Wedding At San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor In San Gabriel, CA | Jennifer & Gene

Wedding At San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor

JENNIFER & GENE

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Wedding photos at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor:

I first heard from Jennifer and Gene during the summer of last year when they enquired online about me capturing their wedding at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor. I was really honored that they booked me after just a few emails, having never even spoken or met in person.

Jennifer and Gene met a year before on the popular Coffee Meets Bagel app and hit it off immediately, becoming engaged in May of last year. Our first meeting was around a month before their April wedding at my home studio and it was wonderful to finally put faces to their names.

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The newly married couple kiss at their sweetheart table at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

 

Getting ready photos at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor:

Fast forward to their wedding day and I made the short drive to the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor where Jennifer and Gene were getting ready in separate rooms. As I was the only photographer, I went back and forth between the two, capturing them during their final getting ready moments.

I photographed Jennifer in a group hug with her bridesmaids and securing her bracelet and earrings, as well as a few as she stepped into her gorgeous gown and had it fluffed by her friends. I also took some portraits of her looking absolutely stunning in the naturally-lit window, flower bouquet in-hand.

Because the light wasn’t so great in the room where Gene was getting ready, we stepped outside into the courtyard for some close-up photos of him securing his bow tie and a casual shot of him checking the time. I also captured him reading a note card from his wife-to-be and fixing a boutonniere onto the lapel of his very cute nephew who was going to be his ring bearer.

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A joyful portrait of Jennifer being embraced by her bridesmaids as they were getting ready at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene’s brother assists with his suit jacket as they prepared at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A black and white shot of Jennifer’s bridesmaids fixing her bridal train in a suite at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Jennifer’s maid-of-honor helps to secure her bracelet as they prepared in a suite at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A creative, close-up shot of Gene fixing his bow tie as he prepared for the San Gabriel wedding.

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Jennifer’s bridesmaids help her step into her wedding shoes in a suite at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A close-up portrait of Jennifer fixing her earrings as she prepared for her wedding at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene checks his watch in front of a rustic wooden gate at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Jennifer peeks out the window of her suite as she prepared for her wedding in San Gabriel.

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A portrait of Jennifer in her gorgeous wedding gown at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene reads a note card from his future wife in the lead up to their wedding in San Gabriel.

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A portrait of Jennifer with her beautiful flower bouquet in a suite at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene fixes a boutonniere to the ring bearer before his wedding ceremony at the San Gabriel Mission.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor:

It was then time for the couple’s first look, with Jennifer playfully covering Gene’s eyes as she walked up to him in the shaded courtyard of San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor. After taking their first glimpses of each other and embracing in this loved-up moment, we used the time available for a portrait session in and around the surrounding gardens.

We then walked over to the San Gabriel Playhouse which lies adjacent and staged some shots in front of its magnificent old wooden door. I also grabbed some shots of Jennifer and Gene with their respective entourages, including a playful one of the girls taking “selfies” on their cell phones.

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Jennifer covers Gene’s eyes during their first look session at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Capturing Jennifer and Gene’s reactions during their emotional first look at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Jennifer and Gene embrace during their romantic first look at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A romantic portrait of Jennifer and Gene following their first look at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A casual portrait of Gene hanging out with his groomsmen in front of a rustic red wall.

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A playful shot of Jennifer and her bridesmaids taking “selfies” with their bouquets at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A portrait of Jennifer in her stunning wedding gown in the gardens of the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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An intimate portrait of Jennifer and Gene in front of an old wooden door at the San Gabriel Playhouse.

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A classic shot of Jennifer and Gene within an ornate archway at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

 

Ceremony photos at San Gabriel Mission:

We then made the short walk over to the San Gabriel Mission where Jennifer and Gene’s Catholic wedding ceremony was going to be held. I photographed Gene’s nephew and niece looking extra cute as they walked down the aisle, followed by Jennifer looking absolutely radiant.

Their wedding ceremony was an abbreviated Mass, with a number of traditional Catholic rites and rituals led by their pastor. I tried to get as creative as possible, capturing both close-up reactions and low-angled shots looking down the aisle, as well as a candid moment of Gene and Jennifer’s moms embracing.

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A cute shot of Jennifer and Gene’s ring bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle at San Gabriel Mission.

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Capturing Gene’s reaction as he watched Jennifer walk down the aisle of the San Gabriel Mission.

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Jennifer walks down the aisle at the start of her Catholic wedding at the San Gabriel Mission.

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Jennifer and Gene stand hand-in-hand at the altar during their Catholic wedding ceremony at the San Gabriel Mission.

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A creative shot looking down the aisle during Jennifer and Gene’s Catholic wedding ceremony.

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A black and white candid shot capturing Jennifer’s emotional reaction as she exchanged vows with Gene.

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Jennifer and Gene’s moms embrace as their children wed at the San Gabriel Mission.

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Jennifer and Gene’s pastor blesses them in what is a traditional Catholic ritual during their wedding ceremony at the San Gabriel Mission.

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The newly married couple make a joyous recessional walk down the aisle at the San Gabriel Mission.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at San Gabriel Mission:

After Jennifer and Gene made their joyous recessional walk down the aisle, we had some more time for portraits around both the San Gabriel Mission and Playhouse. I photographed them embracing beneath the rustic arbor outside the Mission and beside its fountain, as well as in front of the Spanish-inspired architecture of its bell tower.

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Jennifer and Gene embrace beneath a rustic arbor following their San Gabriel wedding ceremony.

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The newly married couple kiss in front of a Spanish-inspired doorway during their San Gabriel Mission wedding photo session.

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Capturing a tender moment between Jennifer and Gene in the gardens of the San Gabriel Mission.

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A wide-angle shot of Jennifer leading Gene beneath the bell tower of the San Gabriel Mission.

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Gene kisses Jennifer as he lifts her into the air during their San Gabriel Mission wedding photo session.

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Jennifer and Gene embrace in front of an ornate fountain during their San Gabriel Mission wedding photo session.

 

Reception photos at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor:

It was then time for the reception to begin in the intimate courtyard garden of the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor. Jennifer and Gene performed a choreographed first dance which was followed by speeches and toasts as everyone enjoyed their meal.

Jennifer and Gene put a high priority on photography, allowing me to sneak out from the reception with them during sunset to take advantage of the atmospheric lighting. We took some portraits in front of the rustic entrance which leads into San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor, as well as incorporating the fountain at the Playhouse.

We then returned to the reception for the cake cutting ceremony which was watched on eagerly by Gene’s niece and nephew. Unfortunately, the cake topper of Gene fell over and I love the playful shot I got of the couple doing their “sad faces”.

After a bit of karaoke and dance floor action, I snuck out again with the couple for a romantic nighttime portrait session. We took advantage of the fairy lighting around the reception venue, as well as the beautifully illuminated entrance gate to the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor, ending what was a really memorable day.

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A bird’s eye shot of the cute ring bearer lying on the floor at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Jennifer and Gene make their grand entrance into the garden wedding reception at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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The newly married couple were all smiles during their garden reception at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene dips Jennifer during their choreographed first dance at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor wedding reception.

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Capturing Jennifer’s reaction as her maid-of-honor makes a speech in the gardens of the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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Gene makes an emotional speech during his wedding reception at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A romantic sunset portrait of the newly married couple in front of the entrance to the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A creative portrait of Jennifer and Gene looking into each other’s eyes beside a fountain at the San Gabriel Playhouse.

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Jennifer and Gene kiss in front of a rustic wooden gate outside the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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A playful shot of Gene kissing Jennifer’s hand beside an ornate fountain at the San Gabriel Mission.

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A candid shot of the couple tickling their ring bearer, along with their flower girl and friends.

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Jennifer and Gene cut the wedding cake while their eager ring bearer and flower girl watch on.

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Jennifer and Gene make sad faces as one of the figures on top of their wedding cake falls over.

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Gene lets loose with friends during karaoke at his San Gabriel wedding reception.

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Gene enjoying the dance floor with his flower girl at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor reception.

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A romantic, off-camera flash nighttime portrait of Jennifer and Gene at the San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor.

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The newly married couple embrace beneath the fairy lights during their San Gabriel nighttime portrait session.

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Capturing a romantic kiss between Jennifer and Gene in front of the beautifully illuminated facade of the San Gabriel Mission.

 

Wedding photos at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor:

I really can’t thank Jennifer and Gene enough for selecting me as their photographer for this intimate wedding at San Gabriel Grapevine Arbor. I also really appreciate that they trusted me well before having met in person and that they put such a huge priority on photography throughout the day. I hope that these photos bring up warm memories of their wedding long into the future.

April 11, 2017

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