Wedding At Wayfarers Chapel In Rancho Palos Verdes, CA | Tomoka & Ryan

Wedding At Wayfarers Chapel

TOMOKA & RYAN

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Wedding photos at Wayfarers Chapel:

Tomoka and Ryan met a few years back when he was teaching English as a Second Language in New York. Tomoka was one of his students and apparently it was love at first sight, with the couple planning a very intimate wedding at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite venues, with its glass-encased chapel beautifully complemented with hardwood structural supports and holding a stunning position overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s always such a pleasure to work as a wedding photographer within such a jaw-dropping setting, and this wedding between Tomoka and Ryan was no different.

The only tricky thing about weddings at Wayfarers Chapel is the time constraint as it is such a popular venue for couples. Each couple is designated a two-hour time slot, so you have to work efficiently to not only fit your ceremony in, but also your couple portraits, family formals, and a possibly a first look session.

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A silhouette shot of Tomoka and Ryan following their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony, backed by the Pacific Ocean.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel:

Tomoka and Ryan had opted to begin their day with a first look session within the gorgeous landscaped gardens of Wayfarers Chapel. Tomoka walked towards her groom and he playfully covered his eyes, before seeing his beautiful bride. This was the perfect time to capture some couple portraits and we were lucky that the clouds above created ideal diffuse lighting.

I photographed the couple both together and alone, utilizing not only the greenery, but also the architectural features of the Wayfarers Chapel itself. After the couple signed the official marriage license, it was time for the ceremony to start.

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Tomoka walking towards Ryan during their first look session at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Ryan playfully covers his eyes during his first look session with Tomoka in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Tomoka and Ryan along a tree-lined walkway at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Ryan embrace Tomoka during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding photo session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Portrait of Tomoka outside Wayfarers Chapel before her Rancho Palos Verdes wedding ceremony.

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Portrait of Ryan outside Wayfarers Chapel before his Rancho Palos Verdes wedding ceremony.

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Tomoka in her gorgeous bridal gown before her wedding ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Ceremony photos at Wayfarers Chapel:

Tomoka’s dad escorted her down the undeniably elegant aisle at Wayfarers Chapel towards an eagerly awaiting Ryan. It was a very intimate celebration, with just the couple and their parents (as well as the bride’s aunt and uncle), but an emotional moment nonetheless.

I captured some close up shots as they exchanged vows and rings, as well as some wide-angle photos encapsulating their architecturally impressive surrounds. Tomoka and Ryan offered their moms a bouquet of flowers part way through the ceremony in a gesture of thanks, then made their recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.

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Ryan signing the official marriage license before the start of his wedding ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Tomoka sharing a special moment with her dad before walking down the aisle at Wayfarers Chapel.

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Ryan’s reaction as he watches his bride walk down the aisle at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Tomoka being escorted down the aisle by her dad, backed by the stunning gardens of Wayfarers Chapel.

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Tomoka’s dad giving her away at the aisle as Ryan wipes away tears during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony.

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Tomoka and Ryan exchange rings during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding ceremony in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Looking down the aisle during Tomoka and Ryan’s wedding ceremony within the stung architecture of Wayfarers Chapel.

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Tomoka and Ryan offer flowers to the bride’s mom during their Rancho Palos Verdes wedding ceremony.

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Tomoka and Ryan kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Tomoka and Ryan make their recessional walk down the aisle at the architecturally stunning Wayfarers Chapel.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Wayfarers Chapel:

While it had been cloudy before the ceremony, the sun decided to come out afterwards, illuminating the gardens beautifully for the post-ceremony portrait session. We captured some romantic shots in the gardens and overlooking the spectacular Rancho Palos Verdes coastline, and took advantage of the opportunity to have a photo shoot within the now empty Wayfarers Chapel.

This is one of the great things about this venue, that if you are on schedule, you get a rare opportunity to stand within this awe-inspiring structure, just the two of you, as husband and wife!

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Silhouette shot of the newly married couple, backed by the Pacific Ocean at Rancho Palos Verdes.

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An intimate portrait of the newly married couple within the glass structure of Wayfarers Chapel.

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A playful photo of Ryan holding Tomoka’s bouquet during their Wayfarers Chapel wedding photo session.

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Portrait of the newly married couple standing in the aisle of the architecturally stunning Wayfarers Chapel

 

Wedding photos at Wayfarers Chapel:

From photographing within the lush, whimsical setting of its gardens to the rustic architectural feel of its interior, it was such a pleasure to be selected as Tomoka and Ryan’s Wayfarers Chapel wedding photographer. I wish them so much happiness in their life together and hope that these images are a warm and enduring memory of this special day.

October 20, 2016

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