Ebell Long Beach Wedding : Cindy + Jelani


Her 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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  1. Diandra

    November 24th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    GORGEOUS as always! You can tell they feel comfortable with you!

  2. gladys jem

    November 24th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    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 😉

  3. Jackie Lamas

    November 24th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    amazing wedding as always! they look so happy 🙂

  4. Christine

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! I love the first look photos 🙂

  5. imthiaz houseman

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    good thing you became their wedding photographer…the photos are amazing. beautiful job!

  6. Svetlana Yanova

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    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!!

  7. Marissa Rodriguez

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Love the first detail shot! The first look moments are so beautiful! Love his expression!

  8. Feuza

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    This first Glance made me cry, I love weddings

  9. Alej Keigan

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    OOOH, love the bokeh in the crown shot!

  10. Kia Gregory

    November 24th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    her headpiece and veil are bang-a-langing. OK, but seriously, the images of them taking communion together…breathtaking!

  11. Katie Whitcomb

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    You know some couples just look like they are perfect for one another? That’s this couple. 🙂

  12. J

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    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

  13. Tina dela Rosa

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Beautiful ring shot!

  14. tish

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    the look on jelani’s face when he first saw her made me cry. wonderful capture!

  15. Stephanie Stewart

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Such a beautiful wedding! Stunning as always! Love that shot of them dancing the night away, awesome angle! Gorgeous work!

  16. Mo

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Jasmine did I spot your sister in the wedding party?

  17. jackie g. photog

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:26 pm


  18. Pol

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Oh that bracelet is absolutely the awesomest! Beautiful photos as always. They look so very very happy.

  19. Mo

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Jasmine did I spot your sister in the wedding party?

  20. Diana Rush

    November 24th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Love this wedding!

  21. Alexandra

    November 24th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, beautiful shots! My favorites are the one of the ring and bracelet, and the one watching her go down the steps. Beautiful!

  22. jeramy

    November 24th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    great job you two! happy gobble gobble

  23. Renay

    November 24th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    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

  24. Christina Juleson

    November 24th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Another amazing job! You inspire me more and more!

  25. Vanessa Tuau

    November 24th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Beautiful {as always}. My eldest daughter’s name is Cindy as well:) Vanessa (Australia)

  26. Julie Massie

    November 24th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    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!

  27. nena

    November 24th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Such lovely photos from the First Look! Brought tears to my eyes! =-)

  28. Angel Canary

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    You did a wonderful job Jasmine! It was as though I was there…fabulous!

  29. s h e r r y

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    These photos are fabulous, Jasmine. I love how the bride just SPARKLES. (Both literally and figuratively ;D)

  30. Kare

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Beautiful, as always. Love the last shot of her twirling!

  31. Christine Pobke

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    BEAUTIMOUS, jas!!! 🙂 Love the location, and loving all the details! 🙂 xoxo

  32. Melissa Papaj

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    My favorite is the one going down the steps…I love the feeling of anticipation.

  33. jacqueline fronters

    November 24th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Wonderful pix. Can you please discuss more how you use flash? Thank you.

  34. Emily Abril

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    woohoo for Peruvians! 😉

  35. Lisa H. Chang

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Wow ~ Great job! Love the last shot of the dancing 🙂

  36. Ginger Murray

    November 25th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Perfect first look shot… I love it.
    And the communion one. Such a special moment.

  37. Donna

    November 25th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    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.

  38. Mitchel Wu

    November 25th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Wow, nice venue, beautiful photos. The bride is a classic beauty. Thanks, Jasmine.

  39. Lydia

    November 25th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Oh so beautiful! You can see the love in those first look pictures!

  40. Brian Fletcher

    November 25th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Great work , Jasmine!!

  41. Maribel

    November 25th, 2009 at 3:06 am

    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

  42. Dianne Jago

    November 25th, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Can I please get married again so I can have you take my pictures? 🙂

  43. MILLIE

    November 25th, 2009 at 3:52 am


  44. Jennifer Brotchie

    November 25th, 2009 at 4:33 am

    so so lovely… i really love Jelani’s first look…a photo that will be priceless to them as the years pass…. love it!

  45. Mac

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. Who took the photos BTW, does he have a website?
    tnx for sharing…

  46. Jennifer O.

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! Beautiful shots!

  47. Margot

    November 25th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    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!

  48. Life with Kaishon

    November 25th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Really lovely pictures!

  49. Drew

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    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!

  50. sharon snow

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    GORGEOUS images Jasmine!!!
    Especially love that last one, and must add how beautiful the bride’s smile is!

  51. cassandra m

    November 26th, 2009 at 3:56 am

    GORGEOUS! The mirror shot is amazing!!!

  52. Anouschka

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Gorgeous as always Jasmine. Love the first look shots!

  53. michelle white

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    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*

  54. Jess Epstein

    November 27th, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Your ability to get pop and sharpness – fantastic!

  55. jenny

    November 27th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Always love to come to your website and see pretty wedding photos ! Happy thanksgiving Jasmine !

  56. Erica Velasco

    November 28th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    beautiful wedding

  57. Jessie Thompson

    November 30th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful job, Jasmine! I really love the image with the two rings – way to be ready for the great shot!

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  59. denise karis

    December 6th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    ooooooooooooo the one walking down the stairs is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Stacy Squires Photography

    October 25th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    brilliant photos 🙂