Wedding At Bel-Air Bay Club In Pacific Palisades, CA | Linh & Nasir

Wedding At Bel-Air Bay Club

LINH & NASIR

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Wedding photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

Let’s just start by saying that Linh and Nasir’s wedding was an action packed day (or couple of days) filled with love, family and rich cultural traditions from both the bride and groom. Nasir is of Indian descent, while Linh’s family is Chinese/Vietnamese, and the couple had decided to add elements of both cultures (as well as some distinctly western flavors) into their wedding celebrations. I hope their wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club photos exude the unabashed joy that I felt throughout the event.

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A warm embrace between Linh and Nasir during their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding photoshoot.

 

Sangeet ceremony photos at Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey:

It all started the previous evening at the couple’s traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey. This is a time for the close families of the bride and groom to come together to dance and celebrate, with cultural performances held by both groups. Both Nasir and Linh were wearing traditional Indian costumes and, needless to say, the color of the event was a wedding photographer’s dream.

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Linh and Nasir lead their dancing bridal party along a walkway at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey during their Sangeet pre-wedding ceremony.

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The couple dressed in traditional Indian Sangeet attire before their wedding ceremony the following day.

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Nasir embraces his mom during the Sangeet ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

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Linh dancing with her female family and friends during the traditional Indian Sangeet pre-wedding ceremony.

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Linh dances with her father during the Indian Sangeet ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

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A black and white portrait of Nasir offering a gift to his sister during the pre-wedding Sangeet ceremony.

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Linh embraces a young guest during the Sangeet ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

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Nasir embraces a family member during the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony on the night before his wedding.

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Nasir and Linh make a speech together at the Sangeet ceremony, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey the night before their wedding.

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Linh’s brother and his entourage during a cultural performance at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey, held as part of the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.

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Professional dancers perform a traditional Indian routine during the Sangeet ceremony.

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Linh and her young flower girl during the festive celebrations of the Sangeet ceremony.

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Linh and Nasir’s Sangeet ceremony combined both Indian and Chinese/Vietnamese traditions.

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Nasir and Linh dancing during their festive Sangeet ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

 

Getting ready photos at Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey:

The next morning I returned to the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey to capture images of Linh and her bridesmaids getting ready. My wife Charlene, was my second photographer for the day and was with Nasir and his groomsmen. These portraits were more intimate and personal, with both Linh and Nasir writing notes to each other and their families helping them add the final touches to their bridal attire.

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Linh getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey on her wedding day.

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A black and white portrait of Nasir writing a note to Linh on their wedding day.

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A silhouette shot of Nasir getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

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The mother of the bride getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey as her daughter prepares to wed.

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The young flower jumping in the air as the bridal party prepared at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

 

Vietnamese tea ceremony photos at Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey:

It was then time for a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony, with Linh dressed in an elegant, red Qi Pao as Nasir came to ask her family for the pleasure of marrying her. One of the traditional customs is for the groom to bribe his way into the bride’s house with gifts and money, and it was a fun-filled moment as Linh’s sister jokingly refused his offers, trying to make it as difficult for Nasir as possible! The tea ceremony itself was an opportunity for Linh and Nasir to show respect and love to their elders, with plenty of warm embraces to capture.

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Linh’s sister jokingly refuses entry to Nasir at the start of the traditional tea ceremony.

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Linh is escorted down the stairs by her family to be greeted by Nasir during the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony.

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Linh and Nasir paying respect to their elders during the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey.

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Linh hugging one of her elders during the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony in the lead up to her wedding.

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Linh and Nasir pay their respects to one of Nasir’s elderly family members during the pre-wedding tea ceremony.

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Linh and Nasir toast to each other during the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony.

 

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Bel-Air Bay Club:

From the Hilton Garden Inn Marina Del Rey we drove over to Pacific Palisades and to Bel-Air Bay Club for the wedding. With lush, landscaped gardens and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, this venue is absolutely stunning and it’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings here. The couple had decided on a first look session within its elegant interior and we had time for a few romantic portraits of them both glowing in this moment.

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Linh writing a note to Nasir in the lead up to their wedding ceremony.

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Linh admiring her white bridal gown as she prepared for her wedding at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Linh, her bridesmaids, and flower girl as they make their final wedding preparations at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Linh and her mother before her marriage to Nasir.

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A close-up shot of Linh’s palms, beautifully decorated with a traditional mehndi design that has Nasir’s name inscribed.

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Linh’s bridesmaids add the final touches to her bridal gown at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Linh in her bridal gown, beautifully captured in the window light of the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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A stunning reflection of the bride as she adjusts her earrings at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Nasir reading the note written by his bride, just moments before they walk down the aisle.

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Linh opens a card, written by her groom, during the final preparations at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Capturing the “first look” between the couple in their traditional western bridal attire.

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An intimate portrait of the bride and groom at the Bel-Air Bay Club, just moments before their wedding ceremony.

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Final preparations with Linh’s parents at the Bel Air Bay Club before the couple walked down the aisle.

 

Ceremony photos at the Bel-Air Bay Club:

Linh was wearing a traditional white bridal gown as she walked down the aisle with both her parents at her side. Not only did I try and capture up-close portraits of Nasir and Linh throughout the ceremony, but also the wedding congregation as they watched over this special moment.

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Nasir hugs a young family member as he waits for his bride at the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding.

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Linh’s mother and father walking her down the aisle during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding session photos.

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The official handing over of their daughter during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding ceremony.

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Linh and Nasir during their traditional western wedding ceremony at the Bel-Air Bay Club, backed by the Pacific Ocean.

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A close-up portrait of Linh and Nasir as they exchanged vows at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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Linh hugging her mother part way through the wedding ceremony at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Linh and Nasir exchanging vows at the Bel-Air Bay Club, with the waters of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

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Nasir reading his vows to Linh at the Bel-Air Bay Club, with his groomsmen at his side.

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The rings magically appear during Linh and Nasir’s wedding ceremony at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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Nasir’s family, dressed in colorful saris, watching on during the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Nasir and Linh are officially pronounced married during their wedding ceremony at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Nasir and Linh walking through the gardens of the Bel-Air Bay Club, just moments after becoming married.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Bel-Air Bay Club:

After the ceremony, we took advantage of the gorgeous late afternoon light for a short couple portrait session within the landscaped gardens of the Bel-Air Bay Club. I particularly like the playful shot I got of the cheeky flower girls watching on through the window!

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An intimate portrait of Nasir and Linh, backed by the palm trees of the Pacific Ocean, during their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding photoshoot.

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The newly married couple walking hand-in-hand through the lush, landscaped gardens of the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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The flower girls making silly faces through a window at the Bel-Air Bay Club during Nasir and Linh’s wedding.

 

Reception photos at the Bel-Air Bay Club:

The Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception that followed was filled with joyful tears and wild celebrations as these two families came together in what was a multicultural event. There was Chinese dragon dancing and a Bollywood performance, amidst heartfelt speeches and cake-cutting toasts. The low-lighting of the ballroom venue added some dramatic lighting to these Bel-Air Bay Club wedding photos, with plenty of wardrobe changes from Linh adding color and sophisticated elegance to the shoot.

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The bride and groom arriving at their wedding reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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The first dance between the bride and groom during their wedding reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Linh’s sister gets teary as she reads a speech during the Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.

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Nasir and Linh responding to the wedding speeches during their reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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A traditional Chinese dragon dance during Nasir and Linh’s Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.

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The bride and groom tempt a Chinese dragon with a cabbage during their traditional reception celebrations at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Capturing the father-daughter dance at Linh and Nasir’s Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.

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The mother-son dance between Nasir and his mom at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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Capturing all the action on the dance floor at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

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Linh admires Nasir’s traditional wedding costume during their reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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A traditional Bollywood dance performance during Linh and Nasir’s wedding reception at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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Bollywood dancers performing at the wedding reception of Linh and Nasir, which combined Indian traditions with Chinese/Vietnamese.

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Linh and Nasir during the cake-cutting toast at their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.

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The bridal bouquet toss during Linh and Nasir’s Bel-Air Bay Club wedding reception.

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Nasir showing respect to his mother during the wedding reception celebrations at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

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The newly married couple showing everyone their dance moves at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

 

Wedding photos at Bel-Air Bay Club:

It really was an immense pleasure to be Linh and Nasir’s wedding photographer and I wish them a long and happy marriage, filled with love and success.

September 30, 2015

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