Jessica + Ben | Wedding Photography | The Victorian

The Victorian sits abroad Santa Monica’s ever trendy Main Street and was the perfect wedding venue choice for Jessica and Ben’s wedding. The brick walkway takes you into the hardwood floor 2-story mansion that has such a classic and vintage vibe. It’s overly romantic and a perfect setting for an indoor southern california wedding.

This wedding was filled with emotion.  Lots of smiles, laughter and tears.  Jessica’s sister, Julie was there to help Jessica get into her wedding gown; I could see the emotion from both girls and documented the tender moments.  The minute their father walked in and saw his stunning daughter, that was it.  His face went from being in awe to utter happiness in a matter of seconds. Julie was nearby to share in the moment and to share a few tears with her sister Jessica. These are the moments I live for…. beautiful and priceless moments that are documented and kept forever.

Jessica is quite the green girl… very eco friendly, so her very green shoes were…oh, so perfect. Loved them! Once she was dressed, it was time to do the first look; her soon to be husband, Ben waited calmly outside to see his beautiful bride.  You can just see the happiness and joy in both of their faces as they first saw each other. Just lovely. They decided to exchange their vows upstairs in the library of The Victorian, surrounded with a collection of books, flickering candlelight and a room full of friends and family. The ceremony was precious and again, filled with emotion. As Jessica said her wedding vows, her tender voice and words of love opened up the flood gates and the tears started to flow. It’s a good thing her bridal party came prepared with hankies, because the tears were a coming!  It was beautiful. Jessica’s mother was unable to attend, so in her absence, Jessica decided to put a beautiful boutique of purple flowers on the first chair to symbolize her presence. I looked at those flowers and knew her mom was there in spirit and thinking about her daughter’s big day.

Once the ceremony was complete, everyone headed downstairs and partied the night away with help from Lee Dyson from Hey Mister DJ. Rockin’ DJ… just love him!  :-). The reception/dining area had the finishing touches of Abby LaDuke from Something Blue, a Los Angeles Wedding Planning Company.  Instead of name place cards, Jessica chose a name place “tree” and guest names were printed on leaves and hung from the tree at the entrance. So fitting for Jessica. Cute little gift bags awaited all guests at each table with a beautiful saying:

Life is partly what we make of it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. – Tennessee Williams

It was such an beautiful quote and it was obvious they have chosen a great life with amazing friends and loved ones. They had guests from Arizona, Utah, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, London and more.  It’s always wonderful to see many people travel from all over the world to watch two people begin their lives as one. It was another great wedding for a great couple.  Many thanks to the Stefan and Wibberley family for choosing me to document your special day. Much love to you all. xoxo

Here are the wedding vendors:

Enjoy the wedding photos below and be sure to catch the slideshow at the end for more!



Here is the special bouquet of flowers for Jessica’s mom, who was unable to attend the wedding…


Jessica surprised Ben with a special soccer groomsman cake from Jamaica’s Cakes!


Click the play button below to view the entire slideshow…

Jessica & Ben | The Victorian | Wedding Photography from Gayla Elizabeth on Vimeo.

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  • Michelle - What a romantic setting for a wedding. I love the way you visually told the story of love an laughter. What a beautiful couple and family.

  • Della - It seems I attended all of these weddings. Each and everyone has their own special festivity. Every bride is just so beautiful. Yes, as you said you captured life memorable moments, and that is their treasure, which is worth more than its weight in gold.
    I thoroughly enjoy viewing all. Thank you for sharing and continue to do so. And, I just LOOOOOVE those green shoes!!!!
    Yours forever, mommy

  • Luvi - Wow and Wow. Besides the gorgeous bride and handsome groom, the entire wedding is absolutely awesome, (wish I was there) Loved every and I mean every picture. The table setting and names on the leaves is one of the highlights. What great ideas, I mean the flowers for the mom, and her shoes, that is a winner, I loved it. On and On , great photos Honeygirl… Aloha and mahalo

  • Tracy - I love those green shoes. And, the image of the father looking over his two daughters crying is priceless. Some amazing images here. Great work.

  • Stacy - WOW…. what a beautiful wedding. The bride is glowing. Looks like everyone had a great time. Thank you for sharing.

  • Lauren - These photos are amazing!!! These two seem really in love. I couldn’t help but smile when watching that slideshow. They seem so happy. Great work Gayla.

  • Lacey - OMG…Her shoes are to die for! I feel like I know the couple through your photos. The groom looks overjoyed and so happy! Looks like it was a great wedding. I love it. Your photography really captivates me.

  • Tina - That slideshow was lovely. Wow. I love how you tell a story with images. Your photography is amazing Gayla and I love looking at your work. I feel like I attended this wedding and witnessed everyone’s happiness . Beautiful photos.

  • Laurie - Touching moments captured by a gifted photographer. So much happiness and tears joy portrayed in all of the faces. Absolutely beautiful. Honey girl,what can I say, you touch the very soul of your bride and groom.

  • Camille Edwards - Beautiful job….Just so beautiful!!! I love your slide show. It shows all their emotions and it seems to show the whole wedding, like a story. (chicken skin) : )

  • Gayla - Thank you everyone for your kind words. Jessica and Ben’s emotion is real and I am just so happy they allowed me to be there to capture and document it. It really was beautiful and I’m glad everyone can share in the joy and happiness. And yes, those green shoes were purely AWESOME. :-)

  • Isabelle - How fun… everyone looks like they are having such a great time! The couple seems so in love and so happy. Nicely done Gayla….

  • Tracey Lorn - How do you pose people to get such cool photos? Those smiles are to die for and they look so natural. You are one great photographer. It makes me want to get married just so I can have you photograph my wedding. Oh wait, I need to find the husband! LOL

  • Irene - Beautiful pictures. I absolutely LOVE the green shoes…love non-traditional stuff…it makes it so much more special. Good job, as always.

  • Irene - Beautiful pictures. I love the green shoes! Non-traditional stuff make an event so much more special. Good job, as always!

  • Jessica S. - Hello! This is the bride, Jessica. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! (And I’m glad the green shoes are getting lots of love :-) I wish I had designed the dress to show them off more!) It truly was the most magical night and seeing all these wonderful photos just makes the day live on and on. Gayla was so awesome to have as a photographer, nothing felt forced or awkward, and she worked so quickly, making sure we were free to enjoy all the aspects of our wedding as much as possible. I couldn’t be happier with everything and both of us realize what amazing friends and families we have, the night was filled with love. Thank you Gayla for capturing it all! xo

  • Jenny - Oh my… what great photographs. I feel like I know this lovely couple. I can see the love and emotion they have for one another through those photos. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding and a very romantic setting.

  • Sarah T - Looks like a perfect day. Congratulations both of you!

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