Hotel Maya Same Sex Wedding in Long Beach

Fritz and Sebastian chose July 3rd as the date for their lifetime commitment ceremony. Other folks might call this a gay wedding, a same sex union, or a celebration. I call it two people in love who are determined to spend their lives to together and who want to share their joy with friends and family. The ceremony was held at Hotel Maya on Queensway Drive in Long Beach (within sight of the Queen Mary). Here are a few of my favorites from the event.

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The happy couple rarely gets ready in the same room on their wedding day, but it sure seemed to work out great this time!
Long Beach - Gay Wedding - Los Angeles Photographer
These bow ties were really cool!
Long Beach - Gay Wedding - Hotel Maya
In case you didn’t guess, their wedding colors were black, white, and yellow. They had these cool striped dividers set up in the reception area so I used them as convenient backgrounds for a few of these wedding-day images

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Their wedding theme was “Paris” so I grabbed a few of the table centerpieces and had them hold them to better tell the story though photographs. Sebastian proposed to Fritz in Paris so this made a bunch of sense!
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Two Guys Sitting on a Couch [I really need to work on my descriptions here]
Hotel Maya - Long Beach - Same Sex Union
If you’ve followed my blog over the years, you know I love the use of negative space and bright colors in my photography. This wall was just perfect!
Hotel Maya - Long Beach - Gay Wedding
Check out the reflection at the bottom of this photograph. It’s kind of difficult to come up with an original “from above” shot and I’m pretty happy about how this image turned out given that I took it with one hand leaning far out over a railing!
Hotel Maya - Long Beach - Gay Wedding
I kind of wish that the Queen Mary was alone in this shot and that the cruise ship wasn’t there, but when I called Captain Stubing, asking him to move his boat, that didn’t go over too well. Perhaps I should have asked to speak to Julie instead! [ok, I’ll admit that humor was kind of lame]
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Gay Wedding in Long Beach
I got the idea for this photo after watching the film Sucker Punch earlier in the week. Although the film was panned by many critics, I thought the cinematography was simply amazing. I often look to creative films for new ideas.
Gay Wedding in Long Beach
It was terribly hot and this nice guy (a stranger by the pool) offered to buy Fritz and Sebastian a bottle of water.
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The guys originally wanted an urban feel to their related directed portraiture prior to the ceremony. When it became apparent that our options in the area were extremely limited, they settled on staying at the Long Beach hotel for their photos. Not to be discouraged, I did locate this nice little piece of urban landscape near Hotel Maya.
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You wouldn’t know it by this photo, but Fritz and Sebastian were both very startled by a three-way kitty cat fight under those vines that started when they went to stand on those steps. From the racket they made, it sounded like a dozen cats!
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Here we are with the traditional wedding day groom and groom portrait.
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer - Same Sex Wedding
This image started as a way to showcase their nifty cufflinks but I quickly realized that with a little direction and creative cropping, this photo could have much greater significance
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Hey look! It’s a big leather chair sitting on the grass!
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Here we have, from left to right, a photojournalist’s look at Sebastian’s aunt, Sebastian & Fritz’s best friend, two flower girls being directed by the planner, Fritz in the far background, the ring bearer, and a bunch of their friends. And of course two people with tiny cameras who are photographing the back of the ring bearer’s head.

Crying at Same Sex Wedding
It’s a little known fact, but Sebastian tends to cry a whole bunch! [inside joke]
Gay Grooms with Wedding Cake
Ewwwwww! Licking frosting off his nose! [even though I’m the one who suggested that Fritz to do it]

3 thoughts on “Hotel Maya Same Sex Wedding in Long Beach”

  1. I can really feeling seeing this couple so in love and spending a lifetime for both of them wouldn’t seem to be enough. The photos taken are just so superb and I simply happy to look at the people around them so understanding and lovable.

  2. rob!! I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I absolutely love it. I love your stories, I love your eye, everything. I don’t follow many other photographers (generally a few friends), but you’ll be on my daily blog check for sure. keep up the amazing work – your clients are so blessed to work with you!!

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