Felix and Bella were married on a beautiful October evening at Scott’s Garden in Walnut Creek, California.  The ceremony was personal and thoughtful, lovingly performed by Felix’s stepfather, Tom.  Each part of the evening was carefully prepared — from the beautiful and romantic chuppah, made of tulle and white lights, to the handmade guest book.  Both families speak Russian and English, and so the toasts were spoken in a loving combination of the two.  A few of the grandparents and parents had traveled all the way from Russia for the ceremony, and it was a touching and joy-filled reunion.

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From beginning to end, this wedding, which I second-shot with Sorella Muse Photography in Los Angeles, was all about joy and love and happiness.  The bride and groom were consistently so sweet, so appreciative, so loving — and not only with each other, but all of their guests and strangers they passed on the street.  It was a real treat just to be near these two on their big day.

It’s the kind of celebration that kind of knocks you over — I laughed — and occasionally cried tears of joy — through the whole event.

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