NATALIE & ROMMY
- Getting ready: Private residence in Los Angeles, CA (bride and groom)
Wedding photos at Majestic Halls:
Soon-to-be-married couple Natalie and Rommy were referred to me through a good wedding planner friend of mine, Brooke Avishay from Orange Blossom Special Events. I first met them at my studio in Downtown Long Beach and it was lovely that Natalie’s parents had come along too to be part of planning their Jewish wedding day celebrations. They were all so sweet and I knew that capturing this wedding at Majestic Halls was going to be a lot of fun.
An off-camera flash portrait of the newly married couple beneath the ornate chandelier of Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Getting ready photos at a private residence in Downtown Los Angeles:
The day all started at a private residence near Majestic Halls in Downtown Los Angeles where the couple were getting ready. While I was with Natalie and her bridesmaids as they made their final preparations, my second photographer Katie was with Rommy at his nearby home. I knew that family was really important to the couple and there were some really touching moments to capture as Natalie’s father saw his daughter for the first time on her wedding day and also as the bride spent some time with her grandmother.
A reflective shot of Natalie preparing for her wedding day at a private rental near Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
A creative shot looking through a doorway as Natalie admires her bridal gown on her wedding day.
A silhouette shot of Natalie having her make-up done before her wedding day at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
The bride high fives her mom and sister as they prepared for her wedding day at a private rental near Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Capturing the first look between Natalie and her father before her wedding day celebrations at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Capturing a special moment between Natalie and her grandma before the Majestic Halls wedding ceremony.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Majestic Halls and Walt Disney Concert Hall:
The couple had decided to have a first look session that we held in one of the elegant hallways at Majestic Halls. This former bank has been converted into a beautiful event space with lots of antique features, giving it a really classic feel.
After photographing this special moment, we then took a shuttle over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a short couple portrait session in Downtown Los Angeles. The strong architectural lines and metallic surfaces of this iconic building make it one of my personal favorite locations for not only LA engagement sessions, but also weddings.
Natalie walks towards Rommy during their first look session at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Capturing Natalie’s joyful reaction during her first look session with Rommy at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
The soon-to-be-married couple embrace beside the metallic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.
A silhouette shot of the couple along a stairwell of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.
Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom as they drove from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Ceremony photos at Majestic Halls:
We then headed back to Majestic Halls for the wedding celebration itself, which all started with the Ketubah signing, followed by the breaking of the glass by Natalie’s mom – both important elements in Jewish wedding celebrations. We also had a short period of time before the ceremony started and I used it to take a few intimate portraits of the couple within the dramatically-lit interior of Majestic Halls. Natalie’s parents then walked her down the aisle to an expectant Rommy and I captured both wide angle shots and close-up candids as they exchanged vows and rings, surrounded by their family and friends.
The bride and groom sign the Ketubah before their Jewish wedding ceremony at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Natalie’s mom during the breaking of the glass ceremony before the Jewish wedding ceremony at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
The bride and groom kiss behind their newly signed Ketubah at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
An off-camera flash portrait of the bride and groom within a dramatically-lit lounge at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Rommy’s reaction as he watches his bride walk down the aisle during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Natalie’s parents give her away to Rommy at the altar during their Majestic Halls Jewish wedding ceremony.
A candid black and white shot of Natalie during her Jewish wedding ceremony to Rommy at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
A wide angle shot of the newly married couple kissing during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
The joyful bride and groom during their recessional walk down the aisle at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Reception photos at Majestic Halls:
In true Jewish wedding tradition, the reception was a really wild celebration, mixing both Jewish rituals with Western wedding elements. In addition to photographing the emotional speeches and toasts, as well as the father-daughter/mother-son dances, I also got in close to capture the vibrant action of the Hora chair dance and the live musicians who were igniting the dance floor.
Capturing the couple’s first dance under a spectacular chandelier during their Majestic Halls wedding reception.
A black and white shot of the couple during their first dance at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Natalie is lifted above the wedding party for the Hora chair dance during her traditional Jewish wedding reception at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Capturing all the dance floor action and Jewish celebrations during Natalie and Rommy’s Majestic Halls wedding reception.
Natalie dances with her mom at Majestic Halls during her traditional Jewish wedding reception.
One of the wedding party beats on the live band’s drum during Natalie and Rommy’s Jewish wedding celebrations at Majestic Halls.
Natalie dances with her dad while Rommy dances with his mother-in-law during their Jewish wedding reception at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Capturing a special moment as Rommy thanks his bride during their Majestic Halls wedding reception in Los Angeles.
The groom is carried through the lively wedding reception on the shoulders of his friend at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
The newly married couple kiss during their traditional Jewish Hora chair dance at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
A reflective shot of the newly married couple kissing beneath one of the spectacular chandeliers at Majestic Halls in Los Angeles.
Wedding photos at Majestic Halls:
Jewish weddings are one of my personal favorite events to photograph, with so many captivating traditions and rituals, and Natalie and Rommy’s was no exception. I really had an absolute blast being their Los Angeles wedding photographer and wish them a lifetime of joy and happiness together.