Wedding At Verandas Beach House In Manhattan Beach, CA | Crystal & Jeff

Wedding At Verandas Beach House

CRYSTAL & JEFF

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Wedding photos at Verandas Beach House:

Crystal and Jeff planned an intimate wedding at Verandas Beach House with their closest family and friends, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach. It was an honor to be selected as their Los Angeles wedding photographer, with so many warm moments to capture and with a really wonderful group of people.

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A silhouette shot of Crystal and Jeff in front of the fireplace at Verandas during their nighttime portrait session.

 

Getting ready photos at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX:

The couple were getting ready at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX in El Segundo, so I drove there on the morning of their special day to capture all the getting ready action. I photographed Crystal as she made her final preparations, helped by her fantastic bridesmaids, mom, and soon-to-be mother-in-law.

There was a really joyful atmosphere in the room and some emotional moments as Crystal shared this special day with the people closest to her. Over in Jeff’s room things were equally as upbeat, with his groomsmen helping him in his final moments as an unmarried man, even ironing his tie (while it was attached to his neck!).

There was a really joyful atmosphere in the room and some emotional moments as Crystal shared this special day with the people closest to her. Over in Jeff’s room things were equally as upbeat, with his groomsmen helping him in his final moments as an unmarried man, even ironing his tie (while it was attached to his neck!).

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Crystal and her mom admiring her bridal gown in a suite at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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Jeff’s best man helps him get dressed in a suite at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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A playful shot of Crystal having her makeup done by one of her bridesmaids at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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Crystal’s mom helps to secure her earrings as they were getting ready in El Segundo.

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Crystal surrounded by her bridesmaids and moms at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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A playful shot of Jeff’s groomsmen ironing his tie in a suite at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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A reflective shot of Crystal with her mom and soon-to-be mother-in-law in a suite at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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A portrait of Crystal in her gorgeous bridal gown as she prepared for her wedding day in El Segundo.

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Crystal tries to hold back tears as she shares an emotional moment with her mom at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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Jeff’s brother Danny helps to fix his boutonniere as they prepared at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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A reflective portrait of Crystal in her bridal gown at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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Close up shot of the bride in her stunning gown at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits around DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX and at Verandas Beach House:

Crystal and Jeff decided on a first look session which we staged just outside the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX within the lush greenery of a nearby garden. Crystal walked towards Jeff and it was a beautiful moment when they saw their first glimpse of each other looking so amazing. We used the opportunity for a short pre-ceremony couple portrait session in the leafy green space across the street from the hotel, finding plenty of shaded areas during what was a bright, sunny afternoon.

We then headed over to Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach where the ceremony was to be held, but I managed to squeeze in a few more portraits within its elegant interior. I particularly like the portrait of Crystal in her gorgeous gown in front of the window, with the light creating a really whimsical ambiance.

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Crystal walking towards Jeff during their first look session at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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Crystal embraces Jeff during their first look session at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel LAX.

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An intimate embrace between the bride and groom during their first look session in El Segundo.

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Crystal and Jeff illuminated in the mid-afternoon sun during their wedding portrait session at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel.

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The couple embrace in front of the landscaped gardens near the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel in El Segundo.

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A portrait of Crystal and Jeff during their Verandas Beach House wedding photo session.

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Jeff embraces Crystal warmly during their elegant couple portrait session at Verandas Beach House.

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Portrait of the bride and her bouquet on a sofa at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

 

Ceremony photos at Verandas Beach House:

Crystal’s dad escorted her down the stairs of Verandas Beach House and along the aisle to a waiting Jeff. They opted to exchange vows in front of a curtain of 998 folded origami paper cranes in honor of Jeff’s half-Japanese ancestry, with the couple folding the final two in a symbolic gesture during the ceremony.

I captured both the bride and groom’s reactions during this momentous event, together with those of their bridal party and parents, looking for creative angles throughout. From the elevated second story I could get a wide-angle bird’s eye view and also snuck inside Verandas Beach House to capture the proceedings through the window.

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Crystal’s dad escorts her down the stairs at Verandas Beach House at the start of her Manhattan Beach wedding ceremony.

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Crystal’s dad gives her away to Jeff at the altar during their Verandas Beach House wedding ceremony.

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A bird’s eye view of Crystal and Jeff’s wedding ceremony at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

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Capturing Crystal and her bridesmaids’ reactions during the wedding ceremony in Manhattan Beach.

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Capturing Jeff’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Crystal in Manhattan Beach.

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A young wedding guest during Crystal and Jeff’s intimate wedding ceremony at Verandas Beach House.

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Crystal and Jeff share a laugh during their wedding ceremony at Verandas Beach House.

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Crystal’s family watches on as she exchanges vows with Jeff during their Manhattan Beach wedding ceremony.

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A creative shot looking through a window at Verandas Beach House during Crystal and Jeff’s wedding ceremony.

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A creative shot looking over the best man’s shoulder during Crystal and Jeff’s wedding ceremony.

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Crystal and Jeff fold two more paper cranes to make it 1,000 during their Verandas Beach House wedding ceremony.

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Looking down the aisle at Verandas Beach House during Crystal and Jeff’s wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Jeff’s parents’ reactions during his marriage to Crystal in Manhattan Beach.

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Crystal and Jeff kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

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The bride and groom make their recessional walk down the aisle at Verandas Beach House.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Verandas Beach House and Manhattan Beach:

After being pronounced “husband and wife” and making their recessional walk down the aisle, we made some time for a post-ceremony portrait session. First I photographed some intimate embraces on the ceremonial lawns of Verandas Beach House, before heading down to the sands of Manhattan Beach to take advantage of the sunset light.

There was an undeniably romantic ambiance as they walked hand-in-hand along the sands and embraced illuminated by the setting sun, and I also grabbed some silhouette shots just as the sun sank below the horizon.

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An intimate portrait of the couple following their wedding ceremony at Verandas Beach House.

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The bride and groom walk hand-in-hand along the sands of Manhattan Beach following their wedding ceremony.

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Crystal and Jeff illuminated by the setting sun during their Verandas Beach House wedding photo session.

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The bride and groom stand hand-in-hand on Manhattan Beach, backed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Crystal and Jeff during their sunset portrait session at Verandas Beach House.

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A silhouette shot of the couple during their sunset photo session at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

 

Reception photos at Verandas Beach House:

It was then time for the reception festivities to kick off, with a formal dinner being held downstairs at Verandas Beach House, while the dance floor was located on the second level. After making their grand entrance, Crystal and Jeff performed their first dance as their family and friends watched on, obviously feeling completely loved-up! Then both dads made a toast, followed by the best men and maids of honors, and the couple returned to the dance floor for the parental dances.

After the cake cutting ceremony and a “thank you” speech by Crystal and Jeff, everybody hit the dance floor and really let loose, even Jeff’s grandma! Part way through the evening I snuck out with the couple for a short nighttime portrait session outside Verandas Beach House and in front of the romantic fireplace, capturing some creative shots using my off-camera flash.

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Crystal and Jeff make their grand entrance into the reception at Verandas Beach House.

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Capturing the first dance between Crystal and Jeff during their Manhattan Beach wedding reception.

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Crystal and Jeff’s family and friends watch on during their first dance at Verandas Beach House.

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Capturing the bride and groom’s reactions during the speeches and toasts of their wedding reception.

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Crystal and Jeff’s dads making their toasts during the Verandas Beach House wedding reception.

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Jeff’s best man makes a toast during the Verandas Beach House wedding reception in Manhattan Beach.

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Crystal and her dad during the father-daughter dance at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

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Jeff and his mom enjoying their mother-son dance during the Manhattan Beach wedding celebrations.

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Crystal and Jeff feed each other cake during their cake cutting ceremony at Verandas Beach House.

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The bride and groom make a “thank you” toast to their wedding guests during the Manhattan Beach celebration.

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The couple’s friends letting loose on the dance floor at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

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The bride enjoying the dance floor with her family and friends during the Manhattan Beach wedding reception.

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Crystal’s mom and Jeff’s grandma on the dance floor during the Manhattan Beach wedding celebrations.

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The bride and groom getting down on the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends.

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Young wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during the lively Manhattan Beach wedding reception.

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Crystal enjoying the dance floor with one of her maids of honor during the fun-filled wedding celebrations.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach

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Jeff’s grandma with the newly married couple during the wedding celebrations at Verandas Beach House.

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Jeff lifts Crystal on the dance floor at Verandas Beach House, surrounded by their family and friends.

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A nighttime portrait of Crystal and Jeff outside Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach.

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A silhouette shot of the bride and groom in front of the fireplace at Verandas Beach House.

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Jeff and Crystal illuminated by an off-camera flash during their nighttime couple portrait session in Manhattan Beach.

 

Wedding photos at Verandas Beach House:

It was a really fun and exuberant evening, filled with love, family, and friendship, and I just know this couple is going to have a wonderful life together. They are off to New Zealand and Fiji for their honeymoon and hope they have an absolute blast!

October 13, 2016

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