A selection of photos from Gabriela and Erik’s unique wedding at Hotel Figueroa - a chic wedding venue in Downtown Los Angeles. After documenting the couple’s romantic first look beneath a lantern-lined arbor, I photographed their creative wedding ceremony and cocktail-style reception complete with a live band.
Gabriela and Erik contacted me back in July about capturing their unique wedding at Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles. After chatting with Erik over the phone, they decided to hire me (without even meeting in-person), which is always an honor for me.
They met back in 2011 when they’d both been hired as freelance musicians for an event in Los Angeles and said it was love at first sight. Erik had popped the question during a romantic picnic on the lawns of Griffith Observatory where he sang “And I love her” by the Beatles, although apparently, Gabriela had no idea he was actually about to propose!
They were planning a really unique wedding at Hotel Figueroa – a trendy hotel overlooking LA Live – with their celebrations starting quite late in the day when I met up to capture their first look.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Figueroa:
I photographed Gabriela walking towards Erik through a chic garden arbor at Hotel Figueroa, with the groom beaming as he waited for his bride in his electric blue suit. After capturing their reactions at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day, I grabbed some shots of Erik twirling his bride and tenderly placing a kiss on her cheek.
I then captured some portraits of the couple in this loved-up moment as they embraced under the ornate lanterns and kissed beneath the black arbor. I also took some portraits of Gabriela in her stunning lace wedding dress before we headed upstairs to a rooftop terrace for a romantic nighttime portrait session.
With the lights of LA Live in the background, I grabbed a shot of Erik dipping and kissing his bride and some intimate shots of Gabriela embracing him. We also captured some portraits in front of a creative mural in a hallway at Hotel Figueroa that Gabriela particularly loved.
Ceremony photos at Hotel Figueroa:
It was then time for the wedding ceremony to get underway, which began with the couple signing their marriage license while a live band performed. Gabriela was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her brother and I captured Erik’s reaction as he watched his beautiful bride in this special moment.
Rather than a traditional wedding ceremony, Gabriela and Erik had decided to do something different, incorporating speeches and toasts into their wedding ceremony. With a glass of champagne in their hands, they listened to speeches from those closest to them before exchanging vows in front of their three officiants.
I documented the reactions of both the bride and groom as they stood in front of the grand fireplace of the Hotel Figueroa wedding ceremony space, as well as those of their families as they watched on. After exchanging rings and sealing their marriage with a kiss, I then photographed their joyous recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.
Reception photos at Hotel Figueroa:
Gabriela and Erik’s wedding reception was also a more unconventional affair as guests mingled while eating hors-d’oeuvres and congratulating the bride and groom. I documented lots of embraces with their wedding guests and candid moments before a live band started up and a dance floor was created.
The Wolves entertained guests for the rest of the night and I captured some candid shots of their passionate singer and the reactions from Gabriela and Erik. I photographed Erik’s fun-loving dad getting down on the dance floor before ending the night with some shots of the newlyweds as they took to the stage with the band.
Wedding photos at Hotel Figueroa:
I really loved having the opportunity to capture Gabriela and Erik’s wedding at Hotel Figueroa and all the unique touches they gave their special day. I know they’re off to Big Sur for their honeymoon and wish them all the happiness in the world as they embark on this new chapter together.