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The Grand Wedding Photos | Long Beach Photographer | Martha + Jason

This story is long overdue, and I’ve been dying to share Martha and Jason’s The Grand wedding photos with you for almost a year now. (You can make fun of my terrible blogging habits later; this is about an amazing couple right now.) Where do I even start in telling Martha and Jason’s wedding story? To call every detail beautiful seems both an understatement and unimportant when showcased beside their love.

I had the pleasure of working with Jason for a year, and he quickly became my work BFF, thanks to his humour, kindness, and mad skillz. When it came time to meet Martha and chat about their wedding photography, I honestly wasn’t sure that there could be a girl out there to match him… but man. If anything, she topped him in every category mentioned (and then some).

On to the story of the day!

Long Beach Wedding Photos

Martha had the most eye-popping gorgeous details! It was hard to tear ourselves away to do Martha’s getting ready photos!

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Rancho Los Alamitos Wedding Photos

After getting ready at the hotel, we moved to Rancho Los Alamitos for their first look, romantic bride and groom photos, and wedding party photos. I’d only checked this place out online, and couldn’t find any Rancho Los Alamitos wedding photos to get a feel for the place, so I wasn’t sure what I was walking into before we arrived. But wowza! I honestly don’t think I could ask for a more gorgeous location for wedding photos, and wish I could start all my weddings there!

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Martha had a wedding gift planned for Jason, and we found the perfect spot at Rancho Los Alamitos for her to deliver it to him. Jason absolutely loved his new watch, and though before he had it, we didn’t think he could look any snazzier, he certainly proved us wrong.

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This wedding party was SO much fun and super easy to work with! Plus, they looked amazing with Rancho Los Alamitos as their backdrop. (I wish I could do photos there every day!) Actually, I think they just look this good all the time.

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The Grand Wedding Photos

After doing Rancho Los Alamitos wedding photos, we headed over to The Grand in Long Beach to get ready for the ceremony and reception. Everything was set up beautifully, thanks to the hard work of the coordinator and florist, Fascinare Floral & Events.

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These two had a beautiful ceremony! The Grand’s patio was such a lovely ceremony spot (and right off the Palm Ballroom, where the reception was being held).

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The toasts given by Martha and Jason’s maid of honour and best man were beautiful! Jason’s brother, Terry, definitely made everyone laugh… and Jason tear up, too. It really was a sweet part of dinner.

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Martha and Jason’s wedding day will go down in infamy as one of the best dance parties I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending! They had a spectacular DJ, A-Dub, who managed to get everyone on the dance floor, having fun!

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At the end of the night, everyone headed out to the lawn behind The Grand to send off lanterns… which turned out to be quite the adventure! Several of the lanterns didn’t quite take off the way we’d all hoped, and even came close to landing in flammable areas. However, for those that did manage to get up in the air, it was a beautiful moment as we watched them float away.

sky lantern release - wedding reception photos at the grand in long beach - the grand wedding photosMartha and Jason, I don’t know how to express my gratitude for including me in your wedding day. From the very first moment of Martha’s getting ready to almost lighting The Grand (and half of Long Beach) on fire with your lanterns, your story continues to be one of my favourites, one of the most beautiful days I’ve been a part of, and one which I’ll remember for decades to come.

To see more of Martha and Jason’s The Grand Long Beach wedding photos, click here for the full gallery.

Special thanks to the amazing team of vendors who brought Martha and Jason’s wedding day vision to life!

wedding photos location: Rancho Los Alamitos || wedding venue: The Grand Long Beach || wedding coordinator & florist: Fascinare Floral & Events || hair: Olivia Tenare || makeup: friend of the bride || wedding ceremony solo guitarist: Kevin Krieg || dj: DJ A-Dub || officiant: Chris at Your Custom Ceremony || cake: Torrance Bakery || mariachi wedding band: Mariachi Los Imperiales

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