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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Automobile Driving Museum

Photos from Gwen and Matt's classic car-inspired wedding at Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. We began the day documenting the bride getting ready at the elegant Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach before Matt arrived for their first look in front of a sweeping staircase, then headed over to the Automobile Driving Museum for their intimate ceremony. This was followed by a portrait session of the couple in some of the museum's gorgeous vintage vehicles before they celebrated their new union during a fun-filled private club wedding reception.

GWEN & MATT

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Wedding photos at Automobile Driving Museum:

Being the Los Angeles wedding photographer for Gwen and Matt was particularly special for me as Gwen was an old friend from my college engineering days. Her then-fiance Matt had staged a romantic proposal when they were on vacation in Japan and it was such a privilege to reconnect and capture these photos of a wedding at Automobile Driving Museum.

Gwen and Matt’s e-session was held in the beautiful residential area of Venice Canals, followed by a sunset shoot at Venice Beach, and a nighttime portrait session at the iconic LACMA museum. Although their wedding ceremony and reception were being held at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, Gwen was getting ready at the elegant Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach in Hawthorne, while Matt was at their house making his final preparations.

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An intimate off-camera flash portrait of the newly married couple at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.

 

Getting ready photos at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach:

My wife Charlene was the second photographer for the day and focused her attentions on the boys. At the same time I was with Gwen and her bridesmaids as they did their hair and makeup, shared gifts, and had a celebratory champagne toast at Ayres Hotel. In addition to capturing some poignant candid moments, we also had time for a short portrait session of Gwen once she was in her gorgeous gown, with the natural light in the hotel suite a photographer’s dream.

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Gwen having her make-up done in one of the suites at Hawthorne’s Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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Gwen and her bridesmaids enjoying a celebratory champagne toast as they were getting ready for her wedding day at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A reflective shot of Matt getting ready for his wedding day in a suite at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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Gwen’s maid of honor gives her a surprise gift as they were getting ready at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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Gwen admires her gorgeous bridal gown in one of the naturally-lit suite windows at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A close-up portrait of Matt with his groomsmen as they prepared for the wedding day at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A candid shot of Gwen relaxing next to her bridal gown in one of the elegant suites of the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A reflective image of the bride fixing her earrings in a suite at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach in Hawthorne.
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Gwen’s bridesmaids help to secure her bridal gown as they were getting ready at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A reflective shot of the bride in one of the full length suite mirrors at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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A black and white shot of Gwen’s bridesmaids looking towards the bride in a suite at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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Capturing a playful moment as one of Gwen’s bridesmaids helps her to apply deodorant before her wedding ceremony at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach and the Automobile Driving Museum:

Matt then made his way over to the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach where the couple had planned a first look session. We held it in the hotel foyer at the base of their grand, wrought-iron staircase, which gave the images a really classic feel.

We then all headed over to El Segundo for an Automobile Driving Museum wedding photo session before the ceremony started. The classic car showroom and retro styled entrance of the venue provided such great backdrops to work with, as well as an ochre red corrugated shutter that provided more of an urban look.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions during their first look session below a grand staircase at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach.
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An off-camera flash portrait of the bride and groom between classic cars at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.
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Gwen and Matt in front of a bright red corrugated metal wall during their Automobile Driving Museum wedding photo session.
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The soon-to-be-married couple stand beneath the entrance of the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.

 

Ceremony photos at the Automobile Driving Museum:

The ceremony was filled with emotional candid moments as Gwen’s father gave her away and she and Matt exchanged vows, and I looked for multiple angles to capture these through up-close images and creative focal points.

Post-ceremony portraits at the Automobile Driving Museum:
After the ceremony we had time for another couple portrait session in the car showroom, with so many elegant old convertibles to work with.

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Gwen’s father walks her down the aisle at the start of her wedding ceremony in El Segundo.
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Gwen and her father embrace as she is given away at the altar during her Automobile Driving Museum wedding ceremony.
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Capturing the joyful expressions of Gwen and Matt during their Western wedding ceremony at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.
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Both the bride and groom become emotional as they exchange vows during their El Segundo wedding ceremony.
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A black and white shot of Matt’s mother’s emotional reaction as she watches her son and Gwen wed.
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The bride wipes away tears as she listens to her groom’s vows at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.
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The newly married couple celebrate after being announced husband and wife at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Automobile Driving Museum:

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Gwen and Matt sit in the back seat of a classic yellow car during their Automobile Driving Museum wedding photo session.
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Matt kisses Gwen during their Automobile Driving Museum wedding photo session within a showroom full of classic cars.

 

Reception photos at the Automobile Driving Museum:

Gwen and Matt’s reception was overflowing with love and celebration and I loved the emotion that the bride in particular wore on her sleeve throughout the evening. From the reactions to speeches and toasts, to all the dance floor action, I used a range of photographic styles to document each and every moment of this special event.

I managed to sneak out with the couple for another short couple portrait session towards the end of the evening. In addition to an iconic old Texaco sign that we used as a retro backdrop, there was also a Delorean car (from “Back to the Future”) in which we staged an off-camera flash kiss.

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The couple enjoying their first dance, surrounded by family and friends at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.
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Gwen and Matt couldn’t contain their laughter during a speech at their Automobile Driving Museum wedding reception.
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A close-up black and white shot of the newly married couple’s first dance at the Automobile Driving Museum wedding reception.
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Gwen wipes away joyful tears during the maid of honor’s speech at her Automobile Driving Museum wedding reception.
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Gwen’s bridesmaids getting down on the dance floor during the celebratory wedding reception at the Automobile Driving Museum.
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The bride feeds her groom cake during their cake cutting ceremony at the Automobile Driving Museum.
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The newly married couple stand beneath an iconic old Texaco sign during their Automobile Driving Museum wedding photo session.
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An off-camera flash portrait of the newly married couple kissing within a Delorean at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo.

 

Wedding photos at Automobile Driving Museum:

I love it when couples do something truly unique for their wedding day and these Automobile Driving Museum photos allowed me to get really creative with the backdrops and props of the venue. It was such a wonderful day to see my old friend marry the love of her life and I wish Gwen and Matt all the happiness in their future together.

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