Ebell Long Beach Wedding : Cindy + Jelani

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er neighbors stood in their driveway and cheered as she descended into the limo. She kissed her father goodbye, reminded her aunt to pack the steamer, and shrieked once the door was closed. I'm getting MARRIED today!! Cindy's wedding day was a long time coming because, afterall, Jelani was her first real crush. A successful man she met at church, and a person who made her stomach drop at the simple sight of his car. Oh, how she loves his Mini Cooper. The bridesmaids held hands as prayed on their way to the Ebell Club and, once finished, Cindy softly chewed on a piece of green gum. Then shrieked again.

She saw him from a distance. Jelani descended the limo with a nervous smile and quickly put on his suit jacket. Cindy peeked from the upstairs window and laughed. A slightly nervous laugh. As Jelani made his way upstairs to see his bride-to-be, he stood in the hallway and the couldn't help the tears from falling. She's precious. That's how he described Cindy and in that moment, it was easy to see how overcome he was to know that such preciousness would be around him for the rest of his life.

Together in front of their family and friends, Jelani and Cindy made a solemn and tearful oath to love, honor, and cherish. They promised to remain by each other's sides come what may, and put God in the center of their relationship. When it was time for their first kiss, they laughed. A slightly nervous laugh...then proceeded to seal with bond with a kiss.

Cindy and Jelani, I'm SO happy for you!! I speak not as your wedding photographer, but as your friend. Being able to witness your relationship grow has been such an awesome thing and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you both. Thank you for the honor of documenting your love and I hope you're having a blast in Maui! Please toast to a great marriage over shaved ice and spam! ;) Much Love and Appreciation...j*

Cindy made a truly stunning bride...with many thanks to the amazing crew at Design Visage...

I love Jelani. I really mean this. We've been friends for almost seven years and he's as great as they come. We met at church and bonded over studying for the LSAT and getting into law school. He's such a smarty and works at a fancy law firm in Los Angeles...and I....well, I became his wedding photographer! :)

Cindy and Jelani opted to see each other before the ceremony and I couldn't have been happier. Because it was a winter wedding, and the sun falls before 5pm in Southern California, they decided to prioritize their wedding photos. I couldn't be happier!

The look on Jelani's look alone makes me know opting for a First Look is incredibly valuable...

I love this photo JD captured...

I loved the classic, old school vibe of the wedding day...

We ventured outside for a few minutes and JD captured this photo...Jelani, you look so regal! (p.s. You owe me dinner for making you look so good!) ;)

They were radiant all day long...

We were in a pinch, so we went back indoors to shoot and had a little fun...

Their ceremony was perfection...

Jelani and Cindy were lucky enough to be given his great-grandparents Peruvian wedding rings, and it was such a nice touch to the ceremony...

As one of their first acts as husband and wife, they had communion together...

The First Dance...

And they partied the night away....

To see more of their Ebell Long Beach Wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Stacy Squires Photography - brilliant photos :-)  10.25.14 - 12:18pm
denise karis - ooooooooooooo the one walking down the stairs is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!  12.05.09 - 11:33pm
ohana photographers - gorgeous!!!  12.01.09 - 11:51am
Jessie Thompson - Beautiful job, Jasmine! I really love the image with the two rings - way to be ready for the great shot!  11.30.09 - 9:59am
Erica Velasco - beautiful wedding  11.28.09 - 6:11am
jenny - Always love to come to your website and see pretty wedding photos ! Happy thanksgiving Jasmine !  11.27.09 - 1:24pm
Jess Epstein - Your ability to get pop and sharpness - fantastic!  11.26.09 - 7:04pm
michelle white - oh i love these photos, i think the one that touches me the most is his expression at first look! you're awesome ms. J*  11.26.09 - 5:53pm
Anouschka - Gorgeous as always Jasmine. Love the first look shots!  11.26.09 - 9:36am
cassandra m - GORGEOUS! The mirror shot is amazing!!!  11.25.09 - 7:56pm
sharon snow - GORGEOUS images Jasmine!!! Especially love that last one, and must add how beautiful the bride's smile is!  11.25.09 - 2:28pm
Drew - This is awesome Jasmine. The series of first look images is so touching. I always love the first look photos because of how much emotion you're able to catch. Pure magic if you ask me. Have an awesome Thanksgiving!  11.25.09 - 2:24pm
Life with Kaishon - Really lovely pictures!  11.25.09 - 9:58am
Margot - I try to get my clients to see each other before the ceremony, but they don't like the idea. I wish my clients could see the value. The groom looked blown away in this picture!  11.25.09 - 5:28am
Jennifer O. - What a gorgeous wedding! Beautiful shots!  11.25.09 - 4:27am
Mac - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. Who took the photos BTW, does he have a website? tnx for sharing...  11.25.09 - 3:11am
Jennifer Brotchie - so so lovely... i really love Jelani's first look...a photo that will be priceless to them as the years pass.... love it!  11.24.09 - 8:33pm
Dianne Jago - Can I please get married again so I can have you take my pictures? :)  11.24.09 - 7:42pm
Maribel - You and your hunny are amazing! You captured their pure love in the most touching way possible. The first look shots made me cry; I love that you encourage your clients to do it, because you make it sooo special. Cindy and Jelani, God bless your true love xoxo  11.24.09 - 7:06pm
Brian Fletcher - Great work , Jasmine!!   11.24.09 - 6:08pm
Lydia - Oh so beautiful! You can see the love in those first look pictures!  11.24.09 - 6:08pm
Mitchel Wu - Wow, nice venue, beautiful photos. The bride is a classic beauty. Thanks, Jasmine.  11.24.09 - 5:43pm
Donna - J, were these all shot with your 50mm wide open? They are tack sharp like mad and it's making me drool a little! beauuuuuutifully done.  11.24.09 - 5:33pm
Ginger Murray - Perfect first look shot... I love it. And the communion one. Such a special moment.  11.24.09 - 5:03pm
Lisa H. Chang - Wow ~ Great job! Love the last shot of the dancing :)  11.24.09 - 4:36pm
Emily Abril - woohoo for Peruvians! ;)  11.24.09 - 4:21pm
jacqueline fronters - Wonderful pix. Can you please discuss more how you use flash? Thank you.  11.24.09 - 2:52pm
Melissa Papaj - My favorite is the one going down the steps...I love the feeling of anticipation.  11.24.09 - 2:36pm
Christine Pobke - BEAUTIMOUS, jas!!! :) Love the location, and loving all the details! :) xoxo  11.24.09 - 2:32pm
Kare - Beautiful, as always. Love the last shot of her twirling!  11.24.09 - 2:22pm
s h e r r y - These photos are fabulous, Jasmine. I love how the bride just SPARKLES. (Both literally and figuratively ;D)   11.24.09 - 2:18pm
Angel Canary - You did a wonderful job Jasmine! It was as though I was there...fabulous!  11.24.09 - 2:09pm
nena - Such lovely photos from the First Look! Brought tears to my eyes! =-)  11.24.09 - 1:43pm
Julie Massie - These photos are beautiful, Jasmine! I love how after hearing their story, I feel like I know them...and I LOVE THEM! What a beautiful couple! Great work, as always!  11.24.09 - 1:31pm
Vanessa Tuau - Beautiful {as always}. My eldest daughter's name is Cindy as well:) Vanessa (Australia)  11.24.09 - 1:28pm
Christina Juleson - Another amazing job! You inspire me more and more!  11.24.09 - 12:23pm
Renay - J* you are absolutely fabulous and captured what, I think, every single person felt on that special day- pure joy! It was a pleasure watching you and your hubby do your thing. For what it is worth, and on behalf of the newlyweds, thank you! <3 MOH  11.24.09 - 12:20pm
jeramy - great job you two! happy gobble gobble  11.24.09 - 12:17pm
Alexandra - Wow, beautiful shots! My favorites are the one of the ring and bracelet, and the one watching her go down the steps. Beautiful!  11.24.09 - 12:09pm
Diana Rush - Love this wedding!  11.24.09 - 11:48am
Mo - Jasmine did I spot your sister in the wedding party?  11.24.09 - 11:28am
Pol - Oh that bracelet is absolutely the awesomest! Beautiful photos as always. They look so very very happy.  11.24.09 - 11:27am
jackie g. photog - gorgeous!  11.24.09 - 11:26am
Mo - Jasmine did I spot your sister in the wedding party?   11.24.09 - 11:26am
Stephanie Stewart - Such a beautiful wedding! Stunning as always! Love that shot of them dancing the night away, awesome angle! Gorgeous work!  11.24.09 - 11:22am
tish - the look on jelani's face when he first saw her made me cry. wonderful capture!  11.24.09 - 11:10am
Tina dela Rosa - Beautiful ring shot!  11.24.09 - 11:07am
J - Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Cindy, you were such a stunning bride-breathtaking! Jelani , you're a stud-nuff said! I love you both dearly! So excited to continue doing life with you two!! Jas & JD, you two are inspiring to watch. Your joy for what you get to do is beautiful! Much love to the both of you! xoxo -j  11.24.09 - 11:01am
Katie Whitcomb - You know some couples just look like they are perfect for one another? That's this couple. :)  11.24.09 - 11:00am
Kia Gregory - her headpiece and veil are bang-a-langing. OK, but seriously, the images of them taking communion together...breathtaking!  11.24.09 - 10:35am
Alej Keigan - OOOH, love the bokeh in the crown shot!  11.24.09 - 10:31am
Feuza - This first Glance made me cry, I love weddings  11.24.09 - 10:26am
Marissa Rodriguez - Love the first detail shot! The first look moments are so beautiful! Love his expression!   11.24.09 - 10:25am
Svetlana Yanova - Beautiful photos, Jasmine! I got goosebumos when I was watching the slideshow in the part where Cindy and Jelani did the first look. How precious!!   11.24.09 - 10:16am
imthiaz houseman - good thing you became their wedding photographer...the photos are amazing. beautiful job!  11.24.09 - 10:04am
Christine - Absolutely fantastic! I love the first look photos :)  11.24.09 - 10:00am
Jackie Lamas - amazing wedding as always! they look so happy :)  11.24.09 - 9:52am
gladys jem - I love your first looks. I always get excited looking at them when you post a wedding up. Just so you know, Chris and I are going to do a first look. You don't have to talk us into it ;)  11.24.09 - 8:45am
Diandra - GORGEOUS as always! You can tell they feel comfortable with you!  11.24.09 - 8:44am