close up engagement session portrait of bride kissing grooms hands in santa monica by apertura erwin darmali

Apertura, a Los Angeles wedding photographer who is extremely passionate in capturing real, unscripted moments during weddings and family sessions. Apertura has been pushing the standard for wedding photojournalism excellence since the company was established a decade ago in Los Angeles by Erwin Darmali. The Apertura team’s ultimate goal as wedding photographer is to create a timeless documentary by recording a slice of family history through a series of emotionally charged images. With this philosophy behind each Los Angeles and destination weddings they documented, Apertura was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine in 2009. Apertura has also won numerous awards from Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP), Fearless Photographers and Junebug's Best of The Best. While based in sunny Los Angeles, California, Apertura has had the privilege to shoot weddings and portraits in many other Southern California’s finest wedding venues and locations including Pasadena, Palm Springs, Orange County, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Our happy brides & grooms have also brought us to many premiere wedding destinations around the world such as Bali, Cabo San Lucas, Tuscany, San Francisco, Tokyo, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Vallarta, New York, Santa Fe, Jakarta, San Miguel de Allende, Las Vegas, Berlin, Napa and Prague. No matter where your dream wedding will be, Apertura will travel anywhere in the world to capture it.

Featured Weddings

Marta + Ben: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

August 24, 2015

This particular weekend is one of my favorite weekends.  I came back to San

Samar + Ali: Chianti, Italy

July 29, 2013

  We are so blessed to be spending 4 days shooting Samar + Ali

Tara + Michael: Portland, OR

July 23, 2013

Tara + Michael are such great people with a great sense of humor. At


Los Angeles Weddings

Beverly Hills / Culver City / Malibu / Pasadena / Rancho Palos Verdes / Los Angeles / Santa Monica / Pacific Palisades / Long Beach

Orange County Weddings

Newport Coast / Dana Point / Laguna Niguel

San Diego

La Jolla / Encinitas / Rancho Santa Fe / Downtown San Diego


Indonesia / Jakarta / Bandung / Bali / Lombok

Palm Springs

Palm Springs / Indian Wells / Palm Desert / Indio