SARI & BEN
Wedding photos at Tivoli Terrace:
Sari and Ben’s Jewish wedding at Tivoli Terrace is up there with one of my favorite weddings from this year. There was just so much love and raw emotion from the couple, their family and friends throughout the day and it was a privilege to be a part of it.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sari and Ben back in May of this year, followed by a summer e-session to capture their undeniable love. When hearing about their upcoming wedding plans, I just knew it was going to be a blast and was excited to capture this special occasion.
An intimate portrait of the newly married couple beneath their Chuppah following their Jewish wedding ceremony at Tivoli Terrace.
Getting ready photos at a private residence and The Inn At Laguna Beach:
I dropped Charlene at The Inn At Laguna Beach where Ben and the boys were getting ready and headed up to Sari’s parents’ home in the hills where she and the girls were making their last minute preparations. I photographed some really tender moments with her mom and a friend who had flown over from Israel, as well as a shot of her bridesmaids “fluffing” her gorgeous gown.
Sari wanted to have a first look with her dad and it was an incredibly emotional moment as he walked into the room, watched on by Sari’s mom. I never take it for granted when my couples let me bear witness to such special moments and it was a huge honor for me to capture this first look and the kiss between her parents after.
Capturing a sweet moment between Sari and her mom as they were getting ready at her parents’ house in Laguna Beach.
Ben’s dad helps to button up his shirt as they were getting ready at The Inn At Laguna Beach.
Sari’s mom admiring her wedding dress in a stairwell as they prepared for the Jewish wedding in Laguna Beach.
Sari’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress as they prepared at her parents’ house in Laguna Beach.
Capturing a tender moment between Sari and her mom as they prepared for the Laguna Beach wedding.
A reflective shot of Sari getting ready in a mirror at her parents’ house in the hills overlooking Laguna Beach.
A black and white shot of Sari’s dad walking into the room during their father-daughter first look session.
Capturing the emotional reaction of Sari’s mom during the father-daughter first look session.
Sari turns towards her dad during the father-daughter first look session in Laguna Beach.
Sari watches on as her parents steal a kiss as they prepared for the wedding at Tivoli Terrace.
Sari’s dad wipes away his daughter’s tears during their emotional first look in Laguna Beach.
A reflective black and white shot of Sari looking gorgeous in her wedding dress as a friend watches on.
Capturing a special moment between Sari and one of her friends who flew in from Israel for the wedding.
Sari admires herself in a mirror while her parents look on proudly at their home in Laguna Beach.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park:
Sari and Ben also wanted to have a first look which we staged in a quiet park in Laguna Beach. The mid-afternoon light was really whimsical as they embraced in this special moment, then we drove over to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for a more formal portrait session. I captured intimate embraces of the couple in the grassy fields overlooking the ocean, with the sky such a brilliant blue behind them.
Sari walks towards Ben during their mid-afternoon first look session at a park in Laguna Beach.
A whimsical shot of Sari and Ben admiring each other during their romantic first look session at a Laguna Beach park.
Sari and Ben embrace with the bride’s beautiful bouquet during their first look portrait session in Laguna Beach.
A romantic portrait of Ben kissing Sari’s forehead during their Laguna Coast Wilderness Park wedding photo session.
Sari and Ben embrace in the grassy fields of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park during their wedding portrait session.
A whimsical portrait of Sari and Ben walking through the fields of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
Ceremony photos at Tivoli Terrace:
It was then time for the Jewish wedding at Tivoli Terrace to begin, starting with the couple signing the Ketubah and followed by congratulatory celebrations and dancing from their family and friends. Charlene then captured a really warm portrait of Sari’s parents kissing her just moments before walking down the aisle to where Ben was waiting with his parents.
In Jewish tradition, Sari circled Ben a number of times, then exchanged vows while watched on by family and friends. After Ben performed the “breaking of the glass”, they actually performed their first dance there and then beneath the Chuppah. After the ceremony, we just had time for a few quick portraits of the couple and family formals before Sari and Ben led their wedding guests downstairs for the reception.
Sari signs the Ketubah before her Jewish wedding to Ben at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach.
Sari and Ben’s family and friends congratulate them following the Ketubah signing at their Jewish wedding.
A black and white candid of Sari and Ben’s family and friends dancing around them following the Ketubah signing.
Sari’s parents kiss her tenderly before escorting her into her Jewish wedding at Tivoli Terrace.
A black and white shot of Ben and his parents waiting for Sari to arrive at their Jewish wedding ceremony.
Sari and Ben standing beneath the Chuppah during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Tivoli Terrace.
Sari’s beautiful bridesmaids watch on during the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony at Tivoli Terrace.
A creative shot looking through the wedding guests at Tivoli Terrace towards Sari’s joyous reaction.
Looking across the unique interior of Tivoli Terrace’s ceremony space towards Sari and Ben.
A black and white capturing the reactions of Sari’s brother, family and friends during the Tivoli Terrace wedding ceremony.
Sari reads her personal vows to Ben during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Tivoli Terrace.
Ben performs the traditional “breaking of the glass” during his Jewish wedding ceremony in Laguna Beach.
An intimate black and white of Sari and Ben during their first dance at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach.
Sari and Ben lead their wedding guests down the stairs at Tivoli Terrace to their wedding reception.
Reception photos at Tivoli Terrace:
Sari and Ben’s grand entrance into their reception really reflected their fun-loving personalities, with both wearing boxing gloves! After speeches and toasts from their family and friends, Sari and her dad performed a tender father-daughter dance, then watched on during the mother-son dance between Ben and his mom.
Everyone then hit the dance floor to celebrate this new union, with Sari and Ben lifted above the dance floor by their wedding guests for the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance. I also captured the couple having some fun in the photo booth and an action shot of Sari’s bouquet toss.
Just as the evening was coming to an end, I snuck out from the reception with Sari and Ben for some romantic nighttime couple portraits beneath the fairy lights of Tivoli Terrace.
The newly married couple make their grand reception entrance with boxing gloves on at Tivoli Terrace.
Sari’s parents make a speech during the lively wedding reception at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach.
Capturing Sari and Ben’s reactions as a speech is made during their Laguna Beach wedding reception.
Capturing a tender moment during the father-daughter dance at Sari’s Jewish wedding reception.
Sari and her parents watch on during the mother-son dance at the Tivoli Terrace wedding reception.
Ben and his mom let loose on the dance floor during the mother-son dance at Tivoli Terrace.
A black and white shot of wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Sari and Ben’s reception.
Capturing a special moment between Sari’s mom and younger brother during the Tivoli Terrace celebrations.
The newly married couple are lifted above the dance floor by their wedding guests during the traditional Horah chair dance.
Sari enjoying the dance floor with a friend during her Jewish wedding with Ben at Tivoli Terrace.
Sari and Ben having fun in the photo booth during their energetic wedding party at Tivoli Terrace.
An action shot of Sari’s bouquet toss during the lively Tivoli Terrace wedding reception in Laguna Beach.
An intimate nighttime couple portrait of Sari and Ben beneath the fairy lights of Tivoli Terrace.
Wedding photos at Tivoli Terrace:
Sari and Ben’s wedding at Tivoli Terrace really was an amazing day spent with wonderful people and I want to thank them for selecting me as their Laguna Beach wedding photographer. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know them over the past few months and I wish them all the happiness in the world for their married life together.