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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Wedding At Villa Del Sol D’Oro

Photos from Vicky and Aaron's multi-faith wedding at Villa Del Sol D'Oro, a Tuscan-inspired wedding venue that feels like you've been transported from Los Angeles to the Italian countryside. From the getting ready to the Catholic-Jewish garden ceremony and the karate-filled reception, there were gorgeous details and plenty of emotion to document on this special day.

VICKY & AARON

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Wedding photos at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

I first connected with Vicky and Aaron last Fall when we chatted during a phone meeting about their wedding at Villa Del Sol D’Oro. They hired me right away and I was excited to finally meet them in person at this Tuscan-inspired private estate wedding venue in Sierra Madre (near Pasadena).

They were planning a multi-faith celebration that incorporated Aaron’s Jewish heritage and Vicky’s Catholic beliefs, with plenty of warm family moments and stunning portrait settings to capture. From leafy walkways to ornate columns and balconies, the Villa Del Sol D’Oro feels like you’ve been instantly transported from Los Angeles to the Italian countryside.

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Vicky and Aaron embrace between the hedgerows of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.

 

Getting ready photos at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

The day all began at around 9AM when I met up with my second photographer at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro to document Vicky and Aaron getting ready in separate bridal suites. I was with Vicky, her mom, sisters and nieces as they made their final preparations, with a striking blue wall that served as the perfect backdrop for hanging her wedding dress and capturing candid moments with her loved ones.

I captured up-close shots as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and relaxed with a glass of champagne on the bridal suite balcony, as well as some special moments with her mom and sisters in their floral robes. Once Vicky was dressed, we moved into the light-filled adjacent room to capture classic shots as she secured her earrings and wedding shoes before her sisters and mom joined her to fluff the gorgeous train.

Vicky’s dad then arrived for the father-daughter first look, which we had on the bridal suite balcony. I photographed Vicky walking up to him and his reaction at seeing her looking so radiant, as well as documenting the moment Vicky gave her parents a special letter to read.

While Vicky and Aaron wanted to wait until their wedding ceremony to see one another, they did want to have a “first moment” and exchange booklets with words they’d written for each other. I photographed Vicky as she walked down the sweeping staircase at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro to meet her husband-to-be, then photographed them lovingly touching hands and exchanging books in front of the private estate’s immense hedgerows.

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Capturing a special moment between Vicky, her mom, sisters and nieces as they were getting ready at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky admires herself in a handheld mirror while getting ready for her wedding at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a special moment between Vicky and one her nieces as she prepared for her Sierra Madre wedding.
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Vicky admires her gorgeous gown against a bright blue wall in the Villa Del Sol D’Oro bridal suite.
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Vicky takes time out to play with two of her nieces in the bridal suite at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky having the final touches applied to her makeup in the naturally-lit bridal suite at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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One of Vicky’s nieces hides behind her wedding dress in the bridal suite of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a special moment between Vicky, her mom and sisters in their floral robes at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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A candid shot of Vicky enjoying a glass of champagne on a Tuscan-inspired balcony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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One of Vicky’s flower girls adjusts her shoes as she prepared for the wedding ceremony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky secures an earring as she prepared for her wedding in a suite at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky shares in a special moment with her mom in the light-filled bridal suite at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky adjusts her shoes on an elegant chair during her classic wedding portrait session at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s mom, sisters and flower girl help to fluff her bridal train in preparation for the Sierra Madre wedding.
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A candid shot of Vicky’s cute niece helping the bride to get ready at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s sisters and mom assist as she makes some final adjustments in her Villa Del Sol D’Oro suite.
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The bride’s entourage assist as she prepares in the light-filled bridal suite at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a special moment between Vicky and her sisters on an ornate balcony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky walks towards her dad during the father-daughter first look at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing the reaction of Vicky’s dad at seeing his daughter on her wedding day at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s family watches on during the father-daughter first look at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s mom reads a special letter written by the bride on her wedding day in Sierra Madre.
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Vicky and her dad share a laugh as he reads a letter written by his daughter on her wedding day.
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Capturing a special family moment during Vicky’s wedding celebrations at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky and her sisters walking down the ornate staircase of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro for the first look session.
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Vicky and Aaron exchange booklets during their “first moment” on the grassy lawns of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky and Aaron standing back to back as they exchanged booklets during their romantic “first moment”.
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Vicky and Aaron read from booklets they exchanged at their Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding ceremony site.
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A close-up candid shot of the couple reading from their booklets that they exchanged during a “first moment”.
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The couple hold hands during their “first moment”, without getting a peak of one another before the wedding ceremony.
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Aaron tenderly kisses Vicky’s hand during their romantic first moment at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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A portrait of Vicky looking absolutely stunning on the Tuscan-inspired balcony of her bridal suite.
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Vicky and her flower girl hold hands and their bouquets on a balcony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.

 

Ceremony photos at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

After returning to Vicky’s bridal suite for a few last minute adjustments and portraits, it was time for the wedding ceremony to get underway, which was being held on the gorgeous grassy lawns of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro. The couple had decided to incorporate elements of both their Jewish and Catholic faiths, with a Priest and Rabbi joining forces as their officiants.

I photographed Aaron being escorted down the aisle by his parents and the flower girl following close behind before Vicky arrived on the arm of her dad. In addition to the reactions of the bride and groom as they exchanged vows, I also photographed their parents as they proudly watched on during rituals that included the drinking from the goblet and the ring exchange.

Vicky and Aaron were then draped in cords in what is a Catholic wedding tradition and kneeled before the Priest to be blessed before Aaron performed an impressive “breaking of the glass” that showcased his martial arts skills. The couple then made their joyous recessional walk down the aisle and stopped for a spontaneous kiss before enjoying a well-earned drink together at the terraced ceremonial site.

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The Rabbi and Priest prepare to officiant the multi-faith wedding at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron’s parents escort him down the aisle during his outdoor wedding ceremony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron embraces his parents at the start of his multi-faith wedding ceremony in Sierra Madre.
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The flower girl throws petals as she walks down the aisle during Vicky and Aaron’s Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding ceremony.
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Capturing Aaron’s reaction as he waited for his bride at the altar of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s dad escorts her down the stone aisle of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro for her multi-faith wedding.
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Vicky was all smiles as she walked towards Aaron during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding ceremony.
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Vicky and Aaron exchange vows in the stunning garden setting of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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The Rabbi and Priest take turns to officiate during Vicky and Aaron’s multi-faith wedding ceremony.
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Aaron drinks from the goblet in what is a Jewish wedding tradition during his multi-faith ceremony.
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Vicky drinking from the goblet during her Jewish-Catholic wedding ceremony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky’s youngest niece watches on with intrigue during the garden wedding ceremony in Sierra Madre.
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Capturing Aaron’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Vicky in the gardens of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron’s parents watch on during the multi-faith garden wedding ceremony in Sierra Madre.
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Capturing the reactions of Vicky’s parents as they watched their daughter wed Aaron in Sierra Madre.
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A low-angle shot showing Vicky and Aaron’s Tuscan-inspired wedding venue at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky was all smiles as she wed Aaron in an intimate wedding ceremony at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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The priest addresses the couple during the Jewish-Catholic wedding ceremony in Sierra Madre.
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The view of the musicians as Vicky and Aaron exchanged vows in front of the stunning Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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A wide-angle shot looking across the gorgeous garden ceremony venue at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron embraces his ring bearer during the intimate garden wedding at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron slips a ring on Vicky’s finger during their multi-faith wedding ceremony in Sierra Madre.
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Capturing a special moment as Vicky and Aaron exchanged rings on the garden terraces.
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Vicky and Aaron were all smiles after exchanging rings in front of their closest family and friends.
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The couple are draped in cords in what is a Catholic wedding tradition at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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The Priest blesses Vicky and Aaron as they kneel before him during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding ceremony.
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Vicky and Aaron kneel before the Priest during their Catholic-Jewish wedding in Sierra Madre.
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Aaron performs an elaborate “breaking of the glass” during his Jewish-Catholic wedding ceremony.
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Vicky and Aaron kiss during their recessional walk following the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding ceremony.
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The newlyweds enjoy a drink together in the gardens of Villa Del Sol D’Oro following their Sierra Madre wedding.
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Capturing a special moment between the couple and Vicky’s grandma at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.

 

Portraits at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

While the guests were enjoying cocktail hour, we had plenty of time for portraits of the newlyweds around the stunning grounds of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro. I captured classic embraces on the terraced lawns and incorporating the Tuscan-inspired architecture and staircase of the private estate, as well as getting creative with a low vantage shot and bird’s eye views overlooking their reception venue.

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A portrait of the newly weds in front of the stunning hedgerows at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a tender moment between the newly weds during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding portrait session.
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Vicky and Aaron embrace in front of the Tuscan-inspired architecture of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky and Aaron stand hand-in-hand in the gardens of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.
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An elevated view of the bride and groom during their garden portrait session at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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A bird’s eye view of Vicky and Aaron embracing amidst their stunning reception venue at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky embraces Aaron tenderly on an ornate staircase at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.

 

Reception photos at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

Vicky and Aaron then made their grand entrance into the outdoor reception, which was being held overlooking the private estate’s beautiful gardens. They kicked things off with their first dance, followed by speeches and toasts from those closest to them, which I documented through candid reactions of the couple at their sweetheart table and their parents watching on.

Everyone then moved indoors where Aaron performed the cake-cutting ceremony with a samurai-inspired knife before he and Vicky took turns with their parental dances. The couple was then lifted above the dance floor during the traditional Jewish Horah chair dance as everyone let loose to party.

With the golden hour setting in outside, I snuck out with the couple for a short portrait session to take advantage of this beautiful light. I photographed Vicky leading Aaron along a pathway and the couple kissing in front of the estate’s orange-tinged architecture.

We then headed back indoors for a surprise from Aaron for his bride as he and his martial arts associates performed a special dance. Vicky looked thrilled, to say the least by this powerful display before taking to the dance floor herself with her nephew.

After the bouquet toss and an energetic garter removal by Aaron that included a backflip, I snuck out again with the couple for some romantic nighttime portraits to end what had been an incredible day.

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Vicky and Aaron make their joyous grand entrance into the reception at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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A close-up candid shot of Vicky and Aaron’s grand reception entrance at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky and Aaron perform their first dance during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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The newly weds dancing on the terrace of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in front of their family and friends.
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Vicky and Aaron share a laugh at their sweetheart table on the stunning terrace of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing the reactions of the bride and groom at their sweetheart table during a speech by Vicky’s sister.
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Vicky’s parents react to the speeches and toasts being made during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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One of Aaron’s martial arts friends makes a speech during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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Aaron’s father listens in during the speeches and toasts at his son’s Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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Capturing the reactions of Vicky and Aaron at their sweetheart table on the Villa Del Sol D’Oro terrace.
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One of Vicky’s sisters makes a speech during the outdoor reception at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a kiss between the newly weds at the end of a long table during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Vicky and Aaron perform their cake cutting ceremony with a samurai-style knife during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Aaron licks cake from his samurai-style knife during the playful cake cutting ceremony.
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Vicky and Aaron make a thank you speech for their wedding guests at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Vicky takes the mic to thank her wedding guests for attending her special day at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Capturing a special moment between Vicky and her dad during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Vicky’s father touches her cheek affectionately during the fun-filled wedding reception in Sierra Madre.
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Vicky and her dad perform their father-daughter dance at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Vicky’s family watches on during the emotional father-daughter dance during the wedding reception.
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Aaron and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Aaron’s dad watches on during the mother-son dance at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.
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The couple start to circle the dance floor with family and friends during the Jewish Horah chair dance.
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Vicky is lifted into the air on a chair in what is a traditional Jewish wedding ritual.
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Aaron looking relaxed as he’s lifted into the air during the Jewish Horah chair dance ritual.
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Aaron pulls a face during the Jewish Horah chair dance at this Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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Vicky and Aaron hold hands during the Horah chair dance at their Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Family and friends filming the couple on the dance floor at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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A young wedding guest enjoying the dance floor at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.
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Vicky and Aaron kiss during their sunset wedding portrait session in the Villa Del Sol D’Oro gardens.
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Vicky leads Aaron along a walkway in the gardens of the Villa Del Sol D’Oro during their sunset portrait session.
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Capturing a tender embrace between the newly weds during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding portrait session.
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Vicky and Aaron kiss in front of the Tuscan-inspired Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.
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Aaron leads his friends in a martial arts-inspired dance during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Capturing Vicky’s reaction during Aaron’s surprise dance performance at their wedding reception.
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A close-up action shot of one of the martial arts dancers at Vicky and Aaron’s wedding reception.
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A spontaneous kiss between Vicky and Aaron following the groom’s surprise dance performance.
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Capturing a special moment between the couple and a young wedding guest during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Vicky and Aaron’s Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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An action shot of Vicky dancing with her nephew during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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Aaron performs a martial arts kick during his lively wedding reception at a private estate in Sierra Madre.
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An action shot of Vicky’s bouquet toss during the indoor reception at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron getting lost in the layers of Vicky’s dress during the garter removal at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.
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Aaron performs a backflip following the garter removal at his Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Vicky’s nephew makes a speech during the private estate wedding reception in Sierra Madre.
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Capturing the reactions of Vicky and Aaron as a speech was made during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Aaron embraces the flower girl during his private estate wedding reception in Sierra Madre.
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Wedding guests getting down on the dance floor during the Villa Del Sol D’Oro wedding reception.
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Aaron leads a choreographed dance during his lively wedding reception at a private estate in Sierra Madre.
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An action shot on the dance floor during Vicky and Aaron’s Villa Del Sol D’Oro reception.
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Capturing a fun moment on the dance floor at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre.
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Vicky and Aaron letting loose on the dance floor during their Villa Del Sol D’Oro celebrations.
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A tender kiss between the newly weds at their sweetheart table during a nighttime portrait session.
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A bird’s eye view of the couple dancing at their romantic terrace reception venue at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro.

 

Wedding photos at Villa Del Sol D’Oro:

I can’t thank Vicky and Aaron enough for trusting me to capture their wedding at the Villa Del Sol D’Oro and what was an amazing day spent with family and friends. I’m very excited that they’re off to Peru and Machu Picchu for their honeymoon and wish them all the best in the adventures that life throws their way!

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