Before I became a wedding photographer, my view of hotels were simply as a place to vacation. As I began to attend and shoot events like the Sheraton San Gabriel Grand Opening and Langham Sunset & Symphony, I realized how big of an impact these hotels make on our local community. They boost our economy by creating jobs, encouraging tourism, becoming a center for other businesses to open around, and collaborating with local businesses.
When DoubleTree Pomona reached out to me to shoot their grand opening, I was thrilled to be a part of this momentous occasion. (Special thank you to Tina from In The Clouds Events for referring me) There are many reasons why I loved shooting for them.
The first being that their ballroom has huge windows with gorgeous natural light streaming through. They had a mock wedding setup for me to shoot, and I was in photography heaven shooting the reception details.
Secondly, I love the traditions that DoubleTree has. They pride themselves on their cookies that they give to guests, and were sure to integrate that into the grand opening. Rather than a traditional toast with champagne during the ribbon cutting, they handled out milk and cookies! They also baked a giant cookie for the Pomona mayor who graciously began to hand out pieces of it to the guests. That was my first time meeting him, and I was honored to have personally been given a piece of the giant cookie.
Finally, every time I meet the staff at a DoubleTree, they are all so incredibly welcoming and kind! They treat you like you're family, and will make you feel at home. Their team was so much fun to work with, and I can't wait to return to shoot a wedding here!