Downtown Fresno Wedding at Arte Americas

Lynette + Eric’s Downtown Fresno Wedding

Downtown Fresno wedding party

Lynette + Eric braved the scorching Central Valley summer heat to have their dream Downtown Fresno wedding! How? Lots of shade, hundreds of water bottles, and an incredible crew to celebrate alongside them. (I’m not bias just because I happen to be married to one of the guys in their ‘I Do’ crew)

Eric is my brother-in-law, so this wedding was such a gift to capture. His twin, Kyle, is the blurry guy on the far right of the photo above. Kyle is also my husband. Small world 😉

It’s such an honor to welcome Lynette into our family! She’s so kind, thoughtful, and has such a passion for serving those experiencing injustice. Lynette is truly a light in this world, and we’re blessed to know her.

If you want to hear about how Lynette + Eric met, or how Eric first described Lynette, you should check out their San Francisco engagement photos.

Groom details of shoes, tie, and flowers
Bridal details of shoes, jewelry, and flowers
Groomsmen boutonnieres in Central Valley
Flora Flower Co florals
Bridal details in Central Valley
Bridal portraits in the Central Valley
Bridal portraits by Central Valley photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bridesmaids in Downtown Fresno wedding
Downtown Fresno wedding party
Bridal details in Central California
Mother of the bride helps bride into her dress in Central California
Mother of the bride helps bride into her dress in Central Valley California
Bride's first look with father in Central California
Bride's first look with father in the Central Valley

Lynette + Eric decided to share their First Look together privately before the ceremony. A First Look is a planning moment during the wedding day in which the bride and groom plan to see one another for the first time. Traditionally, the First Look occurs when the couple first sees one another as one partner walks down the aisle towards the other.

This nontraditional approach to their First Look was one of their favorite parts of the wedding day.

They were able to share in the joy of such an exciting day without feeling rushed to the next event. Eric also took the opportunity to gift Lynette a few sentimental items that brought along some tears.

Bride and groom first look in church in the Central Valley
Bride and groom first look in church in the Central Valley by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom first look in church in the Central Valley by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom first look in church in the Central California by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom first look in church in the Central Valley by Fresno wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography

Afterward, we did some posed bride and groom portraits in the church. It was still earlier in the afternoon, but the temperature was already in the low 100s. I knew we would be limited for their portraits later in the day because of the heat. These bride and groom portraits in the church ended up being so lovely.

Downtown Fresno bride and groom portraits
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central Valley wedding photographer
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central Valley wedding photographer
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central Valley wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central California wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central Valley wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Fresno wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Willow Avenue Mennonite Church details
Ceremony church details
Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits by Central Valley wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography

Soon it was time for their ceremony!

Bride and father of the bride walk down the aisle
Father of the bride gives her away to groom in church ceremony
Bride and groom at church alter
Bride and groom at church alter in the Central Valley
Bride and groom at church alter in Fresno
Bride and groom at church alter at Fresno wedding
Bride and groom at church alter at Downtown Fresno wedding

Lynette + Eric made the decision to invest in a second shooter for their wedding. If you’re on the fence about a second shooter, I 100% recommend you go for it! Because they had two different photographers working their ceremony, they were able to get so many incredible angles in such a short amount of time.

One of the biggest reasons to hire a second shooter is that they will be able to capture some special moments that you main photographer may have missed. For instance, your main photographer may capture the bride walking down the aisle and the groom’s reaction. If your main photographer is up front capturing those special moments, then who would get a photo of the back of your dress as it trails down the aisle?

Check out these photos of Lynette + Eric’s first kiss for another example of two different views!

Bride and groom share first kiss
Bride and groom share first kiss in Central Valley
Bride and groom share first kiss at Downtown Fresno wedding

After their beautiful ceremony and family portraits in the church, the wedding crew hopped in the car and headed to Downtown Fresno. I had scoped out a few spot that I thought would offer a neutral cityscape background while being 100% shaded in the early afternoon. The spot was perfect to combat the 110 degree heat!

Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central Valley photographer
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central Valley photographer
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central Valley photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central Valley photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central California photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central California photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by Central California photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Downtown Fresno wedding party urban portraits by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits in Central Valley
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits in Central Valley
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits in Central California
Urban Downtown Fresno wedding bride and groom portraits in Central Valley by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography

We all hopped in the car again to the next location: their reception at cultural art center, Arte Americas. Arte regularly hosts summer concerts, community events, and art exhibits featuring local + international artists. Regular performances include danzantes folkloricos, Mariachi ensembles, as well as films and presentations by Latinx poets, authors, writers, novelists and videographers.

It was the perfect spot to celebrate Lynette + Eric’s wedding reception in the heart of Downtown Fresno!

Bride and groom during wedding reception at Arte Americas in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom first dance at wedding reception at Arte Americas in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom during wedding reception at Arte Americas in Downtown Fresno
Taco truck reception catoring
Reception details at Arte Americas
Father of the bride and daughter first dance
Father of the bride and daughter first dance at Arte Americas
Father of the bride and daughter first dance at Arte Americas in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom first dance at Arte Americas
Bride and groom first dance at Arte Americas in Central Valley
Sunset portraits of bride and groom in Downtown Fresno Arte Americas
Mother of the groom and groom share their first dance at Arte Americas
Mother of the groom and groom share their first dance at Arte Americas in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom cut their cake during their Downtown Fresno wedding reception at Arte Americas
Bride and groom cut their cake during their Downtown Fresno wedding reception at Arte Americas by wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom cut their cake during their Downtown Fresno wedding reception at Arte Americas by Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom cut their cake during their Downtown Fresno wedding reception at Arte Americas by Central California wedding photographer Ashley Norton Photography
Bride and groom dance at their wedding reception in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom dance at their wedding reception in Downtown Fresno at Arte Americas
Bride and groom dance at their wedding reception in Downtown Fresno at Arte Americas
Bride and groom dance at their wedding reception in Downtown Fresno at Arte Americas
Bride and groom run through tunnel of their wedding guests in Downtown Fresno
Bride and groom run through tunnel of their wedding guests at Downtown Fresno reception

Lynette + Eric, the love you two share for one another and your hearts for service are such an inspiration. May you continue to support, honor, and cherish one another as you navigate your new lives together. I’m honored to have been your wedding photographer, and to get the opportunity to come alongside you two in this new season of life.

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Downtown Fresno Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Ashley Norton Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Metamorphosis Events

Florals: Flora Flower Co

Hair: Diana Rebman

Makeup: Mason Makeup

DJ: Level Up DJs

Rentals: Stockroom Picks + Expo Event Rentals

Ceremony Venue: Willow Avenue Mennonite Church

Ceremony Venue Architect: Paul Haljian Architects

Reception Venue: Arte Americas

Cake: Frosted Cakery

Mariachi: Mariachi Alas De Plata

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