Marlene and Adam’s Smoky Hollow Studios wedding was EXTRA special for me: I’ve been friends with Marlene since we met through mutual wedding-industry friends almost seven years ago. We’ve worked on product and recipe shoots together, I fell in love with her sauces and spices (and her INCREDIBLE cooking), and now we make it a priority to get together every few months to catch up on life over lunch (usually at Cheesecake Factory. We’re basic).
Adam is perfect for Marlene. I remember saying to our friends during the wedding, “I couldn’t imagine someone who would be good enough for Marlene… and then I met Adam.” (I think their officiant and friend Erica said the same thing during the ceremony!) It’s difficult to articulate, but these two manage to keep each other both motivated to be their best selves, and grounded in reality. They’re truly a perfect match! And remember their engagement session at home? One of my favorites!
The couple first bonded over their shared connection to the Israeli folkdance community (where Adam’s parents had first met nearly 30 years ago), favorite music, and passion for cooking. They debated the best Thai restaurant in Los Angeles and decided the only way to properly settle the debate was to eat at both spots and vote. They started with Adam’s pick, Jitlada, and over the next several hours, Marlene guzzled water to combat the spicy food and attempted to keep up with the cerebral and charismatic Adam. Their next stop was a bar where they both ordered whiskey and Marlene beat Adam in a game of shuffleboard. By the end of the night, they both knew there was something special about the other.
Emilee from Tasteful Tatters (another mutual friend of ours with whom we’ve done many photo shoots over the years!) was inspired by a modern art museum while designing the couple’s Smoky Hollow Studios reception. Centia from Petal Floral incorporated fruits and vegetables in the floral arrangements as a nod to Marlene’s profession and Adam’s passion for cooking. The traditional Jewish ceremony was officiated by the couple’s best friends, Erica and Jason, and Marlene and Adam’s personal vows to each other had the entire room in tears (myself included). I looked forward to Korean-fusion tacos from Kogi BBQ for weeks leading up to the wedding. It was a wonderful day and I’m so thankful and humbled to have been present.