DORIS & STEVEN
- Getting ready location: City Club LA in Los Angeles, CA (bride and groom)
- Ceremony and reception location: City Club LA in Los Angeles, CA (bride and groom)
It was Doris’ maid-of-honor who found me online and referred me to the bride-to-be and her groom, Steven, and I was thrilled that they selected me to capture their wedding at City Club LA. I’ve photographed at this sophisticated inner-city private club before. But they’d since moved to another location in Downtown LA on the 52nd floor of a towering skyscraper, so I was excited to have the opportunity to work in this newly-designed setting.
A portrait of the newly married couple in an elegant hallway of City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
Getting ready photos at City Club LA:
Everything was happening in the one location for Doris and Steven’s wedding at City Club LA, with my second photographer in one suite with the boys as they were making their final preparations, while I was with the girls.
I photographed Doris having the final touches done to her makeup and as her bridesmaids helped to “fluff” her gorgeous gown. Then I photographed them making a champagne toast before capturing a few portraits of the bride alone looking absolutely radiant.
A close-up shot of Doris having the final touches done to her makeup as she prepared in a bridal suite at City Club LA.
Doris’ bridesmaids helping to “fluff” her wedding dress in front of a naturally-lit window at City Club LA.
Doris was all smiles as she shared in this special moment with her bridesmaids in their navy blue dresses.
One of Doris’ bridesmaids secures her necklace as they prepared in a suite at City Club LA.
Doris and her bridesmaids getting ready within the contemporary styled City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
A portrait of Doris looking absolutely stunning with her floral bouquet as she prepared for her wedding at City Club LA.
Doris and her bridesmaids make a champagne toast as they prepared for the City Club LA wedding.
Pre-ceremony portraits at City Club LA:
It was then time for the first look between Doris and Steven, which we were staging in a modern plaza outside the ground floor entrance to City Club LA. I photographed Doris walking towards Steven, with the urban setting being reflected in the glass walls behind. Then I captured the couples’ reactions at seeing each other in this special moment, with Steven wiping away a few tears as the emotion took over.
We had scheduled in some couple portraits and bridal party portraits, utilizing a striking red sculptural fountain nearby. I captured intimate embraces and romantic moments as the couple walked hand-in-hand, then grabbed some more playful bridal party portraits of the bridesmaids pretending to knock the boys with their bouquets.
A black and white candid shot of Doris with her maid-of-honor as they went downstairs for the City Club LA first look.
Doris walks towards Steven during their first look in the plaza outside City Club LA in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Capturing the reactions of Doris and Steven as they get their first glimpse of each other outside City Club LA.
Doris looks lovingly at Steven during their first look session outside City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
Capturing a playful moment between Doris and Steven during their first look in Downtown Los Angeles.
Steven wipes away tears during his emotional first look with Doris outside City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
A portrait of Doris and Steven in front of a striking modern art sculpture in Downtown Los Angeles.
Steven kisses Doris’ hand affectionately during their Downtown Los Angeles wedding portrait session.
Doris embraces Steven warmly during their portrait session outside City Club LA in the Downtown area.
Doris and Steven walk hand-in-hand through a contemporary plaza outside City Club LA.
Capturing an intimate embrace between Doris and Steven in front of a red sculptural fountain in Downtown LA.
Doris leads Steven through an urban plaza during their Downtown LA wedding portrait session.
A playful bridal party portrait of Doris and Steven kissing while their bridesmaids and groomsmen cheer them on.
Doris and her bridesmaids pretend to hit the boys with their bouquets in a fun bridal party portrait.
Ceremony photos at City Club LA:
Everyone headed back up to the 52nd floor where the private club ceremony venue of City Club LA is located, which had been decorated in a really classic style with white drapery and a chandelier. Doris’ father escorted her down the aisle to a waiting Steven, with each of the couple supported by six bridesmaids and six groomsmen.
I tried to capture not only the reactions of the couple as they exchanged vows and rings, but also their parents as they proudly watched on. Doris and Steven paid respect to their moms during the ceremony by offering bouquets of flowers before making a joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife”.
Steven strides down the aisle at the start of his wedding ceremony at City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
Doris’ dad escorts her down the aisle during her City Club LA private club wedding ceremony.
Capturing Steven’s reaction as he watched Doris walk down the aisle during their private club wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
Doris’ father gives her away to Steven during their classic City Club LA wedding ceremony.
A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle of City Club LA’s private club during Doris and Steven’s wedding ceremony.
Capturing Steven’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Doris during their City Club LA wedding ceremony.
Steven’s groomsmen stand by his side in support during the City Club LA wedding ceremony.
Capturing Doris’ reaction as she exchanged vows with Steven during their City Club LA wedding ceremony.
The bridesmaids looked beautiful in their navy blue dresses as they supported Doris during her wedding ceremony.
Doris and Steven share a laugh during their traditional western wedding ceremony at City Club LA.
Doris and Steven pay tribute to the bride’s mom during their wedding ceremony at City Club LA.
The couple offer flowers to Steven’s mom as a sign of respect during their private club wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
Doris laughs in reaction to Steven’s vows during their private club wedding at the modern City Club LA.
Doris and Steven kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
The newly married couple make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle at City Club LA.
Doris and Steven kiss beneath a chandelier during their City Club LA wedding portrait session.
Reception photos at City Club LA:
While everyone was enjoying cocktail hour, the staff at City Club LA did a rapid “flip”, transforming the ceremony space into a stylish reception venue. Doris and Steven had hired a really great live band who knew how to get the party started, providing the perfect setting for the couple to make their grand entrance while “making it rain” with money.
They hit the dance floor straight away to celebrate with their bridal party, before slowing things down with a more official (and intimate) first dance. This was followed by the parental dances and lively speeches and toasts from their best man and maid-of-honor, then young and old were encouraged to get onto the dance floor to party.
I tried to capture all the action and energy of this celebration, interspersed with the cake cutting at Doris and Steven’s enticing dessert station and some antics in the photo booth. I also asked the band if the couple could get up on the stage to perform with them, which they were more than willing to make happen.
Towards the end of the evening, I snuck out from the reception venue with Doris and Steven to grab some nighttime portraits around City Club LA. We captured a playful shot of the couple collapsing from exhaustion in the comfy chairs of City Club’s cinema, as well one of them kissing beneath a chandelier in one of the elegant hallways.
A band performs during Doris and Steven’s City Club LA reception, overlooking the city of Los Angeles.
Doris and Steven make a playful grand entrance into their reception, “making it rain” with money.
Doris and Steven hit the dance floor with their bridal party during their grand entrance at City Club LA.
The newly married couple perform an intimate first dance during their City Club LA wedding reception.
Doris and Steven perform their first dance on a floor adorned with their initials and wedding date.
Steven and his mom perform their mother-son dance during their private club reception in Los Angeles.
Doris looks affectionately at her dad during the father-daughter dance at her City Club LA reception.
Doris and Steven share a laugh at their sweetheart table during a speech from the groom’s brother.
Steven’s parents watch on as speeches and toasts are made during their son’s reception at City Club LA.
Doris’ maid-of-honor makes an enthusiastic speech during the wedding reception at City Club LA.
Capturing the reactions of Doris and Steven at their flower-adorned sweetheart table at City Club LA.
The parents of Doris listen in during speeches and toasts in the private club reception of City Club LA.
Steven’s nephew enjoying the dance floor at City Club LA, surrounded by his family and friends.
Doris lets loose on the dance floor with one of her bridesmaids at City Club in Downtown Los Angeles.
Steven high-fives his friends on the dance floor during the lively reception at City Club LA.
Capturing a playful moment during Doris and Steven’s cake cutting ceremony at their dessert station.
Doris and Steven make a champagne toast to thank their wedding guests during the City Club LA reception.
Capturing all the energy of the live band which performed during Doris and Steven’s City Club LA reception.
Doris and Steven kiss surrounded by their family and friends during a wedding party photo on the dance floor of City Club LA.
Doris’ bridesmaids on the City Club LA dance floor, enjoying the live music and wedding celebrations.
Steven gets up on stage to perform with the live band during his lively wedding reception at City Club LA.
Capturing all the antics of the photo booth during Doris and Steven’s City Club LA wedding reception.
Steven’s friend takes a reception selfie with the groom on the dance floor of City Club LA.
The newly married couple perform for their wedding guests, backed by a live band at City Club LA.
Doris and Steven get up on stage to party with their live band at City Club LA in Downtown Los Angeles.
A romantic portrait of Doris and Steven feeding each other ice creams during their City Club LA wedding reception.
An exhausted bride and groom take some time out in the intimate cinema of City Club LA.
An intimate nighttime couple portrait of Doris and Steven kissing in an elegant hallway of City Club LA.
I want to thank Doris and Steven for giving me the opportunity to capture their beautiful wedding at City Club LA (and to Doris’ maid-of-honor for recommending me) and wish them all the happiness as they embark on this new chapter in life together.