Jeff and Gilda celebrated their wedding at The Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Aka: The Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach. It was really fun putting this blog together as I remembered and relived the wonderful wedding day that Jeff and Gilda had. As I looked through the wedding photographs and painstakingly selected each wedding photograph to be used, I found myself smiling, laughing and sometimes welling up with tears as I reflected on what a beautiful, sincere and touching love that these two have for each other. I was also touched by just how sweet and kind Jeff and Gilda are. They are just great people. Just another reason why I have one of the best jobs in the world as wedding photographer!
The beautiful wedding morning started bright and early with Gilda and the girls at the the Portofino as the girls got ready. As usual I started with the detail shots. What a beautiful wedding dress and the rings were gorgeous as well! For anyone considering getting married at the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club, it is a great wedding venue! I am so glad to often be a Portofino wedding photographer so often!
The Portofino Hotel and Yacht club is refined, classy and beautiful. I get excited for every wedding I have at the Portofino because it is such a great wedding venue.
Ida of Ida Gardner Events did a fabulous job with the wedding planning! She is a great wedding coordinator!
Yes, that is a wedding ring on ice! It’s always fun to experiment with new ideas and textures to serve as a backdrop for the wedding rings.
Jeff and Gilda had a first look before the ceremony. I scouted the Portofino for a good location for that time of the day and we went for it! It’s always one of my favorite times to witness the lovely couple see each other for the first time on their wedding day!
I love capturing moments such as the one above. It was a candid real moment of celebration between Gilda and her family after the wedding ceremony – everyone was so happy for each other and the beautiful love witnessed during the ceremony. Just a beautiful and heart touching moment.
As you can see Jeff and Gilda’s first dance was filled with joy and lots of great emotion!
Two other wonderfully special parts of the reception were when Gilda’s neice sang a special song for her and Jeff. Wow…this girl can sing! I would not be surprised at all if you see her in the future “making it big”. Not that she needs to “make it big”. But with talent like she has, there is no doubt it would be possible. The other special time came with a Thai water pouring ceremony where guests pour water over the couples hands and offer them some special words of advice, blessing or love to go along with it. Really sweet!
The reception was so fun and the dancing was “off the hook”. There were so many more pictures that I feel bad for not including, but time and space for this blog are limited. These are just the highlights. What a fun time. I wish I could go back and experience it all over again. A lot of grooms don’t really dance much. However, Jeff is a different story. He tore up the dance floor and I have to admit I had a smile from ear to ear while watching him. One of the best grooms on the dance floor EVER! Go Jeff!
After the party had been raging for a good while, I suggested we go outside to make use of the beautiful city lights in the background. I arranged my special lighting set up, we started shooting and 6 minutes later we were done and we were back to the party! Quite the stunningly beautiful, statuesque bride, Gilda is!
Simply put, uplighting can make a difference!
Jeff and Gilda’s wedding day truly was a miracle in many ways. One of the ways that stuck out to me was this spectacular skyline! The day before the wedding I went out to the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club to see where the sun would be and at what time and to go over ideas I had for the day. It was very overcast and the sky was what photographers refer to as a “gray soup”. Not really a usable backdrop for photos. But only a day later, we had this stunning sky! I was so excited and blessed and happy for Jeff and Gilda that they would be able to look back for the rest of their lives and reflect on what an amazing day…and sky they had for their wedding.
Jeff and Gilda simply put: you guys are awesome. It was truly a great, great honor and privilege to be entrusted with your wedding photography. Thank you for that trust and for being two really wonderful people. I’m so blessed to know you and excited to know your love for each other is just getting started! Blessings!
Check out Jeff and Gilda’s wedding day slide show from their wedding at the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach!
Jeff and Gilda were married at the beautiful and classy Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach. Not only were Jeff and Gilda the perfect couple to provide wedding photography for, but the Portofino Hotel and Marina in Redondo Beach is a top notch wedding venue and a delight for any wedding photographer.
If you like, check out a few other weddings I’ve photographed at The Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach