These La La Land Engagement Pics Are Such A Delight

La La Land is a lyrical story of love and Los Angeles. So it's no surprise that the film was recently used as inspiration for an engagement photo shoot. Marlies Hartmann of M. Hart Photography took cues from the Oscar-nominated blockbuster when shooting Ellen Wleklinski and Corey Collins, who plan to wed in September at the Redondo Beach Historic Library.

The result was part Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, part Ellen and Corey — and every bit as evocative of Old Hollywood as intended. The Huffington Post reports that some of the cinematic shots took place on January 29 around the Griffith Observatory — through which Mia and Sebastian danced on their first date — while others (the nighttime photos) were taken two weeks later at the Hollywood Bowl overlook.

"My favorite part about the shoot was the real-life chemistry between Ellen and Corey!" Hartmann tells Refinery29. "They are effervescent as a couple, full of the same kind of zest for life and contagious energy as Mia and Sebastian. They made the whole shoot light up just by being themselves…wildly in love and nuts about each other…in that timeless, Old Hollywood sort of way."

Ahead, see the photos from the City of Stars.
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Ellen was the one who suggested having the engagement shoot in Griffith Park: She lives nearby and often runs there, and Ellen and Corey — just like Mia and Sebastian — went to the Griffith Observatory for one of their first dates. Hartmann had just seen La La Land and noticed how much the couple resembles Mia and Sebastian.

"I figured another photographer had probably beat me to the idea and already recreated something similar, but after searching online I couldn’t find anything of the sort!" says Hartmann. When she mentioned the idea to Ellen and Corey, they loved it.
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"They were both huge fans of the film, and Ellen always felt that Corey looked like her own personal Ryan Gosling!" says Hartmann.
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Ellen already owned a few Mia-style wardrobe pieces, like this blue Elie Tahari dress...
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...and this black Betsey Johnson sheath.
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"[Ellen and Corey] have an Oscar-worthy romance that is universally desired and understood!" says Hartmann.
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"For the nighttime 'blue hour' shots, we wanted to shoot at Cathy’s Corner, which is the exact location where the movie was shot, but on the day of the shoot, we realized that we’d have to hike two miles up to the location with all our gear and lighting equipment to get there!" says Hartmann. "We luckily had a 'plan B' and drove to the nearby Hollywood Bowl Overlook, which ended up being the perfect place to recreate the dance scene from the film."
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Ellen also already owned a yellow dress (by Nieves Lavi) reminiscent of the one Emma Stone wore in the night shots.
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"We knew that our goal was to recreate and evoke the energy and feeling from the film, as well as portray the images as if the characters had indeed gotten their 'Hollywood' happily-ever-after ending we all hoped for when watching the movie," says Hartmann.
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