The Richard Nixon Presidential Library was only a museum as far as I was aware. Sophia and Yama found us through another Afghani couple we shot in downtown L.A. months before. I knew the grounds would be beautiful, but I was having a hard time picturing how the Afghani style would fit in a museum. We entered through the front lobby and we began having doubts, but then we wandered into the East Room. Sophia mentioned the “ballrooms” are what drew her to this venue in our communications, and she was spot on.
The Nixon Library East Room is the only replica of the East room in the White House and did they ever nail it! The chandeliers sparkled, incredible mirrors from floor to ceiling, and enormous portraits of important people I should probably know. Vendors were rushing about, caterers hovering over the elegant round tables, and a whole crew building the sweetheart stage. The magical floral arrangements were placed perfectly throughout the room and lining the stage. The band was busy with mic checks and the dance floor was ready to go.
The First Lady’s Rose Garden was perfect for portraits. The fountain lined by palm trees was one of the most popular photo stops and it was clear why. Then we wandered towards the cottage and pepper trees, with dreamy hanging branches reaching the ground, and we knew this was the perfect spot for a first look. We captured genuine moments of the two under those tress with the perfect golden light shining through on the couple.
The Cocktail hour led right into the reception in the East Room. Sophia and Yama made their grand entrance and proceeded to their elaborate sweetheart stage. The food was served and the drinks flowed in from the cocktail hour. Guests danced on the white dance floor and as the music played, couples took turns performing for the couple. It was something else. Have a look!
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