Engagement Photos at the Hollywood Sign

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Helen + Patrick’s Hollywood Hills engagement session, captured by Chaffin Cade Photography, was very unique in so many ways! Not many people get the chance to shoot, or even stand, super close to the Hollywood sign. There is crazy security surrounding it at all times + multiple permit offices to go through to be eligible to shoot there. And even though this shoot was done legally, with all the permits in place + a park’s office guide tagging along, police helicopters still flew by, notifying the group to “get away from the L” or risk being arrested! Luckily the police were eventually informed that they were allowed to be there + the shoot was able to go on! Hey, at least it makes for a good story, right?! ;)

From Emily of Chaffin Cade Photography, When people see the Hollywood Sign, they think of wonderful possibilities, adventure and dreams. Not only does the simple sign inspire all of the artists that live and work right here in Hollywood, but I think it’s a great symbolism for marriage as well! Helen and Patrick, actors themselves, agreed.

This shoot was not for the faint of heart! Getting down to the sign is no easy task. It’s incredibly steep, and easy to get a lot of dirt on you, but once you get to the sign, it’s totally worth it! You have a gorgeous view of the city, all while being one of the few to stand next to a sign that’s been a symbol of Hollywood – recognized all over the world for 90 years (it was put up in 1923). Very cool…

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hollywood sign enagement

hollywood sign enagement

hollywood sign enagement

hollywood sign enagement

hollywood sign enagement

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hollywood sign enagement

hollywood sign enagement


The second part of the shoot was done at the large plateau below the Hollywood Sign and Helen + Patrick were dressed very Old Hollywood Glam! LOVE her sparkly, gold dress!

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long gold glitter dress

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long gold glitter dress

engagement

long gold glitter dress


Thanks so much to Chaffin Cade Photography for sharing these fun + beautiful images with us today + big congrats to Helen + Patrick!

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryChaffin Cade Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Klondike Wedding Under the Midnight Sun: Deanna + Aaron

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Deanna + Aaron’s incredible Klondike-themed wedding in historic Dawson City, Yukon (Canada) was so uniquely beautiful and filled with the most amazing Victorian details + attire. Guests attended the ceremony in full period costume and Deanna wore a gorgeous custom-made couture corset gown. I love how they kept the theme going throughout the reception with stylistically-appropriate details, gorgeous lace textures and fun +clever table names. Here’s a bit more about the day from the beautiful bride:

Dawson City is, in it’s entirety, a national historic site of the gold rush era of the late 1890’s so the tag line “we’re gonna party like it’s 1899″ was quite fitting. The location was the perfect compromise between Aaron’s love of history, my love of theme parties, and our mutual love of the North.

Big thanks to Nordica Photography for sharing these unbelievably gorgeous images with us today and congratulations to Deanna + Aaron!

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yukon

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The ceremony took place atop the wild and spectacular Midnight Dome, with jaw-dropping views of the Klondike gold fields, the Yukon River Valley, and the Ogilvie Mountains….

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I love that the bridesmaids carried fans made from colorful peacock feathers!

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bride and groom


Can you believe this amazing setting?! So unreal…

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bride and groom

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The guests gathered for a reception in the historic Palace Grand Theatre. Built in 1899 from the lumber of two steamboats, it remains the most opulent theatre and dancehall in western Canada and stands as tribute to the glory days of the Klondike gold rush.

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book table decor

old fashioned name seating cards

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custom printed napkin

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klondike bride and groom

klondike bride and groom

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Dawson City celebrates the longest day of the year by gathering for a party atop the Midnight Dome, a tradition since 1899. Those left standing after the reception toasted with beers and bubbly under the un-setting sun. How fun is that?!

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Congrats, again, to Deanna + Aaron – we wish you all the best!

photography: Nordica Photography // second shooter: Fer Juaristi // ceremony: atop the midnight dome with views of the Klondike gold fields, Yukon River Valley, and the Ogilvie Mountains // reception: Palace Grand Theatre Dawson, Yukon, Canada // dress: custom-made victorian corset dress // flowers: handmade (by bride) from old lace, ribbon, and book pages // peacock fans: handmade by the bride // bridesmaid costumes: Historical Emporium // guest rentals: Myrna’s Best Friend Costumes // place to stay: Bombay Peggys

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Google Hangout with GWS + Four Seasons

So, Jason, Sienna and I are off to Hawaii today (be sure to follow GWS on instagram to see lots of sneak peeks!) to check out a few new hotels that will be great for a honeymoon, anniversary – or for a Hawaiian wedding. :) While here, we’re going to host a Google Hangout on Air with our friends from the Four Seasons Lanai on Thursday, September 19th at 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST to help those of you considering Hawaii as a destination wedding!

In case you’re not familiar with Google Hangouts yet, we’re excited to introduce them to you! We think Google Hangouts will be really helpful to you during your wedding planning process, especially if you have a busy schedule or are planning a destination wedding. For us, Google Hangouts will allow us to give you  the ability watch conversations between us and wedding industry professionals live! While we love being able to share our live conversations with you, we’re even more excited that Hangouts will allow you to submit your feedback and questions as our conversation happens. We love GWS readers + are so excited to have you participate in our Hangouts!

We  can’t think of a better partner than Four Seasons to kick off our series of Google Hangouts on Air! During our Hangout we’ll discuss with what make Hawaii such a great wedding destination, how the Four Seasons can help you create your perfect wedding, share tips for planning your wedding in Hawaii and  answer other questions submitted by you.

I’d love for you to join us!

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So, if you have any questions for Four Seasons or GWS to answer during our Hangout, please head over to Google+, let us know that you’ll be attending and leave your questions in the comments section. Anything goes – questions about planning a wedding in Hawaii, honeymoon questions, anything you want. Mark your calendar for next Thursday at 3pm PST and we’ll see you there!!

Oh, and if you can’t make the event, no worries as we’ll share the video on GWS after the event.

Also, please feel free to let us know what other wedding professionals, venues, designers or topics of discussion you’d like us to feature in our upcoming Hangouts!

 

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