Processional at First Congregational Church Los Angeles
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Processional at First Congregational Church Los Angeles

This wedding photograph of a father walking his daughter down the aisle a First Congregational Church wedding in downtown Los Angeles truly showcases the grandeur of this church and its famous organ. 

I don't think that I'm exaggerating when I say that this church is the most grand in all of Los Angeles. The church houses the Great Organs of First Church, which are considered to be the largest church pipe organ in the world. The stained glass above the organ pipes seems secondary, but like the church, it is my favorite stained glass decoration in any Los Angeles church.

As a wedding photographer, I typically avoid risky photographs until I'm sure that I've captured a safe photograph. For a wedding processional, the safe photograph is one taken from the front of the church near the altar looking down the aisle. However, I felt that it was important to attempt an image that includes the famous organ. And since the pipes are in the opposite direction of where the bride and groom stand during the wedding ceremony, the only time they are directly a part of the wedding story is during the processional. 

Although I could theoretically capture this photograph from the front of the church, from that angle the background behind the bride and her father was distracting. Realizing that this was going to be an issue, I quickly moved to the left side of the church and using my telephoto lens framed the image that you see here. I was also pleased to see that this image received some recognition among my peers when it was awarded with a Silver Award at the 2013 WPPI Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition.

First Congregational Church is located in Los Angeles, California. Phone: (213) 355-5240. Website:

Location: 540 Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

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