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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Bel-Air Bay Club

Photos from Greta and Matt’s wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club, which began with the bride getting ready in an oceanside suite at this gorgeous Pacific Palisades wedding venue. This was followed by a Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church and a portrait session on the sands of Santa Monica Beach before a lively wedding reception back at Bel-Air Bay Club.

GRETA & MATTHEW

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, CA (bride) and Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel in Marina Del Rey, CA (groom)

 

Wedding photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

Greta and Matt first reached out to me around a year ago about capturing their wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades after finding me through WeddingWire. It was just a few emails back and forth before they decided to book me – I thought it was too good to be true! They were planning a Catholic Mass at Saint Monica Catholic Church (with a few Filipino traditions thrown in to honor Greta’s ancestry) before celebrating with family and friends during a ballroom reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.

Greta and Matt met through work out in New Jersey and made the move to California a few years ago looking for a new adventure. They both love being in the outdoors, hiking and hanging out at the beach, which was a theme in their oceanside wedding in Pacific Palisades.

Many of their guests were flying in from the East Coast and with a lot of rain in the previous week, I was worried that it was going to put a dampener on their special day. While it rained right up until the morning of their wedding, we were lucky that the sun came out and blessed this wonderful couple with clear, sunny skies.

Although we’ve exchanged emails and had a Skype meeting leading up to their wedding, I was excited to finally meet them in person when I up down to Pacific Palisades to capture the girls getting ready in a room at Bel-Air Bay Club. Meanwhile, my second photographer headed to Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel where Matt and his groomsmen were making their final preparations.

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Capturing a tender moment between Greta and Matt during their wedding portrait session at Bel-Air Bay Club.

 

Getting ready photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

I began the day capturing photos of Greta having the final touches applied to her makeup and sharing in this special moment with her bridesmaids in their floral robes. I grabbed some shots of her cute flower girls looking out from the balcony of their getting ready suite at Bel-Air Bay Club and a black and white as one peaked into the room.

Greta was joined by not only her sister and closest friends but also her mom and grandma while getting ready for her wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club. I captured shots as her mom helped to button the back of her wedding dress and secure her necklace, as well as a photo as her entire entourage assisted as she stepped into her shoes.

We then moved out onto the balcony for a champagne toast before Greta gave some gifts to her mom and grandma. Her two maids-of-honor then delivered a gift from her groom, with Greta beaming as she opened the jewelry box.

We used the rest of the time available for portraits of Greta with her mom and grandparents, as well as some shots of the bride looking absolutely radiant in front of the French doors of Bel-Air Bay Club. Her mom then assisted in securing her veil and we made the short drive over to Santa Monica where her Catholic ceremony was due to take place.

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Greta has the final touches applied to her makeup while getting ready for her wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A candid photo of two cute flower girls looking out across the Pacific Ocean from the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta being embraced by her bridesmaids in their floral robes and with their navy blue dresses hanging behind.
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A candid photo of Greta looking out the window of her getting ready suite at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A black and white photo of a cute flower girl looking in through a window at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A creative shot of Greta and her bridesmaids admiring their dresses hanging at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta and her flower girl take a moment to admire her gorgeous wedding dress in the getting ready suite at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing a special moment as Greta is embraced by her sister, mom and grandma as they prepared for the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding.
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Greta’s mom helps to secure the back of her dress as the bride holds hands with her sister at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta and her sister look back towards their mom as she helps to secure the buttons on the back of the bride’s wedding dress.
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Greta’s bridesmaids, flower girl and mom assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing a special moment between Greta and her mom while getting ready for the wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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One of Greta’s bridesmaids helps to secure her earrings in their getting ready room at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A close-up photo of Greta adjusting her earrings beside a suite window at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta’s mom helps to secure the bride’s necklace while getting ready for the wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta enjoying a toast with her bridesmaids and mom on the ornate balcony at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Capturing a special moment as Greta gave a gift to her grandma in the lead up to her Bel-Air Bay Club wedding.
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Greta and her mom kiss one another on the cheek during a gift exchange on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta opens a note from her groom as a gift is delivered by her maids-of-honor on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing Greta’s reaction as she opened a box of jewelry gifted from her groom on their wedding day at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A candid photo of Greta laughing as she opened a gift from her groom on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A portrait of Greta and her mom looking lovingly at one another with the bride’s beautiful bouquet at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing a special moment between Greta and her grandparents on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A portrait of Greta in her stunning wedding dress standing in front of the French doors of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta standing inside the French doors of her getting ready suite at Bel-Air Bay Club, looking out towards the balcony.
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A portrait of Greta looking down towards her bouquet during her Bel-Air Bay Club wedding day photo session.
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Greta’s mom helps to secure the bride’s veil in their getting ready room at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Monica Catholic Church:

Greta and Matt’s Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church began with the groom being escorted down the aisle by his parents. Instead of wearing a suit jacket, he’d decided on a traditional barong in respect of Greta’s Filipino heritage. Greta then arrived on the arms of her mom and grandfather, with a sweet hand-off at the altar.

I tried to capture Greta and Matt’s Catholic Mass from multiple angles, grabbing a wide-angle shot looking down the aisle of this ornate Santa Monica church and up-close shots as they exchanged vows, lit the unity candle and took Communion together. I also documented the reactions of their bridesmaids and groomsmen watching on and a few special glances between the bride and groom during this special ceremony.

Greta and Matt then made a joyous recessional walk down the aisle and were congratulated by their family and friends with a receiving line. We snuck back inside Saint Monica Catholic Church for a quick portrait of the newlyweds, as well as grabbing a few shots outside the grand wooden doors of this impressive church.

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Matt is escorted down the aisle of Saint Monica Catholic Church by his parents for the start of the Catholic wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Matt kissing his mom as they reach the altar of Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica.
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Greta is escorted down the aisle by her mom and grandfather for the start of her Catholic ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Matt’s beaming smile as he watched Greta walk down the aisle of Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica.
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A black and white candid photo of Greta’s mom lifting her veil as she’s met by the priest of Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta’s mom kisses Matt on the cheek as she gives the bride away during their wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle of Saint Monica Catholic Church during Greta and Matt’s wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Greta and Matt singing a hymn during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta and Matt kneel at the altar in front of their priest during the Catholic Mass at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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A candid photo of Matt reading his vows to Greta during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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Greta’s mom performs a reading during the Catholic Mass ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Capturing a special moment between Greta, Matt and their priest during the Catholic Mass wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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A candid photo of Greta kissing her grandparents during the Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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Matt’s parents walking back to their seats during the Catholic Mass at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta and Matt light the unity candle during their Catholic Mass wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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The couple, draped in cords, receive a blessing from the priest during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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Greta and Matt turn to face the congregation during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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A candid photo of Greta and Matt performing a Catholic ritual during their ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta’s bridesmaids watch on from the pews of Saint Monica Catholic Church during the traditional wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Matt drinking from the goblet during his Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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Matt’s groomsmen watch on during the Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Capturing a special exchange between the bride and groom during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.
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Greta and Matt turn to their guests and celebrate after becoming officially wed at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds following their Catholic Mass at Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta and Matt make their recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Monica Catholic Church while being congratulated by family and friends.
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The newlyweds walk outside Saint Monica Catholic Church after officially becoming “husband and wife”.
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A portrait of the newlyweds in front of the altar of Saint Monica Catholic Church following their Santa Monica wedding ceremony.
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Greta and Matt’s bridal party congratulate them as they walk down the steps of Saint Monica Catholic Church.

 

Portraits at Saint Monica Catholic Church and Bel-Air Bay Club:

Before heading back to Bel-Air Bay Club, we stopped at Santa Monica Beach for a few couples and bridal party portraits. While the strong sun wasn’t ideal for photography, we managed to get a few romantic couple portraits and a whimsical shot of the bridal party on the sands.

By the time we arrived back at Bel-Air Bay Club, the light had softened and we utilized the elegant balcony for a bridal party portrait session. Matt and his groomsmen had changed into their suit jackets and we got a playful shot as they showed off their matching socks, as well as capturing one of Greta and her bridesmaids hiding behind their bouquets.

As the magical “golden hour” light arrived, we moved down onto the grassy lawns in front of Bel-Air Bay Club to continue the portrait session, capturing romantic shots of the newlyweds framed by the venue’s palm trees. I grabbed portraits of them embracing with the Pacific Ocean in the background and one of Matt dipping Greta, as well as some photos of them in front of Bel-Air Bay Club’s French doors.

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A portrait of Greta and Matt kissing outside the ornate wooden door of Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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The newlyweds embrace during their wedding portrait session outside Saint Monica Catholic Church.
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Greta, Matt and their bridal party walk through Santa Monica Beach for their wedding portrait session.
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Matt embraces Greta in his barong and while holding their bouquet on the sands of Santa Monica Beach.
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A whimsical portrait of the couple and their bridal party overlooking the sands of Santa Monica Beach.
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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta and her bridesmaids look towards the flower girl during their wedding portrait session at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A playful portrait of Matt and his groomsmen showing off their matching socks on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A portrait of Greta and her bridesmaids hiding behind their bouquets on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A casual portrait of Matt and his groomsmen with their hands in their pockets on the balcony of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A romantic portrait of Greta and Matt during their wedding photo session at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds with the Pacific Ocean behind at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta and Matt walk across the lawns of Bel-Air Bay Club at sunset, with two palm trees framing them behind.
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A playful portrait of the newlyweds and their bridal party framed by the palm trees of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Matt embraces Greta between the French doors of Bel-Air Bay Club during their Pacific Palisades wedding.
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Matt dips Greta on the lawns of Bel-Air Bay Club with the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop.
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Greta and Matt kiss during their sunset wedding portrait session at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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An elevated view of Greta and Matt on the grassy lawns of Bel-Air Bay Club with the Pacific Ocean behind.
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Greta and Matt look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their wedding portrait session at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple with their gorgeous bouquet on the lawns of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A portrait of Greta and Matt looking lovingly at one another between the French doors of Bel-Air Bay Club.

 

Reception photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

Greta and Matt made a grand entrance into their wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club before launching straight into their first dance. This was followed by a “thank you” toast from the couple and speeches from those closest to them. I captured all the laughter and emotion as Greta’s two maids-of-honor and Matt’s best men all made speeches, with the couple listening in from their sweetheart table.

It was then time for the parental dances, with Greta and her mom first to take to the dance floor, followed by Matt and his mom. Next up was an “Anniversary Dance”, with Greta’s parents the “last standing” on the dance floor after having been married for more than 60 years!

It was then open dancing for the rest of the night, with plenty of action to capture as Greta, Matt, their family, and friends celebrated this special day. The night was interspersed with a bouquet toss and playful garter removal, as well as a cake cutting ceremony as the newlyweds cut their stunning, multi-tiered wedding cake.

The night ended with a “bubble exit” from Bel-Air Bay Club as Matt dipped and kissed his bride while their family and friends watched on.

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Greta and Matt make their grand entrance into the ballroom wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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The newlyweds perform their first dance at the start of the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Greta and Matt’s family and friends watch on as they perform their first dance at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A candid photo of Greta and Matt making a “thank you” speech for their wedding guests at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta’s mom makes a speech while the couple listen in during their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Greta’s sister makes a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A candid photo of Greta’s mom watching on during speeches and toasts at the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Capturing an emotional moment as one of Greta’s maids-of-honor makes a speech at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Greta and Matt share a laugh at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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One of Matt’s brothers makes a speech during the ballroom wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A candid photo of Matt’s mom wiping away tears during an emotional speech at the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Greta and her mom perform their parental dance during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Capturing a tender moment between Greta and her mom on the dance floor at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta’s mom spins her on the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Matt and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Matt smiling while dancing with his mom at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta’s elderly grandparents enjoying the dance floor of Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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Greta and Matt watching their family and friends on the dance floor at Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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A young wedding guest being carried across the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Greta and her sister enjoying the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Matt letting loose on the dance floor with a drink during his Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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One of Greta’s bridesmaids dancing with her partner during the wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A group of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during the lively wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A candid photo of Greta doing the “Cupid Shuffle” during her wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A fun photo of Matt’s mom and brothers enjoying the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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A group of wedding guests doing a synchronized dance during the wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A couple doing a low dip on the dance floor during Greta and Matt’s Bel-Air Bay Club wedding celebrations.
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Matt’s brothers letting loose on the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Greta and Matt perform their cake-cutting ceremony, with two flutes of champagne in front.
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Greta readies herself for the bouquet toss as a group of expectant single ladies wait behind.
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A playful photo of Matt going in for the garter removal on the dance floor of Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
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An action shot of Matt’s garter toss to a group of single men waiting behind on the dance floor of Bel-Air Bay Club.
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Capturing all the action of the dance floor during Greta and Matt’s fun-filled wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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A fun photo of Matt getting down on the dance floor during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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Two bridesmaids enjoying the dance floor during Greta and Matt’s Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Greta and Matt on the dance floor during their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.
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A playful photo of Greta’s mom on the dance floor during the wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.
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An intimate black and white photo of Greta and Matt on the dance floor during their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding.
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Matt dips and kisses Greta during their grand bubble exit from the wedding reception at Bel-Air Bay Club.

 

Wedding photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

It was a real joy to finally meet Greta and Matt to capture their wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club and I never take for granted having such wonderful couples trusting me to document their special day. I know that they’re off to Patagonia for their honeymoon, so I wish them an incredible time and all the best as they embark on this new chapter in their life.

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