Wedding At The Estate On Second In Santa Ana, CA | Sondra-Kay & Gonzalo

Wedding At The Estate On Second

SONDRA-KAY & GONZALO

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Wedding photos at The Estate On Second:

Louisiana-based couple Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo were referred to me by one of their close family-friends, Nami, who’s actually referred several different couples to me in the space of 1+ years (big shout out to Nami!) They hired me strictly online (without any phone meeting) after inquiring back in May of last year.

The couple met at a bar in California a few years ago while watching a basketball match before having their first official date at an Angels game. It was during a family vacation to Puerto Vallarta that Gonzalo officially popped the question, with the blessing of Sondra-Kay’s dad and brother.

They were planning a traditional Catholic wedding in Santa Ana at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, followed by a rustic-style reception wedding at The Estate On Second. But the day all started at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa where Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo were getting ready in separate suites.

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Gonzalo twirls his bride during their wedding portrait session at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

 

Getting ready photos at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa:

My assistant and I turned up early to Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa to capture all the getting ready action and it was wonderful to finally meet Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo in person. I began photographing the bride as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and hair, as well as some special moments with her bridesmaids and cute flower girls in their soft pink robes.

We then headed over to Gonzalo’s room where he was making his last-minute preparations with his best man, brother, and dad, so I grabbed some candid shots as they assisted the groom into his suit. I then captured a casual shot of Gonzalo relaxing against a wall in his suite and checking his watch while looking out from the balcony.

Once Sondra-Kay was in her dress, I returned to the girls’ suite to photograph the bride as she secured her earrings and her bridesmaids assisted her into her shoes. We then documented a special moment with her mother-in-law before some final portraits of the bride looking absolutely radiant in her lace-inspired dress.

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Capturing a special moment between Sondra-Kay and her cute flower girls while getting ready at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A close-up shot of Sondra-Kay having the final touches made to her hair while getting ready in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Capturing a fun moment between Sondra-Kay and her bridesmaids in their floral robes on a bed at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A black and white candid shot of Gonzalo’s best man assisting him with his braces in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A candid shot of Gonzalo’s dad helping him into his suit jacket as he prepared for his wedding at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Gonzalo checks his watch while getting ready for his wedding in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A casual portrait of Gonzalo leaning up against a wall in his suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Gonzalo smiles while reading a note from his bride in the lead up to their wedding ceremony at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Cute flower girls wearing soft pink robes admire Sondra-Kay’s wedding dress hanging in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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A close-up photo of Sondra-Kay putting on her earrings while getting ready in her Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa suite.

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Sondra-Kay’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her wedding shoes in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Capturing a special moment between Sondra-Kay and her mother-in-law while getting ready at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Sondra Kay’s bridesmaids admire her in her stunning wedding dress as they prepared for the wedding in Costa Mesa.

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A close-up photo of Sondra-Kay reading a note card from her groom as she prepared for her Costa Mesa wedding.

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A portrait of Sondra-Kay wrapped in her veil in a suite at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

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Sondra-Kay in her lace-inspired dress and wrapped in a veil at Avenue Of The Arts Costa Mesa.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Joseph Catholic Church:

It was around 15 minutes’ drive from Costa Mesa to Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana where Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo were having their abbreviated Mass. I documented the groom being escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by the bride on the arm of her dad, then captured all the rites and rituals throughout their ceremony.

While churches are often quite strict about photography, Saint Joseph Catholic Church permits photographers to access the front, which enabled me to capture the couples’ faces throughout the ceremony. I documented their reactions as they were blessed by the priest and knelt before the altar, as well as their joyous recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.

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A candid photo of Gonzalo being escorted down the aisle by his parents at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Sondra-Kay’s dad escorts her down the aisle of Saint Joseph Catholic Church at the start of her Catholic wedding ceremony.

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Gonzalo watches on proudly as his bride walks towards him during their Saint Joseph Catholic Church wedding ceremony.

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Sondra-Kay’s father gives her away to Gonzalo at the start of their Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo kneel before the priest during their Catholic Mass wedding ceremony in Santa Ana.

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A close-up shot of Sondra Kay and Gonzalo kneeling before the altar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Gonzalo’s parents watch on as the couple wed during a Catholic abbreviated Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Gonzalo places coins into Sondra-Kay’s hand during a Catholic wedding ritual at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay’s brother, father and step-mom watch on during the Catholic wedding ceremony in Santa Ana.

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A creative, close-up photo of Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo standing before the altar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Looking between the wedding guests as Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo are blessed by the priest at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle of Saint Joseph Catholic Church during Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo’s wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the kiss between Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo after being pronounced “husband and wife”.

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A playful candid moment between Sondra-Kay, Gonzalo and their priest at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo celebrate as they make their recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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The newlyweds are congratulated by family and friends during their recessional walk at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Sondra-Kay is embraced by one of her bridesmaids outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana.

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The newlyweds are congratulated by family and friends on their receiving line outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Sondra-Kay and one of her wedding guests outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Portraits at Saint Joseph Catholic Church and The Estate On Second:

After being congratulated by their family and friends along a receiving line, we had time for family formals, bridal party portraits and couple portraits outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church. I grabbed a playful shot of the newlyweds kissing as their flower girls covered their eyes and one of their bridal party celebrating around them.

We then made the short drive over to The Estate On Second to continue the portrait session, utilizing a wrought iron gate and rustic wooden fence as our backdrop. I captured a creative shot of Gonzalo checking his watch while Sondra-Kay admired her lily bouquet and a fun one as the bride peeked out from behind her groom.

As the light began to fade, we headed to the upstairs cocktail hour area of The Estate On Second for some portraits in front of the exposed brick walls. I grabbed a shot of Sondra-Kay spinning in her gorgeous wedding dress and another as she relaxed on an elegant blue sofa with Gonzalo standing behind.

We also snuck into their wedding reception venue at The Estate On Second for some romantic portraits amidst the golden decor, with gorgeous chandeliers hanging above. The venue also had a huge LOVE sign on display, so we couldn’t help but incorporate this into some loved-up shots as the newlyweds embraced.

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A playful portrait of the bride and groom kissing while their flower girls cover their eyes outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Gonzalo admires Sondra-Kay during their wedding portrait session outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo kiss while their bridal party celebrates outside Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Santa Ana.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom framed by a wrought iron gate at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo hold hands in front of a rustic wooden fence at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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A romantic portrait of the newlyweds leaning up against an ornate lamp post at The Estate On Second.

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A portrait of Sondra-Kay looking radiant with her white lily bouquet at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay shows off her stunning wedding dress in a leafy courtyard at The Estate On Second.

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A portrait of Sondra-Kay with her bridesmaids in their black dresses at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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A playful bridal party portrait with the bridesmaids wearing sunglasses at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay peeks out from behind Gonzalo during their wedding portrait session at The Estate On Second.

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A creative portrait of the couple in front of a rustic wooden fence outside The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds during their wedding portrait session in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay spins her stunning wedding dress in the upper-level cocktail area of The Estate On Second.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo kiss in front of the Southern-style architecture of The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay spins her billowing wedding dress in the upper-level cocktail area of The Estate On Second.

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The bride seated on an elegant blue sofa at The Estate On Second during her Santa Ana wedding portrait session.

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Sondra-Kay shows off the back of her wedding dress against the red brick architecture of The Estate On Second.

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A portrait of the newlyweds incorporating a blue sofa in the upper-level cocktail hour area of The Estate On Second.

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Sondra-Kay spins in her wedding dress while Gonzalo watches on during their portrait session at The Estate On Second.

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A bird’s eye view of Gonzalo kissing Sondra-Kay on a staircase at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo kiss in their beautifully-decorated reception space at The Estate On Second.

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Gonzalo lifts and kisses Sondra-Kay in front of an immense LOVE sign at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

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Gonzalo dips Sondra-Kay in front of their sweetheart table at The Estate On Second wedding reception.

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A creative shot looking down one of the golden-themed tables as the newlyweds embrace in their reception venue.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo embrace between their stunning long tables at The Estate On Second reception venue.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the newlyweds beside their giant LOVE sign at The Estate On Second.

 

Reception photos at The Estate On Second:

Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo danced their way into their wedding reception at The Estate On Second before launching straight into their romantic first dance. This was followed by a “thank you” speech from the couple and a surprise “flash mob” dance from their family and friends to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

As dinner was served, there were speeches from both the maid-of-honor, best man and Sondra’s godfather, so I captured the couple’s reactions as they listened in from their golden sweetheart table. These were followed by two very emotional parental dances, with both Sondra-Kay’s brother and Gonzalo’s dad holding back tears.

Things then lightened up as everyone hit the dance floor and I tried to document all the energy as the bride and groom celebrated with those closest to them. The dance floor action was interspersed with a playful cake cutting ceremony and garter removal before we ended the night with a group photo of Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo’s wedding party from above.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo make their grand entrance into the wedding reception at The Estate On Second.

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The newlyweds perform their first dance in front of their golden sweetheart table at The Estate On Second.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo’s family and friends watch on during their first dance at The Estate On Second.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo make a “thank you” speech for their wedding guests at The Estate On Second.

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A candid photo of a “flash mob” dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during The Estate On Second wedding reception.

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Capturing the reactions of Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo during a “flash mob” dance at their Santa Ana wedding reception.

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Sondra-Kay’s maid-of-honor makes a speech while the couple listen in from their golden sweetheart table at The Estate On Second.

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Capturing the reaction of Sondra-Kay’s dad during a reception speech at The Estate On Second wedding.

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Gonzalo’s best man makes a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart table at The Estate On Second.

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Capturing the reaction of Gonzalo’s parents during a wedding reception speech at The Estate On Second.

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Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo share a laugh at their sweetheart table during the speeches and toasts.

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Sondra-Kay’s godfather makes a funny speech during The Estate On Second wedding reception.

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Sondra-Kay and her dad perform their father-daughter dance while Gonzalo watches on at The Estate On Second.

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Capturing the emotional reaction of Sondra-Kay’s brother during the father-daughter dance at The Estate On Second.

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Capturing the mother-son dance between Gonzalo and his mom while Sondra-Kay watches on from the sweetheart table.

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Gonzalo’s father wipes away tears during the emotional mother-son dance at The Estate On Second.

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A candid photo of Sondra-Kay enjoying the dance floor with her girlfriends during The Estate On Second wedding reception.

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A wedding guest dancing with a cardboard cutout of a friend who wasn’t able to attend the celebration.

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Capturing a playful moment on the dance floor between Sondra-Kay and her brother at The Estate On Second.

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A candid photo of young wedding guest performing a synchronized dance move at The Estate On Second reception.

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An elevated view of Sondra-Kay enjoying the dance floor with her family and friends at The Estate On Second.

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Gonzalo feeding Sondra-Kay during their cake-cutting ceremony at The Estate On Second wedding reception.

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Capturing a playful moment as Sondra-Kay feeds cake to one of her flower girls at The Estate On Second.

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Nami letting loose on the dance floor during the fun-filled wedding reception at The Estate On Second.

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An action shot of Gonzalo being lifted onto the shoulders of his friends during The Estate On Second reception.

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Sondra-Kay literally getting down on the dance floor during her wedding reception at The Estate On Second.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor during their Santa Ana wedding reception.

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Gonzalo carefully removes Sondra-Kay’s garter during their lively wedding reception at The Estate On Second.

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An elevated group photo of Sondra-Kay and Gonzalo’s wedding party at The Estate On Second in Santa Ana.

 

Wedding photos at The Estate On Second:

I can’t thank the bride and groom enough for trusting me and hiring me well before meeting in person and I want to give another shout out to Nami for making it all possible. I wish them safe travels as they return to Louisiana and a lifetime of love and happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.

January 25, 2019

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