Brandon is one half of Twin Lens Life (the other half is his brother and best man, Brian), and he and Serra had the most charming vintage-inspired wedding, so it’s only fitting that photographer Gia Canali used a bunch of vintage cameras to capture the day. Says Gia,

“Since Brandon is a photographer, we were happy to pull out all the funky vintage film cameras and dead stock films we could get our hands on (the Rollei, the Contax, the Leica, one of their Voigtlanders, plus a whole slew of Polaroid and toy cameras, and all the films that go with all those cameras). There were moments when the lawn was literally littered with Polaroids. I mean, Fuji instant prints.”

Okay, so on with the photos!

Serra wore a vintage dress from the 1960s, Miss Bisou shoes found at a thrift shop, and jewelry that had been worn by Brandon’s grandmother in her wedding and passed down through the family.

The wedding took place at Heritage Square Park in Los Angeles.

Flowers by Amanda Claverie at Rosebud Floral Design.

From Serra: I honestly loved every moment of the day! Brandon is my best friend and my love, and to see everything come together on that day was truly beautiful. I do have to say that our ceremony was my most favorite part. I loved when the rooster randomly came walking down the aisle during our vows and the foot washing with me sitting on the swing was perfect! I always told Brandon how romantic homemade tree swings are and he made one for our ceremony! I truly enjoyed those moments being surrounded by our family and close friends. It was fantastic, unexplainable, really.

Serra’s bridesmaid wore a dress purchased at American Vintage in Hollywood (323-661-8081). Brandon wore a vintage suit found at a thrift shop, and his brother wore a brown corduroy suit from Make Your Own Jeans. All of their accessories were also purchased at thrift shops – so perfect for the vintage feel of this entire wedding!

Brandon and Serra’s pet lovebirds, Frankie and Allie, were the center of attention in an antique, hand carved birdcage placed in the middle of the table.

Serra spent months collecting vintage plates from various antique and thrift stores, as well as tarnished silver salt and pepper shakers and flatware. She made napkin holders with buttons and fabric taken from a corduroy jacket.

How cool is this? Brandon’s brother and best man (and fellow photographer), Brian, took Polaroid photos of all the guests, which were used as place cards, and which had a place on the back where guests could to write a message to the bride and groom, to be compiled later as a guest book. You can see more of his Polaroids over on the Twin Lens Life blog.

From Serra: We both shoot Polaroid Land Cameras from the 60s and have documented our relationship from the beginning. We created a photo tree with long cherry branches and our Polaroid photos hanging from each branch.

For the dessert table, each cake and pie was placed inside a round bamboo box (similar to a hat box) until it was time to eat them, when they were stacked on top of the boxes and antique books.

Congratulations Brandon and Serra! Thank you so much for sharing your delightful wedding day with us, and thank you to the talented Gia Canali for sharing all of these incredible photos. Want more? See more pics over on Gia’s blog, and check back here later to see Brandon and Serra’s awesome wedding film! (Speaking of which, do you see the 8mm camera in Brandon’s hand – love it!) Also, you have to check out Twin Lens Film if you haven’t already – they rock!

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  1. Inessa Zherebnenko

    what a fabulous blast from the past wedding. I am feeling so nostalgic now. Thanks for sharing this sweet wedding.

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  3. Emily

    Oh my goodness. Who are these people!?! What a beautiful couple and a spectacularly vintage and romantic wedding!

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  5. Kristi Wright

    I love this wedding and the swing is the perfect touch.

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  6. marissa breanna

    Oh, I love this wedding! My favorite picture is most definitely the one of the couple on the swing! Gorgeous! Want a tree swing at our wedding now…

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  7. lydia {ever ours}

    this is such a sweet wedding. loving the images with them by/on the swing. :)

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  8. Jeanette

    Wow, I am totally blown away with this wedding. This venue has been on my top list for a while and this wedding totally made me fall in love with it. The pictures are amazing, the couple is so freaking cute, and the venue is divine. Love love love!

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  9. a thousand mason jars

    gorgeous dress. love all the vintage details! the swing photo is great.

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  10. sarah@fogliopress

    There is nothing like “real film” to make a photographer swoon! These images are beautiful, as are the gorgeous details of the day – well done by all! Congrats!

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  11. Zack

    Brandon & Serra are two incredible people that have an amazing story. They deserve nothing but the best. May the lord continue to bless you two.


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  12. Bryan Johnson

    I love the Brother’s Wright!
    Incredible wedding.

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  13. Brandon Wright

    Thanks all for al of your kind words. I don’t think anyone could ever know how much we loved our wedding and our wedding photos. Our small wedding was perfect for us.

    Thank you Katherine for sharing the joy of our wedding with all of your viewers. The new site design is wonderful! Let me know if ever have any image needs and next time you’re in LA. We would love to meet and thank you in person!


    Brandon & Serra

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  14. Mc Huggs


    I feel in love with the amazing pictures and your awesome and many talents. May I share your gorgeous and beautiful web blog on my face book profile page?


    Mc Huggs :)

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  15. Brian Wright

    PS- Hair was cut and styled by the fabulous Louis Santelices from John Frieda on Melrose Place, West Hollywood. He is the best! Look him up.

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  16. Olivia Soren

    These pictures are great! They look like they are straight out of the movie The Notebook.

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  17. Karen Hill

    Gorgeous photos, love them! Thanks for sharing your day, using film, wonderful vintage cameras and setting etc, etc. Congrats!

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  19. alex rapada

    This gave me goosebumps. Amazing all around!

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  20. Kim

    So Perfect! Such an inspiration as well. I cant tell you how much I adore these photos and all the details. Thanks for posting!

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  21. Amanda Thorson

    This is so, so, so beautiful! I think this may be one of the loveliest weddings I have ever seen.

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  22. Rachel

    I am so in love with this wedding! It’s so perfect – something I could only daydream about! I mentioned it in my tumblr blog, 206FASHION. Love, love, love!

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