Teresa + William [Ayers Hotel Wedding]



The year is drawing to a close, and I'd like to share one more event before I disappear for the holidays.

Most of the weddings I photograph fall on the weekends, but this was a Friday afternoon celebration, and I'm always happy to be flexible and work with a different schedule. Our day started at the home of Teresa's parents for "getting ready" coverage. This is not only a great time to capitalize on capturing impromptu moments between the bride and bridesmaids, but it's also an opportunity to go on a scavenger hunt for all the mementos and flourishes that will play into the day.

After navigating our way through some Friday rush hour traffic, we enjoyed a ceremony at Lawndale Christian Church. I had actually visited the church on my own a couple days prior to scope out the floor plan and lighting, and to see if the church enforced any special instructions for photographers. Sometimes, a church will have very specific guidelines as to how and where a photographer can shoot, and it's important to operate by those rules. Lakewood Church was refreshingly relaxed, and pretty much let me shoot from anywhere (including the balcony), so long as I was unobtrusive.

A reception was held at the Ayers Hotel, Manhattan Beach. This is another one of the places that I've driven past countless times, but had never been inside. Check it out if you have the chance! The interior impresses with a courtyard and big crackling fireplace perfectly suited for this type of late fall wedding. And although autumn weddings often mean shooting portraits after sundown, this location offered plenty of intimately lit nooks in which to shoot in.

Congratulations again, Teresa and William!

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! It's been a fun year!

Wedding Coordination: Monique Aguilar Events