Long Beach Wedding at The Loft on Pine

Tucked in a restored 1903 loft in the heart of downtown Long Beach, California, Rachel and Brett shared one of the most heartfelt days I’ve gotten to be a part of.

I can’t even begin to name all of the ways Rachel and Brett went above and beyond to make their day sentimental and unique, but here are a few that stood out:

A couple months before the wedding, Rachel snuck into her mom’s closet and took the wedding dress from when she married Rachel’s father. She brought it to a seamstress to have a piece sewn into the inside of her own dress. The reveal was such a special moment between the two of them that I was so honored to capture.

Rachel and Brett exchanged handwritten vows privately before the ceremony and were able to cry and laugh together without the pressure of a crowd listening in.

They are both on the worship team at their church in downtown Long Beach, and their church community made up a large majority of their guests. They all gathered around them before the ceremony and laid hands on them to pray for this new season of their life.

Rachel is a music teacher and Brett is a drummer. Music played a huge role throughout their day. Their guest list was filled with talented singers and musicians, and each song played during the ceremony had unique purpose and importance in their relationship. They took communion to a worship song off their friends’ album, and walked down the aisle to a song they had played on repeat when they first started dating. Their friend surprised them by singing live for their father-daughter dance, and we shot sunset photos on a rooftop downtown that Rachel had performed on.

It was a day that was so much more about the special moments than the petty details. They focused on bringing in sentiments that were intentional and meaningful, and it made the day so much more beautiful than any amount of flowers or lights or candles ever could.

Venue: The Loft on Pine
Planning/Coordination: Vanessa Michelle
Second Shooter: Britt Crowe
Catering: 24 Carrots

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