Wedding At Luminarias In Monterey Park, CA | Natalia & Carlos

Wedding At Luminarias

NATALIA & CARLOS

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Wedding photos at Luminarias:

I first met Natalia and Carlos last Fall when they were newly engaged and they were such a sweet couple from the outset. They had met a couple of years back and were planning a Catholic wedding ceremony in East Los Angeles’ Saint Peter’s Italian Church, followed by a traditional Italian wedding at Luminarias restaurant in Monterey Park. They also wanted to do a short couple portrait session in between at one of my favorite Downtown Los Angeles venues – the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A black and white portrait of Carlos kissing Natalia during their Walt Disney Concert Hall wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at Omni Los Angeles Hotel:

The couple was actually starting the day at Omni Los Angeles Hotel where they were getting ready in separate rooms, surrounded by their entourages, so my wife Charlene and I headed over there in the late morning. I captured Natalia as she had the final touches done to her makeup and shared

The couple was actually starting the day at Omni Los Angeles Hotel where they were getting ready in separate rooms, surrounded by their entourages, so my wife Charlene and I headed over there in the late morning. I captured Natalia as she had the final touches done to her makeup and shared in a special moment with her young nephew, then photographed Carlos as he did up the buttons on his sophisticated white vest and shared in a playful moment with his dad and groomsman.

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Natalia having the final touches done to her makeup at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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Carlos doing up the buttons on his white vest as he prepared for his wedding at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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Capturing a special moment between Carlos and her nephew as she prepared for her wedding at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A dramatically-lit photo of Natalia having her makeup done at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A reflective shot of Carlos admiring himself in the mirror at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A black and white photo of Natalia’s bridesmaids helping her get ready at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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Capturing a playful moment between the groom, his dad and one of his groomsmen at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A black and white photo of Natalia’s first look with her dad at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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An emotional response from Natalia’s mom at seeing her daughter looking so radiant.

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A special moment between Natalia and her parents at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A softly focused portrait of Natalia at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel before her wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Peter’s Italian Church:

The couple had decided to not have a first look session, so when Natalia was escorted down the aisle at Saint Peter’s Italian Church by her father, it was the first time Carlos saw her that day. Their Catholic ceremony was a really rich affair, with lots of traditional rituals to capture, not to mention the stunning interior of the church itself. Natalia and Carlos were both very expressive during this ceremony which makes my job much easier, particularly when it comes to capturing candids of my couples.

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Natalia’s father escorts her down the aisle at Saint Peter’s Italian Church during her Los Angeles wedding.

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Capturing Carlos’ reaction upon seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day at the Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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Natalia’s father gives her away at the aisle to Carlos during their Saint Peter’s Italian Church wedding ceremony.

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Looking down the floral adorned aisle of the Saint Peter’s Italian Church during Natalia and Carlos’ Catholic wedding.

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Capturing the emotional reaction of one of Natalia’s bridesmaids during the Italian wedding ceremony.

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Natalia and Carlos’ joyous reactions during their wedding ceremony at the Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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Natalia and Carlos deep in prayer during their Saint Peter’s Italian Church wedding ceremony.

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A ceremony photo incorporating the elaborate altar of Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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Natalia blows out a candle during her wedding to Carlos at the Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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Natalia and Carlos look into each other’s eyes during their wedding ceremony at Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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A photo of the beautiful bride holding a bouquet of flowers during her wedding ceremony at Saint Peter’s Italian Church in Los Angeles.

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Natalia and Carlos are congratulated by family and friends during their recessional walk at Saint Peter’s Italian Church.

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Natalia and Carlos exit Saint Peter’s Italian Church as “husband and wife” following their traditional wedding ceremony.

 

Portraits at the Walt Disney Concert Hall:

They made their recessional walk down the aisle, being congratulated by family and friends, then we headed over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for some portraits. I really love the metallic architecture of this landmark building and both Natalia and Carlos were glowing as they shared in their first moments as “husband and wife”.

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A portrait of the newly married couple against one of the metallic walls of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Natalia and Carlos embrace on a set of stairs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the couple during their Walt Disney Concert Hall wedding photo session.

 

Reception photos at Luminarias:

We then drove over to their wedding reception at Luminarias which is a really popular, upscale Italian restaurant in Monterey Park. The couple greeted their wedding guests before an intimate first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from their family and friends. There was so much love in the room from Natalia and Carlos’ family and friends and wonderful expressive moments to capture, including a funny moment when Carlos applied chapstick before kissing Natalia (much to her shock!) Following the parental dances and lots of action on the dance floor, they made their grand exit from Luminarias in a classy car.

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A black and white photo of Natalia greeting guests to her reception at Luminarias restaurant in Monterey Park.

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Carlos playfully puts chapstick on his lips before kissing his bride at Luminarias restaurant.

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Capturing Natalia’s reaction during her first dance with Carlos at Luminarias in Monterey Park.

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A black and white photo of Natalia dancing with a friend during her reception at Luminarias reception.

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The newly married couple enjoying the dance floor during their Luminarias wedding reception.

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A black and white shot of the couple’s fathers sharing a laugh at the Luminarias wedding reception in Monterey Park.

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Natalia and Carlos embrace at their sweetheart table during the speeches and toasts of their wedding reception.

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A black and white photo of the mother-son dance at Luminarias restaurant in Monterey Park.

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Some young wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Natalia and Carlos’ Monterey Park wedding reception.

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Natalia and Carlos’ wedding guests on the dance floor at Luminarias restaurant.

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Capturing a kiss between the couple as they eat a cookie at their Luminarias wedding reception.

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The newly married couple kiss in the back of a car during their grand exit from Luminarias.

 

Wedding photos at Luminarias:

I feel really honored that Natalia and Carlos selected me as their Los Angeles photographer for this classic Italian wedding and I wish them so much love and happiness in their married life together.

April 17, 2012

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