26, 2008 at 1:15 am


  2. The Wedding Couple - The Bermans on April 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

    You guys are off-the-charts amazing!! We were so excited to get the news that more pictures were posted that we couldn’t wait. We hijacked my brothers iPhone at dinner and looked at all of them on that to a chorus of our family members (including the little ones) going “oohhhh” and “ahhhhh”!

    Part 3 is going to be the icing on the cake and we all know how much we like icing!!!

  3. Mel Watson on April 26, 2008 at 8:37 am

    PHENOMENAL work guys!!! What a beautiful couple and the location… breathtaking. I’m pretty sure I need one of those gigantor couch chair hybrid things or else my life will not be complete. As I looked at the reception shots… in my head played “I like to move it move it… I like to move it move it.” That can’t be healthy can it?!

  4. sticky on April 26, 2008 at 8:40 am

    hOOOOOly smokes!!!! Jam on, Mclellans! These are absolutely smokin’!

    Congrats Richard and Andrea!

  5. Meredith W. on April 26, 2008 at 11:51 am

    The fireworks shot is awesome, great timing! And I love the danicing bride shot too.. the movement in her dress is lovely :)

  6. Jo-Allegro Photography on April 28, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!! Simply stunning.

  7. mel on April 30, 2008 at 11:55 am

    David – how do you come up with such great comments EVERY TIME?? :o) Hey Bermans! We’re so glad you like them! You guys are too much fun! Thanks Mel! I think you do need a couch-chair-hybrid-thingy but you might want to get that whole “move it move it” thing checked out. ;o) Thanks so much Sticky! Tell Brandi we said hey! Meredith – thanks! I’m so glad Sean caught that! The fireworks were supposed to go off over the chuppah and instead they went off way back down the aisle by several yards – yikes! That’s why there’s two of us! :o) Thanks Jo! You guys are great!

  8. erik on May 18, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    dude, this was one rockin place to shoot a wedding! wow. great portraits man.

    nice to meet you :)

  9. Stephanie Williams on June 6, 2008 at 4:06 am

    What an amazing wedding! So gorgeous and such amazing details!

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