Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Church Wedding

Lomita, California
Claudia and Tony were married at the beautiful St. Mary Margaret Church. Here the beaming bride is surrounded by a bustle of activity around her.

Wedding in church in Los Angeles

Claudia's mom gives her the blessing.

As I waited with the bride, Michael took these photos of the cute flowergirls and handsome ringbearer walking down the aisle.

Claudia's mom and brother walk her down the aisle.

I love this photo of Claudia.

The flowergirls sit quietly next to the maid of honor.

Claudia and Tony had a traditional full Catholic mass which included readings,

the gospel, and homily.

Then came the vows.

Tony looks so serious...

as does his new brother-in-law.

The rings...

and the curious ringbearer.

The lighting of the unity candle

The lazo

The priest blesses the wine for the Eucharist.

Everyone held hands during the Lord's Prayer.

Tony's mom gives him a big hug during the Sign of Peace.

The priest gives communion.

Claudia says a prayer to the Virgin Mary after presenting her with flowers.

Then all the guests pray for the couple.

The kiss

The newlyweds walk joyously down the aisle in a photo taken by Michael.

Tony looks like he's sighing with relief.

The Happy Couple


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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sailor Takes a Wife

Mission Viejo, California
I'm designing an album for Ashley and Brian. They said their vows at Mount of Olives Church, where they met, in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends. I thought I'd share some of my favorites from their day, like this moment after the ceremony when they didn't know I was looking.

I shot a few getting ready photos. Ashley looks so serious as her sister helps her put on her grandmother's necklace.

The lovely bride holds the flowergirl's hand as they walk into the church.

Ashley and her dad share a laugh before they walk down the aisle.

The groomsmen and bridesmaids all look lost in thought and a bit nervous right before the processional.

Here comes the bride!

Michael took this awesome photo from the balcony.

There was no flash photography allowed during the ceremony, but the church did have spotlights around the altar.

One of the messages I took away from the minister's words on marriage was about service. The Bible talks about serving the Lord. The minister suggested we ask ourselves how to be of service to our spouses.

The Vows...

The Rings...

And of course - The Kiss.

Brian is smiling in every photo. He is one happy groom!

Some of my favorite moments are after the ceremony when everyone wishes the couple well.

Brian gives a smooch to his grandma.

Brian's brother and best man is very wise for his years, but he's still his mom's baby.

The bridal party chat with the bride and groom.

Brian's brother borrowed his sailor hat. It looks like a good fit!

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