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I set up a shoot with my good friends Kristen & Dave to model for us for my last workshop. You may recognize the stunning Kristen from the Rue Magazine artist feature I had, where she not only modeled but also did my hair. And she did my hair for the Chloe Aftel shoot as well as my wedding hair 5 yrs ago! Kristen Henry has been a dear friend for years and is a Master Hair Stylist! I haven’t let anyone touch my hair besides her in like 2 decades or something. Her gorgeous boyfriend David Hurley may look familiar too as I have taken thousands of photos of him on tour with his band (that my husband is in too) ASTRA. You can see some of my European tour photos of them here and here, promo photos I did for their first album here, and I also did a shoot of him a few years ago for one of his solo albums at his home, which you can see here. Anyways I love these two & their giant goofy sweet doggie Gus, and their home in Hillcrest, San Diego. Thanks for having us and allowing us to shoot all your beauty!!

This first shot is Polaroid.

Below, shot on 35mm expired film.

Gus face!

Just having some wine in the tub…

This shot below taken on Holga. (medium format film)

35mm expired film shot below.

My magic rainbow-maker, sort-of homemade filter (aka unicorn puke) below.

And my lovely workshop attendees below…

After this we all went back to my place for some dinner and then we accidentally had a dance party til really late. <3 u guys!!

Here are some of the beautiful shots from a few of the workshop attendees that day…

This one below by Amber of Live It Out Photography

This one by Jenna at Flutter Glass Photography (Jenna is also one of my extremely talented assistants/2nd shooters!)

And this one by Molly at Cedar House Photography

You can find out more about my workshops here, or get on my mailing list here.

  • April 5, 2011 - 4:27 am

    Amanda Thorson - you are a true original…it’s refreshing.

  • April 5, 2011 - 10:33 am

    julia wheeler - omg. i just can’t with these. it’s so unreal how amazingly ridiculously awesome these are. i can’t deal with it… i think my brain is going to explode.

  • April 7, 2011 - 8:11 am

    anna - Top 3 things I love about this shoot
    1. Gus. I want to take a nap on him.
    2. their perfectly perfect kitchen. I want that tile & stove.
    3. Unicorn Puke!

  • August 13, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Rock n Roll Bride · Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & I!) - […] photographs on the blog after the event. Check out the results of Noa’s previous workshops here and here. […]

I am so very  thrilled that my sweet clients Emily Deschanel & David Hornsby announced that they are having a baby! : ) Very exciting!

I shot their beautiful wedding last September, designed by my favorite ladies of Bash, Please, who I have asked to do my artist workshop with me at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs on May 16th & 17th. And yes, we will be showing photos from Emily & David’s gorgeous wedding at the workshop. (The couple has requested that we don’t share any online except for this one they released below).

All info for the Ace Hotel workshop will be available within the next two weeks, but you can email me to get on the list to be the first to sign up! It’s going to fill up FAST! Email me to get on the list:  [email protected]

Congrats Em & David!! : )  

  • April 1, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Amber Byrne - cricket!! this makes me so happy.

I’m going to Hawaii tomorrow but wanted to post this before I go. In January I went to Santa Fe, NM with two of my amazing friends Alexandra & Sarah. Best funtimes ever. Lots more photos from this trip coming soon.

(The divinely beautiful Alexandra Fulton shot on 35mm film).

  • March 24, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    lizzie - breathtaking photo…

  • March 24, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    Samantha - Such a lovely photo. Have a great time in Hawaii. There are a ton of great shots just waiting to be captured there.

Overwhelmed, over-joyed and completely honored to get an artist feature in one of my favorite design magazines, Rue. You can see the entire feature, story, pics and everything in their 4th issue here, (pgs 143-167 but check out the entire issue! it’s gorgeous!) And this totally mind-blowing behind the scenes video by the artistic geniuses over at Sharkpig below (luv u dudes).

INCREDIBLE photography by Braedon Flynn
Article/interview in Rue written by: Shoko Wanger
Event Design and Styling: Jesi Haack Design
Floral Design: JL Designs
Food Styling: Jay’s Catering
Videography: Shark Pig
Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies
Hair: Kristen Henry
Face Painting: Body Art by Allison
Shed-to-studio remodel by artists/carpenters: Frank Melendez (619.772.7367) & Billy Dashiell (916.719.5467)
Landscaping: Armadillo Landscaping: 619-300-0896
Face paint inspired by the art of Master david gómez
Models, our dear beautiful friends: members of ASTRA (Richard Vaughan, Brian Ellis, and my husband Stuart Sclater), Kristen Henry, Wendy Watson, and Kristin Sherar.
Styling: models did all their own styling, wardrobe, accessories & makeup

*Thanks to Braedon for your immense talent & gorgeous photographs & Jesi for your beautiful work & pulling the entire thing together! *Great big thank you to Shoko for the amazing interview & article, you are so insanely gifted! *A special thank you to Anne Sage (and everyone over at Rue!) for your openness to do this edgy feature (my dark weird sister), for putting up with me, and for all your fiercely creative hard work.
Head on over to Rue to see the whole feature and to view the entire stunning issue #4… mind-blowing!
The Darko Weirdo Dinner Party at my studio (aka Xanadu). Images by Braedon Flynn:

Braedon snapped a couple inside the house too while we were getting ready earlier in the day.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Catherine Abegg - Noa, you are seriously my girl crush. wowie-zowie.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Kristin - awesome!! I’m been anxious to see! I love the pictures of you and Stuart so much!! you two are such hot beautiful love birds! love the face paint! um, I love all of it!

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Shoko - It’s awesome!! The whole thing looks great! Congrats.

  • March 22, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Amber Moon - Noa – you amaze and inspire! Seriously. So grateful. xo!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    Holly Walker Raviglione - I want to hump all you freaks, LOVE IT!!!!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Mai - This is beautiful in so many ways!!! The paper is uber creative. Love!!

  • March 22, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    rory amber - My mom had a pink heart-shaped jello “cake” at her wedding in the 70’s. Glad to see you rocking the jello again!
    So true what you said, once you start putting out what you love and laying it all on the line like that, it’s a tremendously exciting, dangerous, freeing feeling. I get excited just reading about you saying that!

  • March 22, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    Vanessa Chalmers - this is your studio??? so beautiful. And I loooove the face paint.

  • March 23, 2011 - 1:12 am

    Riley - Noa, This is amazing! Congratulations, seriously beautiful. I LOVE the face painting. I can’t wait to get the whole issue!!!

  • March 31, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Nena - Love it!

  • April 2, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    shaunna - we love everything…in all of its weirdness! amazing.

  • April 4, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Kristen & Dave (workshop shoot) | the feather love photography blog - […] & Dave to model for us for my last workshop. You may recognize the stunning Kristen from the Rue Magazine artist feature I had, where she not only modeled but also did my hair. And she did my hair for the Chloe Aftel […]

  • August 13, 2011 - 1:06 am

    Rock n Roll Bride · Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & I!) - […] Photography Credit: Shoot of Noa & her friends at her studio by Braedon Flynn for Rue Magazine (more on Noa’s blog here) […]

  • August 25, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    world tour Part 1: brooklyn, NY & Morning passages | the feather love photography blog - […] to London and Italy to shoot our workshop and whatever else he gets his camera on. Remember the epic behind-the-scenes video he shot for my feature in Rue Magazine? Stuart is meeting us out in Italy (yay!) and then we’re going to try and go over to the […]

  • September 6, 2011 - 4:07 am

    Wedding Snappper - Digging the face paint. nice and vibrant.

  • November 17, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    recent press, features & interviews | the feather love photography blog - […] on my blog, Artist Feature of me and my studio in Rue Magazine! […]

  • December 8, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Gluten Free Catering - Amazing post, love the face paint.

  • March 12, 2012 - 5:03 pm

    Recently Rue Magazine featured the Darko Weirdo Dinner Party hosted at the studio (aka Xanadu) of wonderful Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Feather Love Photography. I have been following Noa for a while via her blog and Facebook, and consider her to be an incomp - […] 3.30.11 Recently Rue Magazine featured the Darko Weirdo Dinner Party hosted at the studio (aka Xanadu) of wonderful Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Feather Love Photography. I have been following Noa for a while via her blog and Facebook, and consider her to be an incomparable trailblazer for those of us yearning to literally follow our visions: she says, ” Artistically, I like recreating the feeling of nostalgia, memories, dreams.” In the world of professional wedding photography where there seems to be an unspoken standard for imagery, she’s had the nerve to strike out on her own path, “[When I started], my portfolio was 95% safe. Over a period of time it hit me: what if I only showed the stuff that I like? What’s the worst I have to lose? Then, everything changed.” Indeed, when I decided to start my own photography business after shooting for a studio in Santa Cruz (shooting in their style), I began to reevaluate everything about myself as a photographer. Last summer I began poring over blogs like Green Wedding Shoes, clicking links to seemingly successful wedding photographers and seeing the same thing over and over. It was beautiful, but it was the same. Then somehow I stumbled upon Feather Love. As I was looking at her portfolio, I began to feel extremely excited. I thought to myself, this is what it looks like when a photographer puts up their favorite stuff, not just what they think other people will like, or the acceptable trend at the moment. Wow, what a concept, what a RUSH! All at once freeing, but terrifying and exhilarating. On top of that, seeing the incredible success that Noa has been rewarded with is tremendously empowering for those of us wanting to do the same.  Interested in finding your “Inner Freak” in a hands-on setting with Noa? She is offering a workshop at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on May 16th and 17th in collaboration with Bash, Please. The lovely and talented Noa of Feather Love (and friends): Photography by: Braedon Flynn Article/interview in Rue written by: Shoko Wanger Event Design and Styling: Jesi Haack Design Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies Hair: Kristen Henry Face Painting: Body Art by Allison Face paint inspired by the art of Master David Gómez More credits can be found on Noa’s Blog […]

  • March 3, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    Wedding Photography Melbourne - Wow, there was a ton of details to cover off in this shoot! And one of those guys is a real Iggy Pop lookalike 🙂

I have gotten this question a few times now so thought I would share it on here since I think it’s important to try and not take things personally as often as possible. This specific question was sent to me by sweetest Amber at Live It Out Photography (who also attended one of my workshops) after she had read the slew of comments under my apparently “controversial” guest post on East Side Bride.

Because I don’t like to see posts without images, here’s a random pic that has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but feel free to read into it if you’re so inclined…  (taken in Carmel, CA last October on 35mm film).

Amber’s question:
“how do you not take this stuff personally? when i was reading through the comments on the esb blog post, my face turned bright red i was so pissed. i’m working on separating myself – but my business is such an extension of myself that it’s hard not to take it personally.”

And here is how I answer this question:
BECAUSE your art is an extension of yourself you have to work on not taking anything personally as a PERSON first, then it just naturally seeps into your business/art. There is no separation between who you are and your work. I think to really accomplish personal success we have to be thick-skinned. Nobody ever got anywhere by worrying about what people think, because it’s much easier to just not do anything in that case.

As artists we are built to be super-sensitive, but I think part of our growth is to learn to focus all our sensitivity into our actual work and the things that inspire that work, and not on things which don’t matter, or things we can’t change, like people & their opinions & ideas about you/your art. It’s futile, hopeless, to concern about that. But we can use our sensitivity to our advantage, in fact I think that’s the point of growing as an artist, learning to control and hone that sensitivity so that it benefits us instead of becoming our detriment.

Reality says that people are always going to think what they think and there’s nothing you can do about that. Getting frustrated or wanting to change their opinions is only going to waste energy, stress you out, and block you off from your true creativity. I create art that satisfies me first, that’s it. If I’m satisfied then I’m good, if not, I work on it harder until I am. It’s much easier to just deal with one person and that individual’s crazy ideas & opinions than it is to deal with the entire world. And that one person is always your worst critic- right? So I find that to be challenging enough on it’s own.

I don’t believe that being an artist means that you get to take it easy and make pretty pictures. I strongly believe that it means you need to commit to throwing yourself into the crazy abyss of subject matter that nobody wants to deal with. Art is truth. All that deep stuff, the human condition, what I like to call ‘the nature of nature’, it’s our responsibility as artists to deal with that, take it in, and then find a way to express that idea or feeling in whichever form we choose … If you want to be an artist, that’s your job, that’s part of your purpose. If art is ‘in the eye of the beholder’, then we really need to understand what we have gotten ourselves into by choosing this path: We are actually creating things that people will or will not like. That’s the reality. And in regards to who we are as people, good luck trying to get everyone to like you. It’s not going to happen and it certainly shouldn’t be our focus. Again, there is no seperation between you and your work. It’s the same.

So the most crucial thing we can do is focus all our energy into concerning about how WE feel about ourselves & our art. Other people don’t ever truly know you, and you cannot read their minds to see what they really think, so no use getting pissed.

For example, here’s the process I went through when reading the comments under my ESB guest post that Amber was asking about, and why I didn’t get offeneded or upset but instead I enjoyed it. Like someone who commented by calling me a “pooh pooh” (which is still my most favorite name anyone has ever called me) and the suggestion that I try and get a ‘non-artiste’ job so that I could understand what an important job was all about etc. So here’s my process: Initially I was thinking- ‘uhm yea that’s not even true because I have had 1 million hard jobs before this one’… And it almost potentially upset me for a second because, you know- it’s not fair, she doesn’t know me!… then I was all, who cares what she knows or thinks or what she doesn’t know? There’s no way anyone could ever know everything about you… what they think is their business, really it is. It certainly is not my business. I have enough on my hands just dealing with myself. Then after that I realized how funny what she said actually was. Then I realized like wow, she must be kinda upset spending time writing that, maybe homegirl hasn’t gotten laid in a while or something, then I was like yea that would suck, I would be super bitchy too, then I felt like I could totally relate with her, then I realized we are all exactly the same. I’m a bitch sometimes; She’s a bitch sometimes… We’re the same. So I poured a drink, sat back and read all the comments and had a really good time (since I couldn’t think of a movie to watch that would entertain me as much that night anyways). It was exciting. And it went from potentially-shit to super-rad in like 10 seconds flat.

That’s how quickly one thing that I could have chosen to take personally, became something I enjoyed. And to be perfectly honest- I AM a pooh pooh, I am many things. I am not going to pretend that I’m not an asshole sometimes, OR deny that sometimes I am really good to people. When someone attempts to insult you, they could actually be right. Sometimes I am an asshole, and sometimes worse (just ask my husband). And every single person I know is sometimes both too. Let’s not pretend that we are anything else but all of the things we are.

So anyways, that’s how my brain goes from almost being insulted, to straight not giving a fuck, to actually feeling one with that person, seeing the TRUTH in their “negative” remark, and then most importantly, finding the comedy in it all. My goal is to find the comedy in as much as possible. And the only way to do that is to realize how futile it is to concern about what other people think, realize that sometimes they are actually right, and how no matter which way you cut it- you are just like everyone else.

In no way have I mastered this, but it is my goal to continue to learn how to not take things personally, because it’s NEVER personal- all the judgments we make are really about ourselves. And the small amount of improvement I have made in this area in the past few years has increased the level of enjoyment I get out of life, people, my work, and myself. And this doesn’t mean that I’m not sensitive to anything or anyone, I am, but I make a conscious effort to make a decision about what I am going to be sensitive about as much as possible. There are still things that will upset/offend me here and there, but I have boiled those things down to what I think is important.

Anyways, I figured since a few people have asked me about this subject, I may as well post it on my blog and whatnot.

If this sort of subject matter interest you, I cover a lot of what I like to call “artist philosophy” in my workshops… You can get on my mailing list here to find out about my upcoming workshops.

And here’s a photo of my cat Russia who never takes anything personally, ever. I’m posting this for Amber because she and Russia fell in love at my workshop… Amber, Russia says: Yo, what up. xx

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Em - Thank you SO much for this, on a personal level this is perfectly times for me and what a great read, and I loved the post on ESB, you are so right! and you speak your truth and pooh pooh to anyone that has something to say about that.

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Rosanna - What has helped me was to understand that people who criticize my work do so for reasons that have nothing to do with me. They might not like a color or a fabric I used because it reminds them of a much hated auntie, for example. So I don’t take it personally because 99% of the time the reason people get upset with me about my work has nothing to do with my work (or me) for real. It’s about them, their experience and their take on things. On top of it, I would never want somebody doing an all pink make-up (that I loathe) to make my reaction sound like it’s something about hurting them. Bottom line: people are focused on themselves, we artists need to stop thinking their lives revolve around us 🙂 It doesn’t, and it’s all right 🙂

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    HeatherSmith - Those chicks are whack! Your advice was detailed and positive. You offered up so much more advice and were helpful in so many ways that a discount couldnt have provided!

    You are rad =)

  • March 21, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Alecia garriott - This post is the best, I like your honesty. I read your guest post but never read the comments associated with it. Question::: As an artist isn’t it interesting to see how other people view and respond to the world? Although it may sound odd I sometimes appreciate even the most rude, insensitive, and hilarious (pooh pooh) remarks because they all show how humanity thinks and showcases our flaws as if they need to be heard by anyone. These remarks also give us the opportunity to respond like you did….yeah I can be an asshole like that too… our differences of opinion we can still relate somehow.

  • March 21, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    Erin - Darling – less about the brilliant minds behind weddings and more about your brilliant post on ESB. mind if I repost it on Apartment 34 – your wisdom is so SPOT ON and i want to make sure as many people as possible see it.

  • March 21, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Bonny - Noa, your photographs are my favorite. Ever.

  • March 21, 2011 - 7:20 pm

    lauren waye - you are so smart

  • March 21, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Kismet - We should all imbibe the Dalai Lamas teaching more often! Good advice-I often wonder what to do with negative comments we get on the blog- to get pissed or to laugh ….I guess it comes with experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • March 22, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Audrey - Your words brought me back to myself. Thank you for sharing your process so eloquently

  • March 23, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    Kristi - …and the plus side to their negativity is they just end up getting more people to look at your blog and fall in love with your work. the universe is definitely working in your favor 🙂

  • March 24, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Julia - You’re a good person to relate yourself to the ridiculous & hateful people. I will probably read this again next time someone is mean to me.

  • March 31, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    chelsea - thank you so much for sharing your wisdom & insight, i couldn’t have found this post at a better time. you’re such an inspiring, lovely lady. the art that you make brightens my world!! 🙂

  • October 5, 2011 - 12:45 am

    Don’t Take Anything Personally! | Essential Knowledge - […] peace and happiness. You can stay in your state of bliss, and hell will not affect you at all. 🙂 by don Miguel Ruiz Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally. If I see you on the street…re stupid. Maybe you think to yourself, "How does he know? Is he clairvoyant, or can everybody see […]

  • October 13, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Lancaster Caterers - This is definitely a topic thats close to me so Im happy that you wrote about it. Im also happy that you did the subject some justice.

This session was featured on Rock n Roll Bride today! See her post here.
Most precious cuties Alexia & Nick came all the way down from Chicago to shoot their engagement session with me.
And then a mystical unicorn threw a rainbow up onto my camera and made this magic happen.

(holga above)

Below: Holga double-exposure.

Nick is a motion designer (his website is Greyscalegorilla) and he makes those most awesome iPhoneapps (ShakeItPhoto and CrossProcess). Alexia helps with the iPhone business and also runs this etsy shop, Ruggles Stitch, where she sells her handmade items.

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  • March 7, 2011 - 9:22 am

    Desi - I love this photo shoot. Beautiful as usual.

  • March 7, 2011 - 9:37 am

    CottonCandyPhotography - Wow – love these! Love the light effect on them, especially the first one x

  • March 7, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Amber Moon - LOVE this session! Gorgeous!!!!

  • March 7, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Amber Moon - PS – I totally love Shake It Photo and her etsy shop – how funny! Small E-World.

  • March 7, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Kristin - love these!! these two are beauties and you captured their kaleidoscopic magic!!

  • March 7, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    Alexia - We had so much fun & having you shoot us was a dream come true! Thanks so much to you & all that unicorn puke!!

  • March 7, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Amanda Thorson - I love the love heart leaf shot.

  • March 7, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Lauren - Like a dream!

  • March 7, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    catie - supa-cool.
    my fave is leaf-in-foreground-gorgeous eyes. ♥

  • March 8, 2011 - 6:23 am

    Lee Anne Havens - As usual I had to look at them 5 times before putting in my two cents. Pure magic, heart-stopping, favourite is the close-up with the leaves in the foreground. What a gorgeous couple, cannot wait to see their wedding pics! xoxo

  • March 9, 2011 - 12:43 am

    Desmond - OMG you are insane insane insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks for the inspiration you are giving Cape Town 🙂

  • March 14, 2011 - 4:34 am

    TwoFoot Creative - […] I am very excited to work with their photographer, Noa of Feather Love Photography. […]

  • July 7, 2011 - 8:58 am

    Sheriden - Beautiful! Nick looks alot like my dad when he was younger, kinda made me cry a little, but in a really cool, happy kind of way! Much love

  • May 23, 2012 - 5:37 am

    Dave - Sehr wunderschöne Bilder gefallen mir sehr gut einfach nur top
    und dazu noch gesagt einfach ein Süsses Pärchen :=)

I pretty much walked into this wedding and imediately was like oh shit! It took my breath away… Held at the bride’s parents’ home, the backyard was transformed into a gorgeous, ethereal & warm space that completely caught my attention. We immediately started shooting the details and felt like we couldn’t capture ENOUGH of how pretty everything was. Plus backyard weddings are my favorite…  I fell in love with Sugar & Fluff right then & there and try to hang out with those 3 brilliant, funny & talented artists as often as possible. This usually means we bump into each other at parties like HITCHED and dance our asses off together, just like we did at this wedding below…

Also, check out our 100 Layer Cake feature on this wedding here!

Event Design and Coordination: Sugar and Fluff
Invitations and Paper Products: Sugar and Fluff
Flowers : Bunch Studio
Caterer: Heirloom LA
Chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Tenting: ELM Concierge
Cake: Jeseca Creations
Live Karaoke: Mr. Mister Miyagi

Thanks to Moe, the Feather Love Associate Photographer, for the gorgeous ceremony coverage.

Porn for detail-freaks…

Tarek of Sugar & Fluff- we forced him to do karaoke.

… what happens when they start playing the dirty hip hop, I can never help myself…

Kristin, my 2nd shooter…  so cute! <3

Aasim of Sugar & Fluff…

Kristin’s shot of me… in it!

Check out our 100 Layer Cake feature on this wedding here!

  • February 17, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    Tweets that mention pretty pretty backyard wedding designed by Sugar & fluff | the feather love photography blog -- - […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jenna Butler, photography and lindsey, photography. photography said: PORN FOR DETAIL-FREAKS! beautiful wedding we shot- designed by Sugar and Fluff- up on the blog. […]

  • February 17, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Stephanie - love these details! what an amazing reception set up, lovely couple, beautiful photography. great work!

  • February 17, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    C&C Wedding « - […] Sugar & Fluff for their amazing vision and inviting Bunch to be a part of it, and Feather Love Photography for the awesome photos! The wedding was gorgeous.. I have never seen a tennis court look so good, […]

  • February 17, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    Karlo - WAO!

    realy beautiful pictures!

    and it looks like a great party…



  • February 17, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    Kristin - So wonderful to see these!! Sugar and Fluff did such a lovely job!! everything was so soft and autumny and beautiful! such a pleasure shooting with you! such a fun night! these are just so gorgeous!

  • February 17, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Natalie T. - Amazing. Amazing. All the time NOA. The flowers, lights and set up were absolutely GORGE. Ex to the Oh.

  • February 18, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Lee Anne Havens - Love every image, the pic of Kristin is WAY too cute!

  • February 20, 2011 - 5:08 am

    The Dopeness Digest // The Week That Was - Beyond Beyond | Beyond Beyond - […] the dress Adorable *sigh* Accent of […]

  • February 22, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Denver Photographer - I really like your style… I like that you shoot true to your style for the whole wedding.

  • February 27, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Vanessa Chalmers - Yeah girls! Look how cute you guys are!!!!!! These pictures BLEW ME AWAY! It’s so obvious you guys loved the whole scene because it totally shows in the images. And I just about started hiphoping in my seat looking at your dancing pictures. SO FUN!

  • March 7, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    Katia Muscara - DeLiGHtful!!!

  • March 10, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Angela - I just came across your site – I LOVE your editing style! You tell a good story 🙂

  • March 21, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Christina Brosnan - Ok so that is such a cool location for a reception but really I can’t get over how insanely adorable that dog is, I love his little behind!

  • March 21, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    tiffany. - Noa!
    I LOVE you down there on the floor getting the good shots :o))


  • December 12, 2012 - 5:51 pm
  • April 15, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Autumn Wedding (2nd shooting with Feather Love Photography) | Kristin Genna Photography - […] soft, autumnal design and coordination of the event. More details and images from the wedding here. It was a gorgeous occasion of love, music, and karaoke! I am so glad I had the chance to be a […]

  • February 18, 2015 - 8:49 am

    Lina - I absolutely love the tent they used! These photos are spectacular! I see the name of the company, is there the name of the specific tent anywhere?

  • May 4, 2015 - 2:39 am

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I LOVE super sweet intimate weddings. Lisa & Theis’ wedding was 6 people altogether. When I first read all the information that Lisa sent over (below) I actually cried… beautiful precious story…

Ceremony: Malibu Pier, Malibu, CA
Reception: Beachcomber Restaurant, Malibu, CA
Bride’s Dress: J.Crew Taryn gown, altered to include straps.
Bride’s Shoes: Culver by Nina in Apple Green
Hair/make up:  Melissa Morck

Lisa:   “Theis and I met on Labor Day 2009 at a friend’s barbeque. We had both just moved to Los Angeles: I was beginning my PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature at USC, and Theis was a visiting scholar, at USC for six months to do research for his master’s thesis in Comparative Literature. I am originally from Chicago, but I had spent the previous six years in New York City; Theis is from northern Denmark, but had lived in Copenhagen for the previous six years. We fell deeply in love almost immediately, and became engaged in December 2009; Theis came home with me for Christmas and proposed to me in my childhood bedroom. Theis’s visa ended in January, and he had to return to Denmark. For the next nine months, we conducted our love affair at a transatlantic long distance. We Skyped twice a day, at 9 AM and midnight California time, to cope with the nine-hour time difference. We also began the lengthy  process of bringing Theis back to the United States legally. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Denmark twice, in March and July, and meet Theis’s wonderful family and friends. Despite growing up very far from each other, Theis and I have found we have a remarkable number of things in common, and we attribute some of our similarity to how alike north Denmark and the upper American Midwest are. Both places have long, cold winters, beautiful vibrant summers, and a strong emphasis on family and community. We also share a great love of literature, cinema and music, and a devoted belief in the other’s talents.

In October 2010, Theis was finally able to return to the US on a fiance visa. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and beautiful, a relaxing day on which we could celebrate our greatest dream  coming true: being together. We had initially planned to have the ceremony in Griffith Park, but our desire to have dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge ( made us decide to change the location to the Malibu Pier, a beautiful place that Theis and I had visited together several times in the first few months of our relationship. It turned out to be the perfect setting, very calm on the day before Thanksgiving. In the company of my parents and sister and our friend Bill Handley, we were married on the pier.

Veil: My mom found my antique green veil on eBay. It dates to 1831 and originally belonged to a woman named Elizabeth Litchfield, who received it as a gift from her “Aunt Ret,” according to the message inside the box it came in. My bouquet and Theis’s bouttoniere are from Jasmine’s Garden in Los Feliz, LA.
My headpiece – the “bird hat” – was custom-made by Brenda Waites Bolling, a milliner with a store at the Plaza Shops in New York City.

Our officiant was our dear friend Bill Handley, who is a literature professor at the University of Southern California. Bill sponsored Theis to come to the US as a visiting scholar in 2009 and has been an important mentor to me in my academic career.

My fiance bought my ring in the Los Angeles Jewelry District. It is both my engagement and wedding ring. The inside is engraved with “Lisa My Heart”. Theis’s suit is Claiborne from JC Penney. His tie is Calvin Klein, and his shirt, by Woolrich, was a gift from me on his 26th birthday. I bought my fiance’s ring from Kenny and Mike Kao at Hiwahiwa Treasures on Etsy. The inside is engraved with “You make my heart sing.” The gold bracelet I’m wearing was a gift from my mother-in-law. The silver bracelet was a birthday gift Theis gave me shortly after we started dating. It is a replacement of a bracelet my father gave me when I was ten that I later lost. The original bracelet my dad gave me had my initials engraved on the outside and the phrase “The Truth Is Out There” on the inside, because I loved The X-Files then (still do!) and the idea behind those words. I wore the bracelet for years but sadly lost it in my early twenties. In November 2009, Theis surprised me with a new bracelet for my 25th birthday. On the outside my first name is engraved, and on the inside are the words “The Truth Is Still Out There.”

We read the Walt Whitman poem “To A Stranger” to each other as vows:

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me
as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other, fluid, affectionate,
chaste, matured,
You grew up with me, were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become not yours
only nor left my body mine only,
You give me the pleasure of your eyes, face, flesh, as we pass, you
take of my beard, breast, hands, in return,
I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or
wake at night alone,
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

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  • February 17, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    Kristin - love this! love her green veil and hat! you’re just oozing out the beautiful works today!! love the intimacy of their wedding too, really lovely.

  • February 25, 2011 - 9:56 am

    bryan - finally a bride not dressed in white…. great shots

  • March 4, 2011 - 9:56 am

    lauren - this wedding pretty much rocked my world. what is it about aviators that make everyone look like such badasses? i dont know, but i like it. my favorite, for whatever reason, has got to be them looking through the tiny circular window. good job on this!

  • March 20, 2011 - 11:05 pm

    Stevie - I LOVE this wedding!! Love everything about it! I teared up reading about the story of how they met and fell in love and kept their relationship alive even though they were a world apart. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. These photos are gorgeous!