Wedding At Point Vicente Interpretive Center In Rancho Palos Verdes, CA | Melissa & Joshua

Wedding At Point Vicente Interpretive Center

MELISSA & JOSHUA

Locations:

  • Getting ready location: Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates (bride) and private residence in Rolling Hills Estates (groom)

 

Wedding photos at Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

I first connected with Melissa and Josh online about capturing their wedding at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, with the couple based up in the Bay Area. It was a pleasure to get to know them better during their e-session at UCLA back in August of last year where their love story all began.

They were planning an intimate wedding with family and friends overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, which is such a gorgeous destination, particularly at the height of summer when it receives cooling sea breezes. But the day was all starting at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates where Melissa was getting ready with her mom and bridesmaids while Josh and the boys were in Rolling Hills Estates.

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Melissa and Josh kiss overlooking the Pacific Ocean during their wedding portrait session at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Getting ready photos at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates:

While my second photographer captured Josh and his best man making their final preparations, I drove to Melissa’s Airbnb in Palos Verdes Estates where she was getting ready with the girls. I photographed her hanging out with her bridesmaids in their floral dressing gowns, then captured them “fluffing” Melissa’s wedding gown once she was dressed.

We also captured some special moments with her sister (who was her maid of honor) and a black and white photo with her mom, before her bridesmaids assisted as she stepped into a pair of white tennis shoes. Once she was all dressed and ready to go, I photographed Melissa reading a note card from her groom and admiring her engagement ring in the master bedroom.

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Melissa getting ready with her bridesmaids in their floral dressing gowns at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her wedding dress at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa shares in a special moment with her mom while her bridesmaids “fluff” her wedding dress at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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A candid black and white photo of Melissa holding hands with her mom while getting ready for her wedding in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa’s sister helps to secure the back of the bride’s wedding dress while getting ready at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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A portrait of Melissa adjusting her earrings while getting ready for her wedding day at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Capturing an emotional moment between Melissa and her bridesmaids while getting ready for her Palos Verdes Estates wedding.

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One of Melissa’s bridesmaids helps to adjust the back of her dress while getting ready at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her tennis shoes at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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A candid photo of Melissa reading a notecard from Josh while getting ready for her wedding in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa admires her engagement ring while seated in an elegant lounge at her Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates:

By this time, Josh had arrived in Palos Verdes Estates for the couple’s first look session, which actually began with a “first touch” moment behind a door. We then moved into the beautiful terraced gardens for a more classic first look session, with Melissa walking down the brick stairs to her awaiting groom.

After capturing their reactions at seeing one another, we used the time available for a wedding portrait session in this loved-up moment, trying to utilize shaded areas of the garden during the mid-afternoon heat. I photographed Melissa and Josh embracing in a rustic brick courtyard and on the grassy lawns, as well as grabbing a portrait in front of a hedge as their flower girl watched on. I then captured a portrait of Melissa with her flower girl as they both held their bouquets before grabbing some playful bridal party portraits in this gorgeous setting.

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Capturing the first touch moment between Melissa and Josh behind a door at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Josh kisses Melissa’s hand while covering his eyes during their first touch moment in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa walks down a staircase at her Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates while holding her floral bouquet.

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Melissa walks towards Josh during their garden first look session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Capturing the reactions of Melissa and Josh during their first look session in a private garden in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa smiles at Josh during their romantic garden first look session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa and Josh look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their wedding portrait session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Capturing a kiss between Melissa and Josh in a rustic brick courtyard at their Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa leads Josh through a garden courtyard during their wedding portrait session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa and Josh embrace on a garden terrace during their wedding portrait session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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A close-up portrait of Melissa and Josh during their garden photo session at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Josh embraces Melissa tenderly while holding her bouquet during their Palos Verdes Estates wedding portrait session.

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A cute flower girl watches on during Melissa and Josh’s garden wedding portrait session in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa embraces Josh warmly during their portrait session in a European-style terraced brick garden.

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Melissa and Josh kiss on a brick staircase during their garden wedding portrait session in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Capturing a special moment between Melissa and her flower girl at a Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa and her bridesmaids hide behind their bouquets during a garden wedding portrait session in Palos Verdes Estates.

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Melissa, Josh and their bridal party in the European-styled gardens of their Private residence in Palos Verdes Estates.

 

Ceremony photos at Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

We then made the short drive over to Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes where the couple was holding their wedding ceremony in an ocean-facing amphitheater. Melissa’s sister escorted her down the aisle to Josh while I captured his reaction and their wedding guests watched on wearing sunglasses gifted by the couple.

Melissa and Josh performed a sand ceremony to blend grains from across the United States, symbolizing where their families came from, then exchanged vows and rings with the ocean sparkling behind. They then made their recessional walk as “husband and wife” before grabbing a group photo with their wedding guests with everyone wearing their sunglasses.

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Melissa walks down the aisle with her sister during the wedding ceremony at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing Josh’s reaction as Melissa walked towards him during their Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding ceremony.

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Josh’s family watches on during the intimate wedding ceremony at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Josh pours sand into a vase during his sand ceremony with Melissa at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Wedding guests watch Melissa and Josh exchange vows in the ocean-facing amphitheater at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa and Josh exchange rings during their intimate wedding ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh look lovingly at one another during their recessional walk at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Josh kisses Melissa tenderly during their wedding at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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A group photo of Melissa, Josh and their wedding guests wearing sunglasses at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Reception photos at Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

Melissa and Josh made their grand entrance into the reception, which was being held on a cliffside terrace overlooking the Rancho Palos Verdes coastline. I photographed their reactions at their sweetheart table during speeches from the maid-of-honor and best man, as well as the reactions of their parents as they watched on.

After making a thank you toast to their wedding guests, we snuck away for some portraits to take advantage of the stunning dusk light. I photographed Melissa and Josh embracing with the Point Vicente Lighthouse in the background and holding hands with the Pacific Ocean a soft hue of blue behind them.

We returned to their terrace reception for the couple’s first dance, which was followed by the parental dances between Melissa and her dad, as well as Josh and his mom. Everyone then hit the dance floor to celebrate beneath the string lights and have some fun in the photo booth, with the single women gathering around for Melissa’s bouquet toss.

I captured a creative silhouette of the groomsmen chatting while the sky transformed into deep orange on the horizon behind, as well as documenting the youngest of wedding guests forming a conga line around the dance floor. We ended the evening with Melissa and Josh’s grand exit as their wedding guests waved glow sticks on either side of them.

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Melissa and Josh make their grand entrance into the terrace wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Josh high-fives his groomsmen during a grand reception entrance at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Josh’s parents make a speech during the intimate terrace wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between Melissa and Josh at their sweetheart table in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa’s sister makes a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Capturing a proud moment for Melissa’s mom during the wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh react to a speech from the best man during their reception overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh share a laugh at their sweetheart table during their wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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A candid photo capturing the reactions of Josh’s parents during speeches and toasts at their Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception.

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A champagne toast between the couple and Josh’s sister during the Point Vicente Interpretive Center reception.

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Melissa and Josh listen in to a bridesmaids speech during their wedding reception overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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Melissa and Josh make a toast to thank their wedding guests at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing a romantic portrait of the newly weds during their wedding photo session at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa and Josh embrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean during their Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding portrait session.

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Melissa leans tenderly on Josh’s shoulder during their wedding portrait session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Melissa and Josh with a lighthouse behind at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh hold hands during their sunset wedding portrait session at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh perform their first dance during a wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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An action shot of Melissa and Josh’s first dance during their intimate cliffside wedding reception in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during the terrace reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa and her dad were all smiles during their father-daughter dance at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center reception.

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Josh and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa, her mom and sister watch on as Josh dances with his mom at the Rancho Palos Verdes wedding reception.

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Capturing the reaction of Josh’s father during the mother-son dance at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa and Josh enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends during the Point Vicente wedding reception.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor during an outdoor reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Josh’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the cliffside wedding reception in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa, Josh and their best man share a laugh on the dance floor during the Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception.

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A young flower girl dancing with one of the bridesmaids during a wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa and Josh having fun in the photo booth during their wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A creative silhouette of the groomsmen chatting at dusk, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Josh kisses Melissa tenderly during their cake cutting ceremony at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An action shot of Melissa’s bouquet toss backed by the string lights of Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An action shot of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Young wedding guests form a conga line around the dance floor at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa enjoying the dance floor with her sister during the terrace wedding reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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A wedding guest pulls a funny move on the dance floor during a terrace reception at Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

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Melissa and Josh having fun in the photo booth with their family at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An action shot of the groomsmen enjoying the dance floor during the terrace reception in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Melissa performs a choreographed dance with her wedding guests during the Point Vicente Interpretive Center reception.

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A candid black and white photo of Melissa and Josh dancing beneath the string lights during their Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception.

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Josh’s mom and sister spin on the dance floor during the Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception.

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Melissa and Josh kiss during their glow stick grand exit from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception.

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The newly married couple make their grand reception exit at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Wedding photos at Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

It was a really lovely day in Rancho Palos Verdes with Melissa, Josh and their families to capture their wedding at Point Vicente Interpretive Center. I know they were off to Greece the very next day and wish them an incredible time on their honeymoon and whatever the future holds.

July 30, 2018

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