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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Malibu West Beach Club

A selection of wedding photos at Malibu West Beach Club to capture the special day of Misha and Asad, which actually began the night before with a lively Sangeet party at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles. We met up with the couple again the next morning to document their getting ready in separate suites at Oakwood Marina Del Rey before a romantic first look in the surrounding gardens. They then exchanged vows overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Malibu West Beach Club, then celebrated during a ballroom-style reception with their family who had flown from all over the world.

MISHA & ASAD

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Wedding photos at Malibu West Beach Club:

I first had the pleasure of photographing Misha and Asad for their surprise proposal last December. Asad popped the question to Misha within the leafy residential area of Venice Canals in West Los Angeles, followed up by engagement sessions in Downtown Los Angeles, Venice Beach and along the Santa Monica Beach Pier.

They had planned a two day wedding celebration, including a traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles, followed by a Western wedding at Malibu West Beach Club. Misha’s family was coming over from the UK to celebrate with Asad’s family who are based in Los Angeles, and it was wonderful to meet their parents and extended family for this occasion. Asad’s mom was particularly sweet to me, ensuring I was always well fed, and I was honored to be a part of this family celebration!

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Misha and Asad kiss during their couple portrait session at the Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.

 

Sangeet ceremony photos at Casa Sanchez:

On the Friday before the wedding day, I drove over to Casa Sanchez, a Mexican restaurant in West Los Angeles, where Misha and Asad were holding the Sangeet. In traditional Indian style it was a really colorful event, with gorgeous saris and lots of music and dancing as Misha and Asad’s family members performed for them. I tried to capture all the color and movement in this selection of Sangeet wedding photos, as well as the couple’s reactions during this special moment with their family and friends.

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The couple arrives at their Indian Sangeet the night before their wedding at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles.
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Asad dances with family and friends during the Indian Sangeet celebrations at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles.
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The couple are embraced by Asad’s grandma at their traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.
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Asad’s brother and sister-in-law perform a dance for the couple during the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.
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Capturing a special moment between Asad and a young guest during the Sangeet ceremony at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles.
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Misha’s brother and sister-in-law perform a traditional Indian dance during the Sangeet celebrations at Casa Sanchez.
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Capturing Misha and Asad’s reactions as their family and friends perform at the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.
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Misha dancing with Asad’s mother during the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony at Casa Sanchez.
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Family friends perform for Misha and Asad during their traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony in Los Angeles.
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A young wedding guest dances as Misha and Assad’s Sangeet ceremony the night before their wedding.
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Family and friends perform for the couple at Casa Sanchez during the traditional Indian Sangeet ceremony.
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Asad enjoying the dance floor during his Sangeet ceremony at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles.
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Asad on the dance floor with his mom at the traditional Indian Sangeet at Casa Sanchez in Los Angeles.
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Misha shares a special moment with her dad at the traditional Indian Sangeet at Los Angeles’ Casa Sanchez.

 

Getting ready photos at Oakwood Marina Del Rey:

The following day was the western wedding at the Malibu West Beach Club, although they started the day at the Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when I heard they were getting ready at private apartments, rather than a hotel, as I was unsure there would be beautiful locations for us to capture their first look session and have a couple portrait session. But I was really pleasantly surprised, with shaded walkways, lots of greenery and nobody around to distract us!

I captured close up shots as Misha had the final touches done to her makeup, as well as some special candid moments between both the bride and groom and their parents. They had decided to do a gift exchange before the ceremony which I photographed, as well as a champagne toast with Misha and her beautiful bridesmaids.

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A close up shot of Misha having her makeup done at the Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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Misha helps to straighten her dad’s bow tie as they were getting ready for the wedding day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Asad’s dad helps to fix his bow tie, watched on by his brother, in an apartment at the Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha and her mom admiring her wedding gown as they prepared for her special day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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A black and white candid of Misha having her makeup done in an apartment at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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The groom fixes his watch as he prepared for the wedding day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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A reflective shot of Misha getting into her wedding gown, assisted by her bridesmaids and mom.
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Misha’s mom zips up her bridal gown as they prepared for the wedding day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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The beautiful bride secures her earrings as she prepared in an apartment at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Capturing a special moment between Asad and his dad as they prepared for the wedding day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha’s bridesmaids help to fit her wedding shoes in an apartment at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha and her bridesmaids toast to the wedding day as they were getting ready at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha reads a gift card from her husband-to-be as she was getting ready at Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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Capturing an emotional moment for the groom as he reads a gift card for his wife on their wedding day.
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A reflective photo of Misha admiring her wedding gown in an apartment at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha admires her engagement ring as she prepared for her special day in Marina Del Rey.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Oakwood Marina Del Rey:

I found a nice shaded spot outside the apartments on a leafy walkway to stage the first look session, with Misha walking towards an expectant Asad. It was a beautiful moment as they had their first glimpse of each other on this special day and I used the opportunity for a short couple portrait session. You could just tell that Misha and Asad were really loved up, with a natural chemistry radiating from them.

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Misha walks towards Asad during their first look session at Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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Asad reacts at seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Asad kisses Misha during their first look session at Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.
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A beautiful portrait of the couple during their first look wedding photo session at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Asad helps Misha hold her wedding dress as they walk through the landscaped gardens of Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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Misha and Asad share a laugh during their romantic first look session at Oakwood Marina Del Rey.
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An intimate portrait of Misha and Asad during their first look session in Marina Del Rey.
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The couple stand hand-in-hand across a walkway at the Oakwood Marina Del Rey apartments.

 

Ceremony photos at Malibu West Beach Club:

We then drove over to Malibu for the wedding at the Malibu West Beach Club and I grabbed a quick family formal before the official ceremony proceedings got under way. Misha was led down the aisle by her dad who embraced Asad as he gave his daughter away.

I captured some wide angle shots across their gorgeous ceremony site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as the reactions of their parents as they watched on. After being pronounced “husband and wife” and a grand kiss, they made their recessional walk down the aisle as family and friends showered them in flower petals.

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Misha and Asad, surrounded by the immediate family, as they prepared for the wedding at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad sign their marriage license before their wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Asad shares a special moment with one of his elders as he prepared for his wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Asad’s reaction as he watched Misha walk down the aisle at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha is escorted down the aisle by her father at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha’s father hugs Asad as he gives his daughter away during the Malibu West Beach Club wedding ceremony.
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A wide angle shot looking across Misha and Asad’s wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Asad’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Misha at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha was all smiles as she exchanged vows with Asad during their western wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad look towards each other during their western wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Asad’s parents watch on as their son marries Misha at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Misha and Asad’s ring exchange during their wedding ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha’s parents watch on as their daughter weds Asad at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their Malibu West Beach Club wedding ceremony.
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The couple make a joyous recessional walk down the aisle after becoming officially married in Malibu.
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Misha hugs her sister-in-law after becoming officially wed at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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A black and white shot of Asad hugging his sister-in-law following the Malibu West Beach Club wedding ceremony.
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Misha and Asad look into each other’s eyes as they make their recessional walk at the Malibu West Beach Club.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Malibu West Beach Club:

It was just approaching sunset and we made the most of the atmospheric lighting conditions during a couple portrait session on the sands of Malibu Beach. I captured some romantic shots of them walking hand-in-hand along the beach, as well as some creative silhouette portraits. While the wedding guests were busy at cocktail hour, we also snuck into the reception room for some portraits in front of their gorgeous sweetheart table.

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A romantic sunset portrait of Misha and Asad on the sands of Malibu Beach following their traditional western wedding ceremony.
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The newly married couple stand in front of their sweetheart table at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad kiss outside the Malibu West Beach Club, watched on by their family and friends.
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A silhouette shot of Misha and Asad during their sunset wedding photo session at Malibu Beach.
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Capturing a black and white kiss between the couple in front of their sweetheart table at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad walk along Malibu Beach following their sunset wedding couple portrait session.

 

Reception photos at Malibu West Beach Club:

Then the party really kicked off, with everyone hitting the dance floor to celebrate this union. I tried to capture all the festivity of this vibrant wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club in this selection of photos, with the bride and groom obviously having a great time.

Misha and Asad then presented their official first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from both brothers. I captured the reactions of the couple, their parents and siblings, as well as a creative silhouette, followed by Asad’s toast to his beautiful new wife. After Misha’s bouquet toss, everyone hit the dance floor again and I managed to get the entire wedding party together for a group portrait.

Towards the end of the night, I snuck out with the couple for a short nighttime couple portrait session, using an off-camera flash for some creative shots backed by the orange lanterns of the Malibu West Beach Club.

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Misha and Asad share a special moment during their cake cutting ceremony at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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The groom enjoying the dance floor with his family and friends at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Asad’s parents getting down on the dance floor at the Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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Misha and Asad, surrounded by their family and friends, on the dance floor of the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Misha and Asad’s first dance during their wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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An intimate moment between Misha and Asad during their first dance at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad’s brothers make a toast during the fun-filled wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Misha and Asad’s reactions as speeches and toasts are made at their Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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A creative silhouette shot as a toast is made at Misha and Asad’s Malibu Beach wedding reception.
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Capturing Misha’s parent’s reactions during their daughter’s wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Misha and Asad raise their champagne glasses for a toast during their Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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Asad’s brother and wife watch on as speeches and toasts are made during the Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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Asad makes a thank you toast to his wife during their wonderful wedding reception at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing Misha’s bouquet toss to an expectant group of single ladies at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Asad getting down on the dance floor with family and friends at his Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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Misha and a family friend enjoying the dance floor during the lively wedding celebrations at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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A group photo of Misha and Asad with their wedding party at the Malibu West Beach Club.
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Capturing an intimate portrait of Misha and Asad at their sweetheart table during their Malibu West Beach Club wedding reception.
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A romantic nighttime portrait of the newly married couple, backed by the orange lanterns of the Malibu West Beach Club.

 

Wedding photos at Malibu West Beach Club:

Having had three opportunities to work with Misha and Asad, I feel like I’ve got to know them quite well and want to thank them for selecting me as their wedding photographer. Their big day at the Malibu West Beach Club was absolutely incredible, and I hope these photos bring back warm memories for them for years to come.

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