Los Angeles wedding film photography by Hanna Walkowaik


Creating an Inclusive & Intimate Atmosphere at Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

These two are less about the shot list and more about the experience in every way, and I’m here for it! Mariana and Jen wanted real, raw, and filmy images that captured the true spirit of their wedding day and the beautiful love story leading up to it. To make that happen, they booked their intimate reception at a romantic Italian restaurant and invited 100 of their nearest and dearest. Creating an inclusive and supportive atmosphere was imperative for this LGBTQ wedding, and nothing but love filled the room from beginning to end.

The low-light vibes suited them so well and beautifully reflected the warm, relational feel of their day. The venue truly builds the ambiance, and since bringing loved ones together and celebrating with them was top priority, I couldn’t imagine a better fit. The dark and moody aesthetic felt nostalgic and encouraged candid, fun, and artsy moments. This fabulous LGBTQ wedding holds an extra special place in my heart.

Unfiltered Storytelling

It’s safe to say that I was destined for Los Angeles at some point in my life. I’ve had a camera in hand for as long as I can remember, and I feel right at home in this film-focused city. Even better, I entered the wedding scene as the tides turned from traditional wedding photography and portraiture to a more candid, photojournalistic style. I have always been drawn to cinematic, filmy formats with a touch of drama. As it turns out, that grainy, nostalgic style is back, and I’m thrilled! I love that couples like Mariana and Jen are digging into their creative sides not just to get amazing photos but to have unforgettable experiences, too.

I have had the pleasure of documenting this fabulous love story from the start! Mariana reached out to me three years ago to plan and photograph her marriage proposal to Jen at their favorite date-night coffeeshop stop. It went off without a hitch, and we even took their post-proposal photoshoot to a greenhouse since it was a bit chilly out. Even from our first chat, I knew I loved these two ladies, but getting to document their proposal and photograph their engagement session really sealed our friendship. 

Their engagement session involved a lifestyle-meets-editorial take at a museum and then at their favorite bar. (Wow, these two completely rocked their signature date night looks! I love that their outfits reflected their unique personalities yet paired together so well!)

Creating Cinematic Art on Your Wedding Day

During wedding planning, three of us knew we wanted to top their first two sessions—but how?! They’re already modeling pros with me and love to create art, so we did some location scouting for their couple’s portraits.

Mariana and Jen envisioned editorial photos showcasing their outfits, chemistry, and gorgeous surroundings. A university campus originally inspired their vision, and this nearby church, open to the public, offered a breathtaking courtyard. It gives subtle, moody Harry Potter vibes, and it fit their concept beautifully. 

We also incorporated pieces of their story into the day as we did with their previous sessions. One of the sweetest parts of their day involved a pit stop at a local hamburger joint. (10/10 recommend spending time together at a place you enjoy on your wedding day!) 

Get Lost in the Details

From getting ready to reception, I shot a ton of film to add to their gallery. The film adds an editorial feel and an artsy vibe to all of their photos. Additionally, I made sure to infuse artistic moments from the details of the day, like a building with a bird flying through the shot and a close-up of a cocktail in a pretty glass. These beautiful details make lovely memoirs to display in your home. Most may see them as artful displays, but to you, they’re meaningful pieces representing your wedding day. You may not want to create a gallery of twenty ceremony shots in your entryway, and this makes for a beautiful alternative. 

When Clients Become Friends

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Jen and Mariana through all these years, and I am truly going to miss them in front of my camera for some of their most significant life events, but I’m so happy to say we have turned into friends. Cheers to these lovely ladies—I wish you all the best…and more!

Los Angeles Inclusive Wedding Photographer

No matter your story or style, I’m here for it! I am proud to support all happy couples–LGBTQ weddings, unconventional weddings, and SoCal elopements are at the top of my list! Want to get creative with some filmy editorial shots? Let’s go!

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Wedding Vendors

Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Ann Krause
Venue + Caterer: Salvatores
Music: Jenna @Toast & Jam DJs
Jens Dress: Anthropologie
Mariana Dress: Jenny Yoo
Invitations: Zazzle
Videographer: Whole Heart Video





Creating an Inclusive & Intimate Atmosphere at Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

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