Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Congratulations Christina & Zander!

Santa Monica, California
The one word that sums up Christina and Zander best is Fun (with a capital f). Their beautiful and elegant sunset ceremony at Shutters on the Beach was punctuated with laughter from the couple and their guests. What a great way to start a marriage!

Santa Monica wedding photographer

I start the day taking some photos of the couple getting ready in their gorgeous suite in Shutters. Christina is a picture of calm.


She's also ready early. Final lipstick touch-up by make-up artist extraordinaire Poneh Kamrani.


Quick shots of the rings...



Dress and suit jacket


It's go-time. Christina puts on her gown.


Last-minute phone call.


One of the bridesmaids sprays the bride's hair one last time.


A spritz of perfume.


Almost ready...


I love Christina's hair!!!


Zander is running a little bit behind...


He brought their dog Einstein for some photos.


The groom gets ready in a jiffy.



Almost time for the ceremony!


The bride is ready...


Both Christina and her dad fight off the tears.



Walking down the aisle...


One of the couple's friends performs the ceremony. He tells everyone how Christina and Zander met years ago and slowly became friends. They started dating but for years there was no proposal. At one point the officiant asks the guests who thought the couple would never get married - and most of the guests, as well as the bride, raise their hand.



The bride is so radiant.


The sun is setting quickly which always presents a photographic challenge.


The bride and groom laugh with each other...


...and with their guests.


The Rings


Christina can't contain her excitement...


and neither can Zander!


The sun's last rays shine through.


The Kiss


More Kiss


Michael does a great job getting this wide shot of the couple's first kiss.


Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.



One last kiss before the party starts...

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