Wedding At Marion Davies Guest House In Santa Monica, CA | Alexis & Colin

Wedding At Marion Davies Guest House

ALEXIS & COLIN

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Wedding photos at Marion Davies Guest House:

I first heard from bride-to-be Alexis earlier this year about her upcoming wedding at Marion Davies Guest House and it was a pleasure to meet her in-person at the venue a couple of months back. The Marion Davies Guest House is a beautiful historic property overlooking the water in Santa Monica Beach, not far from the famous Santa Monica Pier.

I loved the white colors and columned entrance, with a real East Coast/Southern vibe to the place. Alexis and her fiance Colin were planning an intimate wedding here with just their closest family and friends, making for a really relaxed and special day.

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A sunset portrait of the newly weds overlooking the beach at Santa Monica during their Marion Davies Guest House wedding.

 

Getting ready photos at Viceroy Santa Monica and Marion Davies Guest House:

Things kicked off around lunch time when my assistant and I met up with Alexis to capture her getting ready at the Viceroy Santa Monica. She was joined by her sister, niece and mom as she had the final touches done to her makeup and admired her gorgeous gown in the naturally-lit suite.

We then headed over to the Marion Davies Guest House where she slipped into her dress and shared in a special moment as her mom helped to secure her earrings. Colin’s mom also arrived to help “fluff” the dress and everyone was in really high spirits. Once everyone was ready to go, we had some time available to capture portraits of Alexis looking absolutely radiant in this light-filled setting.

Colin and his best-man (his son Tobias) also arrived around this time, so I went downstairs to capture a few shots as they fixed one another’s bow ties outside the entrance to the Marion Davies Guest House. I also grabbed a sophisticated portrait of Colin in his classic black suit and a close-up as he made extra sure that bow tie was straight!

Back upstairs in the bridal suite, Alexis’ dad arrived for their father-daughter first look in what was obviously a proud moment. I grabbed a candid as they embraced, then photographed Alexis as she walked down the stairs towards her father to be escorted to the wedding in the Marion Davies Guest House courtyard.

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A silhouette shot of Alexis having the final touches done to her makeup in a suite at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

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Alexis shows off her engagement ring to her sister and niece as they were getting ready at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

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A close-up candid shot of Alexis preparing for her special day in a suite at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

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Alexis admiring her wedding dress with her mom, sister and niece in a suite at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

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A black and white shot of Alexis’ bridesmaids helping to secure her dress as they prepared at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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A special moment as Alexis’ bridesmaids help her step into her shoes at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis’ mom helps to secure her earrings as they made their wedding day preparations at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis surrounded by the women closest to her as she prepared for her special day at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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A creative shot of Alexis having her dressed “fluffed” by her mom, mother-in-law, sister and niece.

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A portrait of Alexis looking radiant in her bridal gown beside a naturally-lit window at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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A classic shot of Alexis securing her earring as she looks out the window at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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Colin’s son helps to straighten his bow tie as they waited for the ceremony to begin at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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A portrait of Colin outside the Marion Davies Guest House during his Santa Monica wedding.

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A close-up shot of Colin straightening his tie as he prepared for his Marion Davies Guest House wedding.

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Alexis stands in front of a light-filled window with her wedding dress train sprawling behind.

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Alexis’ father walks towards her for their first look at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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Capturing a special moment between Alexis and her dad during their first look session at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis and her dad embrace during their first look at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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A classic shot of Alexis walking down a hallway at the Marion Davies Guest House for the start of her wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony photos at Marion Davies Guest House:

The sun was starting to soften as Alexis made her grand entrance down the aisle on the arm of her father and I photographed Colin as he got his first glimpse of the bride and admired her looking so stunning. The wedding ceremony was a really traditional affair, with both Alexis and Colin writing really sweet, personalized vows that showed the consideration they have for one another.

They paid respect to both their moms during this intimate wedding at Marion Davies Guest House, then I photographed the grand kiss as they were pronounced “husband and wife” and made their recessional walk down the aisle. The couple then headed indoors to one of the elegant rooms at the Marion Davies Guest House to sign their official marriage license.

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Alexis walks down the stairs towards her father at the start of her Marion Davies Guest House wedding ceremony.

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A creative shot of Colin and his son waiting for Alexis to arrive at the start of the Marion Davies Guest House courtyard ceremony.

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Alexis’ father escorts her down the aisle in the elegant courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis’ father gives her away to Colin in the beautiful courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Colin walks his beautiful bride to the altar at the start of their intimate ceremony in Santa Monica.

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A wide-angle shot looking across the courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House during Alexis and Colin’s intimate wedding.

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Capturing Colin’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Alexis at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Capturing Alexis’ reaction as she exchanged vows with Colin during their intimate courtyard wedding ceremony.

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An elevated view looking across Alexis and Colin’s courtyard wedding at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis kisses Colin’s mom during the intimate wedding ceremony at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Capturing a special moment between Alexis and her mom during the Marion Davies Guest House courtyard wedding.

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Colin reads his personalized vows during his intimate wedding ceremony in Santa Monica.

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Capturing Alexis’ joyous reaction as Colin read his vows during their Marion Davies Guest House wedding ceremony.

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Colin’s parents watch on as their son marries Alexis at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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Alexis and Colin exchange rings during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis’ parents watch on as she marries Colin during the Marion Davies Guest House courtyard wedding.

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Alexis and Colin kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis and Colin make their recessional walk at the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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Alexis’ father congratulates the newly weds following their ceremony at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis’ mother signs the marriage license within one of the elegant rooms of the Marion Davies Guest House.

 

Portraits at Marion Davies Guest House:

With the light fading fast, we had to move swiftly to capture portraits and I grabbed a few romantic shots of the couple in front of the elegant exterior of the Marion Davies Guest House. We then wandered down towards the sands of Santa Monica Beach for some sunset shots as the sky transformed behind the couple.

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An elegant portrait of the newly weds outside the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds in front of the elegant colonnades of the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Colin kisses Alexis’ hand affectionately during their Marion Davies Guest House wedding portrait session.

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Alexis embraces Colin during their sunset portrait session at Santa Monica Beach.

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A romantic nighttime portrait of Alexis and Colin outside the Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica.

 

Reception photos at Marion Davies Guest House:

Meanwhile, the staff had done a “flip”, transforming the ceremony venue into an intimate reception space. Alexis and Colin made their grand entrance while their family and friends cheered on, then hit the dance floor for their first dance. The father-daughter dance was followed by speeches from Alexis’ sister and Colin’s son and brother, with the couple watching on from their sweetheart table. There was a loving speech from Alexis’ dad before the bride changed into a glimmering evening dress for the cake cutting ceremony and champagne toast.

Then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate and I tried to capture all the action from both downstairs and the balcony above. We finished the night with a group shot of the wedding party surrounding Alexis and Colin as they kissed, ending what had been a beautiful day.

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Capturing a special moment with a very young wedding guest during Alexis and Colin’s celebrations at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis and Colin make their grand entrance into the courtyard reception at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Capturing an intimate moment during Alexis and Colin’s first dance at the Marion Davies Guest House reception.

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Colin prepares to twirl Alexis during their first dance in the courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Capturing the reaction of Alexis’ dad during the father-daughter dance in Santa Monica.

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Alexis performs the father-daughter dance with her dad during the intimate courtyard reception in Santa Monica.

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Capturing the couple reactions at their sweetheart table during a speech from the matron-of-honor.

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Colin’s son and best man makes a speech during the wedding reception at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis and Colin share a laugh at their sweetheart table during the Marion Davies Guest House reception.

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Alexis’ father makes a speech for the couple during their courtyard reception in Santa Monica.

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Alexis and Colin perform the cake-cutting ceremony during their intimate wedding in Santa Monica.

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The newlyweds make a champagne toast during their courtyard reception at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis dancing with a young wedding guest during her intimate celebrations at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during the courtyard reception at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Young wedding guests celebrate the marriage of Alexis and Colin at the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Alexis’ sister and niece enjoying the dance floor in the courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Alexis and Colin on the dance floor of the Marion Davies Guest House courtyard.

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Alexis’ mom and a young wedding guest enjoying the dance floor during the Marion Davies Guest House reception.

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Alexis and Colin kiss surrounded by their family and friends in the courtyard of the Marion Davies Guest House.

 

Wedding photos at Marion Davies Guest House:

I really enjoyed working with Alexis and Colin and want to thank them for trusting in Aevitas Weddings to capture their wedding at Marion Davies Guest House. I wish them all the happiness in their married life together and hope that these images bring back warm memories for years to come.

November 9, 2017

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