Wedding At Mission Inn Hotel And Spa In Riverside, CA | Olga & Israel

Wedding At Mission Inn Hotel And Spa

OLGA & ISRAEL

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Wedding photos at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa:

I first had the pleasure of meeting Olga and Israel in-person during their engagement session in Malibu just over a month ago. They’d inquired online at the end of last year and were planning a glamorous wedding at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa with some of their closest family and friends. It really is one of my favorite venues, with so many incredible portrait locations to work with and gorgeous architecture.

It was Ana Mora from Dream Events who made this all possible, as she’d been selected by Olga and Israel as their wedding planner and then recommended me as a photographer. So I want to begin by giving a big shout out to Ana – it’s always an honor to be referred by such an incredible wedding professional but especially when it’s to capture the special day of an equally amazing couple. Olga and Israel put such a high priority on photography throughout the day and scheduled in plenty of time for portraits, which is something I never take for granted.

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A portrait of the newlyweds kissing in the rotunda area of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, with Olga’s veil sweeping in the foreground.

 

Getting ready photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

I met up with my second photographer and assistant at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa to capture all the getting ready action, with my second photographer documenting Israel and the guys while I was with Olga and her bridesmaids. I photographed the bride as she admired her stunning gown and shared in this special moment with her bridesmaids, as well as capturing a few shots with her mom and sister as they prepared together.

I also grabbed a photo as Olga had the final touches applied to her lipstick and some playful candids of her cute flower girls playing around her dress. After a close-up portrait of the bride as she secured one of her earrings, I also documented her mom and sister as they helped to position her stunning cathedral veil.

Olga’s dad then arrived for the father-daughter first look, which evoked a few tears from the bride. I used the opportunity to capture a special family moment with her equally emotional mom, as well as a portrait with her sister and parents in the bridal suite of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga admires her stunning wedding dress hanging in the bridal suite window at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment between Olga and her bridesmaids in their floral robes at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A portrait of Olga’s two flower girls playing behind her wedding dress in the bridal suite at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A candid photo of Olga’s flower girls dancing in the bridal suite at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

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Olga having the final touches applied to her makeup by one of her bridesmaids in the getting ready suite.

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A playful shot of Olga showing off her engagement ring to her bridesmaids and flower girls at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment as Olga, her mom and sister admire her wedding dress hanging in the bridal suite window.

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Olga’s mom and sister help as the bride steps into her wedding shoes in the elegant Mission Inn Hotel bridal suite.

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A moment captured between Olga and her mom while getting ready for her wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A candid black and white shot of Olga getting ready with her mom and sister at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A close-up photo of Olga securing one of her earrings while getting ready for her wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga’s mom and sister help to place the bride’s stunning cathedral veil while getting ready for her Riverside wedding.

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Capturing Olga’s reaction during the father-daughter first look session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga wipes away tears during an emotional first look session with her dad in the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa bridal suite.

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A black and white shot of Olga and her dad during their father-daughter first look session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing an emotional moment between Olga and her parents in the bridal suite at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and her mom wipe away tears during an emotional family moment in the lead up to her Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding.

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A portrait of Olga with her sisters and parents in the elegant bridal suite of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A portrait of Olga looking radiant in her wedding dress at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

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Olga shows of her sweeping cathedral veil in the bridal suite at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Ceremony photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

Olga and Israel’s wedding ceremony was being held in the gorgeous St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, which features a gilded altar and magnificent wooden doors. The ceremony began with Olga being escorted down the aisle on the arm of her dad and I captured Israel’s smile as he saw his beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day.

I grabbed candid shots throughout the ceremony as Olga and Israel poured sand into a vessel to symbolize their new union and exchanged both vows and rings. Aside from up-close shots, I also grabbed a wide-angle looking down the aisle to incorporate the elaborate interior of the chapel.

Olga and Israel sealed their marriage with a kiss, then made their recessional walk down the aisle. One of the signature elements of weddings at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa is the moment when guests shower the newlyweds in flower petals in the courtyard outside, which I captured from an elevated balcony.

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Capturing Israel’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel.

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Olga walking down the aisle of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel on the arm of her father at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel smiles at Olga as she walks towards him during their chapel wedding ceremony at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel turn to face their wedding guests in front of the ornate altar of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel.

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A candid photo of Olga placing a ring on Israel’s finger during their chapel wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A wide-angle shot capturing the stunning gilded altar of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel pour different colored sand into a vessel during their wedding ceremony at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing the kiss between Olga and Israel after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel make their recessional walk down the aisle of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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An elevated shot of Olga and Israel kissing while their wedding guests throw flower petals at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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The newly married couple watch on as Olga’s sister signs their marriage license at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Portraits at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

After signing their marriage license, we headed back inside the chapel for a few portraits of the newlyweds standing in the aisle, followed by bridal party portraits in front of the ornate wooden door. I grabbed a shot of Olga with her adorable flower girl, as well as a playful one with her bridesmaids as they covered their faces with their bouquets.

We dedicated the rest of the time we had left for couple portraits of the newly married bride and groom, beginning in the chapel courtyard. I captured some bird’s eye view shots as they walked through the courtyard hand-in-hand, as well as a creative portrait of Israel checking his watch in front of the chapel doors.

We then wandered over to the rotunda area of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa to continue the portrait session, utilizing its sweeping staircase and wrought iron railings. We stopped in a quiet hallway along the way for some shots showcasing Olga’s cathedral veil, then snuck inside their reception venue before the wedding guests arrived for some portraits amidst the glamorous decorations.

As the sun began to lower in the sky, we headed up to the fourth floor to capture some portraits amidst the red-brick colonnades and incorporating the massive clock of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. I photographed Olga leading Israel along a walkway and another as they relaxed on a balcony, then grabbed a wide-angle portrait that showed off the venue’s Mission Revival-style architecture in all its glory.

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Olga and Israel kiss in the dimly-lit interior of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga’s flower girls look up towards her during the courtyard wedding portrait session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A portrait of Olga surrounded by her bridesmaids in their pink dresses in the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa courtyard.

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A playful portrait of Olga and her bridesmaids hiding behind their bouquets at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A portrait of Olga in front of the stunning wooden doors of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga holding her bouquet in front of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel during her wedding portrait session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel kiss in front of the gilded altar of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.

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The bride and groom look lovingly into one another’s eyes outside St. Francis of Assisi Chapel in Riverside.

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An elevated view of Olga and Israel on a circular staircase in the rotunda area of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds in the courtyard of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A creative portrait of Israel checking his watch while Olga admires her bouquet in front of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel.

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A romantic portrait of Olga and Israel leaning up against a wall in a hallway at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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An elevated shot of Olga and Israel kissing in the gorgeous courtyard outside St. Francis of Assisi Chapel in Riverside.

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The newlyweds lean their heads together on an ornate staircase in the rotunda area of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel kiss in front of the stunning wooden door of St. Francis of Assisi Chapel at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel look lovingly at one another while the bride’s veil flies in the wind at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A bird’s eye view of Olga and Israel walking hand-in-hand through the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa courtyard.

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Olga and Israel relaxing in an elegant hallway at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, with the bride’s cathedral veil in the foreground.

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Olga and Israel embrace in their stunning reception venue at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

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The newlyweds dance in their glamorous reception venue before guests arrived at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing a kiss between Olga and Israel on the dance floor of their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa ballroom reception.

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Olga and Israel embrace on a balcony beside the huge clock at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga leads Israel along a red-brick colonnade at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa during their Riverside wedding portrait session.

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A whimsical portrait capturing a special moment between the bride and groom during their Mission Inn wedding photo session.

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Olga and Israel standing hand-in-hand on one of the red-brick balconies of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the newlyweds during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding portrait session.

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A wide-angle shot of Olga and Israel’s kissing amidst the ornate Mission Revival-style architecture of their wedding venue.

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Olga leans affectionately on Israel’s shoulder during their romantic wedding portrait session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel smile lovingly at one another during their sunset wedding portrait session in Riverside.

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The bride and groom kiss in a red-brick colonnade at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa during their Riverside wedding portrait session.

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Olga and Israel embrace in front of an ornate stained glass window at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel affectionately kisses Olga’s hand in front of a stained glass window at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel carries Olga through the arched entrance of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa during their Riverside wedding portrait session.

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Olga and Israel kiss beneath the arched entrance of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

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A romantic portrait of Israel lifting Olga into the air beneath the arched entrance of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

 

Reception photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

It was then time for the wedding reception to get underway, which was being held in the chandelier-adorned ballroom of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa. After Olga and Israel’s grand entrance, they were surrounded on the dance floor by their bridal party. This was followed by speeches from their best man (Israel’s brother) and maid-of-honor (Olga’s sister) while the couple listened in from their flower-filled sweetheart table.

Olga and Israel then returned to the dance floor for their impressive, choreographed first dance, with a smoke machine adding to the atmosphere. The parental dances between Olga and her dad, then Israel and his mom followed, with a sweet embrace between the groom and his step-dad at the end.

After a quick photo of the couple feeding one another cake during their cake-cutting ceremony, I captured a group shot with their entire wedding party in the middle of the ballroom. Olga then did her bouquet toss before everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate.

Aside from candid photos of the couple enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends, I also snuck out with Olga and Israel for a short nighttime portrait session. I photographed them walking hand-in-hand through Mission Inn Hotel And Spa and kissing beneath one of the luxurious chandeliers before ending the night with a portrait of Israel dippings Olga beneath the hotel’s arched entrance.

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Olga and Israel make their grand entrance into the glamorous ballroom wedding reception at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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The newlyweds dance surrounded by their bridal party during the Mission Inn Hotel And Spa reception.

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Olga and Israel are congratulated by the groom’s brother and best man at their Mission Inn Hotel sweetheart table.

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Capturing Olga and Israel’s reactions during speeches and toasts at their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding reception.

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Olga’s sister and maid-of-honor makes a reception speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table.

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Israel makes a thank you speech for his wedding guests while Olga watches on from their sweetheart table.

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Israel lifts Olga into the air during their choreographed first dance on the smoke-filled floor of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel kiss during their first dance on the smoke-filled dance floor of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel dips Olga at the end of their first dance in the ballroom of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside.

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Olga and her dad perform their father-daughter dance while Israel watches on from the sweetheart table.

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Capturing the reaction of Olga’s mom during the father-daughter dance at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel’s mom kisses him on the cheek during their mother-son dance at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel is embraced by his step-dad during the wedding reception at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel feed one another cake during their glamorous wedding reception at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A group shot of Olga, Israel and their wedding guests in the chandelier-lit ballroom of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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An action shot capturing Olga’s bouquet toss to a group of female friends at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A candid photo of Olga embracing her wedding planner Anna Mora during the reception at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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A candid photo of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Capturing a kiss between Olga and Israel on the dance floor during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa wedding reception.

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A candid photo of Israel’s mom and step dad dancing during the ballroom wedding reception in Riverside.

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Olga letting loose on the dance floor, surrounded by her family and friends at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Olga and Israel kiss beneath an ornate chandelier during their Mission Inn Hotel And Spa nighttime wedding portrait session.

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Olga and Israel look lovingly at one another while walking hand-in-hand through Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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The newlyweds embrace beneath a stunning chandelier during their nighttime wedding portrait session at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa.

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Israel dips Olga beneath the arched entrance of Mission Inn Hotel And Spa during their Riverside wedding.

 

Wedding photos at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa:

I can’t thank Olga and Israel enough for selecting me to capture this wedding at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa, as well as the incredibly talented Ana Mora for making it all possible. I wish them all the happiness in the world as they embark on their married life together and hope they like this sneak peek of what’s to come.

June 16, 2019

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