I first met Rebecca and Areg more than a year ago to hear about the plans they had for their Armenian wedding at Vertigo Event Venue. We reconnected again during their e-session in January this year and they were just so easy-going to work with. Both lead busy lives as physicians but were planning to take a break over the Labor Day holiday weekend to celebrate their wedding in true Armenian style.
Getting ready photos at Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale:
In Armenian tradition, it is customary for the groom to get ready at his parents house, with lots of dancing and festivities. So my second photographer headed over there on the morning of Rebecca and Areg’s wedding to capture all the action. Meanwhile, I was at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale where Rebecca was preparing with her bridesmaids and mom in the luxurious Presidential Suite.
I grabbed some close-up shots and candids as she had the final touches applied to her makeup, as well as a playful shot with her bridesmaids standing in front of their dresses as they all blew kisses. I also captured some special moments with her mom and matron-of-honor, together with her bridesmaids helping to “fluff” her wedding dress and receiving “thank you” gifts from Rebecca.
After taking a few portraits of Rebecca looking absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, the festivities really began with the arrival of Areg and his family. His parents came bearing gifts (including the bride’s shoes in what is an Armenian wedding tradition) and there was plenty of dancing as the two families united.
Then Rebecca emerged from the bedroom for the first look with her groom, which was watched on by their families and bridal party. I captured a candid black and white of the couple as they kissed, then all the energy and celebration as they danced together in this special moment.
After a toast from Areg’s parents, Rebecca returned to her bedroom suite where her brother fitted her shoes and she made her final preparations. She then pinned boutonnieres to the groom and groomsmen’s lapels and I grabbed a playful group shot of the couple kissing while their family and friends covered their eyes.
Ceremony photos at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church:
Rebecca and Areg were holding their wedding ceremony at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church and I captured the groom’s reaction as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle on the arm of her brother. There were warm embraces as he gave her away in this beautifully adorned venue, with dark wooden pews, stained-glass windows and religious paintings on the walls.
The ceremony included traditional Armenian wedding customs, with the couple wearing gold crowns and holding their foreheads together while a cross was placed against them. I captured the reactions of their parents as they watched on, as well as a wide-angle of the couple and the bridal party facing towards the altar.
Post-ceremony portraits at Brand Park:
After making their joyous recessional walk down the aisle, I grabbed a portrait of the couple kissing outside Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church before we headed over to nearby Brand Park for their wedding photo session. Here I captured intimate portraits of Rebecca and Areg embracing in this loved-up moment, backed by the lush greenery of the park.
Reception photos at Vertigo Event Venue:
Rebecca and Areg kicked off their Armenian wedding reception in style, dancing their way into Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale. They were joined on the dance floor by their family and friends who lifted them onto their shoulders in celebration.
The dance floor action paused for speeches and toasts from those closest to them and I tried to capture the reactions of not only the couple at their sweetheart table, but also their parents. Then Rebecca and Areg returned to the dance floor for a more official first dance, being showered in money by their family and friends in what is an Armenian wedding custom.
They were again joined on the dance floor by their wedding guests to celebrate well into the night and I tried to get in amongst the action and photograph the energy from multiple angles. There was a playful cake cutting ceremony to capture and the bouquet toss, before a blue ribbon was held across the dance floor for some limbo action.
I want to thank Rebecca and Areg for inviting me to photograph their Armenian wedding at Vertigo Event Venue, with so much love and energy to capture. I know they are off to South Africa next March for a belated honeymoon and I wish them all the happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.