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Wayfarers Chapel Wedding Photos | Rancho Palos Verdes Photographer | Hazel + David

As I’ve been catching up on all my blogs, Hazel and David’s Wayfarers Chapel wedding photos have been high on my priority list. Because my mum’s best friend was married at Wayfarers Chapel, I’ve long heard tale of how beautiful it is: high Rancho Palos Verdes cliffs overlooking the aqua sea, lush gardens with flowers seemingly perpetually in bloom, and no tale of the chapel would be complete without mention of those gorgeous trees whose fingers reach out toward each other, creating one of the most incredible landscape entrances to be found at any venue in California.

Wayfarers Chapel Wedding Photos

I’ve known Hazel for nearly ages, so when David proposed, I was absolutely tickled to be contacted by Carla, Hazel’s sister, about shooting the wedding. What I couldn’t have even begun to anticipate was that Hazel and David were getting married at Wayfarers Chapel, and that all the stories I’d heard for decades wouldn’t stand up to the actual real-life beauty of the place.

We started off the day getting ready at the Embassy Suites of Downey, which had actually just been renovated. As we walked through the lobby, I knew it was the perfect spot for their first look! Hazel had all kinds of beautiful details (including her blingin’ ring, which you may remember from their Huntington Beach engagement photos), and a princess-style wedding dress that was just perfect for her, and for Wayfarers Chapel.

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I totally loved the light for David’s getting ready photos! Often, we end up staging the groom getting ready photos because of the timeline, but with everyone getting ready all together (and miraculously not seeing each other!) in the same room, it was perfect and we were able to capture this just perfectly.

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Despite being a crazy hot June day, the girls were such good sports during their own getting ready photos… though, I’ll be honest, we may have been using the hair dryer from the room to keep air flowing.

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Hazel’s girls took such good care of her! It was so fun to watch them getting her ready on her wedding day.

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Inside Wayfarers Chapel, I was surprised that the place was even more beautiful than in pictures–totally worth the wait!

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Also no surprise, Wayfarers Chapel wedding photos = GORGEOUSNESS!! Every square inch of the grounds is totally picturesque.

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Hazel and David, I loved being a part of your wedding story at Wayfarers Chapel. You two were an absolute dream to work with! Getting these photos up is much belated, but I’m happy to be able to wish you a lovely first anniversary!

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