Wedding At Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden In Long Beach, CA | Lauren & Patrick

Wedding At Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

LAUREN & PATRICK

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Wedding photos at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden:

I first met Lauren and Patrick at my studio in Downtown Long Beach around a year ago when they were still a newly engaged couple. I was particularly excited to hear that they were having their wedding at Earl Burns Japanese Garden which is just around the corner from me.

We had a really fun e-session with the couple throwing colorful paint at each other across a grassy field, followed by a second e-session in Las Vegas earlier this year. Because they had done two e-sessions, I’d had a lot of time to get to know them, and by the time their wedding day rolled around, it was like reconnecting with old friends.

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Capturing an intimate, close-up kiss of Lauren and Patrick during their wedding at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

 

Getting ready photos at the Residence Inn Long Beach:

Lauren was actually starting the day at the elegant Residence Inn Long Beach where she was getting ready surrounded by her bridesmaids, so I headed over in the late morning to capture their final preparations. I grabbed some creative, reflective and silhouette shots as she added the final touches to her makeup, as well as some candid photos as she enjoyed this moment with her girlfriends. After a champagne toast and the distribution of gifts between her bridesmaids, we headed over to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens for the wedding itself.

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A creative, reflective shot of Lauren adding her final makeup touches in a suite at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

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Capturing a candid moment between the bride and one of her bridesmaids in black and white at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

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A silhouette photo of Lauren having her lipstick applied in front of a suite window at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

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Lauren and her bridesmaids make a champagne toast as they were getting ready for her wedding at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

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Capturing the reaction of one of Lauren’s bridesmaids as she made the final touches to her makeup.

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Capturing a special moment between Lauren and her mom in a suite at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

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Lauren offers her bridesmaids “thank you” gifts in a suite at the Residence Inn Long Beach.

 

Ceremony photos at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens:

Lauren and Patrick had decided not to have a first look session, so when Lauren was escorted down the aisle, I made sure to capture Patrick’s reaction at seeing her for the first time on their wedding day. Weddings at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens are held on its gorgeous bridge, with the couple’s wedding guests watching on from an adjacent lawn area.

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Lauren is escorted through the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens at the start of her wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Patrick’s reaction as he sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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Lauren’s father gives his daughter away to Patrick during their Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens wedding ceremony.

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A wide angle shot looking across Lauren and Patrick’s wedding ceremony at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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Capturing the kiss between Lauren and Patrick after saying “I do” during their Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens wedding ceremony.

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Lauren is congratulated by family and friends after officially being married to Patrick at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens in Long Beach.

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Lauren is embraced by her mom following her marriage to Patrick at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

 

Portraits at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens:

After the couple were pronounced “husband and wife” and were congratulated by their family and friends, we had time for a portrait session around this stunning venue. I captured a range of shots, including intimate, close-up portraits and beautiful black and whites, as well as some silhouettes against the setting sun just outside the entrance to the gardens.

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Lauren and Patrick kiss on a bench within the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens following their Long Beach wedding ceremony.

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A close-up portrait of the newly married couple during their Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens wedding photo session.

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Looking through the lush greenery of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens towards the newly married couple embracing.

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A black and white portrait of Lauren and Patrick walking hand-in-hand through the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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Patrick kisses Lauren as the sun slowly sinks behind the horizon at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment between Lauren and Patrick during their Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens wedding portrait session.

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Lauren leads Patrick through the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens during their wedding portrait session in Long Beach.

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A silhouette portrait of Lauren and Patrick against the sunset sky at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

 

Reception photos at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens:

Lauren and Patrick made a joyous grand entrance into their wedding reception, which was held outdoors at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens. After the speeches and toasts, the couple had an intimate first dance, followed by the parental dances, and a few playful moments in the cake cutting ceremony and bouquet toss.

Towards the end of the evening, I grabbed the newly married couple for a short nighttime portrait session to take advantage of the romantic lighting. We staged a few photos on the ceremonial bridge, with the lights reflected in the pond below, as well as a creative shot using a moving light.

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Lauren and Patrick make a playful grand entrance to their wedding reception at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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A creative shot as speeches and toasts are made at the outdoor wedding reception in Long Beach.

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Lauren and Patrick raise their glasses during a toast at their Long Beach wedding reception.

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Capturing the beautiful bridesmaids in black and white at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens reception.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and one of her wedding guests at the Long Beach wedding reception.

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The intimate first dance between Lauren and Patrick captured in black and white.

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Capturing a playful moment during the couple’s cake cutting ceremony at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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Patrick and his mom during the mother-son dance at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens in Long Beach.

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Lauren just moments before her bouquet toss at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of the newlyweds on a bridge at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens.

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A creative portrait of the couple using off-camera flash during their romantic Long Beach wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden:

It was such a pleasure to get to know Lauren and Patrick over the last couple of years and be selected as their Long Beach wedding photographer, and I wish them all the happiness in the world for their married life together.

July 23, 2012

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