What a perfect day for a backyard wedding! Actually the wedding of Kelley and Jared was held on the beach in Corona Del Mar, California but the beautiful reception was back in Costa Mesa at their home. We stared the day in Costa Mesa for getting ready shots and right after that our wonderful spontaneous bride decided that it awesome to go for a jump in a bounce house that was setting up across the street for a birthday party. Of course she was right! The photos from the bounce house were indeed awesome! We soon may our way down to the beach for the ceremony. Our biggest challenge that day was the bright beach sun but we found a way to minimize the brightness to get some great shots. Then it was off to their home for the reception. Kelley and Jared’s friend Kim and Sarah from the Love Riot handled all the coordinating, table decor, place cards, and lots of wonderful personal touches. Congratulations on your new lives together as husband and wife! Thanks for having us be there.
One of the most unique places in Southern California is the tower at Victoria Beach. Who says that you can’t find any castles in California. This spot captivates visitors and have them wondering why it’s even there. The structure was built in 1926, at the same time as the Norman House on the cliff above, the 60-foot-tall concrete tower with a stone foundation has been a Laguna Beach icon for many years. It’s no wonder why so many Southern California photographers flock to this beautiful spot. Monique and Austin are huge beach fans so this location for their engagement session was just what the doctor ordered for them.
Julissa and Christopher were married next to the ocean at the ideally located and beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. One of the most amazing locations in Southern California. This wedding was definitely a labour of love for me because Julissa and I have been friends for a number of years. Surrounded by their family and friends (many in from the East Coast and Texas) the ceremony was touching and very personal. Julissa, Christopher and their guests then enjoyed the reception seated under the big top of a custom event tent and dancing into the night.
What an absolutely perfect wedding day it was at the beautiful Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach. We started the day out early at the Surf and Sand Resort for getting ready shots and some pre-ceremony images on the beach behind the resort. I took a few pictures of the girls helping Vanessa with the final touches and then stepped outside to the beach with more room for the group shot. I had some fun with the bridal party on the beach with some funny impromptu running shots. We jumped in the limo for a quick drive up to Tivoli Too for the ceremony. The reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and then gradually transformed into a full blown party. Overall, the entire day was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being there! Below are few of my favorite shots from Vanessa and Spencer’s day. Enjoy!