Wedding At Il Cielo In Beverly Hills, CA | Lily & Nathan

Wedding At Il Cielo

LILY & NATHAN

Locations:

  • Ceremony and reception: Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, CA

 

Wedding photos at Il Cielo:

Lily and Nathan found me online earlier this year as they were just starting to plan their wedding at Il Cielo, an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. They were getting married on the Labor Day holiday during an intimate, Lord of the Rings-themed celebration with just their closest family and friends.

I was particularly honored to be selected as their wedding photographer as Lily is also a professional photographer. She and Nathan have been engaged for several years and are into playing board games and watching anime together.

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A romantic portrait of the bride and groom in front of the fountain at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

 

Getting ready photos at SIXTY Beverly Hills:

The day kicked off at SIXTY Beverly Hills where Lily was getting ready in a suite with her parents and good friend. The couple had decided to not have  a bridal party, so we had plenty of time and space for portraits as she prepared with those closest to her.

I captured a photo as she read through a DIY scroll she’d made for her vows and another as she admired her gorgeous gown before a warm embrace with her father. Lily’s mom then assisted as she stepped into her wedding shoes while her sister and best friend were on hand to help secure her crown.

Once Lily was dressed and ready to go, her father returned for their official first-look session, which we followed with a portrait of the bride with both her parents. I also used the time available to grab some portraits of the bride on her own, holding her stunning floral bouquet colored in white and purple.

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Lily reads through her vows on a long scroll while getting ready for her wedding at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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A portrait of Lily admiring her wedding dress hanging in a suite window at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Lily embraces her dad while getting ready for her intimate wedding in a suite at SIXTY Beverly Hills

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A candid photo of Lily straightening her dad’s tie while getting ready at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Lily’s mom assists as the bride steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Lily smiles as her sister and friend place a crown on her head as she prepared for her Lord of the Rings-themed wedding.

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One of Lily’s closest friends places a crown on her head in front of a suite window at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Capturing the father-daughter first look session between Lily and her dad in a suite at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Lily and her father embrace during their first-look session in the lead up to her intimate wedding ceremony.

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Capturing a special moment between Lily and her parents while preparing for her wedding at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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Lily’s parents look lovingly at one another as they prepared for their daughter’s wedding at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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A portrait of Lily looking stunning with her gorgeous bouquet in a suite at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

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A silhouette-style portrait of Lily holding her bouquet beside a suite window at SIXTY Beverly Hills.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Will Rogers Memorial Park:

My second photographer was already with Nathan at Will Rogers Memorial Park, so we met up with them there for the first look session. We were really lucky that it was a quiet Sunday with not so many people around and there were a few clouds in the sky, creating beautiful, diffuse lighting.

I photographed Lily as she walked up behind her groom and their reactions at seeing one another, as well as a candid moment as Lily gifted a small token to Nathan. We then explored the walking trails of Will Rogers Memorial Park during a short portrait session, capturing intimate embraces and tender moments incorporating the park’s ornate fountain and central pond.

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Lily walking up behind Nathan during their first look session at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing the reactions of the bride and groom during their romantic first look session in Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Lily and Nathan kiss during their romantic first look session at Beverly Hills’ Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Lily gifts a special something to Nathan during their tender first look session at Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Lily and Nathan embrace during their wedding portrait session at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan kiss in front of the ornate fountain during their Will Rogers Memorial Park wedding portrait session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their Beverly Hills wedding portrait session.

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Lily and Nathan walking hand-in-hand along a walking trail in Beverly Hills’ Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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A playful moment between the bride and groom in front of the central pond at Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Lily leads Nathan in front of the fountain pond at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a gentle moment between the soon-to-be-married couple at Will Rogers Memorial Park.

 

Wedding ceremony photos at Il Cielo:

Around 5PM, we drove over to Il Cielo where the wedding ceremony was scheduled to take place in the restaurant’s courtyard. I photographed Nathan walking down the aisle on the arm of his mom, followed by Lily escorted by her dad, with Nathan looking on with so much love.

Lily and Nathan’s intimate wedding ceremony at Il Cielo included a blessing from their parents and the exchange of vows, with the groom laughing as his bride unrolled her vow scroll. They then conducted a hand-fasting ceremony, with each of their immediate family members wrapping the couple’s wrists as a symbol of their commitment, love and support. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Lily and Nathan sealed their marriage with a kiss before making their recessional walk down the aisle. 

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Nathan is escorted down the aisle by his mom at the start of the courtyard wedding ceremony at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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A candid photo of Nathan embracing his mom at the start of the intimate wedding ceremony at Il Cielo.

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Lily is escorted down the aisle on the arm of her dad in the courtyard of Il Cielo, Beverly Hills.

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Capturing Nathan and the officiant’s reactions as they watched Lily walk down the aisle at Il Cielo.

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A candid photo of Lily smiling at Nathan from beneath her veil during the wedding ceremony at Il Cielo.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Lily and Nathan’s intimate wedding ceremony at Il Cielo.

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The bride and groom’s parents stand to bless the couple during their courtyard wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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Nathan laughs as Lily begins to read her scroll of vows during their intimate wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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Lily’s brother wraps a rope around the couple during their hand-fasting ceremony at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan’s officiant secures the ropes around their wrists during the hand-fasting ceremony at Il Cielo.

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Lily and Nathan kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their intimate, courtyard wedding at Il Cielo.

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The newlyweds make their recessional walk down the aisle following their Beverly Hills wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Il Cielo:

As the wedding guests enjoyed cocktail hour, Lily, Nathan and I took some portraits outside the restaurant on an elegant white sofa, capturing the loved-up vibes of the newlyweds. I photographed Lily as she assisted Nathan into his cloak before we headed to the entrance of Il Cielo for a portrait of the groom twirling his bride. We also stepped out onto the street where this Beverly Hills restaurant is located for a shot of Nathan squeezing Lily tightly.

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Capturing a romantic moment between the couple on a white sofa outside Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan embrace framed by their gorgeous bridal arch at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and groom on the white couch outside Il Cielo restaurant in Beverly Hills.

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An intimate moment between the newlyweds framed by their stunning bridal arch at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Lily helps Nathan to put on his cloak before their intimate wedding reception at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Nathan spins Lily outside Il Cielo in the lead up to their intimate Beverly Hills wedding reception.

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Nathan squeezes Lily with love on the street outside Il Cielo during their Beverly Hills wedding portrait session.

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Lily and Nathan embrace outside the entrance to Il Cielo during their romantic Beverly Hills wedding portrait session.

 

Reception photos at Il Cielo:

Lily and Nathan kicked off their reception proceedings with a grand entrance, which was followed by speeches from the bride’s parents. I captured the reactions of Nathan’s mom and sister as they listened in, as well as those of the couple as they raised their glasses in a toast.

Lily and Nathan’s wedding reception at Il Cielo was a really relaxed affair, with a small dance floor and a photo booth where they took some playful shots with their guests. I documented their cake-cutting ceremony featuring a stunning, multi-tiered creation, as well as a fun moment as Nathan’s sister smeared cake on her brother’s face. We finished the night with a shot of the couple kissing on the dance floor, ending what had been an incredible day. 

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The bride and groom make their grand entrance into the intimate courtyard wedding reception at Il Cielo.

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A candid photo of Lily’s father making a speech during their courtyard wedding reception at Il Cielo.

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Capturing the reactions of Nathan’s sister and mom during speeches and toasts at the Il Cielo wedding reception.

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Lily and Nathan share a laugh during speeches and toasts at their Il Cielo wedding reception in Beverly Hills.

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A candid photo of Lily’s mom making a reception speech during the courtyard celebration at Il Cielo.

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The couple and their guests raising their glasses during a toast at the Il Cielo wedding reception in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan enjoying a moment together during their intimate wedding reception at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Wedding guests dressed in a Lord of the Rings theme enjoying the dance floor at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan perform their cake-cutting ceremony with a multi-tiered creation at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Nathan’s sister smears cake on his cheek during the fun-filled wedding reception at Il Cielo.

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Lily’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the intimate wedding reception at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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The bride and groom having fun on the dance floor with their wedding guests at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

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Lily and Nathan having fun in the photo booth with their friends during the wedding reception at Il Cielo.

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Capturing a playful moment on the dance floor during the Lord of the Rings-themed wedding reception.

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The bride and groom kiss on the dance floor during their intimate wedding reception at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills.

 

Wedding photos at Il Cielo:

I want to thank Lily and Nathan for selecting me as their Beverly Hills photographer for this wedding at Il Cielo and wish them all the happiness for their future as “husband and wife”. I hope they like this sneak peek of what’s to come and that the images bring back warm memories of their special day.

September 16, 2019

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