11 hours and counting until the new year in sunny California, mainly sunny in Los Angeles and Orange County. Have you all made your New Years resolution yet?
My lovely wedding couple, Beth and Nik , finally tied the knot at beautiful Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach! Their wedding was so colorful all the say down to the boutonnieres, which made AWESEOME photos in the end. It was an early day when Beth and Nik prepped up at their designated suites provided by Shade Hotel and hurried up to get married at Wayfarer’s Chapel that was just a quick drive away in Palos Verdes. Since Nik woke up a bit earlier, he had some time to catch the surfs at Manhattan Beach before preparing for the wedding. While Nik took his board to the beach, the ladies all hung out and had their makeup done. Since Danny and I did not bring any swimming trunks, we hung out with Beth and photographed the ladies until Nik came back!
While Beth and her wedding party all prepped up, we took aside all the fun little wedding details to photograph. Every fine wedding detail was taken into consideration. Even the boutonnieres were color coordinated with the bouquets for the bridesmaids then the entire wedding party can match! I suppose of all the wedding details, the most eye catching was Beth’s Manolo heels. I was not sure what it was, but it was the perfect item to compliment her wedding dress. Every sit back and relax; this is going to be a long, yet worthwhile, wedding blog entry.
Manhattan Beach, CA
To start off, check out the wedding details of the boutonnieres and the matching wedding bouquets.
Even the flower girl got an wonderful bouquet of flowers to match her wedding dress!
And of course, the Beth’s wedding bouquet was the best.
While the ladies did their thing, we stood by the sidelines and photographed each touching moment. This photograph of Beth’s mother was one of my favorite photos of the day. =)
I just had to pair Nik’s suit and his favorite surfboard together for this next wedding picture.
Dig the socks
Here was a fun side story about Beth and Nik’s wedding. Nik is very particular about everything, even down to his tie. He forgot his favorite black tie at his house and none of our ties were able to match up. Danny and the Nik’s entourage did the next best thing – all jump into a car and speed off to the mall in search of the perfect replacement tie! After countless ties, Nik finally found a suitable one to match his taste. This next wedding photo kind of summed it up as Nik adjusted his tie as they took the escalator down.
Now that the wedding is back on track and all the little wrinkles in the wedding itinerary has been ironed out, everyone met at Wayfarer’s Chapel for the their grand wedding. With the spare time while the wedding guests made their way to Wayfarer’s Chapel, we captured a few fun wedding pictures with the entire wedding party.
The following wedding photos were touching moments when Nik finally saw Beth in her amazing wedding dress. I think Nik squeezed out a few tears too. I think anyone would if they saw her.
After that intimate moment was over, we quickly took one photo of the entire wedding party and rushed everyone to the front of Wayfarer’s Chapel for the wedding ceremony.
BAM! Sealed with a kiss.
Before we headed to Abalone Cove for their wedding photography session, we walked to the side of Wayfarer’s Chapel for some nice colorful greens to add in their wedding photos.
After the wedding photography session was over and a handful of the wedding party had thorns stuck in their legs (thanks for being a real trooper), we all headed back to Shade Hotel (Manhattan Beach) for a fun-filled night of cheers, laughter, and lots of sweets! The dessert table was wonderfully crafted by their wedding coordinator, Linsay Longacre from LVL Events.
Instead of the usual guestbook at weddings, Beth and Nik chose a cute bodyboard to match their personalities better.
After the father’s speech to Beth and Nik, this next wedding photograph was such a tender moment when Nik got out of his seat to give his dad the biggest hug ever.
Many speeches were given out that night to congratulate our wedding couple, but Beth’s sister’s poem stood out amongst the rest.
Since there we sweets everywhere, Danny thought it was only fitting to have the wedding rings photographed in a sea of blue…whatever those blue balls were. =)
Once everyone had their fill, the party started with the first dance as husband and wife. Afterward, DJ dropped the beat and the party rocked all night long!
Congratulations again to the both of you. It was an absolute pleasure to be your wedding photographers at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles).
On another quick side note, this wedding made it to the publications for the spring issue of The Knot. How awesome is that! Check out their wedding on The Knot at your nearest Barns and Noble!
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