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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Hotel Figueroa

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 & ERIK

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Wedding photos at Hotel Figueroa:

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.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Gabriela and Erik during their nighttime wedding portrait session at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.

 

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.

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Gabriela walks up towards Erik during their romantic first look session on a walkway at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Gabriela and Erik both beaming during their first look session on an elegant walkway at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Capturing the reactions of the bride and groom as they caught their first glimpse of each other at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Erik tenderly kisses Gabriela’s cheek during their romantic wedding portrait session at LA’s Hotel Figueroa.
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Erik twirls Gabriela during their Hotel Figueroa garden wedding portrait session in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Gabriela and Erik share a laugh during their garden first look session at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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The bride and groom embrace during their emotional first look session at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A creative photo of Gabriela and Erik kissing beneath the ornate lanterns of Los Angeles’ Hotel Figueroa.
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Erik embraces Gabriela warmly during their creative wedding portrait session at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Gabriela and Erik walk hand-in-hand along a picturesque walkway on their wedding day at Hotel Figueroa.
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A portrait of Gabriela in her stunning lace wedding dress on a walkway at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A nighttime portrait of Gabriela and Erik on a rooftop terrace, backed by the lights of LA Live.
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Gabriela embraces Erik warmly during their nighttime portrait session on a rooftop at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Erik dips and kisses Gabriela during their rooftop wedding portrait session at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of Gabriela signing her marriage license in the lead up to her wedding at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Erik signing his marriage license next to a bottle of Blue Label Johnny Walker at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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One of Erik’s groomsmen signs the marriage license while another pours whiskey while the couple watch on.
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Gabriela and Erik toast whiskey with their friends and family in the lead up to their wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela and Erik kiss on their terrace at Hotel Figueroa during a nighttime wedding portrait session in Los Angeles.
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A portrait of Gabriela in front of a creative mural during her wedding photo session at Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Erik tenderly kisses Gabriela’s hand during their nighttime rooftop wedding portrait session at Hotel Figueroa.
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A creative portrait of Erik and Gabriela in front of a striking wall mural during their Hotel Figueroa wedding photo session.
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Gabriela and Erik embrace backed by the lights of Downtown Los Angeles during their Hotel Figueroa wedding portrait session.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple in front of a creative wall mural at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Gabriela and Erik embrace while being illuminated by off-camera flash on the rooftop terrace of Hotel Figueroa.

 

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”.

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A live band performs at the start of Gabriela and Erik’s unique wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Erik’s mom escorts him into his intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of Erik and his mom embracing during his unique wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela is escorted down the aisle by her brother at the start of her intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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Capturing Erik’s reaction as he watched Gabriela walk down the aisle at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Gabriela is embraced by her brother while being given away to Erik during their Hotel Figueroa wedding ceremony.
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A candid photo of Gabriela’s brother embracing Erik while the bride watches on at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A creative photo of Gabriela and Erik holding hands during their private club wedding at Hotel Figueroa in LA.
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Gabriela and Erik raise their champagne glasses to toast during their unique wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of Gabriela’s mom watching on during the wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Gabriela and Erik smile at their wedding guests during a speech at their Hotel Figueroa ceremony.
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A candid photo of Erik’s parents giving a speech during the wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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A wide-angle shot looking across the glamorous wedding ceremony venue at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of Erik smiling as he wed Gabriela during their intimate ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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A black and white candid photo capturing Gabriela’s reaction as she wed Erik at Hotel Figueroa.
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Erik’s family watching on during the intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa’s private club.
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The bride and groom share a laugh with their officiant during their unique wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of Gabriela embracing one of her friends in front of the grand fireplace at Hotel Figueroa.
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Looking down the aisle towards Gabriela and Erik as they exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of Gabriela smiling at Erik as he read his vows during their Hotel Figueroa wedding ceremony.
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Erik smiles at Gabriela as she read her vows during their unique wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of two young wedding guests watching on during the intimate ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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Capturing a playful moment during Gabriela and Erik’s wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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The couple’s three officiants watch on during the vow exchange during Gabriela and Erik’s LA wedding ceremony.
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Gabriela places a ring on Erik’s finger during their intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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Capturing the first kiss between the newlyweds after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela and Erik make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle following their intimate Hotel Figueroa wedding ceremony.
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Capturing a special moment between the newlyweds in a hallway of Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.

 

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.

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A candid photo of Gabriela beaming as she greets wedding guests following her ceremony at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of Erik hugging one of his wedding guests during the Hotel Figueroa reception.
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Erik is congratulated by two of his wedding guests during the cocktail-style reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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Capturing a special moment between Gabriela and a young wedding guest during the Hotel Figueroa reception.
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A candid photo of Erik hugging one of his wedding guests during the cocktail-style reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela and Erik Facetime with a friend during their intimate wedding reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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A fun photo of Gabriela and Erik dancing during their unique wedding celebrations at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela is embraced by one of her wedding guests during the cocktail-style reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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A playful photo of Erik and his dad dancing during the wedding reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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Gabriela makes a thank you speech to the person that introduced them during their Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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A candid photo of a wedding guest giving Gabriela a kiss on the cheek during the Hotel Figueroa reception.
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A candid photo of Erik chatting with two of his wedding guests during the Hotel Figueroa reception in Los Angeles.
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Erik’s parents letting loose on the dance floor during the unique wedding party at Hotel Figueroa.
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An officiant shows a slogan on his cell phone during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception in Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of two wedding guests enjoying the live music during Gabriela and Erik’s hotel reception.
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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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A candid photo of two women dancing during the private club wedding reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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One of Gabriela and Erik’s officiants dancing with his partner to a live band at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of two guests dancing during the eclectic Hotel Figueroa wedding reception in Los Angeles.
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Erik feeds Gabriela a profiterole from their dessert table at the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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Capturing a fun moment on the dance floor as family and friends celebrated Gabriela and Erik’s marriage.
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Gabriela hits the dance floor with one of the officiants during her private club reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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A fun photo of Erik’s dad letting loose on the dance floor with two wedding guests at Hotel Figueroa.
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The newlyweds share a laugh with their family and friends during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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Capturing a special exchange between Gabriela and Erik while listening to a singer during their Hotel Figueroa reception.
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A candid photo of a live singer performing with his band during Gabriela and Erik’s LA wedding reception.
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Erik and his wedding guests enjoying the live music during the private club reception at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo of Erik’s dad giving a high-five to the singer during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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Looking across the top of guests’ heads towards a live band performing during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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A candid photo of Gabriela enjoying her wedding reception at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.
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Capturing a special moment between the bride and groom during their wedding at Hotel Figueroa.
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A candid photo capturing the passion of a singer performing during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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Gabriela and Erik get up to perform with the live band during their Hotel Figueroa wedding reception.
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A creative photo capturing a moment between the couple and a wedding guest during their LA reception.
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Capturing a moment between Erik and the band’s singer during the Hotel Figueroa wedding reception in LA.
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The newlyweds enjoying the dance floor with the band’s singer at Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles.

 

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.

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