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Naz Films
416.319.7240
While photographs certainly capture the visuals and aesthetic of a wedding, nothing captures the actual experience like film. Naz Melconian shoots weddings and other events on Super 8 and edits them into 5-minute videos that can be easily shared with friends and family. Melconian is very much an artist, so these aren’t exactly your dad’s home videos; they’re gorgeously shot and edited, and the finished product has an emotional quality that’s enormously powerful. He's based in Toronto, but travels to New York and LA frequently for shoots.
Gina & Ryan Photography
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Gina and Ryan are industry veterans who have been taking photos together (and been adorably in love with each other) for more than ten years. They have a special talent for getting camera-shy guests—and grooms—to come out of their shell, and they also set up a preview of the photos at the reception; a nice touch that includes guests who aren’t members of the bridal party or close family, and usually get left out of the special moments right after the ceremony. They offer a special price for elopements, and their gallery offers a convincing argument that even small ceremonies should invest in professional photography.
Silver Lake Farms (Closed)
213.640.3755
Tara Kolla actually started Silver Lake Farms in the backyard of her Silver Lake home—as she tells it, she and her husband "just aren't pool people," so she plowed an acre of land and equipped it with rows and rows of breathtaking ranunculus, larkspur, dahlias, and sweet peas that climb the fences. A degree in horticulture and several seasons later, her business has exploded beyond the farmer's market to become a full-fledged CSA that delivers locally grown, organic bouquets to families and businesses across the city on a weekly basis (though you can still find her at the Hollywood Farmer's Market and a few other spot around town). Tara's also an important community activist for urban farming and the slow flower movement in Los Angeles and nationally; long live the #fempire.
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