Wedding At Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills

Oct 20, 2017

CHERRYL & MAXWELL

Locations:

 

Introduction:

I first connected with Cherryl and Maxwell earlier this year for their cooking-themed e-session and really loved their creative approach. They actually live in the San Francisco Bay Area now but were planning a big wedding at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills with their extended family and friends.

Everything was happening in Beverly Hills, with all of the venues just a couple of miles drive from one another, which meant we had plenty of time for photography throughout the day. Cherryl and Maxwell also made sure everything ran according to schedule (or even a little early), creating a smooth-running and stress-free day that I was honored to be a part of.

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A portrait of the newly married couple kissing, backed by a fountain in Beverly Hills’ Will Rogers Memorial Park.

 

Getting ready photos at The Beverly Hilton:

The day began at The Beverly Hilton where Cherryl and Maxwell were getting ready in separate suites. While my second photographer was with the groom and his groomsmen, I was with Cherryl, her three bridesmaids and both moms as they made their final preparations.

I captured close-up shots as Cherryl had the final touches applied to her makeup and some special moments with her two sisters and mom, as well as a reflective black and white as the bride secured her earrings in the suite mirror. Cherryl’s team actually finished the girls’ hair and makeup early, which meant we could use the time available for portraits of the beautiful bride with her family.

Cherryl’s dad arrived for a first look with his daughter looking absolutely stunning and I captured a portrait of the tight-knit family in this special moment. There were emotional reactions from the bride as she read a note card from her husband-to-be, then a more celebratory atmosphere as she popped a bottle of champagne and pretended to drink the whole thing!

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Cherryl and her mom admiring the gorgeous bridal gown in a suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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A close-up shot of Cherryl having the finishing touches applied to her makeup in a suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a special moment between Cherryl, her sisters and mom as they prepared in a suite at The Beverly Hilton.

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Cherryl’s sisters help to secure her earrings as they prepared for the Beverly Hills wedding.

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Cherryl getting ready with the help of her bridesmaids, mom and mother-in-law in a suite at The Beverly Hilton.

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A reflective black and white shot of Cherryl making the finishing touches as she prepared for her Beverly Hills wedding.

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Cherryl walks out from the suite bedroom to where her dad awaits for the father-daughter first look.

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Capturing the reaction of Cherryl’s dad at seeing his daughter looking so beautiful on her wedding day in Beverly Hills.

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A portrait of Cherryl with her parents and sisters in a suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl reads a note card from her groom in an elegant suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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An emotional moment as Cherryl reads a note card from Maxwell in the lead up to their Beverly Hills wedding.

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Cherryl pops a bottle of champagne with her bridesmaids in a suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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A playful shot of Cherryl pretending to drink a whole bottle of champagne in the lead up to her Beverly Hills wedding.

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A portrait of Cherryl looking radiant in her elegant suite at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl’s mom helps to secure her veil as they made their final preparations for the Beverly Hills wedding.

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A portrait of Cherryl standing in the naturally-lit suite window at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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A portrait of Cherryl looking out her suite window at The Beverly Hilton while holding her floral bouquet.

 

Ceremony photos at the Church Of The Good Shepherd:

It was then time for the ceremony to begin, so we made the short drive over to the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills where Cherryl and Maxwell were holding a full Catholic Mass. Cherryl’s family is from the Philippines, so they were also incorporating a few distinctly Filipino elements into the ceremony.

I photographed Maxwell’s reaction as he watched his beautiful bride being escorted down the aisle by her parents, then the moment they gave her away at the altar. Because the Church Of The Good Shepherd has quite strict rules regarding photography, I was limited in where I could shoot from but still managed to capture all the Catholic traditions and rituals as they took place.

After Cherryl and Maxwell’s moms lit the unity candle together, the couple were draped in cords and a veil in what is a Filipino Catholic wedding tradition. They then embrace their family and friends before communion was taken and the bride and her mom offered flowers to Mother Mary. Cherryl and Maxwell were then pronounced “husband and wife”, which they sealed with a kiss before making their recessional walk down the aisle.

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Capturing Maxwell’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl’s parents escort her down the aisle at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl’s parents give her away at the altar to Maxwell during the Church Of The Good Shepherd Catholic ceremony.

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Capturing the reactions of Cherryl and Maxwell, with the bride’s parents in the foreground, during the Church Of The Good Shepherd ceremony.

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A creative shot looking above the congregation as a wedding guest speaks during the Church Of The Good Shepherd ceremony.

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Cherryl and Maxwell exchange vows during their Catholic wedding ceremony at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell’s mothers embrace after lighting the unity candle together at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell are covered by a veil in what is a Filipino Catholic wedding tradition.

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Family and friends come forward to embrace the couple in what is a Filipino Catholic wedding tradition.

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Maxwell embraces his mother-in-law during the Catholic wedding ceremony at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl embraces her father-in-law during the Catholic wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Cherryl and Maxwell’s wedding at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl’s sister drinks communion from a goblet during the Catholic Mass wedding ceremony.

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Cherryl and Maxwell blow on the unity candle during their Catholic wedding ceremony at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell’s family and friends come forward to take communion during the Catholic Mass.

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Cherryl and her mom offer flowers to Mother Mary during the Catholic wedding ceremony.

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Cherryl and Maxwell kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle at the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the newly weds outside the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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A shaft of light illuminates the couple within the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell embrace in the aisle of the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

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A creative portrait of Cherryl and Maxwell looking lovingly into one another’s eyes at the Church Of The Good Shepherd.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Will Rogers Memorial Park:

After the wedding ceremony was complete, I snuck back into the Church Of The Good Shepherd with Cherryl and Maxwell for a few portraits. There was a dramatic beam of light shining into the church that we utilized, as well as capturing some wide-angle portraits in the aisle.

We then made the short drive over to the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills for their wedding portrait session, capturing bridal party portraits and family formals in this green oasis. I photographed Maxwell affectionately kissing Cherryl’s hand and the couple embracing backed by the leafy palms, as well as a shot of the bride leading her groom in front of an ornate fountain.

With their day running ahead of schedule, we decided to take a few more portraits back at The Beverly Hilton, considering we hadn’t had a chance earlier without a first look session. We utilized the elegant hallways and sophisticated lounge areas of this upmarket hotel, as well as taking some portraits in the gardens.

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Maxwell kisses Cherryl’s hand affectionately during their portrait session in Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds during their Will Rogers Memorial Park wedding portrait session.

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A portrait of Cherryl looking absolutely stunning in Beverly Hills’ Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Cherryl and Maxwell embrace beneath a shady tree during their Will Rogers Memorial Park portrait session.

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Cherryl leads Maxwell in front of a fountain during their portrait session in Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Cherryl and Maxwell look into one another’s eyes during their romantic portrait session in Will Rogers Memorial Park.

 

Post-Ceremony Portraits at The Beverly Hilton:

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The newly married couple sit on an elegant white sofa at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a sophisticated portrait of the newly weds at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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A close-up portrait of Cherryl and Maxwell embracing in the gardens of The Beverly Hilton.

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An elegant portrait of the newly married couple in a softly-lit lounge at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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Capturing a loved-up moment between the couple in a white hallway of The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

 

Reception photos at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills:

At around 5pm, it was time for the cocktail hour and reception to kick off, with a live band leading the proceedings for the wedding party at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills. Cherryl and Maxwell performed a really impressive first dance, then settled into their sweetheart table for speeches and toasts from the maid-of-honor, best man, and father-of-the-bride. This was followed by the parental dances and a fun moment as Maxwell and Cherryl’s friends joined them for the “money dance”, showering the groom and bride in dollar bills.

After their cake-cutting ceremony and champagne toast, the newlyweds made a “thank you” speech for their wedding guests and everyone hit the dance floor. I tried to capture all the energy of the night from multiple angles, as well as a playful moment when Maxwell’s friends tackled him to the floor.

Cherryl and Maxwell had ordered in McDonalds as a late-night treat for their guests, so I captured a romantic shot of them feeding one another fries. We finished the evening with a group shot of their wedding party on the dance floor, ending what had been an incredible day.

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A live band performs during Cherryl and Maxwell’s wedding reception at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Maxwell lifts Cherryl into the air during their choreographed first dance at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Capturing the reactions of the newlyweds during the maid-of-honor speech at their Temple Emanuel wedding reception.

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A playful moment as Cherryl’s dad makes a speech during the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills wedding reception.

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Cherryl and her dad perform the father-daughter dance at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills reception.

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Maxwell and his mom perform the mother-son dance during the Beverly Hills wedding celebrations.

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Capturing a fun moment on the dance floor as Maxwell’s friends join him for the money dance.

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Cherryl enjoying the dance floor, surrounded by her family and friends, at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills wedding reception.

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Cherryl and Maxwell make a champagne toast during their cake cutting ceremony at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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The newly married couple make a “thank you” speech to their wedding guests at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Family and friends let loose on the dance floor to celebrate the marriage of Cherryl and Maxwell.

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An elevated view of Cherryl and her friends on the dance floor at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Maxwell’s friends tackle him to the ground during the fun-filled wedding reception at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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An action shot of Cherryl and Maxwell on the dance floor during their glamorous reception at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl surrounded by her female friends on the dance floor at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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A singer from the band joins the wedding guests on the dance floor at the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

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Cherryl and Maxwell feed each other fries after ordering-in McDonalds for their wedding guests.

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A group photo of Cherryl and Maxwell with their wedding guests on the dance floor of the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills.

 

Conclusion:

I want to thank Cherryl and Maxwell for selecting Aevitas Weddings to capture their wedding at Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills and for creating what was such an amazing and stress-free day. I wish them all the best as they return to the Bay Area to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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