Who needs a guestbook when you have artistic portraits of all your wedding guests? That’s what film director Suzi Yoonessi and her fiancé Spencer Crossland were wondering as they planned their wedding at the famously colorful Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, where every room is a unique experience. As an unusual gift to their guests, they arranged for photographer Jonathan Grassi to take fine art portraits of everyone in their rooms. Some guests even brought costumes to go with the themes of their rooms. The resulting album, entitled “The Madonna Inn” is a refreshing way to celebrate the guests as much as the bride and groom, and more importantly, it ensured that everyone left with a wedding favor they would truly never forget. No embossed matchbooks for these guests, high art only.
Click through to a few of the arresting images from Yoonessi and Crossland’s January nuptials. Starting with this portrait of the bride and groom all cuddled up in the Carin Room. [Jonathan Grassi] [Photos: Jonathan Grassi]