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Chuck & Emily’s Chic Hotel Maya Wedding

I’ve been to a lot of hotel weddings at this point in my career.  There are so many hotels out there offering such a perfect blank slate so you can create your beautiful wedding.  I have to admit though, there’s one that has captured my heart above all others.  Hotel Maya.  I’m madly in love with it.  Seriously, I kinda wish it was somewhere farther so I could have a reason to stay there while on vacation or something but its home, in Long Beach, is practically my backyard.  Thankfully, I have another reason to frequent the Hotel Maya!  It’s one of my most favorite wedding venues EVER.  No, really, ever.  There are so many amazing nooks and crannies in this place and I don’t think I’d ever tire of it.  It’s modern and funky with a touch of Latin flava.  Needless to say, I was super excited to have the chance to shoot Chuck & Emily’s charming, modern wedding at the Maya.  Here’s my rendition of their beautiful day.

I spent a little time with the groom at his home before we all headed to the hotel and I couldn’t resist a minimalist shot of some of his mid century modern home decor.  This is a man after my own heart.  By far, the best decorated bachelor pad I have encountered.  The feminine touch with the flowers proves that it’s all ready for Emily to make it her home as well.

Love these cuff links!

Chuck is a ridiculously nice guy.  In fact, everyone at this entire wedding was ridiculously nice!

Sometimes I feel a little like MacGyver as a photographer.  Bookends, a wooden placemat and a lint roller made this next shot possible.  I love ring shots more and more all the time.  I think it’s because it’s one of those little moments I can really get creative, any which way I want.  I never want to do the same thing twice if I can avoid it.  This one was really fun and unique.

The grey suit was a perfect compliment to the pink & green.  I love the boys in grey at weddings.

The first look.  I love these.  Weddings with first looks seriously go by so much smoother than those without and the moments are so full of love and excitement that they just melt my heart.

Showtime!

Emily has such a pretty smile.

I’ll bet you can guess what I’ll show you next…more photos!

This is one of my favorites from the day.

Another fave.  The Maya’s lobby has this cool geometrical pattern of windows, some of which are pink so that pink spot on the left is the sun shining through one of those windows and I kind of love it.

I’m obsessed with this yellow wall.  I want to put it in my pocket and have it for always.

Peonies are amazing.  I’m a fan.

I want this wall in my future house one day.  Then, I want to print out this picture of this wall and hang it on the wall.  I love it!

Have you ever seen a cooler hotel lobby?  I think not.  Plus, the staff is crazy nice!

Even the floors are cool-lookin’!  Especially with Emily’s sassy little Badgley Mischka wedges!

Chuck and Emily had some truly amazing details.  I’m still in love with the menu and their use of birdcages.  Actually, I think I loved everything they did.  I never thoughts I’d be so into a pink & green palette but they really made it work better than I could have imagined!

Love. This. Cake. Love.

Seriously, these are just a few more examples of all the amazingness.  I love everything about this decor.  I even had those paper straws at my wedding!

I can’t leave you without a few sweet shots of Chuck & Emily’s first dance.  They were all smiles until the very end of the night.  That’s exactly what your wedding should be!  Even I went home still smiling : )

Thanks to Amanda Patrice for bringing me along to this beautiful wedding!  And to the rest of the talented folks who made this day perfect:
Videography: Peter Chang www.studio205films.com  
Cake: Rossmoor Pastries www.rossmoorpastries.com
Hair and Makeup: Karen Lee www.makeupbykarenlee.com
DJ: Kepner Ceballos www.djsurreal.com
Florist: City of Commerce Flowers www.commerceflowers.com
Officiant: Fr. Mike Gleeson
Site coordinator: Karen Young
First dance song: Walking After You by the Foo Fighters

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