christina marries zack

Another sweet wedding filled with love and beautiful emotions when Christina and Zack said their vows. See complete credits at the end of the post.IMG_0107There’s no secret that most photographers, me included, LOVE taking detail shots. Those special items that make your wedding unique to YOU. Rings, vows, your gown, bouquets, and any family mementos that you might have with you on your big day. We never know what props we’ll pull in from the hotel room. In this case, the Surf & Sand here in Laguna Beach, had some terrific beach themed decor that, combined with Christina’s sparkly belt, were the perfect accompaniment for this image.

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Okay, what I know about the couple…
They met when she was 14.
He’s a smarty pants and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCI with a Masters in    Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
They live in Houston.
She’s a chef.
He works for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.
The have a rescue dog named Ginger that they adore; she’s fabulous.
He skateboards and plays guitar.

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The suite at the hotel was gorgeous, and had plenty of room for the bride and the ‘maids and mom to get ready. And Ginger too 🙂

IMG_0300This is the look you want the groom to have when he sees his bride for the first time. And the Surf & Sand has a beautiful spot to stage a First Look.IMG_8395

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IMG_8509Flower girl love. Always makes for a sweet photo.
And this was the single most important shot of the day for Christina. Her and Zack with her grandmother.IMG_0478.jpgA gorgeous day at Occasions at Laguna Village!IMG_8658

IMG_8626Look who was a bridesdog… or is it dogmaid. My friend Ginger.IMG_0846 2

IMG_0913IMG_8749It’s a sealed deal, so on to the beach!IMG_8863Above and below are two of my favorite images of the day.IMG_8770IMG_8806IMG_0996It was getting quite dark, so we used a little fill flash to grab this image. The sailboat was too good to pass up!

IMG_0397-2Cute favors of ground coffee for the morning after.IMG_8912How pretty is this setting?

Photographer | Click Chicks Photography
Second shooter | Jan Simonelli
Getting ready location | Surf & Sand Hotel
Hair | Hair by Shayna (Houston, TX)
Makeup | Makeup by Ashley Aldridge
Grooms and groomsmen attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding & reception venue | Occasions at Laguna Village
Catering | The Cliff Restaurant
Coordinator | Dayna Lewis, A Very Special Day
Florals | La Tulipe

 

she said yes!

Every time I photograph a proposal, I think to myself: “How many people get to witness these beautiful occasions?” Not too many.

This one was extra special, because the proposer’s mom, Patsy, is someone I got to know when I photographed her wedding five years ago. She is pretty incredible, as is her hubby. And she raised a wonderful son, Bud. They all live in Tennessee but travel to Newport regularly and Bud decided he wanted to propose to the adorable Hailey at the beach.

The decoy was family photos for Patsy and Kelly’s anniversary. I did a few shots of the four of them, then as couples. This shot was taken pre-proposal. How cute are they?IMG_7070Patsy told me Bud was nervous, but it didn’t show. And Hailey was really surprised!

IMG_7149Oops, the ring was a bit too small. A bit of a disappointment for Hailey, who couldn’t wait to wear it! They got it re-sized lickety-split before they went home.

IMG_7188IMG_7199IMG_7207IMG_7261IMG_7329Patsy thought of everything, including champagne and red roses for Hailey. It was perfect in every way. I just hope they decide to get married in OC!!!

rustic meets romantic(a) at a casa romantica wedding

IMG_1796-4I seriously count my blessings when it comes to the weddings I photograph overlooking the Pacific. It just doesn’t get much better!

The florals, DIY projects and ocean bluff location at the beautiful Casa Romantica set the stage for a night to remember! The bride and groom were so much fun. I hadn’t met them until the day of their wedding as the details had been handled long distance and by Leeanne’s mom who lives locally.

DIY projects included sewing the mismatched floral napkins for each place setting, adorned with herb sprigs from the family’s garden (also used for the boutonnieres); the table runners; and sourcing vintage teacups and other items for the tablescapes. No table was the same…each unique with different pieces that told different stories.

Complete credits at end.

IMG_0019IMG_0035_MG_5507_MG_5502_MG_5499_MG_5497-2I thought Leanne’s Reem Acra gown was one of the prettiest I’ve seen, and she looked stunning in it. Shoes by Miu Miu._MG_5132_MG_5163I think white florals are timeless and elegant. And a simple baby’s breath bouquet for the ‘maids is perfect._MG_5093_MG_5071

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Photographer | Click Chicks Photography
Venue | Casa Romantica, San Clemente, CA
Wedding Planner | ReUp Design & Events
Florals | Enchanted Fine Florals
Wedding Gown | Reem Acra
Brides Shoes | Miu Miu
Bridal Accessories | Kleinfeld Bridal
Groom’s Attire | Balenciaga tux; Prada shirt/tie; Converse shoes
Caterer | Iva Lee’s
Sweets | Sweet & Saucy Shop
DJ | E Mobile Music

maria + tony’s rockin’ engagement session

Of course I’ll go wherever my couple wants, if they have a preference or location that’s special to them. But, I definitely have a few favorites for engagement sessions. One of them is the historic part of San Juan Capistrano. There are lots of great textures, architectural details, and variety of backgrounds to create different moods.

When you have a bride-to-be as gorgeous as Maria, it’s just hard to stop shooting! We had a ball, and I love that Tony brought his red guitar as a prop.

You may remember the movie or play, “West Side Story.” The lead characters had the same names and an ill fated love story. Not so for THIS Maria and Tony. Destined for a long, happy life together.

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so…let’s talk about the richard nixon library

I have to say, the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, is stunning. The grounds are beautiful and include a rose garden, reflecting pool, and the small home that was Nixon’s  birthplace. The beautiful indoor event space is a recreation of the White House East Room with high ceilings, chandeliers, etc.

Gaby and Adrian’s request was that I edit their photos with some in black & white, and others a palette a little moodier/darker than what I’d call “true color.” Happy to oblige!

Here’s the stunning bride, Gaby, securing her veil.IMG_1192-3The ceremony was at a church in Yorba Linda.IMG_1324-3The guys being guys at the Library.IMG_1126-3S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.IMG_1245-2I love this shot.IMG_1442-3The white clapboard background, with the little pop of flower color in the lower left, makes this shot!IMG_1429-3IMG_1456-3This image makes me smile every time I look at it. The low angle makes it look like Adrian’s jumping even higher than he actually was. Killing it!IMG_1468-3IMG_1475-3Sweet first dance as husband and wife.IMG_1577-3IMG_1655-2Okay, so let’s talk about how I nailed the bouquet aloft 🙂IMG_1694-2

introducing the culvers!

You know how much I love a good love story… but aren’t they all good? This one begins when Matt and Hadhyja met in the fall of 2014 at a Halloween party. Matt was an outlaw biker, Hadhyja was a member of the SWAT team. Perfect, yes? And proof that opposites truly do attract. They’ve been from LA to Chicago, and now the OC. I have to admit that it took me a while to get the pronunciation of her Brazilian name correct, but I finally got it :-).

The proposal happened last Thanksgiving in the Paso Robles wine country. And just about a year later, their wedding took place at Occasions in Laguna Village. Complete credits are at the end.

Both Hadhyja and Matt got ready at Laguna’s Surf & Sand Hotel, which is a perfect spot. The rooms are… well… roomy, which is nice when you have a few people getting hair and make-up, dressing, and helping the bride.

Here’s Hadhyja’s mom zipping and buttoning. BTW, she’s also named Hadhyja. AJ1A1534Fantasy Florals always does an amazing job. These were simple and elegant.AJ1A1509Hadhyja’s gorgeous gown was custom made in Brazil.

AJ1A1548How much do I love a first look? Plenty!!!AJ1A1570AJ1A1571IMG_7695IMG_7735The arches at the Surf & Sand are the perfect frame for first look photos.IMG_7704IMG_7814Lots more beautiful spots for photography nearby.IMG_7847AJ1A1608IMG_7860IMG_7899IMG_7905Then to Occasions for the ceremony and reception. What a spectacular day overlooking the Pacific. Check out the custom aisle runner, hand painted by Amanda of Fantasy Floral Designs. AJ1A1794This is a bouquet type I don’t often see, but it’s really pretty. Called a presentation, or pageant, bouquet. Hadhyja’s is simple lilies, a little dusty miller, and eucalyptus.IMG_8120Now, THAT’S a veil.AJ1A1888IMG_8158Acknowledging the Moms.IMG_8182My favorite officiant, Don Johnson, always interjects humor with his heartfelt ceremonies.AJ1A1983IMG_8376Just steps from the venue is this incredible spot.AJ1A2123AJ1A2115The babies breath was such a nice touch.AJ1A2271A winter sunset is hard to beat. IMG_8641

Photography | Click Chicks Photography
Getting ready | Surf & Sand Hotel, Laguna Beach
HMUA | Pure Beauty by Danielle
Gown | Custom made in Brazil
Florals | Fantasy Floral Design
Venue | Occasions at Laguna Village
Officiant | Don Johnson
Coordinator | Dayna Lewis, A Very Special Day

christina & jon are SO married

This wedding was so special, down to the last detail. Complete credits at the end of this post.

Let’s start with the gorgeous bride, Christina. She lives and works in L.A. (at Paramount Studios) but has family in coastal OC, so they chose Laguna Beach for their wedding. I hadn’t met her in person before her wedding day, so I had no idea what she would be like. What a happy surprise! She’s so beautiful, sweet, calm, and lots of other great things 🙂 Her gown was designed by Kelly Faetanini and Christina positively rocked it to the max! I wasn’t familiar with the designer so of course I checked out the website. In addition to spectacular gowns, I found some great bridal advice about them. Here’s just one point she made:

Don’t judge a gown by its hanger appeal. Every gown has a unique shape, and although you may not like a certain silhouette based on the way it’s hanging, I always tell my brides to try it anyway, because it might surprise them. Many gowns lack hanger appeal, but look amazing on the body. I have seen brides fall in love and say yes to a gown that they initially did not want to try on!

Then there was her hair. A stunning loose updo, with a beautiful embellishment.

She and her ‘maids and moms got ready at Casa Laguna. I was reminded how many beautiful backdrops there are at this historic b&b. The Spanish architecture, beautiful interiors, and tile work, make it the perfect choice, in my opinion.

IMG_2700I couldn’t resist asking Christina if she would be willing to get in the tub. She was a great sport! And finding the oranges in the kitchen to add a pop of color, was a stroke of luck.

IMG_5224Can’t go wrong with Badgeley Mischka!

IMG_5117Always fun to find a unique way to photograph rings. Typical would be in the bride’s bouquet. But personally I like something a little different. This is part of a light fixture.

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This corner is so special. I edited these two images differently and still can’t decide which one I like better! Left is more natural, right is moody.

Then we move on to the first look. The lighting at the spot I’ve used previously was so harsh at this time of day, it would’ve caused shadows and squinting. So, improvisation was required. We opted for the driveway into a parking structure for an urban vibe. Love the blue railing.

Cathedral length veil… swoon. Belongs to Christina’s maid of honor.

IMG_5457Note how well Jon’s suit fits 🙂 Not a rental; he owns it.

I must say, I am a fan of the “almost all white” bouquet. So elegant. Carly was the best MOH ever!

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I hope naked cakes never go out of style. I don’t know about you, but I think the frosting is unnecessary 🙂

The ceremony site at Occasions at Laguna Village has never looked prettier. We happened to have a breezy day, which brought the draping to a new and wonderful level. The white dance floor was down, the florals were gorgeous, added lanterns and arrangements at the end of the rows added one more pop of color, and the sky and ocean were “something blue.”

I love this angle as Christina goes down the stairs to her waiting groom.IMG_3149

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Down to the sand for a few, then what may have become my “signature shot” … the middle of Coast Highway. It’s not as dangerous as it may appear, for reasons I won’t go into :-). I love it!

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A choreographed dance is a nice surprise for your guests.IMG_6160There’s a reason it’s called “the golden hour.”

 

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A perfect day for a wonderful couple. Thank you, Christina and Jon for sharing it with me.

Photography: Click Chicks Photography
Second photographer: Jan Simonelli
Hair & Makeup: Genna Khein
Gown: Kelly Faetanini, “Inez”
Veil: maid of honor
Shoes: Badgeley Mischka
Bridesmaid dresses: Weddington Way
Groom/Groomsmen attire: Indochino
Wedding bands: Capri Jewelry
Getting ready: Casa Laguna Inn
Wedding/reception venue: Occasions at Laguna Village
Florals: Fantasy Floral Designs
Coordinator: Dayna Lewis, A Very Special Day
DJ: Lucas, AAV Entertainment