Wedding At La Venta Inn In Palos Verdes Estates, CA | Shelly & Jim
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Wedding At La Venta Inn

SHELLY & JIM

Locations:

  • Ceremony and reception: La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, CA

 

Wedding photos at La Venta Inn:

Shelly and Jim’s special day took place this past Labor Day weekend and I just know that it’s going to be one of those weddings that I never forget. I first met them at my studio in Downtown Long Beach around a year ago and they were so fabulous and easy going from the outset. They are both attorneys and had met through colleagues a few years back. I got to know them better during their e-session back in December of last year (as well as meeting their adorable dog) and was excited to connect again to capture this wedding at La Venta Inn.

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An off-camera flash nighttime portrait of the newly married couple following their wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

 

Getting ready photos at the Torrance Marriott South Bay:

La Venta Inn is such a gorgeous venue in the hills of Palos Verdes Estates, with a stunning location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But the day was all starting at the Torrance Marriott South Bay where Shelly and Jim were getting ready in separate rooms. I captured candid shots of Shelly having her hair and makeup done, and a special moment as she and her mom admired her gorgeous gown. I also photographed her bridesmaids assisting with her shoes, all while her niece was sitting on her wedding gown completely oblivious to what was going on!

I could tell just how close Shelly was to her sisters and parents, and it was some of these candid moments that made this such a special day. This was particularly true during the first look with her dad, and the black and white photograph I took of Shelly wiping away his tears is my favorite from the entire day!

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Shelly and her mom admire her gorgeous wedding gown as they prepared for her special day at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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Capturing a special moment between Shelly’s dad and his granddaughter as they were getting ready for her La Venta Inn wedding.

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creative shot of Shelly having her wedding day makeup done in a suite at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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A playful moment between Shelly’s sister and niece as they prepared for the special day at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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A silhouette shot of Shelly having her makeup done in a suite window at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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Shelly’s dad in a reflective moment as he prepared to walk his daughter down the aisle at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Shelly’s niece was oblivious to the girls trying to get ready in a suite at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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Capturing an emotional moment during the bride’s first look with her dad at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

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A black and white shot of Shelly tenderly wiping away her dad’s tears during their first look at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at La Venta Inn:

We then drove over to La Venta Inn where the ceremony was to be held, but had time for a first look between the bride and groom and some portraits before it began. Shelly walked towards Jim who was waiting beneath a vine-draped walkway, watched on by her sisters and mom. It was an emotional moment as they saw each other looking so incredible, and I photographed Jim tenderly wiping away Shelly’s tears.

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Shelly walks towards Jim during their first look at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Shelly’s mom and younger sister watch on during her first look with Jim at La Venta Inn.

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Shelly and Jim embrace during their emotional first look at La Venta Inn before their Palos Verdes Estates wedding.

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Jim wipes away Shelly’s tears during their first look at La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Shelly’s sisters and niece watch on during her first look with Jim in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Jim and his groomsmen make a toast before his marriage to Shelly at Palos Verdes Estates’ La Venta Inn.

 

Ceremony photos at La Venta Inn:

After a toast between Jim and his groomsmen, Shelly’s dad escorted her down the aisle for the wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn’s garden ceremonial gazebo. I captured both wide-angle shots looking across this stunning venue, as well as candids of the couple’s reactions, and felt that the pink coloration of the bridesmaids dresses gave a lot of life to the images. I also really loved the tender moment between Shelly and her dad as he held her hand during the recessional walk.

After the ceremony, I followed the newly married couple into their bridal room where they shared in a sweet first moment as husband and wife, admiring their new wedding rings together. We then had time for a short couple portrait session around La Venta Inn, utilizing its ornate architectural backdrops.

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A reflective shot of Shelly’s dad getting ready to walk her down the aisle at La Venta Inn’s garden ceremonial venue.

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Capturing Jim’s expression as he waited for his bride at the start of their La Venta Inn wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the couple’s reaction during their garden wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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Shelly’s beautiful bridesmaids watch on as she exchanged vows with Jim at La Venta Inn.

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Shelly and Jim’s garden wedding ceremony, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at Palos Verdes Estates’ La Venta Inn.

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Shelly and Jim share a laugh during their gorgeous wedding ceremony at La Venta Inn.

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Capturing a tender moment between Shelly and her dad as she made her recessional walk down the aisle at La Venta Inn.

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The newly married couple admire their wedding rings just moments after becoming “husband and wife” at La Venta Inn.

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A portrait of the newly married couple in front of the ornate architecture of La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Shelly’s dad kisses his daughter in congratulations after her marriage to Jim at La Venta Inn.

 

Reception photos at La Venta Inn:

The newlyweds then made their reception grand entrance into La Venta Inn’s private club and were congratulated by family and friends. In between speeches and toasts there was plenty of dance floor action to capture, including an emotional father-daughter dance and plenty of playful antics.

During the evening I also snuck out with the couple for a nighttime portrait session beneath their ceremonial gazebo, backed by the twinkling city lights below.

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A black and white candid shot as a welcome toast is made during Shelly and Jim’s wedding celebrations.

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A close-up shot of the newly married couple holding hands during their reception grand entrance at La Venta Inn.

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Shelly and Jim are welcomed into their reception at La Venta Inn by family and friends.

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The newly married couple react to their cute niece during the La Venta Inn wedding reception.

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Capturing the father-daughter dance between Shelly and her dad in black and white during her Palos Verdes Estates wedding reception.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at Shelly and Jim’s La Venta Inn reception in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Shelly’s dad and sister letting loose on the dance floor during the lively wedding celebrations.

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The bride and groom were all smiles as they celebrated their union at La Venta Inn, surrounded by family and friends.

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Jim and his parents getting down on the dance floor during his Palos Verdes Estates’ wedding reception.

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Shelly and her friend enjoying the dance floor at La Venta Inn during her fun-filled wedding reception.

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Shelly and Jim dancing beneath a wrought iron chandelier during their La Venta Inn wedding reception.

A nighttime couple portrait of Shelly and Jim beneath their ceremonial gazebo, backed by the city lights.

A nighttime couple portrait of Shelly and Jim beneath their ceremonial gazebo, backed by the city lights.

 

Wedding photos at La Venta Inn:

I can’t thank Shelly and Jim enough for selecting me as their photographer for this unforgettable wedding at La Venta Inn. The warmth and love that they and their family brought to this celebration was wonderful to be a part of and I wish them a lifetime of joy and happiness together.

September 11, 2013

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