Monique & Jamal – Married! {The Portofino – Los Angeles & Redondo Beach CA Wedding Photographers}

Oh my goodness!  I’d been looking forward to this wedding for over a year, and it did not disappoint.  By a crazy coincidence, I happened to be in Los Angeles the day that Monique first emailed me to ask if I ever traveled to, or photographed in Los Angeles!  So, we met up and chatted all about her wedding plans and her fiancé Jamal 🙂  A few months later, Robb & I headed back down to LA for their engagement session around Loyola University, with beautiful views of the city skyline.  They are just the most adorable couple!  Monique was a bridesmaid and family member of the groom in a wedding I photographed all the way back in 2009, Carlton & Denise, married at Graylyn Estate in Winston Salem, NC.  I loved working with Carlton & Denise and their friends and family and knew that Monique & Jamal’s wedding day would be just as spectacular!  They were married in their family church, Holman United Methodist, on West Adams in Los Angeles, and then after the ceremony everyone headed out to Redondo Beach for their wedding reception at The Portofino Hotel and Marina.  Gorgeous!  I loved both locations.  The church had great walls with interesting stained glass peepholes scattered throughout, lots of natural light, and behind the altar was a really awesome backdrop that I’m not sure how to describe except that there were hundreds of wooden blocks suspended on rods and each side of each block was painted a different color and you could turn the blocks around on the rods.  That was a long sentence!  So, it gave great texture and visual interest to the images.  And of course the Portofino was amazing and had a beautiful sunset, complete with a silhouetted Gondola in the bay.  Anyway, I’ll quit talking now.  Be sure to watch their slideshow at top first to see the full photo story of their day.  And be sure to keep an eye out for their wedding video by Robb Cummings Media in the coming months!  Then scroll down to see a handful of my favorite images.  Enjoy!




Watch their slideshow above ^^^^ for the full photo story of their day.  Scroll below to see a handful of my favorite images.  Like our Crystal Genes Photography Facebook Business Page to see even more photos in the coming week!


























Hair Stylist (Bride, Mother of the Bride, MOH, Kristin, Jamila, Catherine, Flower girl, acolyte)- Aqua Hair Studio  
Hair Stylist (Amber and Doreen)- SheWilBeauty 
Organist- Mr. William Campbell
Soloist- Haqumai Sharp
Bride’s Dress Designer- Eve of Milady 
Mother of the Bride’s Dress Designer- Rina di Montella
Bride’s Dress, Mother of the Bride’s Dress, and Bride’s ceremony (only) headpiece Purchased at- Panache Bridal Pasadena
Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Flowergirl’s dress, and acolyte’s dress- Alfred Angelo 
Groom’s Tuxedo, Groomsmen’s Tuxedo, Brother of the Bride, Father of the Groom, and Ring Bearer’s- Men’s Wearhouse
Custom scarves- JulyKayDesignStudio 
Programs, invitations, custom linen, aisle runner, table numbers, custom monogrammed crystal cake top perm cake stand- Glow Concepts and Tangé Design 
Bridesmaids’ Bracelets and Mother of the Bride’s necklace and bracelet- Swarovski
Flower girl’s bracelet and Memorial Candle- Things Remembered 
Bride’s Shoes- Jimmy Choo  purchased at Nordstrom
Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Bow ties and Groom’s shoes- Ted Baker  purchased at Nordstrom
Groom’s and Groomsmens’ socks- Happy socks
Bobbleheads- Dolls2u
Gift card box, broom, flower girl basket, garter- SolBijou
Bouquet Memorial Charms- DoinTheBestiCan
Bride and Groom Toasting Flutes- Swarovski  engraved at AE Crystal Engraving and Repair 
Bride’s and Mother of the Bride’s Makeup- Janelle Baird 
Bride’s eyelashes- Taryn Dean @tropsauvage Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions 
Bridesmaids’ Makeup- Janelle Baird  and Kim Amos 
Bride’s necklace, earrings, and bracelet- Nadri  purchased from Nordstrom
Videographer – Robb Cummings Media
Coordinator – Angela Mitchell – Love & Elegance
Rentals/Decor – GLOW Concepts
DJ – Cookie Dumas
Transportation – Crown Limousine
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  • Vickie Mccray - Love it Auntie VickieReplyCancel

  • Joyce R. Lewis - This day was perfect I an so happy for my son Jamal and his loving bride Monique , May God bless you all richly and supply your every need, nothing could have been better ……………………………. I love you both ………………………ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Yarbro - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • William Banks - Those pictures are amazing! So proud and happy for the new bride and groom.ReplyCancel

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