Wedding Photography LAdigitalPhoto - Life Event Photography by Tom Keene ©
Wedding Ceremony Location - Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA
Now, I have to start by saying it has been quite a while since I was going to shoot a full 8 hour day. So many have opted to downsize their wedding days, invite less guests or have to contend with family from out of town who just won't make the trip. I get it, it is a sign of the times for many. But not for Monica and Simon. Even up to the last few days they opted to extend the day from 8 to 10 hours and on the day of we ended up going 11 hours+. With photo booth and video coverage, it was a well captured event. Today is December 15, 2023 and I just finished the editing for the photos. Video will be completed next year, sounds bad but 2-3 months is normal.
Arriving at Monica's getting ready location, I was greated by her great smile. Her mom got me set up with her dress and details shot.
Last minute touch ups and Monica was done, almost. We needed her to get her fit for her gorgeous head piece too.
There is that smile I was talking about. The weight of the day can be a lot and I kept reminding her to smile. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and forget you are the star of the day as a bride.
Just some last second adjustments and we were off to the church that was only 15 miles away I think but going through LA thats a 40 minute drive. They hired a vintage Rolls Royce so at least she had a nice trip there.
Now I have not been to this church since my mom's funeral, 12 years ago, yes small world. But today we were here to celebrate the beginning of a couple's new beginning and it was just beautiful.
Check out Simon and his mother and grandmother. Simon was looking good too. He looked up to the cross as he walked in. You are in good hands Simon!
Now the moment he had been waiting for.... Moncia was processing down the aisle.
Churches can often be hard to capture, with all the stained glass. Luckily the church as well lit and consistantly lit with the same color lights. Made Monica and her parents shine among their guests.
I ran to the back and up the stairs to make sure I had this shot for them from the balcony.
Monica's veil was one of the longest I have seen in years, nearly 10 years that I can remember. It was a perfect match to her dress and a nice contrast to Simon's traditional suit.
Now for those of you who have gotten married before, this may encapsolate the entire wedding day for many. So much happens, so fast and it is really hard to take it all in. This is the first time I have captured a shot in my 21 years as a photographer at a church during a ceremony, but I don't think it will be my last.
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