Capturing all the festivity of Annelie and Camron's Christmas-themed wedding at Tiato with their extended family and friends. We photographed the bride getting ready at the industrial-chic hotel, The LINE Los Angeles, before she married Camron in the grand interior of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. After a romantic portrait session in and around the church, we ended the day at Tiato in Santa Monica where even Santa Claus made an appearance.
Annelie and Camron’s wedding at Tiato was quite a special one for me, as it was the first Christmas-themed wedding I have shot. From the boutonnieres to the reception centerpieces, everything had been given the festive touch, thanks to the creativity of the team at Samantha Hall Events.
I first met Annelie and Camron around a year ago at my home studio to hear about their upcoming wedding plans, then captured their e-session back in June. I was looking forward to reconnecting with them for their special day, which included a church ceremony at the stunning First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles followed by a Christmas-themed reception at Tiato.
Getting ready photos at The LINE Los Angeles:
The day all began at the industrial chic hotel of The LINE Los Angeles where Annelie was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom. I captured candid shots as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and admired her beautiful dress overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles skyline, as well as photographing as her bridesmaids assisted her into her gown.
I also captured some special moments with her mom and documented her bridesmaids opening their gifts from the couple, as well as a black and white reflective shot as Annelie glimpsed herself in the suite mirror.
Annelie is really close to her brother (who was actually part of her bridal party) and she wanted to do a first look with him. I captured their emotional reactions as he walked towards her, as well as the bridesmaids peeking around the suite door.
This was followed by a first look with her obviously proud dad and we used the opportunity for a family portrait in this special moment. With a little bit of time left before we needed to leave for the ceremony, I also grabbed a few portraits of Annelie looking absolutely radiant in her creative suite at The LINE Los Angeles.
Pre-ceremony portraits at the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles:
We then made the short drive over to the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles where Annelie and Camron’s wedding ceremony was to be held. They had decided against having a first look but wanted some portraits incorporating both of them before the light faded.
The First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles has an ornate courtyard and balcony area, which provided the perfect setting for some creative portraits of Camron below while Annelie stood above. I also captured a shot of Annelie on the staircase with her groom right below, making sure they couldn’t actually see one another.
Although they didn’t want a first look, Annelie and Camron were up for a first touch, so we positioned them on either side of a pillar in the courtyard. I captured the tender moment as they held hands and Camron turned around to kiss his bride’s hand tenderly.
Camron then went back inside his suite while we grabbed some portraits of Annelie with her bridesmaids and brother in the courtyard of the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles. I also captured some portraits of the bride and her bouquet in this romantic setting before she went to hide inside while Camron shared in a special moment with his mom.
Ceremony photos at the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles:
After a final playful candid of the groom and his groomsmen, it was time for the wedding ceremony to get underway. I photographed Annelie being escorted down the aisle by her father, backed by the stunning stained-glass windows and dramatic interior of the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles.
Camron was beaming at finally being able to see his bride and I photographed as she was given away by her father at the altar. After pausing to pray, the couple recited personalized vows they had written while their family and friends watched on.
The First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles is a great setting for photography, with lots of different vantage points for capturing reactions and wide-angle shots during the wedding ceremony. The only drawback is that it’s also quite dark, so we had to make the most of the light illuminating the altar.
Post-ceremony portraits at the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles:
After being pronounced “husband and wife” and making their recessional walk down the aisle, we captured some bridal party and couple portraits at the altar. We had to work fast to get portraits outside the church, with the winter light fading rapidly, and I was lucky to have my wife on hand to assist with the video lighting and off-camera flash.
We captured intimate embraces between the couple outside the First Congregational Church Of Los Angeles and beneath the arched colonnades. We also grabbed a few romantic shots flanked by the fairy-lit trees and a black and white along one of the ornate walkways.
Reception photos at Tiato:
It was then time for the wedding reception at Tiato, so we made the 30-minute drive over to Santa Monica. The evening’s proceedings kicked off with a choreographed first dance by Annelie and Camron, followed by “thank you” speeches to welcome their guests. Annelie and her dad then took to the floor for the father-daughter dance, followed by Camron and his mom.
Speeches and toasts from those closest to the couple followed, with Annelie and Camron watching on from their Christmas-themed sweetheart table. The entire reception venue at Tiato had been decorated with red candles and festive holly, as well as a few Christmas trees and even a Santa Claus in the photo booth!
Between documenting the wedding guests dancing and mingling, I photographed Annelie and Camron during their cake cutting ceremony and the bride’s (pretend) bouquet toss. Rather than actually throwing it, she walked over and gave it to her brother’s girlfriend in what was a very sweet gesture.
Wedding photos at Tiato:
It really was such a pleasure to be part of this festive wedding at Tiato to celebrate the union of Annelie and Camron and I can’t thank them enough for selecting Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day. I know they are off on a multi-country honeymoon to Scotland and France, followed by New Years in New York, so I wish them an incredible time and all the happiness in their married life together.