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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Annenberg Community Beach House

Photos from Leigha and Ryan’s wedding at Annenberg Community Beach House, which began with the couple getting ready in separate suites at Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows. I then captured their romantic garden first look session and some portraits in front of the Santa Monica Pier before they exchanged vows during a rooftop wedding ceremony. After a sunset portrait session on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, the night ended with a lively reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.

LEIGHA & RYAN

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Wedding photos at Annenberg Community Beach House:

Leigha and Ryan inquired back in August about capturing their intimate wedding at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. The bride had been referred to me by a friend (albeit without my full name or wedding photography business name), so she persistently searched online until she found me!

The lovely couple met around a year ago through their work, with the couple currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. The bride actually lived in Los Angeles for many years, which was one of the reasons to get married in Santa Monica. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a destination wedding for almost all the guests in Sunny So Cal during the winter time!

We got to know one another better during a phone meeting a few months back and they are such a sweet and thoughtful couple. I was so thankful that they selected Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day and all the love that it evoked.

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Leigha and Ryan hold hands while swinging at sunset during their Santa Monica wedding portrait session.

 

Getting ready photos at Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows:

I met up with my photographer at Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows in Santa Monica where the bride and groom were making their final preparations. They were in separate suites located just across the corridor from one another, which made it really easy for us to dash back and forth to capture all the getting ready moments.

I photographed Leigha having the final touches applied to her makeup and admiring her gorgeous wedding dress, then grabbed a shot as she sipped on champagne while looking out across Santa Monica from her balcony. I also grabbed some candid shots as her friend assisted her into her wedding dress and secured her bracelet before a playful photo of them laughing as she slipped on the garter.

Meanwhile, Ryan was getting ready across the way and I captured candid shots as he adjusted his tie and secured his cufflinks. He’d had socks custom-made with pictures of the couple’s two dogs, so we captured a shot showcasing them as he slipped on his shoes. Ryan was great at following my lead as he looked out across the sands of Santa Monica Beach from his suite balcony.

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Leigha admiring her wedding dress hanging in her suite window at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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A close-up shot of Leigha having the final touches applied to her lipstick while getting ready for her wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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A silhouette shot of Ryan adjusting his tie in his beach-facing suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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A close-up shot of Ryan fixing his cufflinks while getting ready for his wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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Ryan slips on his shoes while showing off his custom-made socks while getting ready for his Santa Monica wedding.
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Leigha and her girlfriends admire the bride’s wedding dress hanging in a window at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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Leigha enjoys a glass of champagne while looking out across Santa Monica Beach from her suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Ryan secures his pocket square while getting ready for his wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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A candid photo of Ryan putting on his sunglasses while getting ready in a suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Ryan looks out across Santa Monica Beach as he prepared for his wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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One of Leigha’s friends helps to secure the back of her wedding dress in an elegant suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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A creative shot of Leigha’s friend fluffing the train of her wedding dress in a Santa Monica hotel suite.
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Leigha smiles at her friend as she helps to secure the bride’s bracelet in a suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Leigha and one of her friends while getting ready for her wedding at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha and her friend laugh while putting on her garter in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel suite.
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Leigha secures the strap on her sparkly wedding shoes in a suite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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A portrait of Leigha in her stunning wedding dress standing at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel suite window.
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The bride turns to smile at the camera during her wedding portrait session at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows:

It was then time for the first look between the couple, which was being held in a courtyard garden of Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows. The couple had written sweet notes, which they exchanged with their backs to one another, before the official first look as Leigha walked up behind Ryan.

I captured the reactions of both the bride and groom at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day before capturing romantic portraits of them in this loved-up moment. We utilized a cabana in the grounds of Fairmont Miramar Hotel And Bungalows and a white picket fence, then moved inside for a portrait with the hotel’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Leigha and Ryan also wanted to get some portraits incorporating the Santa Monica Pier and its iconic Ferris wheel, so we made the quick drive over. I captured shots of them holding hands and embracing on the edge of the sand before driving them back to Annenberg Community Beach House where their ceremony was to be held.

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Leigha and Ryan exchange cards during their “first moment” in a courtyard garden at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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The bride and groom open note cards written by one another during their first look session at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha and Ryan hold hands during their “first moment” in the gardens of Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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Leigha walks towards Ryan for their first look session in the gardens of Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Capturing Ryan’s reaction at seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha smiling at Ryan during their first look session at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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The bride and groom soak up the moment during their romantic first look session at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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A portrait of Leigha and Ryan in front of a cabana in the gardens of Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Capturing a romantic moment between the soon-to-be-married bride and groom at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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An intimate portrait of Leigha and Ryan during their garden wedding photo session at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha and Ryan embrace in front of a white picket fence during their Fairmont Miramar Hotel wedding portrait session.
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Leigha and Ryan walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of Fairmont Miramar Hotel during their wedding portrait session.
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A portrait of Leigha and Ryan in front of the beautifully decorated Christmas tree at Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha and Ryan kiss in the courtyard gardens of Fairmont Miramar Hotel during their Santa Monica wedding portrait session.
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Leigha kisses Ryan’s cheek in front of a sprawling tree at Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.
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The bride and groom kiss in front of a cabana in the grounds of Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
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Leigha leads Ryan in front of a white picket fence during their Santa Monica wedding portrait session.
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Leigha and Ryan embrace on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, packed by the iconic Ferris wheel and pier.
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Capturing an intimate embrace between Leigha and Ryan during their Santa Monica wedding portrait session.
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Leigha and Ryan stand hand-in-hand on the beach in Santa Monica during their pre-wedding portrait session.
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Leigha and Ryan look lovingly into one another’s eyes while walking through Santa Monica.
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A portrait of the couple showcasing Leigha’s stunning wedding dress near the beach in Santa Monica.

 

Ceremony photos at Annenberg Community Beach House:

Leigha’s uncle walked her down the aisle as Ryan watched on proudly, with the couple exchanging vows on the rooftop of Annenberg Community Beach House in front of around 50 of their closest family and friends. I grabbed candid shots of both the bride and groom’s reactions during the intimate ceremony, as well as capturing a wide-angle shot looking across the sun-drenched venue.

The ceremony concluded with Ryan performing a Jewish “breaking of the glass” before the couple sealed their marriage with a kiss. I documented their recessional walk down the aisle with both the bride and groom beaming, with a spontaneous kiss as they were congratulated by family and friends.

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Capturing Ryan’s reaction as he watched Leigha walk down the aisle during their wedding ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of Leigha being escorted down the aisle by her uncle at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha embraces her uncle while being given away to Ryan during their intimate ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha and Ryan look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their rooftop Santa Monica wedding ceremony.
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Capturing Leigha’s reaction as she exchanged vows with Ryan at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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A cute young wedding guest watches on during the wedding ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Looking across Leigha and Ryan’s rooftop wedding ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of Leigha reading her vows into a microphone during her Annenberg Community Beach House wedding.
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Ryan smiles at Leigha as he holds the microphone for her during their vow exchange at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of Ryan’s mom watching on during the intimate wedding ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha slips a ring onto Ryan’s finger during their Annenberg Community Beach House wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Ryan performing the Jewish “breaking of the glass” during the Annenberg Community Beach House ceremony.
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Capturing the kiss between Leigha and Ryan after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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The newlyweds smile as they make their recessional walk down the aisle at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the newlyweds during their recessional walk at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Capturing a special moment between the bride and her flower girl at Annenberg Community Beach House.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Annenberg Community Beach House:

As Leigha and Ryan’s guests enjoyed cocktail hour at Annenberg Community Beach House, we took advantage of the gorgeous golden hour light for couple portraits in and around the venue. We utilized a bright green hedge and a walkway in front of the property, as well as a set of romantic swings located just outside.

As the sun sank towards the horizon, we got creative with some silhouette shots of the couple, then used the off-camera flash to illuminate them as they sky transformed behind. I ended this sunset portrait session in Santa Monica by giving the couple some time to just soak up the moment and captured a natural candid shot of them doing just that!

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A portrait of Leigha holding her bouquet in front of a hedge at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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A portrait of the newlyweds holding hands in front of the manicured hedge at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of Leigha laughing at her cute flower girl during the Annenberg Community Beach House wedding portrait session.
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Leigha embraces Ryan during their romantic wedding portrait session at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha and Ryan kiss during their sunset wedding portrait session on Santa Monica Beach.
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A wide-angle portrait of the newlyweds on the beachfront in Santa Monica during their sunset wedding photo session.
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Ryan kisses Leigha on a beach swing in Santa Monica during their sunset wedding portrait session.
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A playful shot of Ryan showing off his custom socks and Leigha her wedding shoes on Santa Monica Beach.
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Ryan carries Leigha along a boardwalk in Santa Monica during their sunset wedding portrait session.
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A creative silhouette portrait of Leigha and Ryan during their sunset wedding photo session in Santa Monica.
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An off-camera flash portrait of Leigha and Ryan during their sunset wedding photo session on Santa Monica Beach.
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Ryan lifts up Leigha’s veil to kiss her during their wedding portrait session at sunset on Santa Monica Beach.
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A romantic portrait of the bride and groom embracing with their bouquet on the sands of Santa Monica Beach.
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Capturing a special moment between the newlyweds as they look out across the Pacific Ocean from Santa Monica Beach.
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A silhouette portrait of the newlyweds backed by the setting sun on the beach in Santa Monica.
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A creative portrait of the newlyweds on a balcony at Annenberg Community Beach House during their cocktail hour.

 

Reception photos at Annenberg Community Beach House:

After making their grand reception entrance at Annenberg Community Beach House, Leigha and Ryan kicked off proceedings with their first dance. This was followed by a thank you speech by the couple and some toasts from those closest to them before the couple went round to personally greet each of their wedding guests.

I captured some romantic shots of the couple cozying up at their sweetheart table before Leigha danced with her uncle and Ryan performed a mother-son dance with his mom. This was followed by the cake-cutting ceremony and open dancing for the rest of the night.

There was plenty of action to capture on the dance floor from the couple and their guests, particularly Ryan’s mom who even danced with one of the staff members from Annenberg Community Beach House! Leigha and Ryan ended the evening with a grand exit from their Santa Monica wedding reception venue as their guests waved glow sticks on either side.

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Leigha and Ryan make their grand entrance into the wedding reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of Leigha and Ryan performing their first dance during the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their first dance at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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The couple share a laugh during their thank you toast at the Annenberg Community Beach House wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Leigha’s uncle making a speech with her mom nearby at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Capturing the reactions of the newlyweds at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of the cute flower girl enjoying the dance floor at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A romantic portrait of Leigha and Ryan at their sweetheart table beside the Annenberg Community Beach House dance floor.
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A close-up portrait of the bride and groom looking lovingly into one another’s eyes at their Santa Monica sweetheart table.
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A candid photo of Leigha embracing her mom during the intimate reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Capturing a tender moment between Ryan and his mom during the Annenberg Community Beach House wedding reception.
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The flower girl looks at pictures on a cell phone during the wedding reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha embrace her uncle during their family dance at the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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A candid photo of Ryan watching on during the parental dances at his Annenberg Community Beach House wedding reception.
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Capturing a special moment between Leigha and her uncle while dancing at the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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Ryan and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the wedding reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha and Ryan kiss at their sweetheart table during the Annenberg Community Beach House reception in Santa Monica.
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A candid photo of Leigha and Ryan performing their cake-cutting ceremony at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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The newlyweds feed one another cake during their wedding reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A group photo of the newlyweds kissing with their wedding party at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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Capturing a special moment between the newlyweds and their flower girl at the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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A candid photo of the bride and groom’s moms dancing together during the Annenberg Community Beach House wedding reception.
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A wedding guest enjoying the dance floor during the intimate reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of two wedding guests on the dance floor at Leigha and Ryan’s Santa Monica reception.
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A creative shot of the bride and groom dancing with Ryan’s mom and sister at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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A candid photo of the bride and groom kissing during their wedding party at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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A playful photo of a wedding guest enjoying the dance floor during the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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Ryan showing off his custom-made socks while getting down on the dance floor during the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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A candid photo of Leigha laughing on the dance floor at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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Ryan lifts his sister on the dance floor during the lively wedding reception at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha dancing with Ryan while wearing Christmas-themed glasses at Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
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Ryan’s mom and friends getting down on the dance floor during the Annenberg Community Beach House wedding reception.
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A creative photo of Ryan dancing in the middle of a circle of friends during his Santa Monica wedding reception.
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Capturing a playful moment as a staff member at Annenberg Community Beach House dances with Ryan’s mom.
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Leigha and Ryan enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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An action shot of two wedding guests jumping on the dance floor during the Santa Monica reception.
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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds on the dance floor at Annenberg Community Beach House.
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Leigha and Ryan dancing in a circle with their family and friends during the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.
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Ryan dips and kisses Leigha during their grand exit with glow sticks from the Annenberg Community Beach House reception.

 

Wedding photos at Annenberg Community Beach House:

I can’t thank Leigha and Ryan enough for being such a wonderful couple, from the very first phone contact we had until the end of their reception. It was wonderful to capture all the love and moments from their wedding at Annenberg Community Beach House and I hope they enjoy the rest of their time here in Southern California.

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