Wedding At Palos Verdes Golf Club In Palos Verdes Estates, CA | Melissa & Jeff

Wedding At Palos Verdes Golf Club

MELISSA & JEFF

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Wedding photos at Palos Verdes Golf Club:

I first heard from bride-to-be Melissa back in June 2016 after she had been referred through a wedding florist colleague of mine, Deanne Ragusa of Bella Fiore. Melissa and her fiance Jeff had met on a blind date three years ago, then reconnected and fell in love at the end of 2015. He works as a visual effects producer while she works in the commercials industry, so they were both interested in working with a photographer who would capture all the special candid moments of their wedding at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

After speaking over the phone, Melissa decided to hire me, and it’s always an honor that clients trust me to capture their special day, despite having never met in person. We had another Skype meeting a few weeks back to discuss the final details, but it wasn’t until I turned up at the Portofino Hotel And Marina in Redondo Beach that I met Melissa in person.

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Melissa and Jeff embrace following their first look at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Getting ready photos at the Portofino Hotel And Marina:

While I captured Melissa and her bridesmaids making their final preparations at this small Redondo Beach hotel, my second photographer was with Jeff and his groomsmen at a nearby private residence. I photographed Melissa as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and made a champagne toast with her girlfriends, as well as while they helped her into her luxury Louboutin wedding shoes. We also had time during this wedding photo session for some portraits of the bride in her gorgeous gown within the naturally-lit suite windows.

Melissa had decided to have a first look with her dad and it was an emotional moment to capture as he saw his daughter looking so radiant. Melissa’s mom Jan also watched on with pride; it was a pleasure to photograph this special moment they shared in as a family.

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Melissa enjoy a glass of champagne on her balcony at the Portofino Hotel And Marina as she was getting ready for her special day.

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Melissa and her bridesmaids toast while they were getting ready in a suite at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Melissa’s mom Jan puts a handkerchief belonging to her husband’s mom into his suit pocket.

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Melissa admires herself in a hand-held mirror while she is having her hair done at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Melissa applies her own lipliner as she was getting ready for her wedding day in a suite at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Melissa’s makeup artist adds the final touches as she was getting ready for her Redondo Beach wedding.

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Melissa’s bridesmaids help her step into a pair of Louboutin shoes as she was getting ready for her wedding at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Melissa’s mom watches on as she fixes her earrings in a suite at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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A portrait of the bride in her gorgeous wedding gown in a suite window at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Capturing an emotional first look between Melissa and her dad in a suite at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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Melissa’s mom watches on during the first look between the bride and her father in Redondo Beach.

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Melissa wipes away tears during the first look with her dad at the Portofino Hotel And Marina in Redondo Beach.

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Capturing a special moment between Melissa and her parents as they were getting ready for her wedding at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

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A portrait of Melissa in her beautiful wedding dress in a suite window at the Portofino Hotel And Marina.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel:

We then drove over to Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes where the couple was having their wedding ceremony, with a first look session in the gardens prior to walking down the aisle. It was a beautiful moment as Melissa walked towards Jeff and they caught their first glimpses of each other, and we used the time available for a short portrait session around this stunning venue.

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Capturing a candid moment between Jeff’s mom and niece before the wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Melissa walks towards Jeff during their first look session at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Jeff kiss during their first look session at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A portrait of the soon-to-be-married couple along a tree-lined walkway in the Wayfarers Chapel gardens.

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Capturing a tender moment between Melissa and Jeff during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding photo session.

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A black and white photo of Jeff kissing Melissa’s hand during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding photo session.

 

Ceremony photos at Wayfarers Chapel:

Melissa’s father then escorted her down the aisle within the magnificent glass-walled Wayfarers Chapel to an expectant Jeff. I captured a range of close-up candids and wide angle shots as they exchanged vows and said “I do”, followed by an intimate portrait of the newly married couple at the altar.

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Jeff’s niece and nephews walking down the aisle at the start of the Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Melissa’s dad escorts her down the aisle during her wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing Jeff’s reaction as he watches Melissa walk down the aisle during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Melissa’s dad embraces her at the aisle as she is given away to Jeff at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Melissa and Jeff looking into each other’s eyes during their wedding ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel.

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A wide angle shot looking down the aisle during Melissa and Jeff’s Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Capturing a special moment between Melissa and Jeff during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Melissa and Jeff kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Jeff make their recessional walk down the aisle at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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The newly married couple share a special moment with their officiant, Pastor Dan, at the Wayfarers Chapel.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel:

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An intimate portrait of Melissa and Jeff at the altar of Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Reception photos at Palos Verdes Golf Club:

The reception was being held at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, beginning with an intimate first dance between Melissa and Jeff. This was followed by speeches and toasts from Melissa’s dad Bob and matron-of-honor Amanda, and I photographed both the couple’s reactions as well as those of family and friends.

After the mother-son and father-daughter dances, Melissa and Jeff’s wedding party at Palos Verdes Golf Club really kicked off with everyone hitting the dance floor. There were plenty of antics from the groomsmen and some cute candid moments to capture with Jeff’s niece, as well as a playful cake cutting ceremony as Jeff teased Melissa.

The evening ended with some break dancing and the couple’s wedding guests surrounding them during the final song before they made a grand exit through an archway of sparklers.

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Capturing the newly married couple’s first dance during their wedding reception at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Melissa and Jeff’s bridal party watch on during their first dance at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa and Jeff make a “Thank you” speech to their wedding guests at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa’s dad Bob makes a speech during the couple’s wedding reception at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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A black and white photo of Melissa’s mom watching on during speeches and toasts at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Melissa’s sister makes a speech about the newly married couple during the Palos Verdes Golf Club wedding reception.

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Capturing a playful moment between Jeff’s niece and one of the groomsmen during the Palos Verdes Estates wedding reception.

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Capturing the father-daughter dance between Melissa and Bob at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Jeff dancing with his mom during the mother-son dance at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the wedding reception celebrations at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Capturing all the dance floor action during Melissa and Jeff’s Palos Verdes Golf Club wedding reception.

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The bride enjoying the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club during her wedding reception.

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Jeff’s brother and niece on the dance floor during the fun-filled wedding reception at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Melissa and Jeff’s bridal party enjoying the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Jeff teases Melissa during their cake cutting ceremony at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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The bride and one of the groomsmen getting down on the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Capturing a playful moment between two groomsmen on the dance floor at Melissa and Jeff’s Palos Verdes Estates wedding reception.

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Two groomsmen fall onto the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club during a failed dance move.

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Melissa and a friend getting down on the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Capturing a loving moment between Melissa and Jeff on the dance floor during their wedding reception.

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Melissa and Jeff’s wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during the fun-filled wedding celebrations.

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The bride getting down on the dance floor with a wedding guest during her Palos Verdes Golf Club wedding reception.

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Capturing all the break dancing action during Melissa and Jeff’s Palos Verdes Estates wedding reception.

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Young wedding goers playing on the dance floor at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa and Jeff’s wedding guests surround them during their final wedding reception dance at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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Melissa and Jeff make their grand exit through a sparkler-lit archway at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

 

Wedding photos at Palos Verdes Golf Club:

It was an honor being the Palos Verdes Estates wedding photographer for Melissa and Jeff, and once again I want to thank Deanne Ragusa of Bella Fiore for recommending me and the gorgeous florals she provided on the day. Melissa and Jeff are off to Hawaii for their honeymoon and I wish them all the happiness in the world for their married life together.

January 6, 2017

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