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California Wedding at Hotel Maya: Steve Anthony & Antonio

Derek Chad Photography

March 15, 2015

Steve Anthony and Antonio met at a restaurant-cantina in Downtown Los Angeles in May of 2011. They compare their first month of dating to “500 Days of Summer!”

Instead of a traditional proposal, the grooms had a deep conversation during a romantic stroll along the river in downtown Chicago. Though no one dropped to a knee with a ring box in hand, Steve Anthony did have to sit down for a second to catch his breath once they decided to “make it official.” They went ring shopping a few weeks later and bought each other simple titanium bands.
Steve Anthony and Antonio’s venue, Hotel Maya, is a waterside location with sweeping views of downtown Long Beach and the harbor. It fit the couple’s list of desirable features: intimate, indoor/outdoor space, urban and centrally-located.
Derek Chad Photography
The ceremony took place on an outside deck overlooking the water; the brunch and celebration were mostly inside, in an adjoining room.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Both grooms are L.A. natives; Antonio’s family background is Mexican and Steve Anthony’s family comes from El Salvador. Hotel Maya’s Latin theme reflected the grooms’ cultural background. They chose a Latin-influenced menu—the hotel’s catering did an amazing custom menu, including a Cuban sandwich, and both sangria and mimosa bars, which the guests LOVED.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Asked about their planning experience, the couple described their roles.  “We approached all the planning as a duo, mostly dividing the work. We relied on each other’s strengths in certain areas: Antonio is more technologically able and his profession involves having creative vision—he designed the save the date and website. Steve Anthony is the real people person, with excellent negotiation skills.”
Derek Chad Photography
The grooms were attentive to time, the environment, and to budget. All communication with guests was digital, including via text messages, emails, and a wedding website. They spent the most time choosing their venue, but also invested time and effort choosing a photographer. They were pleased with Derek Chad’s portfolio, but also with the “vibe” they had with him, which clearly paid off on the wedding day.

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Photographer: Derek Chad Photography // Event Planner: Chic and Stunning Events // Officiant: Great Officiants // Reception Venue: Hotel Maya // Ring Designer: Robbins Brothers // Cake Designer: Rossmoor Pastries // Floral Designer: Valerie Jurado Botanical Design // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Zara Man //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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