For as long as I have been photographing weddings, there has been an ongoing debate among wedding photographers regarding if one should or should not photograph room shots.
The prevalent thought at this time seems to be more in favor of not doing them as many wedding photographers feel it isn’t worth their efforts as “the client’s never buy them” or “it’s too much work” or “I can’t seem to be able to get into the room after it is set up and before the guests get in.”
Speaking for myself, whenever I am able to get into a pre-guest-filled room, and especially if it’s a nice room and it’s done well, something from the series I am able to photograph for that event always finds its way into my client’s wedding album. And it can also be a nice break in the day. The trick is being able to get into the room after the catering staff and the florist have their set-ups complete and before the guests arrive. In fact, there are numerous times I have to settle for photographing a section of the room or maybe just the table for the bride and groom. Anyway, I can’t imagine I’ll be posting many of these photos on the individual posts, so I thought I’d dedicate a post just to room shots. (These are in no specific order.)
Cicada Restaurant, 617 S Olive, Los Angeles, CA
A 1928 art deco landmark located in historic downtown LA. This place is a gem from yesteryear.
Speaking in terms of photography, I usually don’t like rooms with dark wood. They have a tendency to be dull and lifeless. This room is a definite exception.
Villa del Sol d’Oro
A historic and colorful villa that is loaded with charm and character. The Villa del Sol d’Oro, which is actually a part of Alverno High School, is located at 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, California 91024 and is catered by Santa Anita Gardens Catering who can be reached at 626-602-9334.
These images are from different weddings.
This is one of Pasadena’s hottest spots for weddings. The Spanish, Moorish and Victorian architecture make it a multi-faceted treasure cove for photographic settings and backgrounds. The Castle Green is located at 99 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA, on the corner of Raymond Ave. and Green St.
I am showing you photos of the Castle Green ballroom from three different weddings, with different room configurations on each wedding.
This first series is with the tables on the west end of the Castle Green ballroom. This places the DJ and dance floor on the east end. And dependent upon your number of guests, there can be two or more different variations on that set-up.
In this next series, this couple had a much smaller head count on their guest list and also wanted maximum dance floor. They used only the east end of Castle Green’s ballroom for the guest seating, leaving the larger space of the west end for their DJ and dance floor.
In this third and final series, the dance floor is on the west end, surrounded by guest tables. The DJ and sound system is on the east end, and there are also additional guest tables (not pictured) on the east end as well.
Whatever the configuration of this ballroom, the character of the Castle Green is always present. To see photography from weddings and receptions at the Castle Green, please see “wedding photography at the historic Castle Green” or visit “wedding reception at the Castle Green.”
Greystone Mansion and Park is an exclusive, unique setting for weddings. This specific wedding was held at the Greystone Estate formal gardens with the reception at the pool area. Check back for my future post for the complete event.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)*
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
This is not a big grand ballroom, yet this a great venue located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena that has a relaxed, inviting ambiance, with warm and nicely spaced room lighting, a great evening view of Pasadena, and is very well run. Not to mention, you get to have your ceremony and/or reception in an art gallery.
OK…this next image obviously is not a room shot. Think of it as a preview for a future post which will feature a wedding I photographed at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Update: you can now see more images from PMCA by “clicking here” or to see an slideshow-video please visit my other blog: ” DeRemus Photography-In-Motion.”
The University Club of Pasadena*
175 N Oakland Ave
Another great and inviting venue located in Old Town Pasadena.
The first view is the south end of the Great Hall looking at the floor-to-ceiling arched window. The second view is the same ballroom, facing north.
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa*, Pasadena (formerly the Ritz-Carlton)
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue,
Pasadena, California 91106, USA
The Georgian Ballroom (pictured) is one of several spectacular ballrooms at this venue. In addition to the ballrooms, they offer the Horseshoe Garden, the Courtyard, and the Japanese Garden.
This venue is big, bold and grand!
101 West Green Street
Pasadena, California 91105
Another local favorite and hot venue. And, as the Twin Palms is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, it is always easy to incorporate street scenes from Old Town Pasadena into the wedding photography session.
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90071
The style of the decor of this wedding reception is as different to most wedding receptions as the downtown financial district of Los Angeles is to the historic downtown LA district.
You’re either going to love it…or hate it.
A private estate in Monrovia.
This is easily the classiest and most elegant tent wedding I’ve ever photographed.
And a single image from another summer outdoor event, this one in Arcadia.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Without a doubt, this is a stunningly gorgeous restaurant. Yes, that is a pirate flag hoisted above the room. Yes, that is a really big pirate by the fireplace and a skeleton in a buccaneer’s hat standing close to that cannon. And yes…this was a wedding reception. For more on this totally unique wedding, check back for my upcoming post for this event.
Altadena Town and Country Club*
2290 Country Club Dr
Altadena, CA 91001
The Altadena Town and Country Club is a private, member equity owned club. It is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains encompassing several verdant acres of tennis courts, gardens, and a swimming pool. The Club is also an elegant venue for social gatherings offering several banquet rooms and full-service catering for both members and the public. It serves the local communities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and Monrovia.
327 Latigo Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
I’ve worked at this location a number of times and in many of the different rooms and areas. I’ve also worked at their (Calamigos Catering) other location at the Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank (also known as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center) and The Victorian in Santa Monica.
These first two images are from Calamigos Ranch in the Waterfall Room which is adjacent to the main ballroom. To see more from this wedding at the Calamigos Ranch, please visit DeRemus-Photography-In-Motion and you can also visit this post.
This next image is from The Oaks room.
Calamigos Equestrian (also known as Los Angeles Equestrian Center)
480 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91506
I have worked here a number of years, and I am familiar with all three of their ballrooms, the White House and Garden Courtyard and all of the grounds.
The images below are from the Grand Prix Ballroom, the Polo Room and the Equestrian Ballroom.
I will say this about Calamigos Catering, regardless of which of the three of their sites you would happen to be at, Calamigos Equestrian, Calamigos Ranch or The Victorian, you can always count on premium service and great food. This is a really well run catering company.
To view another wedding at the Calamigos Equestrian, please click here.
Los Angeles Country Club
10101 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024-4703
This is a great location in west Los Angeles. It is much more secluded than the address on Wilshire Blvd. suggests and it is close enough to the water to have that cool breeze off of the Pacific on those hot summer days. For more on this location, please see my “wedding photography at the Los Angeles Country Club.”
Music Academy of the West
1070 Fairway Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
This was a spectacular wedding at a great site in Montecito although, I’m not sure that they do weddings here anymore…
If you made it to here, the end of this rather long post, you must have a wedding coming up. We should talk… To see more of my work and for more about me, please visit deremus.com.
Thank you for viewing my post and be well.
(All images are copyright David DeRemus Photography and may not be used without prior express written consent.)
This 1928 art deco landmark was constructed in 1928 as the headquarters of one of the most prestigious and expensive haberdasheries in Los Angeles — Alexander & Oviatt. During the early phases of construction of the Italian Romanesque styled building, Oviatt attended the 1925 Paris Exposition and decided to decorate his building in the new style.
When the building was completed, the sheltered lobby forecourt contained over 30 tons of glass by designer Rene Lalique. Many original pieces remain in the panels at the top of the lobby columns. Lalique also designed the mallechort elevator doors, mailboxes, and directories. Cicada’s interior retains the elegant art deco fixtures, stair rails, and molded plaster ceiling panels.
Greystone Mansion, aka the Doheny Mansion, is a Tudor-style mansion in Beverly Hills, California, designed by Gordon Kaufmann and completed in 1928. The house was a gift from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny to his son, Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr., and his family. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the estate in 1965, in 1971 the property became a city park, and in 1976 as Doheny Estate/Greystone it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The exterior architecture of the house was Gothic English, which consisted of Indiana limestone, welsh slate and leaded glass windows. The interior was 18th century English in style. The house was named “Greys” not due to the color of the limestone but after a New York estate of a family friend of the Doheny’s.
The Greystone Mansion and Park is located at 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.
*About PMCA (The Pasadena Museum of California Art)
The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is dedicated to the exhibition of California art, architecture, and design from 1850 to the present. Informed by the state’s rich mixture of cultures and inspired by its impressive geography, California art has long been defined by a spirit of freedom and experimentation. PMCA exhibitions and educational programs explore the cultural dynamics and influences unique to California that have shaped and defined art in all media.
Museum founders Robert (Bob) and Arlene Oltman are long-time Pasadena residents and art collectors. The impetus to build a museum devoted to California art grew in recent years as the Oltmans’ collecting activities began to focus on artists from California.
*The University Club of Pasadena
The University Club of Pasadena which was chartered in 1922 started out nearly a century ago as a private refuge for men only. The University Club of Pasadena (which now happily accepts female members), was originally founded as a haven where men of wealth and influence could have a “meeting of the minds”—a quiet spot to lunch, exchange ideas and listen to speeches by such luminaries as Albert Einstein, scientist Edwin Hubble and Nobel laureate, Dr. Albert Michelson. Today, the club, situated on a leafy cul-de-sac near the campus of the Fuller Theological Society, retains its air of dignified calm while offering charming craftsman interiors where you can celebrate your own meeting of the minds—and hearts.
The Club is also available to non-members to book banquets, weddings and other festive events.
*The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena (formerly the Ritz-Carlton)
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue,
Pasadena, California 91106, USA
A Pasadena hotel legend since 1907, the Huntington Hotel has always been the favorite of stars and celebrities seeking a hideaway a short limousine ride from Los Angeles.
Capturing the grace and elegance of a bygone era, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa is a AAA Five Diamond hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just nine miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena landmark since 1907, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites and eight cottages. It is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Pasadena and features a Michelin Star restaurant overseen by celebrated Chef de Cuisine Craig Strong and an award-winning spa.
This hotel on 23 acres overlooking San Marino has been a popular destination since 1907. In addition to countless wedding receptions and family occasions, the Langham has played host to movie stars, politicians and star-studded galas.
*Twin Palms Restaurant-Pasadena
Twin Palms, of course, made quite a splash since it was the creation of chef Michael Roberts and actor Kevin Costner. Both have long since departed, and management changes have transformed the original country French roast and stew menus into a more homogenized Southern California-French amalgam.
Twin Palms is an exciting destination venue for celebrations and events. Known for its unique ambience and outdoor dining, Twin Palms provides its guests with delicious New American Cuisine, full bar and first rate wine list in a setting that is unforgettable.
From Avant-Garde to Abstract Expressionism—the old La Boheme is no longer and in October 2007, the new Café La Boheme made its dining debut. After more than 16 years in its West Hollywood location, the restaurant has undergone a complete transformation. The new restaurant is more relaxed, informal, vibrant, unpretentious and of course, tasty! The fireplaces have returned, along with the gorgeous chandeliers in the main dining room. “People’s jaws literally drop when they walk in the front door,” notes General Manager Brian Bartlett. “This is one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of Los Angeles, if not the world. It’s great for romantic first dates, special events like birthdays and anniversaries but also a perfect place to come and party with your friends and family.”
*The Altadena Town and Country Club history
The Altadena Town and Country Club is historically significant because from its inception in 1910 to the present date, it has served the surrounding community as the only meeting place of its kind for social, cultural, and community gatherings. It is to this day, as it was in 1910, a microcosm of the Altadena community it serves and its fortunes have been a true reflection of the times and world around it.
In 1910, five members of the Altadena Improvement Association successfully planned the organization of the Altadena Country Club. The following year, 2 five-acre lots were purchased from local dairy farmer Francis Beckwith, a resident of the area since 1887, and a small clubhouse was built. This clubhouse was originally a California bungalow style structure with Mediterranean flavor located in the northeast portion of what was once known as the San Pasqual Ranch. More property was acquired from the Porter Ranch to complete the adjoining 18-hole golf course. This small clubhouse was the scene of many social functions, but in 1913 a disastrous flood and then a windstorm, which blew off the roof of the clubhouse, almost ended its existence. Architect J. J. Blick drew up plans and the original clubhouse was enclosed and enlarged in 1913-14.
In 1920, the owner of Pasadena’s Maryland Hotel (known today as the Green Hotel) and one of the original founders of the club, John B. Coulston, entered into negotiations with A. M. Andrews, a wealthy promoter, and the Altadena Country Club became the Pasadena Golf Club with dining and golfing privileges extending to guests at the Maryland and other Pasadena Hotels.
The fortunes of the Pasadena Golf Club did not prosper under the management of A. M. Andrews and in 1921 the operation was turned over to five members of the old Altadena Country Club. For the next few years the Club flourished and in 1927 $300,000 was borrowed to expand the clubhouse once more. The remodel was designed by architect and Club member, David A Ogilvie (August 8, 1885-September 20, 1954), originally a native of St. Andrew’s, Scotland. Mr. Ogilvie, a resident of Altadena for over 40 years, was the architect of numerous homes and churches in the greater Pasadena area. He was also noted for a 2nd place prize in the Common Brick House competition of 1927.
Unfortunately, by 1932 the Great Depression had reduced income and membership so badly that First Trust and Savings Bank assumed operation of the Club under the name of the Altadena Golf Club. However, the depression years and the entrance of the United States in World War II took their toll and by 1944 the bank was ready to sell the property. A Mrs. Alexander Kerr put up $175,000 for the clubhouse and golf course and attempted to have the property rezoned so that she could relocate Midwest based Westmont College there. But at the largest town meeting ever held, the citizens of Altadena voted her rezoning efforts down. Mrs. Kerr was forced to sell all that she had acquired: 9 holes of the golf course went to a real estate developer, 9 holes were sold to Los Angeles County to remain as a golf course, and the clubhouse and its 5 ½ acres were sold to Rollin Dixon and some fellow Altadenans who by 1946 had reorganized and incorporated the club as an equity owned member club under its current name, The Altadena Town and Country Club.
*Music Academy of the West
1070 Fairway Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
The Music Academy of the West is a music conservatory located in Montecito, California near Santa Barbara, California. Every year, it hosts a summer music festival for the community highlighted by concerts and workshops directed by famous composers, conductors, and artists.
A yearly maximum of 135 students may be enrolled in its program for an eight-week summer course.
The Music Academy of the West lies hidden away on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Since its inception in 1947, the Music Academy of the West has had as its mission the preparation of talented young musicians for professional careers. The master class, private lessons open to the public, gives students an opportunity to perform in front of an audience. The master classes are held for eight weeks each summer and remain the core of the Academy’s teaching.
Other venus not shown which can be made available: I also have room shots of: The Hilton Pasadena located at 168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California; The Skirball Center located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd in
Los Angeles, CA 90049; The Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center which is at 1250 East Harvard Road in Burbank, CA 91501; The Calamigos Equestrian also in Burbank at 480 Riverside Drive; The Rococo Room in Old Town Pasadena at 70 West Union Street which is part of the Cafe Santorini; El Fornaio in the heart of old town Pasadena at 24 West Union Street; The Monrovia Historical Museum in Monrovia, CA at 742 E Lemon Ave; Imperial Palace and Banquet Hall at 1175 N Lake Ave in Pasadena, CA; the Ninth Circuit Courthouse (which is much cooler than the name sounds) and is located at 125 South Grand Ave. in Pasadena; The Victorian which is in Santa Monica at 2640 Main St.; and many, many more.