ALEJANDRA & HUGO
- Getting ready location: Private residence in Lynwood (bride) and Downey (groom)
I first got to know bride-to-be Alejandra when she and her mom came to my home studio last summer to chat about her upcoming wedding at Renaissance Banquet. Then I had the pleasure of meeting her fiance, Hugo, a couple of weeks prior to their special day to go over the final details.
They were planning a Catholic ceremony with a full Mass at Saint Emydius Catholic Church in Lynwood, followed by a reception at the glamorous ballroom of Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Hugo dips Alejandra during their first dance at the Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Getting ready photos at a private residence in Lynwood:
But the day all started with the bride and groom getting ready at their respective family homes, with my second photographer with the Hugo while I was with Alejandra and her immediate family in Lynwood. I photographed her admiring her gorgeous wedding dress and drinking tea with her mom, as well as reading a note card from her husband-to-be.
I also captured the moment her grandma saw her for the first time in her wedding dress, together with a special first look with her dad, before she left the room to be welcomed by her aunt and uncle. Alejandra had given her parents a trophy which read “Best Parents” and you could just tell how important family was to this tightly knit group.
Alejandra admiring her gorgeous wedding gown as she prepared for her special day at her parent’s home in Lynwood.
Alejandra and her mom enjoy a cup of tea as they prepared for the wedding at the family home in Lynwood.
Capturing a special moment between Alejandra and her grandma at the family home in Lynwood.
Alejandra’s mom adds the finishing touches to her daughter’s makeup at their family home in Lynwood.
Alejandra’s mom helps to “fluff” her wedding dress as they made their final preparations for the Lynwood wedding.
A black and white shot of Alejandra and her mom as they added the final touches to her wedding attire.
Alejandra reads a note card from her spouse-to-be as she prepared for her wedding at the family home in Lynwood.
Alejandra shows off her gorgeous wedding dress in a naturally-lit window at her parent’s home.
A black and white shot of the first look between Alejandra and her father at the family home in Lynwood.
Alejandra’s father embraces her after their first look at the family home in Lynwood.
Alejandra’s parents hold up a trophy given to them by their daughter for being “Best Parents”.
Alejandra’s family admire her looking radiant on her wedding day at the family home in Lynwood.
Ceremony photos at Saint Emydius Catholic Church:
It was then time for the wedding ceremony at Saint Emydius Catholic Church, with Alejandra and her parents making the short ride from their home in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. The couple had decided on a full Catholic Mass, beginning with Hugo being escorted down the aisle by his parents and followed by Alejandra singing her way down the aisle, accompanied by her parents.
There were lots of spontaneous looks and exchanges between the couple which I captured in candid shots, as well as a wide-angle looking across this house of worship. They also incorporated a number of traditional Catholic rituals into the wedding, with family members coming to give their blessings on the couple during the ceremony.
After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Alejandra and Hugo made their recessional walk down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends, stopping for a spontaneous kiss beneath a floral arch at the entrance to Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Hugo’s parents escort him down the aisle at Saint Emydius Catholic Church for the start of his Lynwood wedding.
Hugo’s mom blesses him at the altar of Saint Emydius Catholic Church at the start of his Catholic wedding ceremony.
Alejandra sings as her parents escort her down the aisle at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Capturing Hugo’s reaction at seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Hugo kisses the hands of Alejandra and her mom at the start of their Saint Emydius Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
A wide-angle shot looking across Alejandra and Hugo’s traditional Mass at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
A black and white shot of Alejandra stealing a look at Hugo during their Catholic Mass wedding ceremony.
Hugo looks lovingly at his bride during their wedding ceremony at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Alejandra kisses Hugo’s hand during their traditional Catholic wedding at Saint Emydius Church in Lynwood.
Capturing Alejandra’s reaction as she exchanges vows with Hugo at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Hugo’s mom kisses him in what is a traditional Catholic ritual at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
The bride and groom admiring their wedding rings during the Saint Emydius Catholic Church ceremony.
The newly married couple kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Capturing a special moment between the newly married couple at the end of their Saint Emydius Catholic Church Mass.
A spontaneous kiss on Alejandra’s hand from Hugo as they leave Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Alejandra and Hugo make their recessional walk down the aisle while being congratulated by family and friends.
Alejandra and Hugo kiss beneath a floral archway at the entrance to Saint Emydius Catholic Church.
Portraits at South Gate Park:
We made the short drive over to South Gate Park for a wedding portrait session, utilizing its gorgeous gardens and landscaping features. I captured intimate embraces of the couple in this loved-up moment and a really tender moment between them in black and white. Although it was a little overcast, the lighting was just perfect and the colors of the greenery made for the perfect backdrop.
Capturing an intimate moment between the newly married couple during their South Gate Park wedding photo session.
Alejandra and Hugo look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their South Gate Park portrait session.
The newly married couple kiss beneath a canopied walkway at South Gate Park in South Gate.
Capturing a special black and white portrait of Alejandra and Hugo during their South Gate Park portrait session.
Reception photos at Renaissance Banquet:
The reception was being held in Glendale, so we made the drive over in the midst of Friday afternoon rush hour traffic. The festivities for this wedding at Renaissance Banquet began with a grand entrance from the newly married couple, followed by a choreographed dance on the smoke-filled ballroom floor. Alejandra’s parents then made a toast to the couple and Hugo replied with a “thank you” speech, before the parental dances got underway.
Then everyone congregated on the dance floor for a group wedding party photo before letting loose to party! There was a traditional Money Dance where the bride and groom dance with family and friends to be gifted donations for their honeymoon, as well as a Latino ritual where the guests run between the couple as they hold a cloth overhead together.
I captured all the action of the bouquet toss, followed by the garter toss and Hugo being lifted into the air by his friends and family. The couple also had glow sticks with their names and wedding date inscribed for their guests, illuminating the dance floor in a myriad of colors. We ended the evening with a romantic nighttime portrait of the couple standing behind their sweetheart table, concluding what was a really warm and memorable wedding at Renaissance Banquet.
Alejandra and Hugo make their grand entrance into the ballroom reception at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
The newly married couple perform a choreographed first dance on the smoke-filled dance floor of Renaissance Banquet.
Alejandra’s parents make a toast to the newly married couple during the Renaissance Banquet reception.
Capturing Alejandra and Hugo’s reactions at their sweetheart table as reception speeches and toasts are made.
Alejandra looks on lovingly at Hugo as he makes a speech during their Renaissance Banquet ballroom reception.
Hugo watches on during the father-daughter dance at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Alejandra’s family embraces her after the father-daughter dance at her Renaissance Banquet reception.
A black and white shot of the mother-son dance at Hugo’s Renaissance Banquet wedding reception.
A group shot of Alejandra and Hugo with their wedding party at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
The newly married couple letting loose on the dance floor of Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Alejandra dances with her uncle during the Money Dance at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Hugo’s grandma-in-law offers some money for the newly married couple at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Capturing a spontaneous kiss between Alejandra and Hugo on the dance floor during their ballroom reception.
Female guests parade beneath an arch made by Alejandra and Hugo in what is a traditional Latino wedding ritual.
Alejandra throws a single flower during her bouquet toss at Renaissance Banquet in Glendale.
Male wedding guests run across the dance floor during Alejandra and Hugo’s Latino reception.
An action shot of Hugo’s garter toss during the Renaissance Banquet wedding reception in Glendale.
Alejandra and Hugo kiss while holding their custom-made glow sticks on the dance floor of Renaissance Banquet.
Glow sticks illuminate the dance floor of Alejandra and Hugo’s wedding reception at Renaissance Banquet.
A black and white shot of a young wedding guest enjoying the reception festivities at Renaissance Banquet.
Hugo is lifted into the air by his friends during the lively reception celebrations at Renaissance Banquet.
A romantic nighttime couple portrait of the newly married couple at their Renaissance Banquet sweetheart table.
I know that Alejandra and Hugo are off to Hawaii for the honeymoon, so I’m looking forward to sharing these photos with them when they return and wish them all the best for their married life together.