Wedding At Mon Cheri Restaurant In Garden Grove, CA | Christina & Steven

Wedding At Mon Cheri Restaurant

CHRISTINA & STEVEN

Locations:

  • Ceremony location: Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fountain Valley, CA

 

Wedding photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:

I first had the pleasure of meeting Christina and Steven during their e-session earlier this year, which included a nighttime shoot in Downtown LA. They’d been really fun to work with, so I was looking forward to reconnecting to capture their wedding at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove. 

The day was starting at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa where the couple was getting ready in a shared suite, followed by a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fountain Valley. It was an action-packed day that all went very smoothly, with plenty of joking around from the couple and their bridal party.

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A romantic portrait of Christina and Steven during their first look session at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

 

Getting ready photos at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa:

My second photographer and I met up with the couple in their hotel suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa, with Christina and Steven taking a relaxed approach to the whole day. While the guys were going to be getting ready first, they weren’t fussed about seeing one another before their first look session (and apparently Steven had already seen Christina’s dress). 

After a few shots of the groom making his final preparations and toasting with his groomsmen, they headed outside with my second photographer for a portrait session in the grounds of Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa. Meanwhile, I stayed with the girls to photograph Christina as she had her makeup applied and shared in a special moment with her mom and two sisters.

I captured shots as they helped her step into her shoes and fluffed her wedding dress, as well as a candid as Steven’s mom gifting her some earrings. We used the time available for some photos of the gorgeous bride on her own, as well as getting creative with a bridal party portrait on the suite sofa.

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A candid photo of Steven getting ready with one of his groomsmen in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A casual portrait of Steven enjoying a glass of red wine during his wedding portrait session in Costa Mesa.

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Steven toasting with his groomsmen in the elegant suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina’s mom and sisters admire her wedding dress hanging in a window at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina smiles while having her makeup applied beside her suite window at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina’s sisters help to fluff her wedding dress as she holds hands with her mom at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Capturing a special moment between Christina, her mom and one of her sisters at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina’s sisters assist as she steps into her wedding shoes at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A portrait of Christina with her mom and sisters while holding her bouquet in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Steven’s mom gifts an earring box to Christina’s mom as a wedding present in the lead up to the wedding in Costa Mesa.

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Christina looking gorgeous in her wedding dress while securing one of her earrings at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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One of Christina’s sisters helps to secure her earring while getting ready for her wedding at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A portrait of Christina with her moms, sisters and bridesmaids at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A creative, silhouette-style portrait of Christina standing in front of her suite window at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A portrait of Christina looking radiant while holding her floral bouquet in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A creative portrait of Christina and her bridesmaids seated on a sofa in their Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa suite.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa:

As it was mid-summer and the sun was shining bright in the sky, we found a shaded walkway for Christina and Steven’s first look session. I photographed the beautiful bride walking up behind her groom and their joyous reactions at seeing one another on this special day.

After capturing a shot of Steven dipping Christina, we took advantage of the lush greenery for some romantic couple portraits. I also got creative with a sophisticated photo of Christina and her bridesmaids in their maroon dresses, backed by some towering trees.

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Christina walking towards Steven for their first look session outside Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Capturing the reactions of Christina and Steven during their romantic first look session at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina and Steven embrace during their first look session outside Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Steven dips his bride during their playful first look session in the grounds of Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina and Steven share a laugh during their first look session on a shaded walkway at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Christina and Steven look lovingly at one another during their wedding portrait session outside Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A sophisticated portrait of Christina and her bridesmaids in the leafy grounds of Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their garden wedding portrait session in Costa Mesa.

 

Ceremony photos at Holy Spirit Catholic Church:

While Christina’s family is actually Buddhist, the bride had converted to Catholicism so she could marry Steven at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. I photographed the groom’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle, as well as capturing candid shots during the hand-off and as Christina looked towards her three adorable flower girls.

Their Catholic wedding ceremony included lots of traditional rites and rituals, such as the lighting of the unity candle and an exchange of vows. A beam of light was shining through a window from above and illuminated the couple majestically for most of the ceremony. After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Steven gave Christina a kiss on the cheek before their recessional walk down the aisle.

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Three cute flower girls peer over a pew at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the lead up to Christina and Steven’s wedding.

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Steven walks down the aisle at the start of his Catholic wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Capturing Steven’s reaction as he watched Christina walk down the aisle of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fountain Valley.

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A candid photo of Christina being given away by her father during the Catholic wedding at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Capturing a special moment as Christina looked towards her flower girls during the Catholic wedding ceremony in Fountain Valley.

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Steven and Christina smile as they exchange rings during their church wedding at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Christina and Steven illuminated by a beam of light while knelt at the altar during their Holy Spirit Catholic Church wedding ceremony.

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Looking down the aisle towards Christina and Steven knelt before the altar of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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A candid photo of Steven shaking hands with his priest during the traditional wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Christina and Steven light the unity candle together during their Holy Spirit Catholic Church wedding ceremony.

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Steven greets Christina’s family during the traditional wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Christina and Steven stand at the altar to be blessed during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Fountain Valley.

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The couple share a smile during their traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Steven kisses Christina’s cheek after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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A candid photo of Christina and Steven laughing during their recessional walk at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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A portrait of the newlyweds standing in front of the altar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fountain Valley.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Segerstrom Center For The Arts:

We grabbed some family formals and couple portraits in front of the altar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church before returning to Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa. This hotel is situated directly across the street from Segerstrom Center For The Arts whose whitewashed buildings provided the perfect backdrop for bridal party and couple portraits.

I photographed the newlyweds embracing and standing hand-in-hand beside one of the buildings, as well as capturing a creative bridal party portrait. We also got creative with a shot of Christina blowing a kiss towards Steven as he pretended to catch it.

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The newlyweds share a laugh during their relaxed wedding portrait session at Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Capturing a playful moment as Christina embraced Steven during their Segerstrom Center For The Arts wedding portrait session.

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A creative portrait of Christina, Steven and their bridal party outside Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Christina and Steven stand hand-in-hand in front of a white-walled building at Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Christina blows a kiss and Steven pretends to catch it during their Segerstrom Center For The Arts wedding portrait session.

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The newlyweds walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa.

 

Reception photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:

Christina had incorporated some elements from Disney and Pixar into their wedding reception decor at Mon Cheri Restaurant, including a Super Mario Bros-themed guest book and a LEGO-inspired cake. After cocktail hour, the couple kicked off the official reception proceedings with their first dance while holding colorful balloons inspired by the film “Up”.

Everyone then settled in for what was an incredible 10-course banquet, with the couple visiting each of the tables to welcome their guests and receive the gifts they’d brought. This was followed by their cake-cutting ceremony and Christina’s bouquet toss before Steven was pulled in all directions across the dance floor during the garter removal.

After a group photo of their wedding party, everyone hit the dance floor, except for a few older gentlemen who settled in at the mini-casino blackjack table that had been set up in one corner. We ended the night with a kiss between the newlyweds behind their beautifully decorated sweetheart table, leaving everyone to party well into the night.

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Christina and Steven hold balloons while performing their first dance at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

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Christina wipes away Steven’s tears during their emotional first dance at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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An action shot of Christina and Steven’s first dance at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

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The newlyweds share a laugh during their romantic first dance at the Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.

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The fathers of the bride and groom shake hands during the wedding reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Capturing a sweet moment between the bride and groom during a “thank you” speech at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Christina’s brother David lifts their cousin Johnny. off his seat as the couple make the rounds greeting their wedding guests at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Capturing a playful moment as the newlyweds drink with their wedding guests at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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A candid photo of Steven with his parents during the banquet reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Steven throws his hands into the air to celebrate after receiving gifts during his Garden Grove wedding.

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A playful portrait of Christina and Steven point towards their LEGO-themed cake at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Christina and Steven cutting their LEGO-themed wedding cake at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

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An action shot of Christina’s bouquet toss during her wedding reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Steven being pulled in all directions during the garter removal at his Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.

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A group photo of Christina, Steven and their wedding guests in the banquet room of Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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A groomsman being surrounded by young wedding guests on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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A fun photo of Christina letting loose on the dance floor with her friends at the Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.

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A group of older men playing blackjack in a corner during the Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.

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A cute young wedding guest enjoying the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

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Steven enjoying a dance with his Godmother, Lois, during the Mon Cheri Restaurant wedding reception.

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Christina is embraced by her two cousins on the dance floor at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

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A conga line weaves its way across the dance floor during the wedding reception at Mon Cheri Restaurant.

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Christina and Steven kiss behind their flower-adorned sweetheart table at Mon Cheri Restaurant in Garden Grove.

 

Wedding photos at Mon Cheri Restaurant:

I can’t thank Christina and Steven enough for trusting me to capture their wedding at Mon Cheri Restaurant and want to send them a big congratulations on their newlywed status. Before I could even ask (or send her any photos), Christina already wrote a thoughtful and detailed review on Yelp about my services (just a few days after her special day) and I feel so humbled by her gesture.

September 12, 2019

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