Amanda and Ralph live adventurous lives and have traveled all over the world. They live abroad but Southern California will always be Amanda’s home. I had the pleasure of traveling there in May to photograph their Viceroy Santa Monica wedding. It could not have been more beautiful and Amanda and Ralph could not have been any sweeter. Given that we don’t live on the same continent, I didn’t get a chance to meet Amanda and Ralph prior to their wedding day. Upon meeting them I was instantly welcomed with warmth and kindness. There is something so special about these two and it was clear by the intimate group of family and friends that were there to share in their happiness that everyone was absolutely crazy for them.
The Viceroy Hotel is such a unique place for a wedding. Their outdoor decor is modern and bright and I love how the color of the pool pops in photos. The hotel is also two blocks away from the beach, making it the ideal spot for golden hour portraits. I couldn’t get enough of Amanda and Ralph in that beautiful California light. One of the things I love most about city weddings is getting to walk with the bride and groom along busy streets. The cheers from passersby and the honking of horns adds a little bit of extra fun and excitement to the day. The joy that comes from total strangers is always such an amazing thing to witness.
Amanda and Ralph’s love is sweet and tender and they just light up being around each other. Amanda has a great laugh and it’s totally contagious. It was obvious Ralph loves making her laugh any chance he gets. I was swooning over Amanda’s lace and tulle wedding dress on the beach. It was seriously so gorgeous! As we headed back to celebrate with their guests, we caught the last little bit of sun and I love how they were drenched in that light.