Stephanie + Richard Wedding: Wayfarer's Chapel

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I had just started getting in my groove when Stephanie asked me if I wanted a glass of water.  Before I could give her my answer, she darted across the lively bridesmaids-and-family-filled room in her sweatpants and beautifully crafted wedding hair, handed me a cup of water, and smiled.  This is Stephanie--a stunningly gorgeous woman, a doting mother to her 2-year-old daughter, Emma, and a sweet-loving, compassionate human being to all.  And Richard?  As soon as you meet him the world makes complete sense and it's evident that he is the perfect other half to her whole heart. 

These two are far from being an ordinary pair.  Richard is a professional race car driver and it was through the pursuit of his dreams where he unexpectedly met the woman who built him a foundation of new dreams.  Though they had planned to wed earlier, they were unexpectedly gifted with life's greatest miracle--sweet little Emma.  Emma came into their lives and the love between the two grew more than they ever thought possible.

Just when we thought we couldn’t love each other any more, seeing each other become parents made our love and respect for one another grow so immensely.
— Stephanie

Stephanie + Richard, thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture so many powerful moments.  It's evident that you both give to others and care beyond yourselves but it was so beautiful to witness the two of you surrounded by the power of love.  I can't wait to see what the future holds for people as amazing as the two of you. 

They had such classy and elegant invitations I had to bring out my ribbon spool. And those rings!

They had such classy and elegant invitations I had to bring out my ribbon spool. And those rings!

This dress, the shoes, the location--amazing!  This was my first time shooting at The Portofino's and I would recommend it to any soon-to-be-wed'ers!

This dress, the shoes, the location--amazing!  This was my first time shooting at The Portofino's and I would recommend it to any soon-to-be-wed'ers!

She wasn't even fully "done" yet here but she still looked so gorgeous.

She wasn't even fully "done" yet here but she still looked so gorgeous.

I saw this card tucked in her binder and I knew I had to get a shot of it

I saw this card tucked in her binder and I knew I had to get a shot of it

Fireballin' it up.  Doesn't this make you want to be her best friend?

Fireballin' it up.  Doesn't this make you want to be her best friend?

Her darling Emma posing for me as aunties help get her into this adorable little dress

Her darling Emma posing for me as aunties help get her into this adorable little dress

Pretty perfect and ready for the ceremony

Pretty perfect and ready for the ceremony

Meanwhile, this studly husband-to-be patiently waited for his lady to walk down the aisle

Meanwhile, this studly husband-to-be patiently waited for his lady to walk down the aisle

Too much studly-ness in one photo. 

Too much studly-ness in one photo. 

These shoes are really so awesome

These shoes are really so awesome

Love this shot of the bridesmaids and glass chapel in the background

Love this shot of the bridesmaids and glass chapel in the background

Look at how confident and adorable Emma is--the perfect flower girl.

Look at how confident and adorable Emma is--the perfect flower girl.

Dad walking his daughter towards her soon-to-be-hubs

Dad walking his daughter towards her soon-to-be-hubs

Beautiful and funny moment

Beautiful and funny moment

I feel you girl.  WOOHOO! Husband + Wife.

I feel you girl.  WOOHOO! Husband + Wife.

Her outer beauty is evident but her heart and soul is most beautiful

Her outer beauty is evident but her heart and soul is most beautiful

One of my favorite images of Stephanie. 

One of my favorite images of Stephanie. 

My favorite image of the two...hands down

My favorite image of the two...hands down

So happy to be husband + wife

So happy to be husband + wife

black and white explained this moment perfectly

black and white explained this moment perfectly

This professional race car driver did not disappoint with their get-away vehicle selection

This professional race car driver did not disappoint with their get-away vehicle selection

What a beauty.  Loud as hell but so so so perfect.

What a beauty.  Loud as hell but so so so perfect.

The couple had their reception at Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach.  These thin and flow-ey drapes created a very romantic setting and I knew I had to tuck them in there to get this romantic shot.

The couple had their reception at Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach.  These thin and flow-ey drapes created a very romantic setting and I knew I had to tuck them in there to get this romantic shot.

To be quite honest, I was inspired by Pearl Harbor's romantic hangar scene :)

To be quite honest, I was inspired by Pearl Harbor's romantic hangar scene :)

Capturing the details of her wedding dress

Capturing the details of her wedding dress

Such a fun bridal party

Such a fun bridal party

My second shooter, Alex, caught this gorgeous sunset view from the reception at Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach

My second shooter, Alex, caught this gorgeous sunset view from the reception at Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach

The DJs were killin' it!

The DJs were killin' it!

Father and daughter dance.  As you can see, dad's shoes were lit.

Father and daughter dance.  As you can see, dad's shoes were lit.

First dance as husband + wife.  Another perfect moment captured.

First dance as husband + wife.  Another perfect moment captured.

Father and daughter...so precious <3

Father and daughter...so precious <3

Mother + Son dance

Mother + Son dance

Stephanie + Richard surprised her sister, Andrea and her husband, Ryan, with their special song, "At Last" for their 16th Anniversary.  What a beautiful night for so many versions of love.  Happy anniversary, Andrea + Ryan.  Wishing you both life long happiness in life and in your beautiful marriage. 

Stephanie + Richard surprised her sister, Andrea and her husband, Ryan, with their special song, "At Last" for their 16th Anniversary.  What a beautiful night for so many versions of love.  Happy anniversary, Andrea + Ryan.  Wishing you both life long happiness in life and in your beautiful marriage. 

Their guests were so much fun on the dance floor.

Their guests were so much fun on the dance floor.

Yup.  That looks fun.

Yup.  That looks fun.

These little ones went on all night long!  How did they have so much energy?!

These little ones went on all night long!  How did they have so much energy?!

Why I love being a photographer: there are so many versions of love and witnessing them fills my heart + soul with more happiness than I can handle.  My inspiration everyday as a photographer.

Why I love being a photographer: there are so many versions of love and witnessing them fills my heart + soul with more happiness than I can handle.  My inspiration everyday as a photographer.

Love everyone's reaction here.  DJ must've turned on a really great song!

Love everyone's reaction here.  DJ must've turned on a really great song!

I might've been shaking my little butt from the other side of the lens... :)

I might've been shaking my little butt from the other side of the lens... :)

This beautiful cake created by Torrance Bakery

This beautiful cake created by Torrance Bakery

So so perfect.

So so perfect.