Wedding At Luminarias In Monterey Park, CA | Valeria & Juan Carlos

Wedding At Luminarias

VALERIA & JUAN CARLOS

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Wedding photos at Luminarias:

I first heard from bride-to-be Valeria last year about being her Los Angeles wedding photographer. All of our communication happened via email and I was so honored that she trusted me to not only capture this wedding at Luminarias, but also a romantic e-session with her fiance Juan Carlos a few months before. My wife Charlene and I had been officially married only the weekend before, so this was quite a special wedding for us to photograph as it was our first as husband and wife.

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Capturing a kiss between Valeria and Juan Carlos during their wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

 

Getting ready photos at Omni Los Angeles Hotel:

I dropped Charlene off at the apartment where Juan Carlos and the boys were getting ready, then drove over to Omni Los Angeles Hotel to capture Valeria and the girls as they made their final preparations. I took some reflective shots as she had the final touches done to her hair and makeup, as well as some touching moments with her proud mom. Once Valeria was dressed, we also had time for some portraits of her looking absolutely stunning in her gorgeous gown.

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A creative photo of Valeria having her makeup applied at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A reflective photo of Juan Carlos fixing his bow tie in a suite at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A special moment between Valeria and her mom as they were getting ready in a suite at the Omni Los Angeles hotel.

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A reflective photo of Valeria having her hair done as she prepared for her wedding day at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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A black and white photo of Valeria having her dress secured in a suite at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

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An elegant close-up portrait of Valeria looking radiant in her wedding gown at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Pasadena City Hall:

We then drove over to the Pasadena City Hall where Valeria and Juan Carlos had decided to have a first look session within one of the elegant colonnades. After capturing their reactions, we had lots of time scheduled in for a couple portrait session incorporating the ornate architectural features of the Pasadena City Hall. We also used this time for some bridal party portraits and family formals, with the couple’s parents looking on lovingly at their children on this special day.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos glimpse each other during their first look session at the Pasadena City Hall.

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A creative photo of Valeria and Juan Carlos during their Pasadena City Hall first look session.

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A silhouette portrait of Valeria and Carlos incorporating the architecture of the Pasadena City Hall.

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An intimate portrait of the couple embracing during their Pasadena City Hall wedding photo session.

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A classic portrait of Valeria and Carlos during their Pasadena City Hall wedding photo session.

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Looking through the greenery of the Pasadena City Hall towards Valeria and Juan Carlos kissing.

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Juan Carlos leads Valeria up a wrought iron staircase at the Pasadena City Hall.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos’ parents join their children for a family formal at the Pasadena City Hall.

 

Ceremony photos at Sacred Heart Catholic Church:

We then drove over to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles where the Catholic ceremony was to be held and I grabbed a black and white of Valeria as she pulled up outside. After Juan Carlos was escorted down the aisle by his parents, it was Valeria’s turn, before they began their traditional Catholic rites and rituals. Normally as a photographer, I cannot get into a position that allows me to see the couple’s faces during communion or prayers, but this wedding was an exception, allowing me to capture some rare photos!

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A black and white photo of Valeria arriving at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles for her wedding ceremony.

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Looking over Valeria’s father’s shoulder as his daughter arrives at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

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Juan Carlos is escorted down the aisle of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles by his parents.

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A black and white photo of Valeria and Carlos exchanging vows during their wedding ceremony at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos kneel for communion during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Looking down the aisle of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles as Valeria and Juan Carlos take communion.

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Valeria looks back at her wedding guests while Juan Carlos is deep in prayer during their Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos make their recessional walk down the aisle at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

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The newly married couple kiss outside the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

 

Reception photos at Luminarias:

After the couple made their recessional walk down the aisle and posed for a kiss outside Saint Heart Catholic Church, we drove over to Luminarias restaurant in Monterey Park where the reception was to be held. The couple’s first dance was followed by speeches and toasts, then the parental dances and cake cutting which I captured in a creative, reflective shot. Then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate this new union, with lots of movement and expressive moments for me to photograph.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos perform their first dance at Luminarias restaurant in Monterey Park.

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Capturing a tender moment between a young and elderly wedding guest in black and white.

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A silhouette of a guitar player at Valeria and Juan Carlos’ Luminarias wedding reception in Monterey Park.

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Capturing the newly married couple’s reactions to speech during their Luminarias wedding reception.

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Valeria and Juan Carlos react to a speech during their wedding reception at Luminarias in Monterey Park.

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Juan Carlos and his mom perform the mother-son dance at his Luminarias wedding reception.

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A reflective photo of Valeria and Juan Carlos’ cake cutting ceremony at Luminarias in Monterey Park.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Valeria and Juan Carlos’ Luminarias wedding reception.

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Valeria enjoying the dance floor with her friends during her wedding reception at Luminarias in Monterey Park.

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Wedding guests on the dance floor at Luminarias during Valeria and Juan Carlos’ Monterey Park reception.

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Valeria prepares for her bouquet toss during the Monterey Park wedding reception at Luminarias.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of the couple beneath a staircase at the Pasadena City Hall.

 

Wedding photos at Luminarias:

I want to thank Valeria and Juan Carlos for asking me to photograph this wedding at Luminarias and that Charlene and my first weekend as a married couple was shared with such wonderful people!

April 10, 2013

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