Wayfarers Chapel + Long Beach Museum of Art Wedding

 

From the natural beauty of the Wayfarers Chapel to the modern rustic vibe of the Long Beach Museum of Art, these two wonderful people showed all those who attended what love looks like.  

As we (my hubby second shot for me) arrived at the museum, all we could think was 2 things. One, we couldn’t believe this day was finally here. It’s been about a year in the making. Two, we hoped with all our might that Mother Nature would be kind as the gray clouds lingered around us. 

Grant and his groomsmen were the first to arrive. There was definitely lots of excitement, eagerness and a bit of nervousness on Grant’s face. However, we reassured him that everything was going to be just fine and that he needed to take it all in and enjoy. And when the beautiful bride Carol and her girls arrived, I told her the exact same thing. 

During the hustle and bustle of getting ready at the museum, I loved that Carol and Grant each took a moment to read letters that they had each written to one another. Cue the first set of tears of the day (including myself). As Grant sat by the window reading his love's words, Carol also did the same in the building next to him. The moment to see each was quickly approaching. Grant's sisters and mom were there to help him get ready to see his lovely bride. His mom radiated with such pride and joy looking at her handsome son. It's safe to say that Grant's beloved dad, was doing the same from another special place. 

The next set of tears came with the first look between Carol and her dad. As her sweet mom went to prep Carol’s dad, I snapped a few photos of Carol and her bridesmaids in their gorgeous purple eggplant flowy dresses. They were the perfect compliment to Carol’s amazing lace and chiffon dress that was suitable for a princess. The time was here for her dad and soon-to-be husband to see the beautiful bride. 

As she walked down the staircase, I waited outside with her dad who was eager to see his little girl. Carol’s faced beamed with joy. I couldn’t hold back the tears during the father/daughter first look. They embraced each other with such love and I could also see tears rolling down mom’s cheeks in the background. After we all dried our tears it was time to hide the bride once more so that she could have the first look with her handsome groom, Grant. 

Oh boy, if you thought a daddy/daughter first look was tearful, this bride and groom first look was even more so. My husband took his position in front of Grant, prepping him to see his gorgeous bride. You could see the emotions building with their family and friends that quietly peeked through windows. As Carol once again came down the stairs, she eagerly approached Grant. Cue the tears for the 3rd time! Grant turned around and was taken aback with how lovely and beautiful Carol looked. With tears filling his eyes that in just 2 more hours he would soon be able to call Carol his wife. They wrapped each other with such a warm embrace telling each other how much today means to them. I couldn’t help but remember my own wedding day where we were able to celebrate our love with our own family and friends. Cue more tears. But I had to get it together, as this was Carol and Grant’s big day.  

Shortly after, we all headed over to along the the amazing Wayfarers Chapel along the picturesque Highway 1 . If you haven’t had a chance to see yet, I highly recommend a visit. Before meeting Carol and Grant, I had never heard of this place. The chapel has this almost fantasy-like feeling to it, surrounded by majestic tall trees, a colorful garden and a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean. These East Coast sweethearts were finally able to celebrate their own love for one another surrounded by friends and family beneath the canopy of coastal redwoods that peered through the glass walls of the chapel. When the pastor finally announced those special words, Carol and Grant shared their first kiss  as husband and wife. The joy and excitement filled the chapel, and more tears of course. I loved Grant’s smile as he walked with his wife down the aisle. Their new chapter was just about to begin.  

Back at the  Long Beach Museum of Art, toasts from friends shared fond memories of the married couple, glasses clanged and laughter reverberated through the wood-paneled dining areas in Claire’s at the Museum.  Then the music started and everyone hit the dance floor.

Suffice to say, it was an amazing day.  Carol and Grant, thank you so much for allowing us the honor of capturing your special day, and for being able to call you friends. Cheers to you both for a long, happy, healthy and love-filled marriage. Looking forward to being your family photographer next, but I’ll wait patiently. :-) 

Warmest Wishes, 

Patricia

Ceremony Venue | Wayfarers Chapel

Reception Venue + Catering | Long Beach Museum of Art

Florals | Peonies and Petals Designs

Cake | Torrance Bakery

Dress | Christina Wu Brides | Strut Bridal Salon

Hair & Make Up | Face It Sugar

DJ | Amazing Event DJs

Invitations | Minted

 

 

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