Wedding At Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion In Rolling Hills Estates, CA | Vanessa & Alejandro

Wedding At Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion

VANESSA & ALEJANDRO

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (bride and groom) 

 

Wedding photos at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion:

I first had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa and Alejandro in-person during their e-session out in Malibu at Solstice Canyon and El Matador Beach. They are such a friendly and really sweet couple who brought so much love and energy to the portrait session. They’d found me online and after a few emails, decided to book me to capture their e-session and this wedding at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates.

They were beginning the day at Terranea Resort where Vanessa and her bridesmaids were getting ready in a gorgeous villa-style suite before heading over to Wayfarers Chapel for their wedding ceremony. This was followed by a portrait session on the coastal cliffs of Point Vicente Interpretive Center, followed by a lively reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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Capturing a tender moment between Vanessa and Alex following their first look session at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Getting ready photos at Terranea Resort:

I met up with the couple at Terranea Resort to capture all the getting ready action, with my second photographer with the guys in their suite while I was with the girls. I captured some candid shots of her maid-of-honor applying the final touches to her makeup, as well as some portraits as she admired her stunning gown and a silhouette as she looked out across the villa gardens. I also captured some photos as she shared in this special moment with her mom and as all the girls looked up at their dresses hanging in the suite window.

After Vanessa had slipped into her dress, I grabbed a candid photo as her mom buttoned up the back and another of her bridesmaids helping as she stepped into her wedding shoes. The bride then read a sweet note card from her soon-to-be-husband before we captured a few final portraits as she showed off her gorgeous gown and train.

It was then time for the first look with her dad, which we held on a shaded walkway just outside the villa. I photographed Vanessa as she walked up towards him and their reactions as they embraced during this moment. We used the opportunity for a quick portrait of the bride with her visibly proud parents before making the short drive over to Wayfarers Chapel where the wedding ceremony was to take place.

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A close-up portrait of Vanessa in her white robe as she prepared for her wedding at Terranea Resort.

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A candid photo of Vanessa’s maid-of-honor applying lipstick to the bride in a suite at Terranea Resort.

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Vanessa admiring her stunning wedding dress hanging in a suite at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A silhouette portrait of Vanessa looking out across her private villa gardens at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Vanessa and her mom admire the gorgeous wedding gown hanging in a window of her Terranea Resort suite.

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Capturing a special moment between Vanessa and her mom while getting ready for her wedding at Terranea Resort.

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Vanessa and her bridesmaids admiring their dresses hanging in the suite window at Terranea Resort.

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Vanessa surrounded by her mom and bridesmaids in their luxurious suite at Terranea Resort.

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A candid photo of Vanessa’s mom helping to button up the back of her stunning wedding dress.

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A close-up shot of Vanessa securing one of her earrings while getting ready for her Rancho Palos Verdes wedding.

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Vanessa’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at Terranea Resort.

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Vanessa reads a note card from her husband-to-be as she prepared for her wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A portrait of Vanessa standing at the suite window while showing off her stunning wedding dress and train.

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A candid photo of Vanessa walking up towards her dad during their father-daughter first look session.

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Vanessa and her father embrace during their first look session outside a villa at Terranea Resort.

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Capturing a special family moment between Vanessa and her parents at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A reflective shot of Vanessa signing the marriage book at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel:

Upon arrival at this stunning Rancho Palos Verdes wedding venue, I captured a candid shot as Vanessa signed the Wayfarers Chapel marriage book and grabbed a portrait as she looked down towards her bouquet in a rustic stone walkway. It was then time for her first look with Alex who waited patiently on a tree-lined path as his bride walked up behind.

Vanessa and Alex’s reactions at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day really epitomized the joy and energy of this incredible couple. They both took the time to check each other, with so much love and lots of laughs as they let the weight of the moment sink in. We had a bit of time left for portraits in the whimsical grounds of Wayfarers Chapel and I also documented a sweet moment as Alex helped Vanessa with her dress.

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A portrait of Vanessa looking absolutely radiant with her floral bouquet in a shaded walkway at Wayfarers Chapel.

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A portrait of Alex looking handsome in his navy blue suit on a leafy walkway at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa looking down towards her beautiful bouquet during her wedding portrait session at Wayfarers Chapel.

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A candid photo of Vanessa walking towards Alex during their first look session at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Capturing the reactions of Vanessa and Alex at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa and Alex kiss framed by the stunning trees of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A candid photo of Alex checking out his beautiful bride during their first look session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Vanessa and Alex admire one another during their romantic first look session at Wayfarers Chapel.

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A candid shot of Vanessa laughing while Alex shows off his suspenders during their first look session.

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Vanessa and Alex smile at one another while walking hand-in-hand through the grounds of Wayfarers Chapel.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the bride and groom during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding portrait session.

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A candid moment as Alex assisted Vanessa with her train in the lead up to their wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Alex tenderly kisses Vanessa’s cheek during their romantic wedding portrait session at Wayfarers Chapel.

 

Ceremony photos at Wayfarers Chapel:

Vanessa and Alex had around 100 of their family and friends watching on as the bride walked down the aisle of Wayfarers Chapel on the arm of her dad. I captured a creative shot of Alex smiling as Vanessa walked towards him and a sweet embrace between the bride and her father during the hand-off.

The soaring glass architecture of Wayfarers Chapel is undeniably spectacular, so I captured some wide-angle shots just outside the entrance, as well as from the back of the pews (which is where we were restricted to by the venue’s photography rules). I also grabbed some close-up shots of the couple’s reactions as they exchanged vows and rings before giving roses to both of their moms.

The bride and groom sealed their marriage with a kiss before making their recessional walk down the aisle with beaming smiles on their faces. Once outside the church, I grabbed a shot of Alex playfully pointing at the camera (with his excitement clearly visible) before returning inside with the couple for a quick group shot with their wedding guests.

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A candid photo of Alex hugging his mom at the start of his wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa smiling as she walked down the aisle on the arm of her dad at the start of the Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Alex’s reaction as he watched Vanessa walk towards him during their wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa hugs her dad while being given away during the Western wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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A wide-angle shot of the stone exterior of Wayfarers Chapel during Vanessa and Alex’s wedding ceremony.

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Vanessa and Alex smile while looking towards the bride’s parents during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Alex recites his vows to Vanessa during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing a playful moment between Alex and his best man during the Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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A shot incorporating the spectacular glass architecture of Wayfarers Chapel during the wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Alex slipping a wedding ring on Vanessa’s finger while their priest watches on.

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Vanessa and Alex light a unity candle together during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Alex hugs his mom while giving her a rose during the wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa hugs her mom while giving her a rose during the Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Vanessa and Alex kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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The newlyweds make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends.

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Alex playfully points at the camera while walking through the grounds of Wayfarers Chapel with his wife, Vanessa.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel and Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

We had a little bit of time available for the couple and bridal party portraits at Wayfarers Chapel before making the drive over to Point Vicente Interpretive Center for a more extensive wedding portrait session. I captured romantic shots of the newlyweds walking hand-in-hand along the top of the cliffs and embracing beneath Vanessa’s veil, as well as a fun photo as they celebrated with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

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A shot of Vanessa and Alex kissing with their wedding guests seated behind at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Vanessa and Alex kiss while their bridal party celebrate around them in the picturesque grounds of Wayfarers Chapel.

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Vanessa and Alex walk hand-in-hand towards the stunning Wayfarers Chapel on their wedding day in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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The newlyweds look lovingly at one another in front of the entrance to Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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The bride and groom kiss in front of the architecturally stunning Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An intimate moment between the bride and groom with Vanessa’s veil blowing in the wind at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Vanessa and Alex kiss while walking along a cliff top trail at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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A portrait of Vanessa and her bridesmaids looking down towards their bouquets at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Vanessa and Alex celebrate with their bridal party during the Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding portrait session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom along a cliff top walking trail at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Vanessa and Alex look lovingly at one another during their coastal wedding portrait session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Vanessa and Alex embrace beneath the bride’s veil at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Reception photos at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion:

Around 6PM, it was time to head over to Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion where Vanessa and Alex’s reception was to take place in the beautiful, high-ceilinged ballroom. I documented their grand entrance and romantic first dance, as well as some touching exchanges between the couple at their beautifully decorated sweetheart table.

Speeches and toasts from the maid-of-honor and best man followed, as well as a toast from the mutual friend who had first introduced Vanessa and Alex. Both sets of parents also made speeches, including an emotional one in Spanish from Alex’s mom.

After the parental dances, everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate, with plenty of action to capture. I documented a sweet moment as the bride and groom’s moms held hands and another as the newlyweds snuck off to cut their wedding cake beside what was a very well-stocked donut station. We ended the night with some candids of the couple having fun with their guests in the photo booth and a group shot of the entire wedding party on the dance floor.

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Vanessa and Alex make their grand entrance into the ballroom reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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The newlyweds perform their first dance during the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion wedding reception.

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Capturing a kiss between the couple at the end of their wedding reception first dance in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Vanessa and Alex share a laugh at their beautifully decorated sweetheart table during the ballroom wedding reception.

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A candid photo of Alex’s best man making a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table.

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The friend who first introduced Vanessa and Alex makes a speech as the couple celebrate at their sweetheart table.

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Vanessa’s father makes a speech during the ballroom wedding reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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Vanessa and Alex share a laugh at their sweetheart table during the father-of-the-bride reception speech.

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Alex’s parents make an emotional speech in Spanish during the ballroom reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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The bride and groom both fight back tears during the emotional reception speech at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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Alex watches on as Vanessa and her dad perform their father-daughter dance at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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A black and white shot of Vanessa smiling during the father-daughter dance at her Rolling Hills Estates wedding reception.

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Vanessa smiles at her beautifully decorated sweetheart table while watching the mother-son dance.

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Alex’s mom spins him during their mother-son dance at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Vanessa and Alex make a thank you speech for their wedding guests during the ballroom reception.

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A candid photo of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion ballroom reception.

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Vanessa enjoying the dance floor with her maid-of-honor at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Alex dancing with two wedding guests during his ballroom wedding reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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Capturing a special moment between Vanessa and Alex’s moms during the wedding reception.

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Vanessa and Alex feed one another cake beside their donut station at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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Vanessa takes a shot with her wedding guest during the lively reception party at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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The newlyweds having fun with their wedding guests during the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion reception.

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A tender moment as Alex kisses his father on the forehead as he readies to leave the ballroom wedding reception.

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The newlyweds having fun in the photo booth with their wedding guests at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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One of the groomsmen playfully telling me off during the fun-filled wedding reception at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion.

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A group shot of Vanessa, Alex and their wedding party at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion in Rolling Hills Estates.

 

Wedding photos at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion:

It really was such an honor to be selected as the photographer for Vanessa and Alex’s wedding at Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion and an incredible day to be a part of. I know they’re off to Dubai and Seychelles soon for their honeymoon and wish them nothing but happiness and all the best for their married life together.

June 3, 2019

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