Wedding At Calamigos Ranch In Malibu, CA | Samantha & Ryan

Wedding At Calamigos Ranch

SAMANTHA & RYAN

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Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:

I first met Samantha and Ryan in person at my studio in Downtown Long Beach where we chatted about their wedding at Calamigos Ranch and (more specifically) at The Birchwood Room venue. We had worked as Calamigos Ranch wedding photographers on multiple occasions and it was always a pleasure to capture couples’ special days at this sprawling property.

Set up in the hills of Malibu, its whimsical, woodsy venues always featured beautiful diffuse lighting and plenty of elegant touches, all of which I hope translated into these Calamigos Ranch wedding photos.

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A nighttime portrait of the newly married couple outside the Birchwood Room during their Calamigos Ranch wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel:

The couple were getting ready at the nearby Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel, so my second photographer Brian and I met up with them there. While Brian photographed the boys getting ready, I was with Samantha and her bridesmaids, capturing candid shots as they made their final preparations for this special day.

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A black and white candid shot of Samantha getting ready with her bridesmaids at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and her maid of honor at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

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The bride with her parents as they were getting ready for her wedding day at the Sheraton Agoura Hills Hotel.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Calamigos Ranch:

With a late afternoon ceremony planned at The Birchwood Room, the couple decided to have a first look session and use the opportunity to take some portraits while there was still natural light to work with. It was quite an emotional moment for them, particularly Samantha, and I captured some intimate portraits of them embracing and just enjoying this moment together.

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A black and white portrait of the bride and groom during their Calamigos Ranch first look session.

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The bride wipes away a tear during her emotional first look session at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

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An intimate close-up portrait of Samantha and Ryan during their Calamigos Ranch first look wedding photo session.

 

Ceremony photos at Calamigos Ranch:

The Birchwood Room’s ceremonial venue is actually outdoors, set within a beautiful grove of trees, and Samantha and Ryan’s ceremony coincided with sunset as the last of the day’s light filtered through. They had opted for purple as a theme in the bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements, which fitted in perfectly with the woodsy setting of these Calamigos Ranch wedding photos.

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Samantha walks down the aisle at Calamigos Ranch’s Birchwood Room, accompanied by her parents.

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Samantha getting tearful as she exchanges vows with Ryan during their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

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A wide angle shot taking in the Birchwood Room’s outdoor ceremony venue during Samantha and Ryan’s Calamigos Ranch wedding.

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Capturing the first kiss between Samantha and Ryan after being pronounced “husband and wife” at their Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

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The bride being embraced by her mom during the Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony at the Birchwood Room.

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Ryan’s best man playfully signs the marriage license on the groom’s back at the end of the Calamigos Ranch wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Calamigos Ranch:

The evening set in quite fast and the christmas lights strung around The Birchwood Room created a distinctly romantic backdrop for us to capture the couple’s first portraits as husband and wife.

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The newly married couple embrace during a nighttime portrait session beneath the christmas lights of the Calamigos Ranch’s Birchwood Room.

 

Reception photos at Calamigos Ranch:

Then it was time to move indoors for the wedding reception where we took plenty of candid shots during the bridal first dance, the mother-son dance, and the couple’s reactions during speeches and toasts.

I always love to sneak outside with my bridal couples to grab some final, nighttime portraits on their wedding day, and the lighting at Calamigos Ranch is always stunning to work with. We used an off-camera flash to capture some intimate embraces between Samantha and Ryan, as well as a creative silhouette portrait utilizing the candles which surrounded the area.

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Capturing an emotional first dance between Samantha and Ryan during their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception at the Birchwood Room.

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A candid shot of the newly married couple’s reaction to a speech at their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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Capturing the mother-son dance during Ryan and Samantha’s wedding reception at Calamigos Ranch’s Birchwood Room.

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A candid black and white shot of the bride and groom on the dance floor during their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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An intimate nighttime portrait of the newly married couple using an off-camera flash during their Calamigos Ranch wedding reception.

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A creative silhouette shot of Samantha and Ryan outside the candle-lit Birchwood Room at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch.

 

Wedding photos at Calamigos Ranch:

It was a real pleasure to be selected as Samantha and Ryan’s Calamigos Ranch wedding photographer and I wish them joy and love throughout their married life together.

March 10, 2015

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