The ceremony for this wedding was held in the bleachers at the Santa Anita Park Racetrack. It was an extremely challenging location for a variety of reasons. First, the chuppah was suspended between four poles that were hand-held by a few of the bride and groom's close friends. And those folks were present for the entire ceremony. For this particular wedding, the canopy used was rather small. That meant that the four attendants, the couple's parents, the rabbi, and the bride and groom all had to fit into a very crowded area which made photographing the bride and groom quite difficult. Additionally, although the ceremony location was shaded, the racetrack was in full sunlight and it was thus impossible to create a portfolio-grade image featuring both the ceremony and the track in the same image. Finally, there was no aisle and no direct line to where the bride and groom were standing so many of the wedding photographs had to be taken from an angle which is atypical for my standard hero image of the ceremony. Now with all of that being said, given my experience at the time, I was able to make many photographs of the Jewish ceremony that the clients really loved. In fact, they both remain close friends to this day. The Santa Anita Park Racetrack is located in Arcadia, California. Phone: (626) 574-6400. Website: http://www.santaanita.com.
Location: 285 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007.