As I’ve tried to build a little portfolio of sane, awesome, affordable wedding elves (or, as I think of it, the vendor directory I would have KILLED for two years ago) I’ve had hard times finding people that fit the bill in a few areas of the country. Some of them made sense to me. Some of them did not make sense. And the place that continues to blow my mind is LA. I mean, how the h*ll are their not a billion bad-*ss, totally sane wedding artists living in LOS ANGELES???? I know. Those of you not from California are thinking, “It’s LA, Meg. It’s just a big soulless strip mall.” But no way. I’m from Southern California, and the urban part of LA is on my short list of really great artsy US cities to live in. So I’ve been beyond frustrated by not having tons of resources to give the bajillion of you that live in LA.
This is, of course, all a lead in to tell you how thrilled, happy, and profoundly grateful I am to get to tell you about ByCherry Photography. Cherry lives in Santa Barbara, but shoots weddings all over the greater LA area. She’s talented, she’s kind, she loves shooting Team Practical weddings, and most of all she’s sane. Oh. And she describes herself as “half-Filipina, half bad-*ss.” Yesss.
I asked Cherry how she’d describe her business and artistic mission statement, and the woman thought and thought and thought about it, and then finally said something really simple. So simple that it always shocks me that this isn’t the whole wedding industry’s motto. Cherry said, “when I thought about how I wanted to run a business, the most profound mission statement that came to mind is that I wanted to be the kind of photographer that I would have hired for my own wedding. I like to be straightforward, efficient, and above all, I don’t want any couple to feel like they got bamboozled when she realizes there were hidden costs. I want the couple to feel like they’ve scratched off the photography line on her “To Worry About” list.” And THAT, kids? That is what you should be looking for in a photographer. And when it comes with talent and rates like this? You win.
Oh wait, plus she’s offering 10% off to all couples that book through APW, because she genuinely loves working with you guys. Win! Win! Win!
Why does ByCherry Photography love you guys so much? Well. For the very best reason, “I love APW brides because I am an APW bride. I want to be surrounded by couples who know that the most important part of the day is getting married and being surrounded by the ones you love. A friend once said a very profound thing to me, ‘As I stood there looking at all my guests I could honestly say that I loved every person in that room and they loved me. How many times does that happen in your lifetime?’”
Plus she promises to work with your budget restraints as much as possible, make you laugh, and grin her head off at you while you have the time of your life. All that and she’s affordable, talented, and in the LA area? I’m beyond pleased and proud that ByCherry Photography is part of the APW team. So go, ladies, go. And please send me pictures.