Wedding At Waterfront Beach Resort In Huntington Beach, CA | Nayani & Zachary

Wedding At Waterfront Beach Resort

NAYANI & ZACHARY

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Wedding photos at Waterfront Beach Resort:

Nayani and Zack were referred to me by a previous couple, Vithya and Peter, with Vithya being Nayani’s cousin. It’s the highest honor to have previous couples refer me to their loved ones and I can’t thank Vithya and Peter enough for making this all possible.

Nayani and Zack actually live in New York where they met online a few years ago. But they were planning a multicultural wedding at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, with many of their guests flying out from the East Coast. Aside from a traditional Sri Lankan Hindu ceremony, they were also going to be paying respect to Zack’s Jewish faith in a short ceremony, followed by a ballroom reception at this beachfront resort. 

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom in front of their poolside mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

 

Getting ready photos at Waterfront Beach Resort:

My second photographer, assistant, and I met up in Huntington Beach in the late morning to capture Nayani and Zack getting ready in separate suites at Waterfront Beach Resort. They were right down the hall from one another, which made things logistically easy as we moved between the two rooms.

We began capturing portraits of Nayani as she had the final touches applied to her makeup and prepared with her sister and cousin Vithya. She was also joined by Zack’s sister who was her Tholi for the day, acting on behalf of the groom’s family to assist the bride in getting ready.

After an up-close shot of the bride with her stunning gold jewelry, we headed to Zack’s suite where he was being treated to a traditional Hindu milk bath. This cleansing ceremony was attended by both sets of parents and Zack’s Tholan (Nayani’s cousin), and ended with them all throwing water on the groom in the shower!

We returned to Nayani’s suite once she was dressed in her gorgeous blue sari and grabbed a few shots as her sister and Vithya helped to straighten it. This was followed by some portraits of the beautiful bride on her own as she looked out her suite window at Waterfront Beach Resort and held her colorful bouquet.

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A reflective shot of Nayani having the final touches applied to her makeup in a suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani has her lipstick applied beside her wedding gown hanging in a suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A close-up shot of Nayani getting ready for her Sri Lankan wedding at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Capturing a special moment between Nayani, her sister and cousin in a suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and her sister admiring her Western wedding dress hanging in the suite window at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani’s father performs a traditional ritual during Zack’s cleansing milk bath at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Zack’s mom pouring milk over the groom’s head during a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ritual.

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Nayani’s mom performs a traditional cleansing ritual on Zack’s head while family members watch on at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A fun photo of Zack’s mom pouring water on the groom in his suite shower at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani’s sister throwing water on Zack in his shower at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Zack’s Tholan pours water on him in a cleansing ritual at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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A candid photo of Zack in his suite shower following the cleansing ritual at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing a special moment between Nayani and her Tholi as they prepared for the Sri Lankan wedding in Huntington Beach.

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A close-up shot of Nayani securing one of her earrings beside her suite window at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani’s sister helping to straighten the bride’s sari in her Huntington Beach resort suite.

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Nayani’s cousin helps to secure her sari as they prepared for the Sri Lankan wedding at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A portrait of Nayani looking stunning in her blue sari at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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A portrait of Nayani looking out her suite window as she prepared for her wedding at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A close-up shot capturing Nayani’s gorgeous jewelry during her Sri Lankan wedding portrait session in Huntington Beach.

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Nayani holding her bouquet in her suite at Waterfront Beach Resort as she prepared for her Sri Lankan wedding.

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Capturing the back of Nayani’s blue sari as she held her gorgeous bouquet in a courtyard at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A portrait of Zack in his traditional Sri Lankan wedding attire at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

 

Ceremony photos at Waterfront Beach Resort:

Meanwhile, Zack and his entourage had headed downstairs in preparation for the Baraat ceremony, which was led by traditional drummers and musicians. I photographed the groom and his Tholan as they paraded through the grounds of Waterfront Beach Resort, followed by both sets of parents, family, and friends. Once they arrived at the poolside wedding ceremony site, Zack placed a ring on the finger of his Tholan and female relatives of the bride performed another cleansing ritual. 

A floral-adorned mandap stage had been set up beside the pool of Waterfront Beach Resort for Nayani and Zack’s Sri Lankan Hindu wedding ceremony, which began with the priest placing a bindi on the groom’s forehead. A coconut was then cracked in what is another Sri Lankan wedding tradition before the bride arrived escorted by her parents and Tholi.

I captured all the traditional rites and rituals of Nayani and Zack’s wedding ceremony from multiple angles, including up-close candids and wide-angle shots looking across their stunning venue at Waterfront Beach Resort. The day was just perfect, with not a cloud in the sky, but the mandap stage was shaded so nobody was left squinting into the sun.

Partway through the proceedings, Zack handed Nayani a change of clothes (as is Sri Lankan tradition) and there was a short pause while she went to put them on. When she returned, she was wearing a gorgeous red sari and holding a golden garland that she placed around Zack’s neck.

The couple then circled their mandap stage with their Tholi and Tholan before playing a fun game where they both had to find the other’s ring in a pot. A mirror was then held up before the couple (with Zack playfully brushing Nayani’s hair) and they turned to pray towards the heavens as the ceremony came to an end.

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Zachary and his entourage prepare for the Baraat ceremony at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Zack’s parents walk through the grounds of Waterfront Beach Resort during the traditional Baraat ceremony.

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Zack and his Tholan lead the Baraat ceremony through the grounds of Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Nayani’s parents enjoying the Baraat ceremony and live music outside Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zachary and his Tholan walk up the stairs of Waterfront Beach Resort for the start of his Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Zack places a ring on his Tholan’s finger in what is a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ritual.

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Nayani’s relatives perform a traditional ritual at the start of the Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Zachary and his Tholan seated on the gorgeous mandap stage beside the pool of Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani’s mom places a floral garland around Zack’s neck at the start of the Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of the priest placing a bindi mark on Zachary’s forehead during the Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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A coconut is cracked in what is a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ritual at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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A Sri Lankan wedding ritual is performed at the start of Zack and Nayani’s Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Nayani arrives at her Hindu wedding ceremony with her Tholi and parents at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing Zack’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Nayani takes a seat beside Zack on their mandap stage beside the pool of Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing a special exchange between the bride and groom at the start of their Sri Lankan Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Looking across Nayani and Zack’s floral-adorned mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Nayani’s dad places a garland around Zack’s father during the Sri Lankan Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Nayani’s mom places a bindi on the forehead of Zack’s mom during the Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Nayani and Zack smile at the groom’s parents while seated on their beautifully decorated mandap stage.

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The couple smile while performing a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ritual at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Family members place their hand on a coconut with the bride and groom during the Sri Lankan Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Zachary hands Nayani a change of attire in what is a Sri Lankan wedding tradition at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani departing the Hindu ceremony to change into her new clothes at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A creative photo capturing Zack’s reaction as Nayani returns to their Hindu ceremony wearing new clothes.

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Nayani returns to her wedding ceremony wearing new clothes and holding a floral garland at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani placing a garland around Zack’s neck as he smiles at her during their Sri Lankan wedding.

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Nayani and Zack share a laugh during their romantic Hindu wedding ceremony at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Zack placing jewelry around Nayani’s neck during their Waterfront Beach Resort wedding ceremony.

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Zack places a floral garland around Nayani’s neck on their mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani places a floral garland around her groom’s neck during their Sri Lankan wedding in Huntington Beach.

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A candid photo of the couple, their Tholi and Tholan walking around the mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zack celebrates after being the first to find a ring during a traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony game.

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Nayani and Zack battle to be the first to find a ring in a pot during their traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Nayani holds a ring up in the air after finding it first during a Sri Lankan wedding game ritual.

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A candid photo of Zack brushing Nayani’s hair as she holds up a mirror during their Sri Lankan wedding ceremony.

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Looking down the floral-adorned aisle towards Nayani and Zack’s mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack’s priest directs them as they pray towards the heavens during their Hindu wedding ceremony.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride and groom while holding a plate during their Hindu wedding ceremony.

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A group photo of Nayani, Zack and their wedding guests in front of the pool at Waterfront Beach Resort.

 

Portraits at Waterfront Beach Resort:

After a group shot of Nayani, Zack, and their wedding party, I captured a couple of romantic portraits of the newlyweds standing on their mandap stage. They then returned to their respective hotel suites to change into their Western wedding attire, with Nayani is a stunning white gown and Zack wearing a classy suit and purple tie.

While they had opted out of a first look before their Hindu ceremony, they decided to have one now, with Nayani walking up towards Zack on one of the suite balconies. I captured their reactions at seeing one another looking so amazing, then grabbed a few portraits as Zack twirled Nayani and they embraced in this loved-up moment. We also snuck into their ballroom wedding reception venue at Waterfront Beach Resort for a few portraits while their wedding guests were busy at cocktail hour.

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A romantic portrait of the bride and groom holding hands on their gorgeous mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A playful portrait of Zack kissing Nayani’s cheek on their floral-adorned mandap stage at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani looks out her suite window at Waterfront Beach Resort as she changes into her bridal gown.

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Nayani’s friend assists as she steps into her wedding shoes in an elegant suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A portrait of Nayani in her gorgeous gown holding a floral bouquet in a suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A close-up portrait of Nayani looking down towards her floral bouquet in a suite at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani looks out her suite door towards Zack waiting on the balcony during their first look at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing the reactions of Nayani and Zack during their first look session at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zack twirls Nayani during their balcony first look session at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Nayani and Zack share a laugh during their romantic first look session at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zack kisses Nayani’s cheek as she smiles at the camera during their Waterfront Beach Resort first look session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their wedding portrait session at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack kiss during their balcony wedding portrait session at Waterfront Beach Resort.

 

Reception photos at Waterfront Beach Resort:

Nayani and Zack’s wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort started out a little differently, with the couple paying respect to the groom’s Jewish faith during a short ceremony. They exchanged vows framed by a flower-adorned arch over their sweetheart table as their parents watched proudly on.

The bride and groom then surprised their guests with a rap performance (in place of their first dance) before everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. Nayani was lifted above for the Jewish Horah chair dance and it was great to see the coming together of these two cultures in such a fun and vibrant way. An incredible band had been booked for the reception, with both young and old up on the dance floor enjoying the music.

Speeches and toasts from those closest to the couple followed and I captured their reactions as they listened in from their sweetheart table. Nayani and her dad then performed a fun father-daughter dance before Zack and his mom took to the floor for their mother-son dance. After the bouquet toss and garter removal (with Zack trying to strip it off with his teeth), the night came to an end with everyone once again up dancing.

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Zachary twirls Nayani in their beautifully decorated ballroom reception venue at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Zack reading his vows to Nayani during their short Jewish wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Nayani’s reaction as Zack read his vows during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani’s parents watch on during the short Jewish wedding ceremony in the ballroom of Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Zack laughing as Nayani read her vows during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A close-up shot capturing Zack’s reaction as Nayani read her vows at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zack’s parents watch on during the Jewish wedding ceremony in the ballroom of Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their wedding ceremony at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani and Zack performing a rap “first dance” during their wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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The couple’s wedding guests put their hands in the air during the rap performance at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack embrace after performing their surprise rap at the Waterfront Beach Resort wedding reception.

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Capturing Nayani’s reaction as she’s lifted into the air for the Horah chair dance at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani is lifted above the dance floor during the Jewish Horah chair dance at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Nayani’s father and sister dancing during the multicultural wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Zack’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the multicultural wedding celebrations at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Young and old enjoying the dance floor together during the Waterfront Beach Resort wedding reception.

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Nayani enjoying the dance floor with one of her relatives during the Waterfront Beach Resort wedding reception.

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Zack spins on the dance floor with a friend during his Jewish wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing a special moment between a young wedding guest and an elder during the Waterfront Beach Resort reception.

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Nayani and Zack on the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A candid photo of Zack’s parents dancing during the ballroom wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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A live band performs during Nayani and Zack’s ballroom wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Capturing the reactions of Nayani and Zack at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts.

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Zack’s parents make a speech during the ballroom wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack share a laugh at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani’s sister makes a speech during the ballroom wedding reception at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack sit beneath a beautifully decorated sweetheart table during their ballroom reception.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom at their Waterfront Beach Resort sweetheart table.

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Nayani and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during the Waterfront Beach Resort wedding reception.

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The bride and her father share a laugh during their parental dance at Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Zack and his mom perform their mother-son dance during the Waterfront Beach Resort wedding reception.

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An action shot of Nayani’s bouquet toss on the dance floor of the Waterfront Beach Resort ballroom.

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Zack removes Nayani’s garter with his teeth as a group of expectant guys waits in the background at Waterfront Beach Resort.

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Nayani and Zack kiss while dancing in their ballroom wedding reception venue at Waterfront Beach Resort.

 

Wedding photos at Waterfront Beach Resort:

Nayani and Zack were such a super sweet couple and I can’t thank them enough for hiring me to capture this wedding at Waterfront Beach Resort. I also want to give another big thanks to Vithya and Peter for making this all possible and wish the newlyweds all the happiness in the world as they embark on this new chapter together.

July 21, 2019

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