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Ohhhhh, this family. I love them so much! I loved being a part of Gaby’s big day, her bat mitzvah. The ceremony was held at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach. After a beautiful ceremony and luncheon, the guests headed over to the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre for a reception designed and decorated honoring Gaby’s love for the theater! Seriously, this gal!

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This past weekend, I had the honor of photographing a fundraising event at the Manhattan Country Club, which was held to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Over 150 people came for dinner, dancing, gambling and of course, giving.

This event was co-founded by 2 local women, Christina Holman and Tara Hackley, both who hold this cause very close to their hearts. In 2010, Tara’s son fought brain cancer, and won, and is among the very fortunate pediatric cancer survivors.  Armed with gratitude and the desire to “do something”, these 2 women work to fundraise both through this event, as well as the Tour de Pier.

Let’s talk about the organization that is behind raising this money, Unravel Pediatric Cancer. Founded by Libby Kranz, a mom who recently lost her daughter due to a terminal brain tumor, plows forward by raising awareness through her organization, about the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. Her story is incredible, and her strength is insurmountable and inspiring to say the least. Because of these 3 amazing women, more people will be aware of the need for money for pediatric cancer research. If you want to learn more about this incredible organization, and the people who are key to pushing research forward, click here. And of course, if you feel inclined to donate, you can click here.

Dr. Jim Olson

Manhattan Country Club – Nicole Stubbs and Michael Devous

Flowers – Flowers by Robyn Rogoff 

A/V – Michael Allen

DJ – Vox DJ’s – Tony Lorrich III

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They call Yorba Linda their home, but decided on the obvious choice of holding their beautiful and intimate wedding at the bride’s mom’s house just steps away from the sand and ocean in Hermosa Beach, CA. What a perfect place that not only holds such wonderful old memories, but will also be the place for their newest memory to be, too. George was Zelda’s client, and through their interactions, they discovered things about each other that just couldn’t be ignored. They both adored their families, traveling, good food and adventures. Could this be love?

Yes! So, they planned a wedding! Impeccable details, delicious food and drinks, dear family and friends, and a gorgeous back drop of her mom’s almost 100 year old home, and the beautifully lit beach made for a perfect setting for love. The family had a big part in putting this day on, from doing Zelda’s hair and make-up, to setting up the patio for the reception, and even carrying out the wedding arch that would be the spot where the vows would take place.

Thank you so much to Zelda and George for having me be a part of your special day. You are both truly amazing, and I enjoyed so much being a part of your perfect wedding day.

xo m

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What an honor to be a witness and the photographer for Samantha’s bat mitzvah! She prepared herself and studied so diligently for this day, and I couldn’t have been prouder! Both the ceremony and party was held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, which was also where Samantha’s parents got married many years ago. What a perfect day of celebration with over 250 of their family and friends; what a way to party!

enjoy, xo m

venue: Manhattan Beach Marriott

Event Planner: Market Events by Lili

 

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