A Retro Engagement Session at Los Angeles Union Station

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Before Lockell and Chris chose the Huron Substation as the venue for their wedding, they knew very little about the space. However, by the time the deposit had been paid and the papers signed, they'd learned a little more about the site's former use as a place where energy was converted for Los Angeles's old light-rail system. That tidbit inspired them to incorporate the "rail" reference into their wedding, as well as into the engagement shoot they'd planned with photographer Molly of Luminaire Images.

They decided to take engagement photos at Los Angeles Union Station, a train station that still holds on to a classic Americana vibe. New outfits, some vintage-inspired hair and makeup, and access to the station's old ticketing area brought Chris and Lockell's rail-inspired engagement session to life.

A couple in retro-inspired outfits for their engagement session.

Chris proposed to Lockell at the end of a romantic dinner date. As he was preparing to pay the check, he 'accidentally' dropped his pen under the table. He told Lockell he saw it roll under her chair, so she volunteered to pick it up. When she sat back up, her gorgeous engagement ring was sparkling from the center of the table!

Engagement session outside of Los Angeles Union Station.
Engaged couple with vintage-inspired accessories for their engagement shoot.

As the couple began to work with their photographer to plan the engagement shoot, she mentioned Union Station's vintage architectural design, suggesting that the couple dress in a retro style to complement the location. Says Lockell, "It was an amazing idea and we loved the results!"

Bride's retro-inspired makeup.

The highlight of the day was when, as they explored Union Station, the couple's photographer noticed an area that was closed to public access. She was able to get permission for Lockell and Chris to briefly go inside the old ticketing area to take advantage of the towering windows and vaulted ceiling of the beautiful, empty space.

Lockell and Chris incorporated a more modern take on the rail theme into their wedding. The table names were designed to look like Metro stop pillars, and escort cards looked like LA Metro Transit Access Passes. Lockell even gifted Chris with Metro token cuff links to wear on their wedding day. They took their wedding party portraits at the Travel Town Museum, incorporating a few of the museum's trains into the backdrops of their wedding photos.

Location: Los Angeles Union Station || Hair: Ursula Campbell of Eclectic Hair Designs || Makeup: Jen Castelo || Bride's Attire: Stop Staring Clothing || Groom's Attire: Banana Republic || Photographer: Molly of Luminaire Images

—Jaimie Schoen

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