24Mar

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles | Christine and Jin

By, March 24, 2016

Christine and Jin tied the knot at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. This church, which is one of the most spectacular in America, is located just minutes away from downtown LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Interestingly, the sanctuary of the church has been featured in productions such as Mr. Deeds, Spider-Man 2, National Treasure, Ugly Betty, and The West Wing. As a ceremony site, the First Congregational Church was especially appropriate for Christine and Jin, because Christine’s dad is the Pastor :)

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Christine and Jin’s photography timeline included a first look prior to the ceremony. This enabled us to capture Jin’s first reaction to his bride in her wedding dress. While shooting, we made use of a wide-angle lens, allowing us to incorporate details of the building into specific portraits.

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To ensure lots of coverage during the ceremony, given the immensity of the room, we actually had three photographers in action.

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The first photographer was located up front, near the pew, capturing the ceremony up close.

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The second photographer was in the balcony, taking overall photos and overhead views of the guests.

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The third photographer was situated in the back, shooting details like the bride’s dress as she walked down the aisle.

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The newlyweds held their reception at Stuart Hall Gallery, situated on the church grounds. One advantage to having the ceremony and reception on the same property is that attendees are able to mingle right away, enjoy dinner and congratulate the newlyweds.

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For more of Christine and Jin’s beautiful church wedding, please click here.

11Jun

A Wedding Ceremony at Saint Francis Chapel in the Museum of Man

By, June 11, 2012

Located in historic Balboa Park, Saint Francis Chapel is one San Diego’s favorite choices for wedding ceremonies. The Chapel is positioned across the street from the main entrance to the Museum of Man, and is a non-denominational sanctuary. Notable features of this venue include an “old mission” style, and an ornate gold altar.

Honey and Armando, one of our  beautiful couples who exchanged vows at the Chapel, were so sweet and genuine.  They were truly a pleasure to work with.  Below you can see a few of our favorite images from their day, from Honey’s moment of quiet bliss before she entered the Chapel, to the concluding wedding party at the Hard Rock Hotel.

I love this moment of serenity as the beautiful bride gets ready to enter the Chapel. Everything about this image is classic and timeless, like the bride herself.

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In these images, you can tell how much the bride and groom love each other. Their joy and sense of fun really comes through in this shot, and I love how they’re framed by the ornate doors.

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It is so fitting that wedding photos were taken at Balboa Park’s giant tree roots – it’s a perfect metaphor for their new life together. I love the contrast of textures between Honey’s crisp white dress and the gnarly roots.

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Everything about this photo is beautiful: the late afternoon light, the rich colors, the wooden bridge, and of course the lovely couple!

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The whole event was romantic and sweet, from the decorations, to the vows, to the bride and groom themselves. This was such a charming day!

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Church/Temple: Saint Francis Chapel
Photography: True Photography
Musician: Roots Covenant
Lighting and Décor: Mike Fuller Lighting
Jeweler: The Diamond Connection
Hair Stylist: Henna’s Hair Studio
Coordinator: A Diamond Celebration
Bakery: Grove Pastry Shop
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel