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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At The Los Angeles Athletic Club

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.

STEPHANIE & WILL

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Wedding photos at The Los Angeles Athletic Club:

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.

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The newlyweds kiss on the rooftop of The Los Angeles Athletic Club during their nighttime wedding portrait session in LA.

 

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.

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Stephanie having the final touches applied to her makeup while her wedding dress hangs behind in a suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing a special moment between Stephanie and her bridesmaids in front of their dresses at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A close-up shot of Stephanie having her lipstick applied while getting ready for her wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing a special moment between Stephanie and her mom while getting ready in her suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her gorgeous wedding dress in a suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A black and white shot as Stephanie’s bridesmaids button up the back of her wedding dress at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie looks back towards her bridesmaids as they “fluff” her wedding dress in a suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A close-up shot of the button detailing on the back of Stephanie’s wedding dress while getting ready at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie’s bridesmaids assist as she steps into her wedding dress at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A portrait of Stephanie in her stunning wedding dress standing in front of a suite window at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing a special moment between Stephanie and her maid-of-honor in their suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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portrait of Stephanie securing her earrings while getting ready for her wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie is embraced warmly by her bridesmaids as they prepared for her special day at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing the reactions of Stephanie and her dad during their first look session in a suite at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and her dad embrace during their first look session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and her dad enjoy a drink together as they prepared for the intimate wedding at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie leans affectionately on her dad’s shoulder during their first look session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and her dad seated in the elegant sofas at The Los Angeles Athletic Club during their first look session.
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A classic portrait of Stephanie looking out her suite window at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A portrait of Stephanie holding her bouquet beside a suite window at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

 

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.

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Stephanie’s father escorts her down the aisle during her ballroom wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing the reaction of Will and his groomspeople as they watched Stephanie walk down the aisle.
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Capturing an emotional moment between Stephanie and her mom while walking down the aisle at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Looking across the timeless ballroom wedding ceremony venue at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie tenderly kisses her groom’s hand during their intimate wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A line of bridesmaids watch on during the ballroom wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will share a laugh with their officiant during their ballroom wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Will’s groomsmen and groomswoman watch on during the intimate wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A candid photo of Will reading his vows to Stephanie during their wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A wide-angle shot looking across Stephanie and Will’s timeless wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A candid photo of Stephanie placing a ring on Will’s finger during their intimate wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their wedding ceremony at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A playful photo of Stephanie showing off her wedding ring as she and Will leave their Los Angeles ceremony.

 

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.

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A portrait of Stephanie, Will and their bridal party in the elegant lobby of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A portrait of the newlyweds embracing during their timeless wedding photo session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will kiss during their classic wedding portrait session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Will embraces and kisses Stephanie during their romantic nighttime wedding portrait session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Will dips his bride during their nighttime wedding portrait session on the rooftop of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Will twirls Stephanie on the rooftop of The Los Angeles Athletic Club during their nighttime wedding portrait session.
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Stephanie and Will kiss backed by the illuminated city skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.
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Capturing a romantic moment between the newly married bride and groom in the lobby of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will kiss in the library of The Los Angeles Athletic Club during their wedding portrait session.

 

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.

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Stephanie and Will make their grand entrance into a ballroom wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will perform their first dance during the ballroom wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A low-angle photo of Stephanie and Will performing their first dance beneath the ballroom chandeliers of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A candid photo of Stephanie and Will kissing during their first dance at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie’s maid-of-honor makes a toast during the ballroom wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Capturing the reactions of Stephanie and Will at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts.
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A candid photo of Will’s best man making a speech during the ballroom reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will share a laugh at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts in the ballroom of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie and Will make a thank you toast to their wedding guests during The Los Angeles Athletic Club reception.
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A candid photo of Stephanie and Will performing their cake-cutting ceremony during The Los Angeles Athletic Club reception.
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Stephanie and Will kiss behind their wedding cake and dessert table during The Los Angeles Athletic Club reception.
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A candid photo of the groomsmen letting loose on the dance floor during The Los Angeles Athletic Club reception.
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Stephanie embraces her maid-of-honor on the dance floor in the ballroom of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Two wedding guests enjoying the celebrations during Stephanie and Will’s reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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Stephanie embraces her mom on the dance floor during The Los Angeles Athletic Club ballroom reception.
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An elevated view of wedding guests enjoying the ballroom dance floor at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A candid photo of Stephanie singing passionately on the dance floor during her wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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A fun photo of the maid-of-honor pulling some moves on the dance floor during The Los Angeles Athletic Club reception.
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Stephanie and Will getting down on the dance floor during their ballroom wedding reception at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

 

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.

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