Bell + Jose at St. Elizabeth’s Church | Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

Every once in awhile, there’s one of those weddings that’s just… special.  This was one of them, in every way you can imagine.  Bell & Jose are one of the nicest, most genuine couples I’ve ever met — one of those times where as soon as I met them, I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding.

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Both Bell & Jose wanted a retro feel to their wedding, which suited Bell perfectly since she already looks like a classic Hollywood movie star.  To complete the theme, Jose’s uncle provided a vintage Chrysler.

Venue:  St. Elizabeth’s Church in Pasadena (wedding portraits at Pasadena City Hall)
Bride’s Gown: Morilee
Makeup: Bioanca Robinson
Hair:  Berenice van Gaalen
Shoes: Jennifer Lopez
Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

As always, the day started with the bride and her maids getting ready.

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While Jose and his guys got ready elsewhere…

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While Bell finished getting ready, we did some portraits of Jose…

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And then some retro-inspired formal portraits of the bride…

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Bell and Jose elected not to do a First Look, so next it was on to St. Elizabeth’s for a formal Catholic ceremony (I just love those!)…

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After the ceremony, lots of hugs on the church steps for the new Mr. and Mrs. Perez…

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While the guests went on to the cocktail hour, the bride and groom left in their classic Chrysler for wedding portraits. I just love this photo — it looks like a classic Hollywood studio publicity shot from the ’50s…

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And on to Pasadena City Hall for wedding portraits, which perfectly suited Bell and Jose’s retro theme…

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Time for the reception at Le Foyer…

Cake: Merengue Bakery
Candy bar: Gladys and Martha Huezo

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And a romantic First Dance…

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Time to celebrate!

Band: La Sornora Tropical
D.J: Sergio Fonseca

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Perez!