Wedding At La Venta Inn In Palos Verdes Estates, CA | Elizabeth & Rajan

Wedding At La Venta Inn

ELIZABETH & RAJAN

Locations:

  • Getting ready: La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, CA (bride and groom)
  • Ceremony and reception: La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, CA

 

Wedding photos at La Venta Inn:

Many of the wedding couples I photograph come from diverse cultural backgrounds, and paying tribute to their heritage forms an integral part of their wedding plans. This was true for Elizabeth and Rajan who had opted for a multicultural wedding celebration, drawing on their Chinese and Indian roots. Elizabeth was actually an old friend of mine from college days and it was such an honor to capture these La Venta Inn wedding photos for her and her soon-to-be husband Rajan.

Elizabeth is from the west coast but had moved over to New York to go to business school. It was there that she met Rajan, and although they both lived and worked on the east coast now, they had opted to come back to California for their wedding. Family and friends had flown in from all over the country, and they were actually making a whole weekend of wedding celebrations, including a traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony on Saturday night.

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An intimate portrait of Elizabeth and Rajan during their wedding portrait session at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Terranea Resort and getting ready photos at La Venta Inn:

The La Venta Inn wedding photos on Sunday actually started with a first look between the couple at Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort. While some couples like to have some getting ready photos before seeing each other, Elizabeth and Rajan wanted to do something a little different.

With both the bride and groom dressed in their traditional western bridal attire, I used this opportunity before the ceremony itself to shoot some wedding portraits of them within the elegant grounds of the Terranea Resort. This luxury resort has a beautiful location on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, providing a spectacular backdrop for the shoot.

The couple were actually having two wedding ceremonies – a traditional Hindu ceremony, followed by a western one. So as they changed into their Indian bridal attire, I had the chance to take some getting ready images later.

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A silhouette of Rajan as he waited to see his bride at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Elizabeth walking towards Rajan during their first look at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing Elizabeth and Rajan’s first look on their wedding day in Rancho Palos Verdes’ Terranea Resort.

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The couple kiss along a tree-lined walkway of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A close-up portrait of the bride and groom during their wedding photo session at the Terranea Resort.

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A portrait of the couple in front of a low-lit window at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An intimate portrait of the couple during their Terranea Resort wedding photoshoot, backed by the Pacific Ocean.

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A silhouette of Elizabeth and Rajan, backed by the Pacific Ocean, during their Terranea Resort wedding photoshoot.

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An intimate portrait of the bride and groom in one of the dimly-lit rooms of the elegant Terranea Resort.

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Rajan getting ready for his traditional Indian wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Elizabeth’s family helps add the final touches to her traditional Indian bridal sari before her wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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Rajan waits for his bride in the landscaped gardens of La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Rajan’s mother fixes her husband’s bow-tie as they prepare for the wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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Elizabeth’s mother helps add the final touches to her bridal outfit before the traditional Indian wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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A portrait of the bride with her parents before the start of the traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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The bride smiles at a message on her phone in the final moments before her wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

 

Ceremony photos at La Venta Inn:

We then headed over to Palos Verdes Estates in the mid-afternoon to the stunning wedding venue of La Venta Inn. Its flower-adorned bridal gazebo just has such a spectacular setting, and there was plenty of color in the La Venta Inn wedding photos provided by the beautiful saris worn by both Elizabeth and many of the female guests. As part of the Hindu wedding ceremony procedures, family members threw rose petals over the couple in what was a really beautiful gesture of blessing.

The couple then did a rapid wardrobe change and walked back down the same aisle, with Rajan in a tuxedo and Elizabeth in a white bridal gown. By this time, the sun was reaching the horizon and the rich lighting was absolutely perfect.

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Elizabeth being presented to Rajan’s family at the start of the traditional wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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The bride offers her groom at flower garland during their traditional Indian wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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Elizabeth and Rajan’s Indian wedding ceremony included a number of traditional rites and rituals.

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A portrait of the bride and groom during their traditional Indian wedding celebrations at La Venta Inn.

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Rajan’s family watches on as he weds Elizabeth in a traditional Hindu marriage celebration.

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Looking down the aisle at La Venta Inn, with the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean behind.

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The newly married bride and groom walking down the aisle at La Venta Inn.

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Family members throw rose petals over Elizabeth and Rajan during their traditional Hindu wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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The couple were all smiles as their family gave them their blessings in a traditional flower-throwing ritual.

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The newly married couple walk down the aisle at La Venta Inn, surrounded by their family and friends.

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A black and white portrait of Elizabeth being embraced by her mother after her marriage to Rajan.

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A portrait of Rajan in the late afternoon sunshine as he married Elizabeth in a traditional western wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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A silhouette of the couple under La Venta Inn’s gazebo, backed by the Pacific Ocean.

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The bride and groom exchange vows as part of their traditional western wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at La Venta Inn:

At the end of the ceremony, I captured a few intimate portraits of the couple, right us the sun sank behind the Pacific Ocean.

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The newly married couple embrace at La Venta Inn, backed by a magical sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

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The bride and groom looking out at the Pacific Ocean sunset following their wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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A warm embrace between the bride and groom in the lush landscaped gardens of La Venta Inn during the sunset golden hour.

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A silhouette shot of Elizabeth and Rajan as the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at La Venta Inn.

 

Reception photos at La Venta Inn:

It was then time for the wedding reception, also held at La Venta Inn, with plenty of toasting, speeches, and dancing, as well as wardrobe changes by Elizabeth. After arriving in her bridal gown, she changed into an elegant red evening one, before ending the night in a cream cocktail dress. In addition to capturing all the dance floor action, I also photographed candid moments as the couple reacted to toasts and speeches, and shared touching moments with their family.

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The newly married couple arrive at their La Venta Inn reception in Palos Verdes Estates.

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An intimate kiss between Elizabeth and Rajan during their La Venta Inn reception first dance.

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The father of the bride embraces Rajan during the wedding reception at La Venta Inn.

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Rajan’s parents make a touching speech during the wedding reception celebrations at La Venta Inn.

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A black and white portrait of Rajan’s parents warmly embracing Elizabeth following their La Venta Inn wedding.

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The happy couple sharing a laugh during the wedding reception speeches at La Venta Inn.

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Rajan and Elizabeth make a speech together during their wedding reception celebrations at La Venta Inn.

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The cake cutting ceremony taking place during Rajan and Elizabeth’s La Venta Inn wedding.

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The father-daughter first dance during Rajan and Elizabeth’s La Venta Inn wedding reception.

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Elizabeth’s father leads her across the dance floor at La Venta Inn during their father-daughter dance.

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A moment of joyful celebration captured with one of Rajan’s relatives during the La Venta Inn wedding reception.

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Elizabeth dressed in a bright red evening gown, enjoying her wedding reception at La Venta Inn with friends and family.

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A conga line weaves along the dance floor at La Venta Inn during Elizabeth and Rajan’s wedding reception.

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A young family member is thrown into the air during Rajan and Elizabeth’s La Venta Inn wedding reception.

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The newly married couple on the dance floor at La Venta Inn after the bride changed into her cocktail dress.

 

Wedding photos at La Venta Inn:

It was such a pleasure to capture these La Venta Inn wedding photos for someone who has been a close friend of mine, and I wish Elizabeth and Rajan all the happiness in their life together.

September 8, 2015

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