Wedding At Vertigo Event Venue

Sep 12, 2017

REBECCA & AREG

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Introduction:

I first met Rebecca and Areg more than a year ago to hear about the plans they had for their Armenian wedding at Vertigo Event Venue. We reconnected again during their e-session in January this year and they were just so easy-going to work with. Both lead busy lives as physicians but were planning to take a break over the Labor Day holiday weekend to celebrate their wedding in true Armenian style.

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An intimate portrait of the bride and groom in Brand Park during their Glendale wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale:

In Armenian tradition, it is customary for the groom to get ready at his parents house, with lots of dancing and festivities. So my second photographer headed over there on the morning of Rebecca and Areg’s wedding to capture all the action. Meanwhile, I was at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale where Rebecca was preparing with her bridesmaids and mom in the luxurious Presidential Suite.

I grabbed some close-up shots and candids as she had the final touches applied to her makeup, as well as a playful shot with her bridesmaids standing in front of their dresses as they all blew kisses. I also captured some special moments with her mom and matron-of-honor, together with her bridesmaids helping to “fluff” her wedding dress and receiving “thank you” gifts from Rebecca.

After taking a few portraits of Rebecca looking absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, the festivities really began with the arrival of Areg and his family. His parents came bearing gifts (including the bride’s shoes in what is an Armenian wedding tradition) and there was plenty of dancing as the two families united.

Then Rebecca emerged from the bedroom for the first look with her groom, which was watched on by their families and bridal party. I captured a candid black and white of the couple as they kissed, then all the energy and celebration as they danced together in this special moment.

After a toast from Areg’s parents, Rebecca returned to her bedroom suite where her brother fitted her shoes and she made her final preparations. She then pinned boutonnieres to the groom and groomsmen’s lapels and I grabbed a playful group shot of the couple kissing while their family and friends covered their eyes.

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A candid shot of Rebecca and her bridesmaids getting ready in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale

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A cute shot of the flower girl admiring the bridal gown and wedding dresses at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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A close-up portrait of Rebecca having the finishing touches done to her makeup as she prepared for her Armenian wedding in Glendale.

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A playful portrait of Rebecca and her bridesmaids blowing kisses in front of their gorgeous wedding dresses.

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Rebecca’s bridesmaids help to add the finishing touches to her bridal attire in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Rebecca’s matron-of-honor helps to secure her necklace as they prepared for the Armenian wedding in Glendale.

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Rebecca’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress in a suite window at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Capturing a special moment between Rebecca and her mom as they prepared for the Glendale wedding.

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Rebecca offers gifts to her bridesmaids in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Rebecca looking absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress as she reads a note card from her groom.

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A portrait of Rebecca looking out her suite window in North Glendale wearing her stunning wedding dress.

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Areg’s parents arrive at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale carrying gifts for the bride.

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The groom dances his way into the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Areg’s family and friends celebrate as the two families unite in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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A creative photo of Areg and his family celebrating in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Capturing a special moment between Rebecca’s mom and her friends as they celebrated at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Areg dancing with one of his groomsmen in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Family and friends celebrate in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale during the Armenian wedding.

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A black and white candid shot of the first look between Rebecca and Areg at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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An action shot of Rebecca and Areg dancing in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton Los Angeles NortAn action shot of Rebecca and Areg dancing in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.h Glendale.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the bride and groom in their hotel suite during the Armenian wedding celebrations.

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Rebecca dancing with her mom in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale during the wedding celebrations.

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A creative shot of the bride and groom dancing with their parents in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Rebecca dancing with her matron-of-honor as they celebrated her Armenian wedding in Glendale.

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A candid shot of the cute flower girl during the Armenian wedding celebrations at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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A candid shot of Areg’s father kissing him on the cheek during the Armenian wedding celebrations.

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An action shot of Rebecca and Areg dancing in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Areg’s parents make a toast to the couple during their first look party at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Capturing the reactions of the bride, groom and mother-of-the-bride as a toast was made.

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Everyone raises their glasses to make a toast to the couple in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Rebecca’s brother fits her wedding shoes in what is an Armenian traditional wedding custom.

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Rebecca’s matron-of-honor helps to fix her veil as they prepared for the traditional Armenian wedding ceremony.

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Rebecca fixes a boutonniere to her groom’s lapel as they prepared for their traditional Armenian wedding ceremony.

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A playful shot of the couple kissing while their family and friends cover they eyes in a suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale.

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Areg escorts his bride from their suite at the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale for the start of their Armenian wedding ceremony.

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Rebecca’s brother playfully blocks Areg with a toy sword to demand money in what is an Armenian wedding tradition.

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The bride and groom depart the Hilton Los Angeles North Glendale for their traditional Armenian wedding.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church:

Rebecca and Areg were holding their wedding ceremony at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church and I captured the groom’s reaction as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle on the arm of her brother. There were warm embraces as he gave her away in this beautifully adorned venue, with dark wooden pews, stained-glass windows and religious paintings on the walls.

The ceremony included traditional Armenian wedding customs, with the couple wearing gold crowns and holding their foreheads together while a cross was placed against them. I captured the reactions of their parents as they watched on, as well as a wide-angle of the couple and the bridal party facing towards the altar.

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Capturing Areg’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale.

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Rebecca’s brother escorts her down the aisle of Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale.

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Rebecca’s brother embraces Areg as he gives his sister away during their Armenian wedding ceremony.

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Rebecca and Areg walk hand-in-hand down the aisle of the Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale.

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Capturing Rebecca and Areg’s reactions during their Armenian wedding at Saint Mary’s Church in Glendale.

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Areg slips a ring onto Rebecca’s finger during their traditional Armenian wedding in Los Angeles.

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Capturing the reactions of Rebecca’s mom and brother during the Armenian wedding in Glendale.

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Rebecca and Areg holds hands in prayer during their wedding ceremony at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Capturing the reactions of Areg’s parents as they watched their son wed at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Rebecca and Areg press their heads against one another in what is an Armenian wedding tradition.

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The priest presents a holy book to the couple during their traditional Armenian wedding in Glendale.

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A cross is placed against the heads of Rebecca and Areg during their traditional Armenian wedding ceremony.

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Areg smiles as the cross is placed against his head during the ceremony at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Rebecca and Areg wear gold crowns as they place their foreheads together in what is an Armenian wedding tradition.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple and their bridal party facing the altar of Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Rebecca and Areg kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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The newly married couple make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle of Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Rebecca and Areg kiss outside the ornate Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Brand Park:

After making their joyous recessional walk down the aisle, I grabbed a portrait of the couple kissing outside Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church before we headed over to nearby Brand Park for their wedding photo session. Here I captured intimate portraits of Rebecca and Areg embracing in this loved-up moment, backed by the lush greenery of the park.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly married couple during their Brand Park wedding portrait session.

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Rebecca and Areg lean in to kiss one another in Brand Park during their Glendale wedding portrait session.

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Rebecca embraces Areg warmly during their Brand Park wedding portrait session in Glendale.

 

Reception photos at Vertigo Event Venue:

Rebecca and Areg kicked off their Armenian wedding reception in style, dancing their way into Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale. They were joined on the dance floor by their family and friends who lifted them onto their shoulders in celebration.

The dance floor action paused for speeches and toasts from those closest to them and I tried to capture the reactions of not only the couple at their sweetheart table, but also their parents. Then Rebecca and Areg returned to the dance floor for a more official first dance, being showered in money by their family and friends in what is an Armenian wedding custom.

They were again joined on the dance floor by their wedding guests to celebrate well into the night and I tried to get in amongst the action and photograph the energy from multiple angles. There was a playful cake cutting ceremony to capture and the bouquet toss, before a blue ribbon was held across the dance floor for some limbo action.

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An action shot of the newly married couple performing their first dance at the Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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A creative shot of Rebecca and Areg dancing with their family and friends during the Vertigo Event Venue wedding reception.

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Areg and one of his groomsmen dance with Rebecca and her mom during the wedding reception at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Areg is lifted onto the shoulders of his friends during the energy-infused Armenian wedding at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Areg dancing with his friends and family at Vertigo Event Venue during the lively Armenian reception.

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Rebecca enjoying the dance floor with her female friends at Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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Rebecca’s matron-of-honor makes a speech during the wedding reception at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Capturing the reactions of Rebecca and Areg at their sweetheart table during the Vertigo Event Venue reception.

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Areg’s parents watch on during speeches and toasts at Vertigo Event Venue to celebrate their son’s marriage.

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Rebecca and Areg share a laugh during a speech by the groom’s sister at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Rebecca’s mom watches on during speeches and toasts at the Vertigo wedding reception in Glendale.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions as Rebecca’s brother makes a speech at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Rebecca and Areg perform their first dance at Vertigo Event Venue to celebrate their Armenian wedding.

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Money is showered over the couple during their first dance in what is an Armenian wedding tradition.

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Areg’s sister and her husband join the couple on the dance floor of Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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Rebecca dancing with one of her family friends during the Armenian wedding celebrations in Glendale.

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A creative action shot of Areg dancing with one of his wedding guests at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Wedding guests letting loose on the dance floor during the Armenian reception at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Rebecca and Areg are lifted onto the shoulders of their family and friends during the Armenian wedding reception.

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Areg and his male friends enjoying the dance floor of Vertigo Event Venue during the Glendale wedding celebrations.

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A wedding guest sheds dollar bills over the dance floor during Rebecca and Areg’s Armenian reception.

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Areg enjoying the dance floor with his mother-in-law at Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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An elevated shot looking across the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue as Rebecca’s mother celebrates.

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Rebecca shares a special moment with two young wedding guests at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Guests enjoying the Armenian celebrations at Vertigo Event Venue during Rebecca and Areg’s Glendale wedding.

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Areg cuddles a very young wedding guest with earphones during his Armenian reception at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Areg’s parents letting loose on the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue during the Armenian wedding party.

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One of the bridesmaids in hysterics as she dances with an elderly wedding guests at Vertigo Event Venue.

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Rebecca smothers Areg’s face in cake during their cake cutting ceremony at Vertigo Event Venue.

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The newly married couple pop a bottle of champagne during their cake cutting ceremony at Vertigo Event Venue.

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An action shot of the bouquet toss during Rebecca’s Armenian wedding reception in Glendale.

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Areg enjoying the dance floor with his sister at Vertigo Event Venue during the Armenian wedding party.

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Rebecca’s mom letting loose on the dance floor with one of the bridesmaids at Vertigo Event Venue.

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An action shot of Areg dancing at Vertigo Event Venue, surrounded by his family and friends.

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Capturing all the energy of the dance floor during Rebecca and Areg’s Armenian wedding reception.

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Rebecca embraces her sister-in-law as they celebrate at Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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Rebecca’s mom limbos on the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue during the lively wedding reception.

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Two wedding guests limbo beneath a blue ribbon during Rebecca and Areg’s reception at Vertigo Event Venue.

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A creative shot as the bride limbos beneath a blue ribbon on the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue.

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An elevated view as Areg’s sister limbos on the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue in Glendale.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between the bride and groom on the dance floor at Vertigo Event Venue.

 

Conclusion:

I want to thank Rebecca and Areg for inviting me to photograph their Armenian wedding at Vertigo Event Venue, with so much love and energy to capture. I know they are off to South Africa next March for a belated honeymoon and I wish them all the happiness as they embark on this new chapter together.

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