Celebrating this Christmas House Inn Wedding with Vivian and Ed was so much fun! The Christmas House Inn and Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga is an absolutely stunning wedding venue for couples in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area. Read on to learn more about this vibrant and romantic wedding!
Getting Ready in Pomona
Vivian and Ed were such a fun couple! They had been dating for many years before they decided to tie the knot, and their relationship was so special. As an Egyptian couple, they celebrated a Coptic wedding ceremony. They started their special day getting ready at a hotel in Pomona. They had a large wedding party, so their rooms were filled with bridesmaids and groomsmen who were ready to celebrate! After a quick tequila toast, Vivian and Ed got ready for their first look. This first look was special because Vivian had a surprise gift for Ed. She surprised him with a boutonniere pin of his father. I was touched as I captured Ed’s beautiful and emotional reaction to the thoughtful gift. Afterwards, it was time to head to St. John’s Coptic Orthodox Church for the ceremony!
St. John Coptic Orthodox Church Ceremony
I love a Coptic ceremony! Egyptian weddings are stunning and have so many special traditions built into the ceremony. After the processional, the ceremony began with matrimonial prayers and hymns. The bride and groom don ornate capes and exchange rings. The priest anoints the couple with Holy Oil and gives the Blessing of the Crowns to signify the spiritual significance of their new status as husband and wife. Lastly, the groom is draped in the chasuble and the priest gives the blessing and absolution. Coptic orthodox ceremonies are beautiful and elaborate, and never fail to invoke a regal feel to the ceremony.
Reception at Christmas House Inn Wedding Venue
After the ceremony, it was time to party! The bride, groom, and guests headed to the Christmas House Inn and Gardens to celebrate their new status as husband and wife. I love this wedding venue because it’s so unique. The historic Victorian home was built to impress, and it certainly does. The house is filled with antique charm and the grounds feature beautiful fountains, rose gardens, and lush greenery to make you feel like you stepped back in time. Vivian and her bridesmaids took a moment before the reception to rest in a private room. They looked like royalty as they reclined on velvet couches and checked their makeup at a vintage vanity set.
I captured a few romantic photos of the bride and groom around the property. It was a nice (but brief) quiet intermission from the party, and they got to really reflect on their new status as husband and wife. The grounds were peaceful and provided a beautiful backdrop to their romantic photos.
And finally, it was party time! The bride and groom made their grand entrance, complete with confetti canon. They took a seat at their sweetheart table and thanked their guests for coming to celebrate with them in one of the funniest speeches I’ve ever heard! Family and friends went wild with cheers. This group was so much fun! Fun couples attract fun friends and family, and it was wonderful to capture such a lively group. Afterwards, dinner and dancing commenced! It was a fun and wonderful night for everyone.
Are you looking for a photographer for your Christmas House Inn Wedding? Do you have questions about the venue? Let’s get in touch! Send me a message at DariaTaylorPhotography@gmail.com and we’ll chat about creating beautiful, romantic images together in this charming venue. I love a SoCal wedding with some vintage charm! Let’s get in touch.