LAUREN & TYLER
- Getting ready: Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA (bride and groom)
- Ceremony and reception: Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA
Wedding photos at Hotel Maya:
Lauren and Tyler first came to my studio just after Christmas last year and it was great to hear about their story and proposal, as well as their upcoming plans for this wedding at Hotel Maya. I had the chance to get to know them a little more during their engagement session this past March and was excited to reconnect to capture their special day in Long Beach.
A romantic portrait of Lauren and Tyler during their first look at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Getting ready photos at Hotel Maya:
Hotel Maya is only around a mile from where we live in Long Beach, so my wife Charlene (who was my second photographer for the day) and I drove over in the late morning to capture the couple getting ready. Everything was happening in the one location, making things logistically easy and giving us more time for photography throughout the day.
While Charlene was with Tyler and his groomsmen, I was with Lauren, her bridesmaids and mom as they shared in this special moment. I captured creative candids as Lauren had her makeup done and admired her wedding dress with her mom, as well as a few portraits once she was ready in her dress and looking absolutely radiant.
Capturing a special moment between Lauren and her mom, backed by her wedding dress, in a suite at Hotel Maya.
A creative silhouette of a bridesmaid taking a drink with a reflection of Lauren having her makeup done.
A reflective shot of Tyler doing his hair in the bathroom mirror of his suite at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
A creative portrait of Lauren in her beautiful wedding dress next to a reflection of the Long Beach marina.
Tyler puts on his suit jacket as he prepared for his wedding at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
A portrait of Lauren sitting on a couch in the lead up to her wedding ceremony at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren’s bridesmaids blow her kisses as they prepared for her special day at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
One of Lauren’s bridesmaids helps her down the stairs at Hotel Maya for her first look with Tyler.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Maya:
Lauren and Tyler had decided on a first look which we staged in a shaded outdoor courtyard at Hotel Maya. Lauren walked towards her husband-to-be and I captured their reactions at seeing each other for the first time, then grabbed a few portraits of them in this emotional moment. I particularly liked the creative one we got looking through the door of their hotel suite towards one of Hotel Maya’s hallways.
Lauren walks towards Tyler during their first look session at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren and Tyler look into each other’s eyes during their first look at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
A black and white photo of Lauren and Tyler embracing during their Hotel Maya wedding portrait session.
A creative portrait of the couple looking from their suite into a hallway at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Tyler twirls Lauren during their wedding portrait session at Long Beach’s Hotel Maya.
Ceremony photos at Hotel Maya:
It was then time for their intimate wedding ceremony to start and I grabbed one final shot of Lauren peeking through a bamboo grove into her ceremonial venue before walking down the aisle. It was quite an emotional event, with some close family members no longer with them, but also filled with so much joy at this new union.
I captured the reactions of both the couple and their families, as well as a silhouette looking across the garden courtyard venue of Hotel Maya. After making their recessional walk down the aisle, I snuck into their room and grabbed a candid kiss between the newly married couple in this loved-up moment, as well as a shot of Lauren showing her mom her new wedding band.
The couple’s mothers sign their marriage license, watched on by an uncle, at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
A special moment between a grandma and young flower girl at Lauren and Tyler’s Hotel Maya wedding.
Lauren peeks through a stand of bamboo as she waited to enter her wedding ceremony at Hotel Maya.
The parents of the couple pay their respects at the start of their Western wedding at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren’s sister wipes away tears during an emotional moment of her Hotel Maya wedding ceremony.
Capturing the emotional response of Lauren’s grandma during her marriage to Tyler in Long Beach.
A silhouette shot of Lauren and Tyler’s outdoor courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren and Tyler exchange personal vows during their intimate courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Maya.
A black and white photo capturing Tyler’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Lauren at Hotel Maya.
Capturing Lauren’s joyous reaction as she wed Tyler during an intimate ceremony at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren’s mom was all smiles as she watched her daughter’s wedding to Tyler at Hotel Maya.
The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Capturing a candid kiss between the couple just moments after officially becoming “husband and wife”.
Lauren shows her new wedding band to her mom after her marriage to Tyler at Hotel Maya.
Reception photos at Hotel Maya:
Lauren and Tyler made a grand entrance as “husband and wife” into their ballroom reception at Hotel Maya, coming through an archway created by their bridal party. They then performed their first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from their family and friends, before everyone hit the dance floor.
There was definitely a lot of energy in this wedding celebration at Hotel Maya, with both young and old getting down on the dance floor. I captured an action shot of Lauren’s bouquet toss, as well as a black and white of the newly married couple enjoying every minute of this party.
Lauren and Tyler make their grand reception entrance through a bridal party arch at Hotel Maya.
Tyler twirls Lauren during the couple’s first dance in the ballroom at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Lauren and Tyler react to a speech from the mother-of-the-bride at their Hotel Maya wedding reception.
Lauren’s mother and sister enjoying the dance floor at Hotel Maya during the ballroom reception.
A wedding guest gets dipped on the dance floor during Lauren and Tyler’s ballroom reception.
A funny moment between Lauren’s mom and her flower girl during the Hotel Maya reception.
An action shot of Lauren’s bouquet toss during her ballroom reception at Hotel Maya in Long Beach.
Capturing a special moment between a bridesmaid and her significant other during the fun-filled wedding celebrations at Hotel Maya.
Young and old getting down on the dance floor at Lauren and Tyler’s Hotel Maya wedding reception.
Lauren covers her friends with her wedding dress on the dance floor of Hotel Maya.
Capturing all the energy and emotion of Lauren and Tyler’s Hotel Maya wedding reception.
A black and white candid shot of Lauren and Tyler getting down on the dance floor during their Hotel Maya wedding reception.
Wedding photos at Hotel Maya:
Lauren and Tyler’s wedding at Hotel Maya really was such a joyous event, particularly because I love capturing intimate celebrations with those closest to the couple. It really was a pleasure getting to know them over the last year and being a part of their special day and I wish them so much happiness for their new life together.