CHRISTMAS & NANCY
Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:
After capturing Christmas and Nancy’s e-session at the Los Angeles County Fair back in 2013, I was really excited to connect with them again as their wedding photographer at Calamigos Ranch. This sprawling mountain estate in Malibu is one of my favorite wedding venues, and it was an absolute pleasure to travel back there to capture this wedding at Calamigos Ranch.
Intimate nighttime portrait of the newly married couple, looking through one of the elegant chandeliers at Calamigos Ranch.
Getting ready photos at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village:
The day all started at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village where the two brides were getting ready in separate suites. In addition to creative shots of their hair and makeup being done, surrounded by their bridal party, there were also some touching moments to capture between Nancy and her daughter as they added the final touches to her flower girl outfit.
Nancy helps her daughter get ready for the wedding at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
Nancy’s daughter watches on as Christmas has her makeup done at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
A creative shot looking through a doorway at the Four Seasons Westlake Village as Christmas has her hair done.
A black and white shot of Nancy being kissed by two ring bearers as she prepared for her wedding day at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
Nancy’s daughter admires Christmas in her bridal gown as they were getting ready at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
Pre-ceremony portraits at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and Calamigos Ranch:
Nancy and Christmas had decided to do a first look session at the Four Seasons Hotel, and we found a quiet hallway to stage this beautiful moment, filled with raw emotion. We then drove over to Calamigos Ranch where they had scheduled in a short couple portrait session before the wedding ceremony itself, with Nancy dressed in a white, two-piece outfit and Christmas in a beautiful black dress.
A black and white shot of Christmas walking towards Nancy during their first look session at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.
Nancy kisses Christmas on the forehead during their Four Seasons first look session in Westlake Village.
The two brides stand together on a bridge at Calamigos Ranch during their pre-ceremony couple portrait session.
Ceremony photos at Calamigos Ranch:
Nancy stood hand-in-hand with her daughter as she watched Christmas walk down the aisle at the Redwood Room venue. The ceremony was the perfect opportunity to capture their emotional reactions as they exchanged vows, as well as a few candid shots of their wedding guests watching on.
Nancy holds her daughter’s hand as she watches Christmas walk down the aisle during their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.
Christmas wipes away a tear as she exchanges vows with Nancy during their same-sex wedding ceremony at Calamigos Ranch.
A cheeky shot of a ringbearer wiping his nose during Nancy and Christmas’s Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.
A close up black and white portrait of Nancy’s reaction as she exchanges vows with Christmas at Calamigos Ranch.
Capturing an emotional moment between the two brides and their daughter during the Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.
Nancy and Christmas share a laugh during their same-sex wedding ceremony at Calamigos Ranch.
The newly married brides are congratulated by their bridal couple as they walk down the stairs of Calamigos Ranch’s Redwood Room.
Post-ceremony portraits at Calamigos Ranch:
As it was winter, afternoon turned to evening fast, and we used the romantic lighting around Calamigos Ranch and The Redwood Room for a nighttime portrait session before the reception started.
A dramatically-lit portrait of the newly married couple on either side of one of Calamigos Ranch’s elegant chandeliers.
An intimate nighttime portrait of the two brides at Calamigos Ranch during their Redwood Room reception.
An off-camera flash is used to illuminate a kiss between the two brides during their Calamigos Ranch nighttime portrait session.
Reception photos at Calamigos Ranch:
From the first dance between the two brides, to the cake cutting ceremony where they fed each other beautifully-decorated cupcakes, Nancy and Christmas’s reception was full of love, laughter and celebration. The Redwood Room has a rustic, vintage-style charm, and its tables were beautifully-decorated with floral arrangements that fitted in with the brides’ purple-tinged theme. This not only made for beautiful reception photo backdrops, but also complemented the bridesmaids dresses.
Nancy and Christmas kiss behind their flower-adorned bridal table at Calamigos Ranch’s Redwood Room.
Capturing the first dance between the newly married couple during their Calamigos Ranch same-sex wedding.
Capturing all the playful antics of the dance floor during Nancy and Christmas’s Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.
The two brides getting down on the dance floor at The Redwood Room in Calamigos Ranch.
Photographing the wedding guests photographing themselves during Nancy and Christmas’ fun-filled wedding reception at Calamigos Ranch.
Capturing a tender moment between Nancy and her daughter during the Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.
The newly married brides feed each other cupcakes during their cake cutting ceremony at The Redwood Room.
The newly married brides embrace beside the Calamigos Ranch’s vintage-style chandeliers as part of their nighttime wedding portrait session.
An off-camera flash illuminates the newly married couple beneath the romantic outdoor fairy lights of Calamigos Ranch.
Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:
It’s been a pleasure getting to know Nancy and Christmas over the past year and having the opportunity to photograph their same-sex wedding, and I wish them and their daughter all the best for their future life together.