Wedding At LA River Center And Gardens In Los Angeles, CA | Aiyana & Mark
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Wedding At LA River Center And Gardens

AIYANA & MARK

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Wedding photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

I first had the privilege of meeting newly engaged couple Aiyana and Mark at my studio in Downtown Long Beach, a few months before their wedding at the LA River Center And Gardens was planned. They are of the Jewish faith and I always love photographing Jewish weddings with all the rites and rituals. They decided to have an engagement session which we staged in Downtown Los Angeles, before focusing on the plans for this fun-filled garden wedding at LA River Center And Gardens.

I’ve photographed at the LA River Center And Gardens a few times and really love the setting. It’s located in the heart of East Los Angeles, but is really a hidden gem, and you wouldn’t know just passing by what a beautiful venue is nestled there.

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A creative bird’s eye view of Aiyana and Mark during their wedding day celebrations at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Getting ready photos at the LA River Center And Gardens:

Aiyana was getting ready at the LA River Center And Gardens and I captured her final moments of preparation. Then Mark arrived for their first look session and it was a beautiful moment as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.

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Aiyana having her hair down in a getting ready suite at LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the LA River Center And Gardens:

We used the opportunity for a short portrait session around the gardens and in the courtyard of the LA River Center And Gardens, with elevated vantage points where I could get a creative, bird’s eye view.

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Aiyana walking towards Mark during their first look session at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Aiyana and Mark’s reactions upon seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day in Los Angeles.

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Looking down at Aiyana and Mark kissing in a central courtyard at the LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Ceremony photos at the LA River Center And Gardens:

It was then time for the traditional Jewish Ketubah signing and the wedding ceremony itself, with Aiyana and Mark escorting each other down the aisle. There was a gorgeous floral bridal arch where the couple stood for this garden wedding ceremony, and some heartfelt emotional reactions to capture as they exchanged vows. Then Mark performed the Jewish “breaking of the glass” ritual and they were pronounced “husband and wife”.

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Aiyana prepares for her wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens with the women in her life.

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Aiyana walks towards Mark at the start of their Jewish wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Aiyana and Mark walk down the aisle together during their Jewish wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing Aiyana and Mark’s reactions during their wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Aiyana and Mark exchange wedding rings during their Jewish ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Aiyana wipes away tears as she weds Mark during their Jewish wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Mark performs the traditional Jewish ‘breaking of the glass’ during his wedding ceremony at the LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the LA River Center And Gardens:

Weddings at the LA River Center And Gardens are set across two separate spaces, so when the ceremony finished, Aiyana and Mark’s guests moved to the adjacent reception venue. We had a bit more time for wedding portraits, and with the ceremony space now empty, we decided to utilize its beautiful setting.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of Aiyana and Mark with her gorgeous bouquet during their LA River Center And Gardens wedding photo session.

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A creative bird’s eye view portrait of Aiyana and Mark during their LA River Center And Gardens wedding photo session.

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Mark kisses Aiyana’s hand during their romantic wedding photo session at the LA River Center And Gardens.

 

Reception photos at the LA River Center And Gardens:

The reception was also held outdoors, with the couple at their own sweetheart table within the leafy gardens. There were toasts and speeches, followed by the couple’s first dance, then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. I captured all the fun and antics of the garter removal, then whisked the couple away for a short nighttime portrait session within the charming trolley they had hired for their guests.

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A candid photo of Aiyana and Mark admiring their cake topper during the LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Aiyana and Mark join a toast during their wedding reception at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment during the best man’s speech at Aiyana and Mark’s Jewish wedding reception.

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Aiyana and Mark enjoying their first dance in the reception courtyard of the LA River Center And Gardens.

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Capturing all the dance floor action during Aiyana and Mark’s LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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A funny dance floor photo from Aiyana and Mark’s LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Capturing a special moment between Aiyana and her mom on the dance floor at the LA River Center And Gardens.

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The bride and groom enjoying the dance floor during their LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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Capturing a playful moment during the garter removal at Aiyana and Mark’s LA River Center And Gardens wedding reception.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait during Aiyana and Mark’s LA River Center And Gardens wedding celebrations.

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An intimate nighttime couple portrait of Aiyana and Mark in the trolley they hired for their wedding guests.

 

Wedding photos at LA River Center And Gardens:

It really was a pleasure to be a part of this relaxed and whimsical wedding at the LA River Center And Gardens, and I wish Aiyana and Mark a lifetime of happiness together.

July 4, 2013

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