Photos from Stephanie and Will’s wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, which began with the couple getting ready in separate suites at this timeless Los Angeles hotel. After they exchanged vows during an intimate wedding ceremony, we captured romantic portraits in the library and on the rooftop terrace before the couple celebrated with family and friends during a ballroom reception.
I first heard from Stephanie and Will back in March when they inquired about me capturing their intimate wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. After just a few emails back and forth, they decided to hire me – something that I never take for granted. Stephanie is originally from The Los Angeles but had moved to the East Coast around six years ago where she’d met Will through work.
Stephanie and Will told me that their proposal didn’t exactly go to plan, with bad weather putting a halt to Will’s surprise dinner proposal. As Stephanie was having a moment to herself coming to terms with their night out being ruined, Will came into her room, explained his intentions for the evening and popped the question.
They now live out in Delaware but were planning a hometown “destination” wedding with just their closest family and friends at one of Los Angeles’ most timeless hotels. The Los Angeles Athletic Club has gorgeous private rooms and a really exclusive, classy feel, with beautiful antiques and a glamorous ballroom.
Getting ready photos at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:
While my second photographer was with Will and his groomsmen as they made their final preparations, I was with Stephanie and her six bridesmaids as they were getting ready. I captured candid shots as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and as she shared in this special moment with her mom, as well as grabbing some shots with her bridesmaids as their dresses hung behind them.
As Stephanie stepped into her gorgeous bridal gown, I captured close-up photos of the button detailing on the back of the dress as her bridesmaids helped to secure them, then grabbed a shot as they “fluffed” her train. With the bride dressed and ready to go, we used the time available to capture some classic portraits of her looking absolutely stunning beside the window of her suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club and being embraced by her friends.
It was then time for the father-daughter first look outside Stephanie’s ballroom wedding ceremony venue at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, with the bride embracing her dad as he walked up to her. I captured a shot of them sharing a drink together and one of Stephanie leaning affectionately on her father’s shoulder before some final portraits of the bride holding her beautiful bouquet.
Ceremony photos at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:
Stephanie’s father then walked her down the aisle and I captured Will’s reaction at seeing his bride for the first time on their wedding day, as well as a special moment between the bride and her mom. Stephanie and Will exchanged vows in front of 40 or 50 of their closest family and friends while being framed by the timeless red velvet curtains of The Los Angeles Athletic Club ballroom.
I captured both wide-angle photos and up-close candid shots as they exchanged vows and rings, then documented their first kiss as “husband and wife”. Stephanie and Will then made their recessional walk down the aisle, with the bride playfully showing off her new wedding ring.
Portraits at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:
Because Stephanie and Will didn’t have a first look before their wedding ceremony, we spent the cocktail hour taking bridal party portraits and family formals, as well as capturing romantic portraits of the newlyweds. In addition to utilizing the elegant backdrop of their ballroom wedding ceremony venue and the vintage-inspired library, we also went up to the rooftop of Los Angeles Athletic Club for a nighttime shoot. Here I captured shots of Will dipping and twirling his bride, as well as one of them kissing backed by the illuminated city skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.
Reception photos at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:
Stephanie and Will then made a grand entrance into their wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club, which was being held in the same ballroom as their ceremony. I documented their first dance beneath the opulent chandeliers, then the reactions of the couple at their sweetheart table during speeches from their maid-of-honor and best man.
Stephanie had changed into a glimmer cocktail dress and thanked her wedding guests as Will stood by her side. They then performed their cake cutting ceremony, which was sealed with a kiss, before it was open dancing for the rest of the night. I tried to capture all the action as Stephanie and Will celebrated with their family and friends, ending what had been a really relaxed and wonderful day.
Wedding photos at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:
It was such a pleasure to capture Stephanie and Will’s intimate wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club and to finally meet them in person. I wish them all the best as they return to Delaware as “husband and wife” and wish them an amazing life together.