Photos from Michelle and Ricardo’s intimate wedding at The Maxwell House, which began with the couple getting ready in separate suites at Sheraton Universal Hotel. This was followed by a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and portrait session at Pasadena City Hall before they celebrated to the sounds of a live mariachi band at The Maxwell House.
I first heard from Michelle and Ricardo back in May of last year about capturing their intimate wedding at The Maxwell House. We got to know one another better during an e-session at Pasadena City Hall and Arlington Garden, with their cute son Mateo also joining us for the occasion.
Michelle and Ricardo are already officially married but they never had a celebration to mark the occasion. That’s why they were planning a get together with their closest family and friends on the sixth anniversary of when they met, including a ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, followed by a reception at The Maxwell House.
Getting ready photos at Sheraton Universal Hotel:
The day began at Sheraton Universal Hotel where my assistant and I met up with the couple to capture their final getting ready moments. Michelle was joined by her sister and sister-in-law who were her bridesmaids for the occasion, as well as both her and Ricky’s moms. I photographed the bride admiring her gorgeous dress hanging in the suite window, as well as a portrait holding her bouquet while wearing one of the Sheraton Universal Hotel robes.
While Michelle slipped into her dress, I headed down the corridor to Ricardo’s suite where he was getting ready with his mom and dad. I grabbed some candid shots as he secured his shirt collar and did up the buttons on his vest, as well as capturing some photos as his parents assisted him. I then documented the moment Ricky opened a watch gifted from his bride before I returned to the girls’ suite.
With Michelle dressed and ready to go, I captured some special moments with her mom, sister, and son Mateo before she opened a bracelet gifted from her groom. It was then time for the first look with her dad, which was quite an emotional moment and saw Michelle wiping away tears as her parents embraced her.
Ceremony photos at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church:
We then made the short drive over to Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood where the couple was holding their ceremony. I photographed Ricky being escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by Michelle on the arm of her dad, then captured the groom’s emotional reaction as he watched on.
Throughout the traditional ceremony, I captured both up-close shots of the couple’s reactions and wide-angle photos incorporating the ornate interior of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. After exchanging vows and rings, the couple was draped in cords by their godparents, as is Catholic tradition, then offered flowers at the base of a Mother Mary icon. Meanwhile, Mateo had wandered into the aisle of the church, so I grabbed a cute shot of this candid moment too.
Michelle and Ricardo were then pronounced “husband and wife” and made their recessional walk down the aisle. After a kiss to seal their wedding ceremony, they were warmly congratulated by family and friends outside Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Portraits at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Pasadena City Hall:
We stayed at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to capture family formals and couple portraits, incorporating the magnificent exterior of the church. In addition to portraits of the beautiful bride and the couple embracing, I also grabbed a family shot of the newlyweds and their son Mateo.
We then drove over to Pasadena City Hall to continue the portrait session, with romantic shots of the couple kissing in a colonnade and embracing on one of the balconies. I also captured a shot of them in front of Pasadena City Hall’s ornate fountain and got creative with a low-angle shot as they kissed.
Reception photos at The Maxwell House:
A mariachi band entertained Michelle and Ricardo’s guests during the cocktail hour before the official reception kicked off with the couple’s grand entrance down a staircase at The Maxwell House. This was followed by their romantic first dance and a welcome toast from Michelle’s mom as she held Mateo in one arm.
With the golden hour light absolutely beautiful, I snuck out with the couple for a sunset portrait session around the surrounding residential area. Aside from a portrait with their mariachi band outside the entrance to The Maxwell House, we also captured some whimsical shots of the couple embracing while being illuminated by the setting sun.
We then returned to the reception for a speech from Michelle’s sister and the parental dances before Michelle and Ricardo did a private cake cutting session. It was then open dancing for the rest of the night to the sounds of the live mariachi band, with both young and old hitting the dance floor.
Wedding photos at The Maxwell House:
It was such an honor to be the photographer for Michelle and Ricardo’s wedding at The Maxwell House and I can’t thank them enough for choosing Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day. They’re such a sweet couple and I wish them all the happiness in the world as they continue to enjoy their married life and raising their son together.