Wedding At The Grand Long Beach In Long Beach, CA | Natalie & Luca

Wedding At The Grand Long Beach

NATALIE & LUCA

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Wedding photos at The Grand Long Beach:

I first had the pleasure of connecting with Natalie and Luca during their engagement session at Joshua Tree National Park last year and was looking forward to seeing them again for their wedding at The Grand Long Beach. They were planning an intimate celebration with just their closest family and friends, including a courtyard ceremony and a private club reception.

Natalie and Luca really just wanted to enjoy their special day with their loved ones and had requested that I capture the day naturally as it unfolded. This meant lots of warm candid moments as they celebrated with their extended family, which included plenty of young wedding guests.

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Natalie and Luca make their recessional walk down the aisle in the courtyard of The Grand Long Beach.

 

Getting ready photos at Hyatt Regency Long Beach:

The day began at Hyatt Regency Long Beach where Natalie and Luca were getting ready in separate suites. My assistant and I began by capturing some candid shots as the girls got ready in their floral robes, with a playful champagne opening. We also captured a few portraits of the bride as she gazed out the window of her Hyatt Regency Long Beach suite and a close-up shot with her birdcage veil.

We then headed over to the suite where the guys were getting ready, with a lot of energetic vibes as they fixed one another’s ties and had a whiskey toast. I grabbed some casual portraits of Luca in the suite before we headed downstairs for a shot of the groomsmen strolling through the courtyard.

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A candid photo of Natalie sharing a laugh with her bridesmaids while getting ready in a suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A portrait of Natalie standing beside her dress and showing off her wedding shoes at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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Natalie being embraced by two of her bridesmaids in their floral robes at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A candid photo of one of Natalie’s bridesmaids popping a bottle of champagne in their Long Beach hotel suite.

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Natalie and her bridesmaids make a toast while getting ready in a suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A portrait of Natalie looking out her suite window at Hyatt Regency Long Beach as she prepared for her wedding.

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A portrait of Natalie in her floral robe seated on a yellow ottoman in a suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A candid photo of Natalie and her bridesmaids chatting in their suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A reflective portrait of Luca fixing his tie in a suite mirror at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A joyful photo of Luca getting ready for his wedding day in a suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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One of Luca’s groomsmen fixing his tie while his nephews watch on at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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Luca shares a laugh with one of his groomsmen while getting ready in a suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A candid photo of Luca pouring a glass of whiskey on his wedding day at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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Luca toasting whiskey with his groomsmen in their contemporary suite hotel suite at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A portrait of Luca laughing while drinking whiskey in his Hyatt Regency Long Beach hotel suite.

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Luca and his groomsmen walking through the courtyard of Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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A sophisticated portrait of Luca leaning against a white wall at Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

 

Ceremony photos at The Grand Long Beach:

Around 5PM, we headed over to The Grand Long Beach where the late-afternoon wedding ceremony was to take place in the bamboo-lined courtyard. Luca was escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by Natalie on the arms of her mom and dad.

I documented the groom’s reaction as he watched his bride walk towards him, as well as the hand-off as Natalie’s dad gave her away. The couple had written really sweet, personalized vows for one another, which evoked a lot of emotions that included both tears and laughter.

I tried to capture the reactions of both the bride and groom throughout this intimate courtyard wedding ceremony at The Grand Long Beach, as well as those of their parents as they watched on. Natalie’s dad is actually a videographer, so I also grabbed a shot of him filming the ceremony from the back of the courtyard.

After being pronounced “husband and wife”, Natalie and Luca sealed their marriage with a kiss and made their recessional walk down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends.

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One of Natalie and Luca’s youngest wedding guests getting some attention at The Grand Long Beach.

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One of the couple’s nephews peeking over the shoulder of their father towards the camera.

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Luca being escorted into his intimate wedding ceremony at The Grand Long Beach by his parents.

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Natalie being escorted down the aisle by her parents during the intimate courtyard wedding ceremony in Long Beach.

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Capturing Luca’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle at The Grand Long Beach.

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A candid photo of Natalie being given away to Luca during their intimate wedding ceremony at The Grand Long Beach.

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A candid photo of Natalie reading her personalized vows to Luca at The Grand Long Beach.

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Luca laughing as he exchanged vows with Natalie in the courtyard of The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie wipes away tears as Luca read his personalized vows during their intimate courtyard wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the reactions of Luca’s parents as they watched on during the intimate ceremony in Long Beach.

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Natalie smiles at Luca as they exchanged vows in the leafy courtyard of The Grand Long Beach.

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A candid photo of Natalie’s mom and her partner watching on during The Grand Long Beach wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Luca reading his vows to Natalie during The Grand Long Beach courtyard wedding ceremony.

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Natalie’s dad video recording the intimate wedding ceremony at The Grand Long Beach.

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Looking down the aisle during Natalie and Luca’s intimate wedding ceremony at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie and Luca look lovingly at one another as they said “I do” during The Grand Long Beach wedding ceremony.

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Natalie and Luca kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their wedding ceremony in Long Beach.

 

Portraits at The Grand Long Beach:

This was followed by a short portrait session in the courtyard of The Grand Long Beach, including family formals and a fun bridal party portrait as the couple kissed in the center. We also grabbed some romantic shots of the newlyweds in this loved-up moment, incorporating their whimsical bridal arch and Natalie’s stunning bouquet.

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The newlyweds embrace at the courtyard wedding ceremony venue of The Grand Long Beach.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds in front of a bamboo wall at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie and Luca kiss while their bridal party celebrate around them in the courtyard of The Grand Long Beach.

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The bride and groom hold hands in front of their beautifully decorated bridal arch at The Grand Long Beach.

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An intimate portrait of Natalie and Luca embracing during their wedding portrait session at The Grand Long Beach.

 

Reception photos at The Grand Long Beach:

Natalie and Luca’s private club wedding reception at The Grand Long Beach began with their grand entrance, which was followed by an intimate first dance. I captured some candid shots of one of her cute flower girls enjoying the celebrations, then documented the speeches and toasts from those closest to the couple.

This was followed by the parental dances as Natalie and her dad, followed by Luca and his mom took to the floor. A cake-cutting ceremony and bridal toss followed, together with the removal of Natalie’s garter, which was thrown to a group of expectant (and very young) guests!

It was open dancing for the rest of the night, with young and old getting up to celebrate this new union. I grabbed a fun shot of Natalie and Luca’s nieces and nephews throwing flower petals at the camera and another as one did a handstand, as well as candid shots of their parents dancing with their respective partners.

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Natalie and Luca make their grand entrance into the private club wedding reception at The Grand Long Beach.

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The newlyweds smile at one another while performing their first dance at The Grand Long Beach wedding reception.

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Natalie and Luca hold one another close during their first dance at the Long Beach private club wedding reception.

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Capturing a playful moment between Natalie’s cute flower girl and her mom during The Grand Long Beach reception.

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Natalie’s father makes a speech while the couple listen in during their wedding reception at The Grand Long Beach.

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One of Luca’s best man makes a speech during the wedding reception at The Grand Long Beach.

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Capturing the reactions of Natalie and Luca during speeches and toasts at their Long Beach wedding reception.

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Two of Natalie’s bridesmaids make a speech during The Grand Long Beach private club wedding reception.

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Capturing the reactions of Natalie and Luca during a reception speech at The Grand Long Beach.

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A candid photo of two of the couple’s nieces hugging one another at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during The Grand Long Beach wedding reception.

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Luca’s mom kisses him on the cheek during their mother-son dance at The Grand Long Beach wedding reception.

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A group of young wedding guests throw flower petals at the camera during The Grand Long Beach reception.

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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds on the dance floor during The Grand Long Beach wedding reception.

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Natalie and Luca perform their cake-cutting ceremony while guests watch on at The Grand Long Beach.

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An action shot of Natalie performing her bouquet toss on the dance floor of The Grand Long Beach.

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A playful shot of Luca performing the garter removal during his wedding reception with Natalie in Long Beach.

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An action shot of Luca’s garter toss on the dance floor, with a group of young wedding guests ready to catch it behind him.

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Natalie’s mom and partner enjoying the dance floor during The Grand Long Beach wedding reception.

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A candid photo of Luca’s parents on the dance floor during the private club reception at The Grand Long Beach.

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A funny photo of a wedding guest letting loose on the dance floor at The Grand Long Beach.

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Capturing a tender moment between Natalie and her grandma during the intimate Long Beach wedding reception.

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A young wedding guest does a handstand on the dance floor, with the garter wrapped around his leg.

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Natalie and Luca enjoying the dance floor with their wedding guests at The Grand Long Beach.

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Young wedding guests and their parents enjoying the dance floor during The Grand Long Beach reception.

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Capturing a playful moment between two wedding guests on the dance floor at The Grand Long Beach.

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A flower girl embracing her dad on the edge of the dance floor at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie and Luca’s nieces and nephews enjoying the wedding party at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie’s sister and sister-in-law having fun on the dance floor at The Grand Long Beach.

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Natalie and Luca dancing, surrounded by their family and friends, on the dance floor at The Grand Long Beach.

 

Wedding photos at The Grand Long Beach:

I want to thank Natalie and Luca for trusting me to capture their wedding at The Grand Long Beach and their entire family for welcoming me to this intimate celebration. I wish them all the best in their married life together and whatever the future holds.

May 17, 2019

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