Wedding At Signature Banquet Hall In Granada Hills, CA | Christina & Constantine

Wedding At Signature Banquet Hall

CHRISTINA & CONSTANTINE

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Home in Granada Hills, CA (bride) and Hotel Amarano in Burbank, CA

 

Wedding photos at Signature Banquet Hall:

Although Christina contacted me around seven months before her actual marriage date, it wasn’t until I turned up at her parents’ house in Granada Hills, CA on the day of the wedding itself that I met her face-to-face. She was marrying her Australian fiance Constantine, whom Christina had met a few years ago in Las Vegas, and it was a pleasure to be the artist behind their wedding at Signature Banquet Hall.

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A portrait of the newly married couple in the dimly-lit interior of Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

 

Getting ready photos at home and Hotel Amarano:

The day actually began with me taking pre-wedding photos of the bride and her bridesmaids at Christina parents’ house, while my wife Charlene, was at the Hotel Amarano in Burbank, photographing Constantine and his groomsmen getting ready.

From capturing Christina putting on make-up to the father-daughter first look, this photography session was full of intimate family moments in the lead up to the church ceremony and banquet reception that would follow. Christina had chosen a really glamorous, classic wedding gown, and needless to say looked absolutely stunning as her family and bridesmaids helped to add the final touches.

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A tender moment between Christina and her father as she helps straighten his bow tie during the getting ready part of the day.

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Christina admires her engagement ring during a pre-wedding photoshoot at her parent’s house in Granada Hills.

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Christina’s mother and sister add some final touches to her bridal gown before the wedding ceremony at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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Peeking through a doorway as Christina applies lipstick during the preparation in Granada Hills.

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A black and white portrait of Christina in her final moments as an unmarried woman before her wedding ceremony at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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The father-daughter first look at Christina’s parents house in Granada Hills, CA.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral:

It was then about half an hour’s drive to the ceremony location at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles. Both Christina and Constantine are of Middle Eastern descent, so their cathedral ceremony reflected the traditions of the Orthodox church.

While the interior of the cathedral was slightly dark, it was exquisitely decorated and had a grand elegance about it. Backed by religious frescoes, I captured some of the traditional rites of a Middle Eastern wedding, including the crowning of the couple and a rotation of the altar.

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Christina’s father walks her down the aisle at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral at the start of her Middle Eastern wedding ceremony.

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Constantine gets his first look at Christina as her father uncovers her bridal veil during their wedding ceremony at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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The priest at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral performs a traditional crowning of Constantine during their Middle Eastern wedding ceremony.

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The interior of Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles exuded grandiose elegance.

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A black and white portrait of Christina and Constantine during their wedding ceremony at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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A prayer is read during the wedding ceremony, backed by the religious frescoes of Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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Christina and Constantine perform a traditional rotation of the altar at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral during their Middle Eastern wedding ceremony.

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The newly married couple are presented to the congregation at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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Christina and Constantine sign the official marriage papers with the priest at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

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Reception photos at Signature Banquet Hall:

It was then time for the reception party to get started and we headed off to the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills. From the Middle Eastern music that introduced the newly-married couple to the smoke machine-filled dance floor during the first dance, I hope these Signature Banquet Hall wedding photos really capture the opulence of this California reception venue.

Christina and Constantine’s wedding reception at the Signature Banquet Hall combined some classic wedding moments (like the garter toss and bouquet toss), with a few Middle Eastern traditions. Not only were there live Palestinian drummers, but the bride and groom were elevated onto people’s shoulders in what is a traditional wedding custom.

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Middle Eastern drummers welcome the newly married couple into the Signature Banquet Hall reception.

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Traditional Palestinian singing and drumming kicked the reception party off to a wild start.

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Christina and Constantine are elevated onto people’s shoulders in what is a traditional Middle Eastern wedding custom.

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Christina and Constantine are paraded around the Signature Banquet Hall on the bridal party’s shoulders.

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Some wild dancing took place on the Signature Banquet Hall dance floor during this Middle Eastern wedding reception.

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The Signature Banquet Hall dance floor was layered in smoke during the couple’s first dance.

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Christina’s father kisses her forehead during the father-daughter dance at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills.

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Christina and Constantine share a moment as speeches and toasts are made during their wedding reception at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills.

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An intimate moment between Christina and her niece during the Signature Banquet Hall wedding reception.

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Christina’s father is carried through the Signature Banquet Hall during their Middle Eastern wedding reception.

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Christina playing a traditional Palestinian drum during her wedding reception at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills.

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A groomsman with his split pants from dancing so hard during the Signature Banquet Hall wedding reception.

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Christina and Constantine dancing during their wedding reception at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills.

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Constantine’s father is carried through the Signature Banquet Hall during their Middle Eastern wedding reception.

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A groomsman accidentally catches the bouquet during Christina and Constantine’s wedding reception at the Signature Banquet Hall.

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Constantine removes Christina’s garter during their wedding reception at Signature Banquet Hall.

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Constantine and Christina share an intimate dance during their Signature Banquet Hall wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Signature Banquet Hall:

In these Signature Banquet Hall wedding photos, I aimed to not only capture the chic elegance of this reception venue, but also the festive atmosphere created by this lively bridal party. If the groomsmen are ripping their pants on the dance floor, you know that people are having a genuinely good time!

January 14, 2016

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