Wedding At Calamigos Ranch In Malibu, CA | Alea & Will

Wedding At Calamigos Ranch

ALEA & WILL

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Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:

When I think back on it, all the wedding photography preparations I made with Alea and Will for their special day were done via email. Sometimes couples will visit me in my Downtown Long Beach studio to discuss their wedding photos, while others will make a meeting to chat via Skype. But it truly was an honor for me that this couple trusted me enough to capture this wedding at Calamigos Ranch without having ever seen me face-to-face!

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The newly married couple Alea and Will during their Calamigos Ranch wedding photo session in Malibu.

 

Getting ready photos at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel:

This beautiful, vintage-style wedding was planned for the spring, and I met Alea at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel to capture her getting ready, accompanied by her beautiful bridesmaids. We also grabbed some shots at the Calamigos Ranch as they made their final preparations, using a mixture of natural lighting, reflective images, and black and whites to portray each and every special moment.

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A creative portrait of Alea getting ready for her wedding day at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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A black and white portrait of a flower girl getting ready for Alea and Will’s wedding at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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A dramatically-lit shot of Alea having her makeup done before her wedding at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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Alea getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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A portrait of Alea beautifully reflected in a mirror at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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Alea’s bridesmaids help to straighten her bridal train as they prepared for the wedding at the Calamigos Ranch.

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A black and white portrait of Alea during her first look session with her parents before the Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Calamigos Ranch:

When Alea and Will had their first look session, that was actually my first opportunity to meet Will in person. Needless to say, this couple were overflowing with joy and love for one another, and I think that translated into the photos I captured here.

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Capturing the first look session between Alea and Will before their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony photos at Calamigos Ranch:

The ceremony itself was held in the lush, landscaped gardens of the Calamigos Ranch at a venue known as The Redwood Room. Despite this sprawling property having multiple wedding venues (and there possibly being other weddings held simultaneously that day), each has a really intimate atmosphere, making you feel as though you have the whole place to yourselves.

While the ceremony was a really classic, traditional event, they did incorporate a few Catholic elements into the proceedings. In addition to the bride and bridesmaids holding a group prayer session just before the ceremony started, the couple also took communion to reflect their religious beliefs.

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The bride and her bridesmaids pause to pray before the wedding ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch.

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A black and white portrait of Alea with grandmother, just before her wedding ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch.

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The twins looking on during Alea and Will’s traditional western wedding ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

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Alea’s beaming smile as she exchanges vows with Will during their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

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Alea’s bridesmaids and flower girl watching on during the classic wedding ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch.

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A portrait of Will as he exchanges vows with Alea at the whimsical Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

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Alea illuminated in the late afternoon light as she exchanges rings with Will during their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

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A young flower girl being playful with the camera during Alea and Will’s Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom taking communion during their traditional wedding ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Calamigos Ranch:

After the wedding ceremony, we had time for a short Calamigos Ranch wedding photo session, taking advantage of its whimsical surrounds and the rich late afternoon light. It was then time to head indoors to their private club at The Redwood Room where the wedding reception was to take place.

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Capturing an intimate kiss between the newly married couple in the late afternoon sunshine at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch.

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A warm embrace between Alea and Will during their Calamigos Ranch wedding photo session.

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A stunning portrait of the bride and groom within the whimsical landscapes of the Calamigos Ranch.

 

Reception photos at Calamigos Ranch:

The photos I captured here included some really poignant moments, including Alea and Will’s reaction to speeches and toasts, as well as the mother of the bride watching on emotionally during the father-daughter dance. While the dance floor action always takes center stage, it is sometimes these small details that make for the most touching photos.

Towards the end of the evening, I grabbed Alea and Will for a short nighttime wedding photo session, utilizing the vintage chandeliers at the Calamigos Ranch, as well as an off-camera flash for external lighting. The result was some really dramatic portraits, infused with a lot of love from the couple themselves.

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The newly married couple enter their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception with a tunnel made by their family and friends.

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Capturing the couple’s first dance during their classic Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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A black and white portrait of the couple’s reaction as Alea’s sister makes a heartfelt reception speech.

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A warm portrait of Alea and Will as speeches and toasts are made during their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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An emotional moment for Alea’s mom as she watches the father-daughter dance during the Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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Capturing the mother-son dance during Alea and Will’s wedding reception at The Redwood Room of Calamigos Ranch.

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The dance floor getting lively during Alea and Will’s Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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Some of the younger wedding-goers show everyone how to dance during the fun-filled wedding reception.

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Capturing an intimate dance between Alea and Will within the dramatically-lit Redwood Room at Calamigos Ranch.

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The newlyweds having fun on the dance floor during their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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Will pulling some moves on the dance floor during his wedding reception in The Redwood Room at Calamigos Ranch.

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The couple signing their marriage license at the Calamigos Ranch, with their siblings as witnesses.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of the newly married couple through a vintage-style chandelier at the Calamigos Ranch.

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Using an external flash to ignite the couple’s embrace during their nighttime wedding photo session at the Calamigos Ranch.

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A dramatically-lit portrait of the newly married couple, standing hand-in-hand beside one of the vintage-style chandeliers of the Calamigos Ranch.

 

Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:

It was an honor to be a part of Alea and Will’s Calamigos Ranch wedding celebrations, and I hope this warm and friendly couple have a rich and rewarding future as husband and wife.

April 24, 2015

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