This has been one of my favorite weddings. A garden wedding will almost always take the cake for me. It started mid-day and it was very sunny but still beautiful. Birds chirped during the ceremony. Erica's wedding dress was one passed down to her from her grandmother, and it was worn by her mother on her wedding day. The wedding day was sentimental and sweet from the very beginning. Erica's shoes were also pink! That alone was such a beautiful little detail that you don't normally see.
South Coast Botanic Garden Ceremony & Elk's Lodge Reception
The Garden Wedding started in the South Coast Botanic Garden Amphitheater. To the natural sounds that emit from the garden, the ceremony took place. Ideally, the ceremony would begin about an hour or 1.5hrs before sunset time (exact time of course will change depending on the season). Although it was still beautiful, during this day the ceremony started mid-day causing a harsh sunlight on the couple and dark shadows on the guests.
After the ceremony, we photographed the bride and groom portraits in the surrounding garden, we utilized pockets of shadows.
After the ceremony and portraits, we headed to Elk's Lodge for the reception.
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And if you like gardens, check out a this other garden wedding in the Arlington Arboretum in Pasadena, click here! That wedding's ceremony also took place in the nature-filled area while the reception took place elsewhere, in a Los Angeles backyard.
You can't go wrong with a wedding in a garden. I can't think of a more peaceful place. If you'd like me to photograph your beautiful garden wedding, reach out and let's make it happen. I truly cannot wait to do so.
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