Wedding At Aquarium Of The Pacific In Long Beach, CA | Jace & Jon

Wedding At Aquarium Of The Pacific

JACE & JON

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Wedding photos at Aquarium Of The Pacific:

I had the privilege of photographing Jace and Jon’s same sex wedding celebrations at the Aquarium Of The Pacific after a mutual colleague had recommended me to them. This incredibly sweet couple had been together for years and shared plenty of memories, but had decided the time had now come to tie the knot. From the emotional reactions as they read their pre-wedding gift cards, to the dramatically-lit portraits throughout the evening, this wedding at Aquarium Of The Pacific was an absolute pleasure to photograph.

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Capturing a playful moment between the two grooms using off-camera flash as they embrace beside a medusa tank at the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach.

 

Getting ready photos at the Hyatt Centric At The Pike:

The day started at the Hyatt Centric At The Pike hotel, situated just around the corner from my studio in Downtown Long Beach. Myself, my second photographer Charlene, and our assistant Natalie, drove over with the car loaded with photographic equipment. We knew that the Aquarium Of The Pacific was a challenging venue to photograph, but we had come prepared!

Both Jace and Jon were getting ready in separate rooms, surrounded by their siblings and parents. There were lots of beautiful candid moments to capture, not only as the grooms read the gift cards they had received from each other, but also as their family helped them add the final touches to their suits.

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A reflective shot of Jace getting ready for his wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Centric At The Pike hotel in Long Beach.

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A close-up shot of Jace going through his vows at the Hyatt before his wedding ceremony at the nearby Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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Jon helps to fit his mom’s corsage as they were getting ready at the Hyatt in Long Beach.

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Capturing Jace’s reaction as he opens a pre-wedding ceremony gift from his soon-to-be husband, Jon.

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A candid shot of Jace reading a card written for him by Jon before their wedding ceremony at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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Capturing Jon’s reaction at the Hyatt as he opened a gift given to him by his partner before their wedding ceremony.

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A candid shot of Jace getting emotional after reading a card left for him by his soon-to-be husband.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Hyatt Centric At The Pike:

They had decided to hold a first look session, but were mixing it up by doing a back-to-back first look so that they both saw each other at exactly the same time. After capturing some candid shots of their reactions, we did a short portrait session around the Hyatt before continuing to photograph on the short walk over to the Aquarium Of The Pacific. The venue was just closing to the public for the day, meaning that Jace and Jon had exclusive use.

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The two grooms take their first glimpse of each other during their back-to-back first look session at the Hyatt Centric At The Pike in Long Beach.

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A black and white portrait of the two grooms embracing before their wedding at the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach.

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Capturing a shared joke between the two grooms as they prepared for their wedding day at the Hyatt in Long Beach.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Aquarium Of The Pacific:

Anybody who has visited this Long Beach aquarium will know that it is very dimly-lit, with the blue hued tanks providing the main source of light. For photography this can be tricky, but we had come prepared with not only high quality lenses and off-camera flashes, but also the experience of having photographed here before. In these Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding photos I captured Jace and Jon embracing along a candle-lit walkway and alongside a medusa filled tank, aiming for creative shots through the use of dramatic lighting techniques.

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A dramatically-lit portrait of the two grooms within a bamboo forest during their Long Beach wedding photo session.

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A playful, urban portrait of the two grooms before the start of their wedding ceremony at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the two grooms in a candle-lit walkway of the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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A creative portrait of the two grooms using off-camera flash in front of a fish tank at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

 

Ceremony photos at the Aquarium Of The Pacific:

It was then time for the wedding ceremony itself, and both the grooms’ mothers walked them down the aisle hand-in-hand. We captured candid moments and expressions as Jace and Jon read their vows, as well as wide-angle shots taking in the spectacular surrounds.

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The two grooms are escorted down the aisle by their moms during their Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding ceremony.

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A black and white candid shot capturing Jace’s emotional reaction as Jon reads his vows at the Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding ceremony.

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A wide-angle shot capturing Jace and Jon’s wedding ceremony at the dramatically-lit Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach.

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A candid shot of Jon during his wedding ceremony with Jace at the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach.

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The newly married couple during their recessional walk down the aisle at Long Beach’s Aquarium Of The Pacific.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Aquarium Of The Pacific:

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Capturing a kiss between the newly married couple, surrounded by the blue-tinged tanks of the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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A stylish black and white portrait of the two grooms during their Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding photo session.

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A dramatically-lit portrait of the two grooms using off-camera flash during their Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding photo session.

 

Reception photos at the Aquarium Of The Pacific:

After another short portrait session with the newly married couple around the Aquarium Of The Pacific, we moved on to the reception that was being held in a lavish private club under an immense blue whale sculpture. From the elevated second floor, one of us was able to capture this complete scene as the grooms had their first dance, while the other photographer was at ground level capturing more intimate shots and expressive reactions.

Following the mother-son dances, the party really kicked off, with speeches and a traditional Japanese banzai toast, as well as plenty of fun in the slow-motion photo booth.

I usually like to sneak out for some nighttime portraits with my bridal couples during their wedding reception, but here the whole event was being held within the dramatically-lit indoors of the Aquarium Of The Pacific. Nevertheless, I think the final silhouette image of Jace and Jon, backed by an immense fish tank, was one of the most dramatic of the night and summed up just how spectacular this venue can be for wedding photography.

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Capturing an elevated view of the first dance between the two grooms during their Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding reception.

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The two grooms at their Aquarium Of The Pacific sweetheart table, reacting to a speech made by Jace’s sister.

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Jon embraces Jace’s sister following her toast at their same-sex Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding reception.

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The newly married grooms perform a traditional Japanese banzai toast during their wedding reception at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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A close-up candid shot as the newly married couple make a speech for their wedding guests at the Aquarium Of The Pacific reception.

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Jace and Jon making a speech together during their same-sex wedding celebrations at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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A black and white candid shot of Jon and his mom during their mother-son dance at the Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding reception.

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Capturing the second mother-son dance between Jace and his mom on the dramatically-lit dance floor of the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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Capturing all the fun of the slow-motion photo booth at Jace and Jon’s same-sex Aquarium Of The Pacific wedding reception.

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The two grooms share a playful moment during their modern wedding reception at the Aquarium Of The Pacific.

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A dramatic silhouette shot of the newly married couple in front of a huge fish tank at Long Beach’s Aquarium Of The Pacific.

 

Wedding photos at Aquarium Of The Pacific:

It was an utmost pleasure and honor getting to photograph Jace and Jon’s wedding at the Aquarium Of The Pacific, and I wish them a lifetime of love and joy!

April 3, 2015

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