wai sie + richard’s wedding at laguna cliffs marriott

I’ve always loved this hotel, and even more so since their remodel a few years back. Contrary to the name of the property, it sits atop a hill overlooking Dana Point with magnificent harbor and ocean vistas. And, let’s talk about this couple! They recently relocated from CT, where he worked at Yale School of Medicine in research, to Northern CA where he accepted a position with Stanford.

I first met Wai Sie and Richard when they traveled West to book their venue and talk to other vendors, and was thrilled when I was chosen as their Orange County photographer. They are absolutely charming in every way and the joy they shared with their guests was delightful. It was a destination for all, as Wai Sie’s family and bridal attendants are mostly from England. Of course, our late Summer coastal weather was divine.

Kudos to:

Venue: Laguna Cliffs Marriott; Catering Director Winona Wong

Planner: Vanessa at V3 Events

Florist: Heavenly Blooms

Cake: It’s All About the Cake

DJ: Ralph at Vox DJ

Second Photographer: Maryanne McGuire

Enjoy!

I just love this wall behind the reception desk in the lobby! The uplighting and texture make it the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous gown.

I just love this wall behind the reception desk in the lobby! The uplighting and texture make it the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous gown.

 

The handsome dudes.

The handsome dudes.

 

First look. Always LOVE that moment.

First look. Always LOVE that moment.

I think the red curb adds just the right pop of color.

I think the red curb adds just the right pop of color

 

Lovely lighting and window detail in the lobby.

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How happy is Wai Sie?

How happy is Wai Sie?

Who can resist taking a few shots next to the vintage Woody at the hotel's entrance?

Who can resist taking a few shots next to the vintage Woody at the hotel’s entrance?

One of my favorites of the entire day. And it HAD to be in black and white, don't you think?

One of my favorites of the entire day. And it HAD to be in black and white, don’t you think?

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It was indeed bright in the late afternoon, so they provided sunglasses for their guests.

It was indeed bright in the late afternoon, so they provided sunglasses for their guests.

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Wai Sie changed into a "dancy" dress for their first dance. Great job guys!

Wai Sie changed into a “dancy” dress for their first dance. Great job guys!

Love the feeling created by the completely burnt-out sky.

Love the feeling created by the completely burnt-out sky.

What can be said about this beautiful image? I can't think of a thing.

What can be said about this beautiful image? I can’t think of a thing.

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