Vanessa + Anthony Wedding: Wayfarer's Chapel & El Dorado in Long Beach, CA

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The mother's stood silently over Vanessa + Anthony as they gently looped a large lasso of rosary beads shaped in a figure eight gently around each neck.  The lasso, or el lazo, was symbolic of their love which binds the couple today and everyday as they equally share the responsibilities of marriage for the rest of their lives together. 

This was my first Hispanic wedding and what I witnessed between Vanessa, Anthony, family, friends, and their culture really resonated with me.  Vanessa and Anthony warned me and never failed to remind me of how big and chaotic their family would be.  They were right.  The family & guests were large in numbers.  And the wedding from beginning to end, was in fact, chaotic.  BUT it wasn't the kind of chaos you wanted to run from but the one that you wanted to run towards.  It was the kind of chaos that showed me just how remarkable and loved these two really were/are. 

Thank you so much, Vanessa and Anthony, for giving me the opportunity to capture the special bond between the two of you and your families. Thank you for allowing me to photograph the memories of gathered good hearts.  What a beautiful reminder for the rest of us of how important it is to embrace who you are, where you come from, and who you surround yourself with.  Wishing you two and your families a happy ever after.

Every wedding dress I see blows me away.  This one chose the bride's body and style ever so perfectly.

Every wedding dress I see blows me away.  This one chose the bride's body and style ever so perfectly.

Metallic shoes--so so perfect. 

Metallic shoes--so so perfect. 

Loved her bohemian-vintage-glam bridal look.

Loved her bohemian-vintage-glam bridal look.

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We joked about how she had so many of these buttons ALL OVER her dress.  While it added the perfect touch to her overall look, it took some time to button up.  And her sweet bestie buttoned up every. single. one. 

We joked about how she had so many of these buttons ALL OVER her dress.  While it added the perfect touch to her overall look, it took some time to button up.  And her sweet bestie buttoned up every. single. one. 

She took our breathe away.  All of it.

She took our breathe away.  All of it.

And the groom?  Equally as beautiful. 

And the groom?  Equally as beautiful. 

Anthony is either a natural or he did a little research on 'How-to-pose-for-wedding-photography'.  I hardly had to direct him!

Anthony is either a natural or he did a little research on 'How-to-pose-for-wedding-photography'.  I hardly had to direct him!

Their grandmother who recently passed (pictured in locket) was with them throughout the entire wedding.  Without a doubt, her heart was so full and happy.

Their grandmother who recently passed (pictured in locket) was with them throughout the entire wedding.  Without a doubt, her heart was so full and happy.

Isn't it so obvious they are all brothers?  They share the same beautiful, warm-friendly smile.

Isn't it so obvious they are all brothers?  They share the same beautiful, warm-friendly smile.

I was so obsessed with her style so a portrait of her, and just her, was absolutely necessary!

I was so obsessed with her style so a portrait of her, and just her, was absolutely necessary!

These flower girls were so so precious.

These flower girls were so so precious.

I mean...how freaking adorable?!

I mean...how freaking adorable?!

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Okay...cue the waterworks.

Okay...cue the waterworks.

the mother's carrying out the el lazo tradition.  I loved this so much.

the mother's carrying out the el lazo tradition.  I loved this so much.

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Immediately after the ceremony, we focused on the bride + groom.

Immediately after the ceremony, we focused on the bride + groom.

And we had to be sure to capture the back of this gorgeous dress.

And we had to be sure to capture the back of this gorgeous dress.

I caught them in a real moment of celebration. I think they realized what they just did. :)

I caught them in a real moment of celebration. I think they realized what they just did. :)

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The garden right behind the chapel blooms the most beautiful flowers.  Perfect touch to a perfect celebration.

The garden right behind the chapel blooms the most beautiful flowers.  Perfect touch to a perfect celebration.

In love with their love!

In love with their love!

Immediately after photos we headed over to El Dorado Golf Club in Long Beach, CA

Immediately after photos we headed over to El Dorado Golf Club in Long Beach, CA

Every little detail of the wedding was so perfect!  It was evident they both put a lot of work into making it was beautiful as it was.

Every little detail of the wedding was so perfect!  It was evident they both put a lot of work into making it was beautiful as it was.

The sugar-station and I couldn't get enough of!  Good thing I wasn't a guest.

The sugar-station and I couldn't get enough of!  Good thing I wasn't a guest.

Welcoming the bride and groom to the reception!

Welcoming the bride and groom to the reception!

The Mr. and Mrs. table

The Mr. and Mrs. table

Sometimes, the reception lighting can create unpleasant colors and shadows.  This reception lighting created a romantic glow so I decided to forego my off-camera flash equipment.

Sometimes, the reception lighting can create unpleasant colors and shadows.  This reception lighting created a romantic glow so I decided to forego my off-camera flash equipment.

I love this moment so much because everything about it is so real!

I love this moment so much because everything about it is so real!

The two honored those that couldn't be there.  I loved this so much.

The two honored those that couldn't be there.  I loved this so much.

I knew these two were pretty cool people but when I saw their coffee station I thought...damn, they're really really cool.

I knew these two were pretty cool people but when I saw their coffee station I thought...damn, they're really really cool.

I just can't get enough. AH!

I just can't get enough. AH!

Venue: Wayfarer's Chapel in Palos Verdes, California
Reception: El Dorado Park & Golf Club