Manhattan Beach Wedding : Amir+Lesley


It’s home. A place they hang their proverbial hats. It’s also the place their love has grown and seeped into the gray walls. Walking out the front door ushers you onto Manhattan Beach and the sound of the crashing waves is a welcomed sound in comparison to Los Angeles traffic. Seagulls fly overhead and while the day might seem like any other, it’s from from it. On this particular Saturday, Lesley and Amir are becoming husband and wife.

As Lesley prepares in the bedroom they share, pictures of the couple reflect their world travels together and gleaming sunsets along the coast. They also reflect happiness. Lesley and her sisters rush from room to room as they prepare for the church ceremony and their parents laugh as onlookers from the kitchen.

Amir arrives to the church and his brother cracks jokes and proffers last minute fashion cues, although both look dapper in black bow ties. Amir wrings his hands as he waits at the end of the aisle waiting for his bride. And the wait was worth every second. Lesley looks radiant as she walks toward to husband-to-be and as they swear to each other, and in front of God, to forever love, their marriage is sealed with a kiss.

Lesley and Amir, I appreciate you both. Your day was nothing short of perfection and a true representation of your love. Thank you for inviting me to document the first day of your marriage and I hope it marks the beginning of even more amazingness in your lives. I wish you nothing but the best and I have no doubt the future is bright for two kind souls like yourselves. Can’t wait to share a macaroon again soon! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The wedding day started in a perfect way: amazing light, a gorgeous dress, and a pair of great shoes.

I absolutely fell in love with Lesley and Amir’s home in Manhattan Beach…I’m tempted to back my house and become a neighbor. True story.

JD hung out with the guys at American Martyr’s Church in Manhattan Beach where Amir placed the finishing touches on her black tie apparel.

Good people hang out with good people and Amir is a perfect example of this notion…this group of guys were top notch. Funny, kind, and all around great people to be around…

Lesley made a stunning bride…truly.

I always love the moment when a bride and groom descend the aisle as husband and wife…true bliss…

Just down the street from the church is the beach they call home. Manhattan Beach made a stunning–and totally personal–backdrop to the place they met, fell in love, and started their lives together…

Oh, GO ON…

Lesley let me in on a little secret…she got her dress just a few weeks before the wedding…she made a last minute decision to vamp up her look and I’m so glad she trusted her bridal intuition…what a perfect gown!

I know I say this often, but–really–I’m lucky to work with gorgeous couples…inside and out!

Hands down, my favorite wedding photo of the day…

I was especially excited for the reception because Lesley and Amir decided to blend their cultures on their wedding day, so they–naturally–added the Hora as a nod to Amir’s Jewish heritage…

…Lesley’s expression says it all…

Now THIS is a groom who’s happy to be married.

I’ll end on this photo because they spent the rest of their wedding reception dancing in each others’ arms and falling more in love…

To see more of Lesley and Amir’s Manhattan Beach wedding photos, you can CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed or you can watch the slideshow here:

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  1. ashley barnett

    March 26th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I had my first Manhattan Beach experience Friday (the day before you were there!) it was so gorgeous I too wanted to pack up and move there ๐Ÿ™‚ love her dress!

  2. Rhiannon

    March 26th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Jasmine – you rock. full stop. xo

  3. Martin Hambleton

    March 26th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Those two black and white portraits are just beautiful. Simple as.

  4. RolandL

    March 26th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Jas* the photos are spectacular as usual…
    However, I love your descriptive words even more!!
    Now that is truly captivating extraordinaire.

  5. sarah

    March 26th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Truly thrilling photographs. Your bets yet. I can feel the tingle.
    Thank you

  6. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    March 26th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    so much gorgeousness i really just can’t handle it!!! beautiful job jasmine : )

  7. Katie Jackson

    March 26th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    So romantic but still so fun! Gorgeous images and they really do look SO in love. Congratulations to Lesley and Amir and great job as usual Jasmine!!

  8. Janelle Morcombe

    March 26th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, Jasmine! Love these photos… I can feel their love for each other jumping out of the photos. Beautiful couple and such perfect images for them to remember their wedding day with…

  9. David Abel

    March 26th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I love that single black and white image looking over her shoulder showing the back of the dress. Just beautiful!

  10. Maรฏeva Voyage

    March 26th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Wonderful job Jasmine!
    I got chills watching at those pictures (and I really like the composition here
    Thank you again for your awesome blog.
    Maรฏeva Voyage

  11. Stephanie Fay

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I LOVE this wedding! beautiful job ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. gladys

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    jasmine. i absolutely die over that b&w image of them together with her veil flowing towards the camera. not to mention how gorgeous the colors at the beach are. perfect with the gorgeous couple. love it! x

  13. Lindsey McClennahan

    March 26th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    They are so beautiful! They look like a couple you would have chosen to be together for a magazine shoot! Love it.

  14. thanasis kaiafas

    March 26th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Your style is awesome!!!

  15. Mustatea Cristian-Mihai

    March 26th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Good capture of the athmosphere betwen the couple! Bravo! Please, can you explain when you have time, i like the light from the party images, what you used for this? Thank you!

  16. Falcon

    March 26th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I absolutely love this wedding, and what a gorgeous couple!

  17. LEOLAK

    March 27th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! All of it!

  18. Jason Jarvis

    March 27th, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I love your images! I’ve been on your site for about 20 minutes looking at all of them!

  19. Michelle S Hanks

    March 27th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    We are the truck drivers. Manhattan Beach is the ONLY beach we can go to in our big truck and it us our daughter’s favorite beach even though we live in TX. When I show her these images from there she’s going to squeal. To think Ms. Jasmine’s been on our Beach.

  20. Denise Karis

    March 27th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    What a star. She looked radiant. Same favorite photo, for sure! How lovely!

  21. Becky Male

    March 27th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Lovely Lesley’s dress – I love the shot of all the groomsmen gathered around the groom giving him their support

  22. Daniel Valadas

    March 27th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Too bad we have no beach near where I live ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Kathleen

    March 28th, 2013 at 3:28 am

    You captured the joy and love of this day perfectly!

  24. Alaina

    March 28th, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Hey jasmine,

    Just wanted to let you know there was a typo below Amit’s cuff link photo. It say her instead of his.

    Love the staircase shot!! Gorgeous :). You totally don’t need to post this comment, just wanted you to know so you could the mistake if you want ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Sophie Asselin

    March 28th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Bravo! I like the way you photographed this wedding. Awesome!

  26. Andy

    March 28th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful natural images.

  27. Jessica Kalashnikov

    March 29th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Awww it was so fun seeing manhattan beach! This is where my aunt lives and we go there and it’s such a treat, from Oregon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Beeeeeeautiful photos as usual! Always so classy.

  28. Adil Photography

    March 31st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Amazing shot!! Love the black and white!

  29. Rod Arroyo

    March 31st, 2013 at 12:59 am

    These images have such a natural look to them. Beautiful.

  30. Burak

    March 31st, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    incredible set of images yet again. Your work is amazingggg.
    Kind regards

  31. Fotograf ?lubny Zabrze

    April 1st, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Beautiful Bride !

  32. Britney Gardner

    April 2nd, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Portraits at the wedding are always so much more fun when there’s a personal connection. Kudos to this couple for keeping it meaningful!

  33. Jon

    April 3rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Love your images, have been coming back for inspiration. Love these shots, simple, elegant, happy.

  34. Crystal Madsen

    April 4th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Great work on the beach wedding as always. I love the emotion.

  35. nick

    April 4th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Great work as always!

  36. Manda

    April 5th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Hello Jasmine!

    I’m wondering what you are doing to get so nice photos? I mean, they are so correctly exposed (no disturbing shadows, all faces are bright and pleacant to look at…) What’s your secret? Haha. Do you measure the light by using a spot or the whole picture?

    What time รณ clock do you usually shoot your photos? (or what time would you prefer to shoot them?). I know that the sun can be very disturbing between 12 and 4, and I don’t like telling my clients that this is not a good place to shoot at. Becourse they don’t understand why.

    I’m going to shoot my first graduation pictures this spring, and my dream is to become a photographer one day. I know that you start from this level by photographing friends if you have that dream. But I Think I need some advises from a professional photographer, so I can’t even tell you how glad I would be if you could answer my questions. Or if you already have answered somthing like this, could you pleace give me the link to that post?

    I’m sorry for my bad English, but i hope you understand. Greetings from a cold Scandinavia! You are a great, and inspireing person. Keep up the work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. James Harvie

    April 7th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Jasmine I love the freshness of your site and writings, great work. I’m an Australian photographer from Melbourne and its inspiring to come across someone with your talent

  38. Javi Collazo

    April 8th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Beautiful photos in a wonderful place. I dream of places like this. Great job.

  39. Lucie Zeka

    April 10th, 2013 at 5:44 am

    beautiful as usually

  40. Kandid Weddings Photography

    April 13th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Lovely coverage. Simply beautiful.

  41. Andreas

    April 14th, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Very nice photography. Well done Jasmin.

  42. Wedding Photographer Cornwall

    April 15th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my word! These are seriously beautiful photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Mark Martinez

    April 19th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Beautiful work Jasmine!

  44. Scott Goh

    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:51 am

    excellent photos and nice post. love to see more.