Wedding At Hilton Universal City Hotel In Universal City, CA | Mindy & Michael

Wedding At Hilton Universal City Hotel

MINDY & MICHAEL

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Wedding photos at Hilton Universal City Hotel:

It was a particular honor for me to be the wedding photographer for Mindy and Michael as the couple had rearranged their wedding date around my availability. Mindy first contacted me several months before their original wedding date was planned, but unfortunately I was already booked. It was a lovely surprise to receive a follow up email saying they would reschedule for the weekend before if I was free. This gesture gave me plenty of inspiration and encouragement to capture this wedding at Hilton Universal City Hotel.

Mindy and Michael came to my studio in Downtown Long Beach so we could talk about their wedding plans and the logistical aspects for me as their Universal City wedding photographer. I could see that beautiful photography was important to Mindy on her wedding day and she really took on board many of my suggestions and recommendations to create a captivating wedding day album.

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A portrait of the newly married couple beneath the ceremonial gazebo at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

 

Getting ready photo at the Hilton Universal City Hotel:

Everything was happening in one location for Mindy and Michael’s wedding, so Charlene (my second photographer for the day) and I arrived early at the Hilton Universal City Hotel to capture the couple as they were getting ready. I was with Mindy and her fun-loving bridesmaids, while Charlene was with Michael and his groomsmen.

As we had never shot a getting ready session in one of the suites at the Hilton Universal City Hotel before, we didn’t really know what we were in for in terms of lighting, furnishings and decor. But this turned out to be one of our favorite getting ready locations for the whole year! There were huge windows that let in plenty of natural light to work with, together with elegant furnishings and mirrors that we could utilize. From silhouette shots of the bride looking out from her suite, to emotional candid images of her surrounded by her bridesmaids, these Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding photos were an absolute pleasure to shoot.

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Mindy getting ready for her wedding day in a suite at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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A reflective shot of the bride as she prepares for her wedding day at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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Mindy, surrounded by her fun-loving bridesmaids, as they prepare for the wedding day at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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A black and white candid shot of the bride as she prepares for her wedding day with the help of her bridesmaids.

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Capturing an emotional moment between the bride and her bridesmaids at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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A silhouette shot of the bride looking out one of the expansive suite windows at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Hilton Universal City Hotel:

We then captured a first look session between the bride and groom just outside the hotel. It was actually a really busy weekend with numerous events going on, and finding a quiet, people-free space was a challenge. But we managed to find one well-lit area which wasn’t too chaotic, and using our telephoto lens we were able to blur out any background activity that was going to be a distraction.

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Capturing the first look session between Mindy and Michael in the landscaped gardens of the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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An emotional moment between the bride and groom during their first look session at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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A black and white portrait of the bride and groom during their urban first look session at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

 

Ceremony photos at the Hilton Universal City Hotel:

The wedding ceremony was being held under an elegant garden gazebo in the Hilton’s courtyard, and the rich late afternoon light was perfect for photography. It illuminated the couple’s faces for candid portraits as they exchanged vows, and created quite a whimsical setting during their recessional walk down the aisle.

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Capturing Michael’s joyful smile as he sees Mindy walk down the aisle during their Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding ceremony.

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An emotional candid moment as Mindy’s father gives her away at the aisle during the Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding ceremony.

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A close-up shot capturing the bride’s reaction as she exchanges vows during her Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding ceremony.

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A wide-angle shot looking across the urban wedding ceremony of Mindy and Michael at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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Capturing a touching moment as Mindy and Michael exchange vows during their Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the kiss after the bride and groom are pronounced “husband and wife” during their Universal City gazebo wedding ceremony.

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Mindy and Michael were all smiles during their recessional walk following the Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Hilton Universal City Hotel:

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A reflective portrait of the newly married couple, illuminated in the late afternoon sun at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

 

Reception photos at the Hilton Universal City Hotel:

Mindy and Michael had decided to incorporate their Chinese and Korean heritage into their multicultural reception celebrations, and the traditional dancing, drumming and dragon performances added plenty of color and vibrant life to these Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding photos. In addition to some intimate first dance images and a fun, candid cake cutting shot, I also snuck out with the bridal couple for a nighttime portrait session under the beautifully-lit ceremonial gazebo.

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Capturing the intimate first dance between Mindy and Michael during their Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding reception.

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A colorful Korean drum performance ignites the stage at Mindy and Michael’s Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding reception.

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A whirling traditional Korean dance performance brought plenty of color and life to Mindy and Michael’s wedding reception at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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The bride and groom tease a Chinese dragon with cabbage during their traditional Chinese wedding reception celebrations.

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A candid portrait of the bride and groom’s reaction during a speech at their Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding reception.

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Capturing an embarrassing moment for Michael during the speeches at his Hilton Universal City Hotel wedding reception.

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A family member enthusiastically capturing the cake cutting ceremony at Mindy and Michael’s wedding reception.

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Capturing an intimate nighttime portrait of Mindy and Michael, illuminated using an off-camera flash.

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The newly married couple embrace beneath the beautifully-lit gazebo during their Hilton Universal City Hotel nighttime portrait session.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the bride and groom during their nighttime wedding portrait session at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

 

Wedding photos at Hilton Universal City Hotel:

I want to extend my thanks again to Mindy and Michael for accommodating me as their Universal City wedding photographer, and wish them all the best in their future as husband and wife.

March 16, 2015

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