Wedding At Spanish Hills Country Club In Camarillo, CA | Lilly & Steve

Wedding At Spanish Hills Country Club

LILLY & STEVE

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Wedding photos at Spanish Hills Country Club:

The first time I met newly engaged couple Lilly and Steve was at my studio in Downtown Long Beach. They had booked me to shoot both their e-session and their wedding day photos, and we took this opportunity to discuss a bit about both days. After a great afternoon capturing their engagement photos, I was looking forward to seeing them again for their special day and photographing their wedding at Spanish Hills Country Club.

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A dramatically-lit nighttime portrait of Lilly and Steve at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

 

Getting ready photos at the Hyatt Regency Westlake:

The day all began at the Hyatt Regency Westlake, where both the bride and groom were getting ready in separate rooms. They had opted for really classic, elegant bridal attire and I captured them making their final preparations in a range of creative portraits. After Lilly and her bridesmaids made a champagne toast, we headed over to the nearby Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, also in Westlake Village, where their wedding ceremony was to be held.

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The groom fixing his cuff links as he prepares for his wedding day at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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A black and white portrait of Lilly’s mother looking at her daughter’s wedding dress in a suite at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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Lilly’s friends and family help her with her jewelry as she prepares for her wedding day at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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A black and white reflective shot of the groom getting ready at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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Lilly’s bridesmaids helping her with her shoes as she prepares for her wedding day at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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A portrait of Lilly in her elegant bridal gown, beautifully reflected in a mirror at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

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Lilly and her bridesmaids make a toast before the wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church:

This dramatically-lit venue was quite spectacular and I tried to stay as discreet as possible as I captured their religious rites and rituals. From taking communion, to offering flowers to Mother Mary, these were just some of the distinctly Catholic traditions that the couple had decided to incorporate into their wedding ceremony. Lilly and Steve had decided against a first look session, meaning that when his bride walked down the aisle at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, that was the first time Steve was to see her that day.

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A black and white photo of Lilly and her bridesmaids securing the veil before her wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village.

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A black and white portrait of Steve waiting for his bride at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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Lilly being given away by her father during the wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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Steve’s parents react to their son’s Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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A creative portrait of the bride and groom during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Westlake Village.

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The priest conducts a Catholic mass during Lilly and Steve’s wedding celebrations at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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Lilly taking communion during her wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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The bride and groom offer flowers to Mother Mary during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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A wide-angle shot of Lilly and Steve’s intimate wedding ceremony at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village.

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A portrait of Lilly smiling at Steve during their Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom exchange a cheeky smile during their Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church wedding ceremony.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

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An intimate embrace between the newly married couple within the dramatically-lit interior of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.

 

Portraits at the Spanish Hills Country Club:

While we had a short period of time to grab a couple of intimate portraits of the newlyweds within the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, it wasn’t until we arrived at the Spanish Hills Country Club that we had the opportunity for a more lengthy wedding photo session. By this time the late afternoon light was incredibly rich, and we used this to our advantage in creating stunning images of just the two of them as they explored the landscaped gardens.

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Lilly and Steve looking into each other’s eyes during their Spanish Hills Country Club wedding photo session.

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The couple embrace in the rich late afternoon sunshine during their Spanish Hills Country Club wedding photo session.

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Capturing a kiss between the newly married couple as they walk through the grounds of the Spanish Hills Country Club.

 

Reception photos at the Spanish Hills Country Club:

We then headed inside their private club venue at the Spanish Hills Country Club for the reception, which was quite an intimate affair with just their closest family and friends. There were lots of beautiful, warm moments to capture as the couple listened on during speeches and playfully cut the cake together, as well as plenty of fun on the dance floor to photograph.

Towards the end of the evening, I grabbed the couple for a nighttime portrait session in and around the Spanish Hills Country Club. With dramatic lighting to work with and an off camera flash, we captured some really creative portraits on one of the balconies, as well as took advantage of the mirrored reflections.

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Capturing the first dance between Lilly and Steve at their intimate Spanish Hills Country Club wedding reception.

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The couple were all smiles during the speeches and toasts at their classic Spanish Hills Country Club wedding reception.

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Lilly’s mom enjoying the dance floor of the Spanish Hills Country Club during her daughter’s wedding reception.

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Lilly and Steve on the dance floor during their private club wedding reception at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

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Capturing all the dance floor action during Steve and Lilly’s Spanish Hills Country Club wedding photos.

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Steve’s parents on the dance floor during the classic wedding reception at the Spanish Hills Country Club.

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Capturing Lilly and Steve’s cake cutting ceremony during their Spanish Hills Country Club wedding reception.

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The newly married couple enjoying the dance floor at the Spanish Hills Country Club, surrounded by family and friends.

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A dramatically-lit nighttime portrait of the newly married couple on one of Spanish Hills Country Club’s balconies.

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A reflective shot of the couple kissing within the dramatically-lit interior of the Spanish Hills Country Club.

 

Wedding photos at Spanish Hills Country Club:

Lilly and Steve’s wedding was very relaxed and easy-going, and it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of their special day and capture these memories to last a lifetime.

May 13, 2015

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