Wedding At Brandview Ballroom In Glendale, CA | Jenni & Ashraf

Wedding At Brandview Ballroom

JENNI & ASHRAF

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Wedding photos at Brandview Ballroom:

I had the pleasure of first meeting Jenni and Ashraf on FaceTime, several months after Jenni had contacted me about being their wedding photographer. The couple had met online, with Jenni hailing from Sacramento and Ash from the Seattle area, and they were planning a multicultural wedding celebration that blended her Latino roots, his Jordanian heritage, and together their Christian faith. It turned out to be an incredible day, and I was so honored to capture these photos of their wedding at Brandview Ballroom.

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The newly married couple embrace outside the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale during their nighttime wedding photoshoot.

 

Getting ready photos at the Embassy Suites:

On the morning of the wedding, the girls were getting ready at the Embassy Suites in Glendale. So while I captured some pre-wedding candid moments there, my wife Charlene, as well as our wedding photography assistant Natalie, were with Ashraf and his family who were preparing at the house of a friend.

Jenni’s wedding preparation environment was quite relaxing and filled with lots of laughs, which was testament to her personality of making sure everything is planned accordingly and stress-free! I captured a range of creative shots as she added the final touches to her bridal gown and makeup, sharing these special moments with her mom and bridesmaids.

Ashraf’s wedding preparations reflected his Jordanian heritage, with the family singing and dancing as they helped him dress for this special day. As wedding photographers it’s always fun for us to be a part of different cultural traditions, and this was no exception!

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A black and white portrait of the bride getting ready for her special day at the Embassy Suites in Glendale.

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The groom is met by singing and dancing family during his traditional Jordanian wedding preparations.

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A silhouette shot of the bride as her final touches of make up are added at the Embassy Suites in Glendale.

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A black and white portrait of the groom, surrounded by family and friends, during his traditional Jordanian wedding preparations.

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Jenni surrounded by her bridesmaids before the wedding ceremony at Pasadena’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The groom getting ready for his Pasadena wedding ceremony, surrounded by Jordanian family and friends.

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Capturing a special moment between Jenni and her mom before her wedding ceremony at Pasadena’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The bride wipes away tears during the father-daughter first look session at the Embassy Suites in Glendale.

 

Ceremony photos at the Westminster Presbyterian Church:

The wedding ceremony was being held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, which is an absolutely stunning venue. Its ornate wooden archways and elegant stained glass windows provided the perfect backdrop as Jenni and Ashraf exchanged vows, watched on by their family and friends.

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The groom and his family during their traditional Jordanian celebrations before his wedding ceremony at Pasadena’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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A creative portrait of Jenni getting ready in the final moments before her wedding ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Ashraf’s reaction as his bride, Jenni, walks down the aisle at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.

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Jenni’s parents giving her away during her marriage to Ashraf in the exquisite Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Looking down from one of the balconies of the Westminster Presbyterian Church across the wedding ceremony of Jenni and Ashraf.

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A black and white shot of a bible reading taking place during Jenni and Ashraf’s multicultural wedding ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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A wide-angle shot of Jenni and Ashraf’s multicultural wedding ceremony at Pasadena’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Peeking through the wooden door motif as Jenni and Ashraf exchange vows at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The newly married couple celebrate during their multicultural wedding ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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A close-up portrait of the bride and groom being congratulated during their recessional walk down the aisle at Pasadena’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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The bride and groom celebrate with their bridal party after tying the knot at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.

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A joyful kiss between Ashraf and Jenni as they depart from their wedding ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.

 

Portraits at the Westminster Presbyterian Church:

While the ceremony itself was quite a traditional affair, the joyful celebrations as they exited the church were overflowing with expression. I used this opportunity to take some intimate couple portraits of Jenni and Ashraf outside the Westminster Presbyterian Church, as well as one of them standing at the altar amidst the dramatic lighting of its interior.

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An intimate portrait of the couple within the dramatically-lit interior of the elegant Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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A close-up black and white portrait of Ashraf and Jenni during their Westminster Presbyterian Church wedding portrait session.

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The couple embrace in the gardens outside the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.

 

Reception photos at the Brandview Ballroom:

The wedding reception was at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale and combined more western wedding elements with some distinctly Middle Eastern traditions. There was wild Jordanian dancing and a whirling dervish, and I think the images from this Brandview Ballroom wedding photoshoot exude the energy of the occasion.

After the first dance, Jenni changed into a black and white evening gown before the bouquet toss and cake cutting ceremonies, and there were plenty of fun moments to capture during Ashraf’s attempts at removing her garter. In addition to all the dance floor action and some of the funny antics from the photo booth, I also grabbed the newly weds for a short nighttime wedding portrait shoot. We incorporated not only the Brandview Ballroom’s elegant lighting features, but also the bold neon sign of the nearby Americana Mall for a dramatic touch.

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The newly married couple are lifted onto the wedding party’s shoulders during their Middle Eastern wedding reception celebrations.

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Traditional Jordanian dancing during Ashraf and Jenni’s multicultural wedding reception at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale.

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The newly married couple on the dance floor during their Brandview Ballroom wedding.

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A black and white portrait of Jenni and Ashraf dancing during their Middle Eastern wedding celebrations at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale.

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Traditional Jordanian dancing during Jenni and Ashraf’s Brandview Ballroom wedding reception in Glendale.

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A traditional whirling dervish performs during Jenni and Ashraf’s Middle Eastern wedding reception at the Brandview Ballroom.

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The bride and groom react to speeches and toasts during their Brandview Ballroom wedding reception.

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Jenni and Ashraf kiss during their first dance on the smokey dance floor of the Brandview Ballroom.

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Jenni shares a dance with her mom during the Brandview Ballroom wedding reception in Glendale.

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Ashraf kisses his bride’s shoulder during their wedding reception at Glendale’s Brandview Ballroom.

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The bride in her evening gown during the bouquet toss at Glendale’s Brandview Ballroom reception.

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Fun and games on the dance floor during Jenni and Ashraf’s multicultural wedding reception at the Brandview Ballroom.

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Ashraf searching for Jenni’s garter during their wedding reception at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale.

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The newly married couple were all smiles during their wedding reception at the Brandview Ballroom.

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Jenni and Ashraf kiss during the cake cutting ceremony at their Brandview Ballroom reception.

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A young wedding-goer enjoying the reception celebrations at Glendale’s Brandview Ballroom.

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The bride and her bridesmaids being silly in the photobooth during her Brandview Ballroom reception.

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The newly married couple embrace behind an exquisite lamp at the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale.

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The couple during their Brandview Ballroom nighttime wedding shoot, in front of the Americana building.

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Jenni and Ashraf embrace during their nighttime wedding photoshoot, beneath one of the beautiful lights of the Brandview Ballroom.

 

Wedding photos at Brandview Ballroom:

I want to thank Jenni and Ashraf for inviting me to be a part of their wedding celebrations (and learn a little about their multicultural wedding traditions) and wish them all the happiness in the world for their married life together!

July 29, 2015

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