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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At The Maxwell House

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.

MICHELLE & RICARDO

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Wedding photos 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.

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A whimsical portrait of Michelle and Ricardo on the Colorado Bridge during their sunset wedding photo session at 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.

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Capturing a special moment between Michelle, her mom and sister while getting ready in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Michelle admires her wedding dress hanging in the window of her suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
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A close-up portrait of Michelle holding her gorgeous bouquet while wearing a robe from Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Michelle, her moms and sister-in-law while getting ready for her wedding at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A candid photo of Ricardo doing up his shirt collar while preparing for his wedding in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Ricardo’s mom and dad assist the groom while getting ready for his wedding at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A candid photo of Ricardo doing up the buttons on his gray vest while preparing for his Universal City wedding.
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Ricardo holding his son Mateo as they prepared for the intimate Catholic wedding ceremony in Universal City.
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Ricardo opens a watch gifted from his bride on their wedding day at Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
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Michelle’s sister helps to secure the back of her wedding dress while getting ready in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait of Michelle, her sister, mom and Mateo in an elegant suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
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Michelle’s mom admires her daughter looking so gorgeous as they prepared in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Capturing a special moment between Michelle and her mom as they were getting ready at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Michelle opens a gift from her groom while getting ready for her wedding in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A portrait of Michelle holding her bouquet and showcasing the back of her wedding dress at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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An emotional first look between Michelle and her father in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.
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Michelle’s mom watches on during the father-daughter first look in a suite at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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Michelle’s parents kiss the beautiful bride during a special family moment at Sheraton Universal Hotel.
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A candid photo of Michelle wiping away tears during a special moment with her parents at Sheraton Universal Hotel.

 

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.

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Ricky’s parents escort him down the aisle of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood.
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Michelle walking down the aisle of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on the arm of her father.
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A candid photo of Ricardo wiping away tears as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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Michelle’s father gives her away to Ricardo at the altar of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church during their intimate wedding ceremony.
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Capturing a special exchange between Ricardo and Michelle during their Catholic wedding ceremony in North Hollywood.
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A wide-angle shot looking across the ornate altar of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church during Michelle and Ricardo’s wedding ceremony.
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A close-up photo of Mateo and his grandma seated in the pews of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood.
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Michelle and Ricardo exchange vows in front of family and friends during their intimate Catholic wedding ceremony in North Hollywood.
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A close-up photo of Michelle placing a ring on Ricardo’s finger during their wedding ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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The couple’s sponsor drape cords around the couple in what is a Catholic wedding tradition.
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A wide-angle photo of Michelle and Ricardo knelt before the altar of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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A candid photo of Michelle and Ricardo smiling during their Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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A cute photo of Mateo in his suit standing in the middle of the aisle during the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church wedding ceremony.
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Ricardo leading Michelle through Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to place flowers at the Virgin Mary.
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Michelle and Ricardo place flowers at the base of a Mother Mary icon during their Catholic wedding ceremony.
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Capturing a kiss between the couple during their recessional walk down the aisle at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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Ricardo is congratulated by his best friend following his intimate wedding ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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Capturing an embrace between Michelle and her mother-in-law outside Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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Ricardo hugs his mother-in-law and son Mateo after the Catholic wedding ceremony in North Hollywood.

 

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.

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A portrait of Michelle in front of an ornate door at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood.
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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds during their Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church portrait session.
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Michelle and Ricardo walk hand-in-hand outside the magnificent exterior of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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A portrait of Michelle, Ricardo and their son Mateo outside Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
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A playful portrait of Michelle embracing Ricky in front of a hedge courtyard at Pasadena City Hall.
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Michelle and Ricky kiss in a whitewashed colonnade during their Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.
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Capturing a tender moment between the newlyweds during their romantic Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.
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Michelle and Ricardo look lovingly into one another’s eyes on a balcony at Pasadena City Hall.
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The newlyweds embrace in front of a spectacular fountain outside Pasadena City Hall.
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A low-angle portrait of Michelle and Ricardo kissing during their wedding photo session at Pasadena City Hall.

 

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.

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Mateo and his grandma dancing to a mariachi band outside The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo make their grand reception entrance down a staircase at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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The newlyweds perform their first dance during the wedding reception at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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Michelle’s mom makes a welcome toast while holding Mateo during The Maxwell House wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of Michelle and Ricardo at their sweetheart table during The Maxwell House reception.
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Michelle and Ricardo kiss outside The Maxwell House with their mariachi band at the Pasadena wedding reception.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their sunset wedding portrait session at The Maxwell House.
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Michelle and Ricardo hold hands in front of an elegant blue door during their wedding portrait session in Pasadena.
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The newlyweds kiss beside an ornate balustrade during their sunset wedding portrait session in Pasadena.
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A portrait of the newlyweds illuminated by the setting sun during their whimsical wedding photo session in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricky look lovingly at one another while being illuminated by the glow of sunset in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo kiss outside the stunning exterior of The Maxwell House during their Pasadena wedding portrait session.
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Michelle holds back tears during her sister’s reception speech at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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Michelle and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during The Maxwell House wedding reception.
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Ricardo and his mom perform their mother-son dance during their private estate wedding reception in Pasadena.
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A close-up photo of Michelle feeding Ricardo cake during a private moment at The Maxwell House wedding reception.
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A candid photo of a trumpet player performing as part of a mariachi band at The Maxwell House reception.
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An action shot of Michelle’s aunt enjoying the dance floor at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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Michelle surrounded by her family and friends on the dance floor during The Maxwell House wedding reception.
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Ricardo’s godparents dancing to the mariachi band during The Maxwell House wedding reception.
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Michelle’s sister and her husband enjoying the dance floor during the private estate wedding reception in Pasadena.
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Michelle stretches out her arms to Mateo as he bursts into tears while Ricardo smiles at the camera.
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Two wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Michelle and Ricardo’s intimate wedding reception.
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A candid photo of a young wedding guest enjoying the festivities at The Maxwell House in Pasadena.
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Capturing a special moment between Michelle and her son Mateo during The Maxwell House wedding reception.

 

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.

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