Photos from Kensie and Jesse’s elegant wedding at The Ebell Of Los Angeles, which began with the bride getting ready at a private residence and the groom at The LINE Los Angeles. We then documented their multi-faith ballroom wedding ceremony and a sunset portrait session at The Ebell Of Los Angeles before they partied with their family and friends to a live band.
I had the privilege of getting to know Kensie and Jesse during their engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles last August and they were so wonderful from the moment we met. We had a virtual meeting in the lead up to their wedding with Kensie’s parents and you could really feel the excitement of the family in the build-up to their wedding at The Ebell Of Los Angeles.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when my second photographer, assistant and I met up with the bride and groom in their respective getting ready suites. While my second photographer was with the groom and his groomsmen at The LINE Los Angeles hotel, my assistant and I were with the girls as they prepared at a private residence in Los Angeles.
Getting ready photos at a private residence and The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
I photographed Kensie as she shared in this special moment with her mom and 10 bridesmaids, capturing shots of her being embraced by those closest to her. I grabbed a close-up portrait as she admired her engagement ring and another as she looked at her dress hanging in a naturally-lit window of this private Airbnb residence.
We then drove over to The Ebell Of Los Angeles where she made her final preparations in an old world-style bridal suite. I captured some candid shots as her mom and sister helped to secure her jewelry and some photos of the bridesmaids “fluffing” her dress, as well as the moment when Jesse’s best man delivered her gift.
Kensie was all smiles as she opened a beautiful bracelet from her groom before giving a gift to her mom in what was an emotional moment. The bride’s dad then arrived for the father-daughter first look, with Kensie’s mom and sister watching on during this special family moment.
Pre-ceremony portraits at The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
Kensie and Jesse had decided against a first look, so we had to move carefully around The Ebell Of Los Angeles so they didn’t accidentally see one another during their pre-ceremony portrait sessions. I captured some creative shots of Kensie with her bridesmaids outside the front of this classic Los Angeles wedding venue, as well as some of the bride by herself in a rustic whitewashed walkway.
Ceremony photos at The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
It was then time for the wedding ceremony to get underway, which was being held in the gorgeous wood-paneled ballroom of The Ebell Of Los Angeles. I photographed Jesse being escorted down the aisle by his parents, with Kensie following on the arm of her dad as her groom watched on proudly.
In addition to capturing the reactions of the bride, groom and their parents as they exchanged personalized vows and rings, I also grabbed some shots overlooking the stunning ballroom of The Ebell Of Los Angeles from the second-floor balcony. Kensie is of Catholic faith and Jesse is Jewish, so they paid tribute to a portrait of Mother Mary and performed a traditional “breaking of the glass” to honor their beliefs.
Post-ceremony portraits at The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
After being pronounced “husband and wife” and making their recessional walk down the aisle, we used the time available during their extended cocktail hour for a sunset portrait session. We captured romantic embraces between the newlyweds in the fountain courtyard of The Ebell Of Los Angeles and some bridal party portraits on the entrance steps, as well as utilizing the ceremonial ballroom and their gorgeous floral decorations.
Reception photos at The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
Kensie and Jesse then made a grand entrance into their ballroom reception at The Ebell Of Los Angeles, with a live band accompanying them as they went straight into their first dance. Everyone then jumped onto the dance floor to get the party started for a couple of songs before returning to their seats for the speeches and toasts.
Both Kensie and Jesse’s fathers made speeches as their wives watched on, followed by toasts from the best man and the maid-of-honor. The parental dances followed before the bride and groom were lifted above the dance floor for the Jewish Horah chair dance. Everyone then hit the dance floor to celebrate, with plenty of action to capture as the saxophonist came down from the stage to party with them.
I photographed the couple’s cake cutting ceremony, then captured the bride’s bouquet toss, which was followed by the garter toss as Jesse’s friends jostled to catch it. The rest of the night was open dancing, with guests coming and going from the popcorn stand, cookies and ice cream station, and cigar station outside. The reception ended with the couple’s grand exit down the stairs of The Ebell Of Los Angeles, with their wedding guests holding white balloons on either side.
Wedding photos at The Ebell Of Los Angeles:
It really was a wonderful day spent capturing the wedding of Kensie and Jesse at The Ebell Of Los Angeles, filled with incredible moments and love. I know they’re off to Thailand for their honeymoon so wish them a blast and can’t wait to share all their wedding photos in the coming weeks.