Small wedding. Big love.

 

Danny and Sarah live in Colorado and Sarah dreamed of having a wedding on the beach. What better than Laguna Beach? And Divers Cove in particular. This was last Friday, 6/3. BTW, Danny’s the lead singer in a hot band called 888, who were just at Bottlerock. (Wish I’d been there, too!)

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The tide was definitely iffy, but it cooperated long enough.  High tide was at the exact time the ceremony was to take place and we made it! Good thing there were only about 30 guests.

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Sarah is a beautiful bride. What a smile.

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There aren’t any traditional wedding venues within walking distance of Heisler Park, so I don’t typically get a chance to take this type of photo. Palm trees, grass, AND ocean.

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And I also love the stone benches/sculptures at Heisler. They left the next day for their ‘moon at Zihuatanejo. Hope they come back to visit So. CA. That’s the trouble with photographing destination weddings to Laguna. I often don’t get to see my couples again. Boo hoo.

Another “Tiny Wedding”

I closed out 2016 with another “Tiny Wedding.” This one was the adorable Sami marrying her soldier just days before he was deployed overseas. Although the skies in Laguna Beach were dreary that day, the smiles couldn’t have been sunnier. What a sweet couple.

The location was the gazebo in Heisler Park (Laguna Beach), which never looked prettier! And I love Sami’s vintage mink stole. It crossed my mind several times that she has an Adele vibe going on, don’t you think?

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Sami’s pretty maids…

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Love these lighthearted moments in an otherwise serious ceremony.

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The look of love.

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Sealed with a kiss.

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Love the colors here. And Sami looks so pretty.

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They love Heisler Park and beach, so I had to get a shot with the sign.

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Tiny Weddings

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I think I might’ve coined a new phrase: Tiny Weddings. You’ve no doubt heard of “tiny houses?” As little as 300 square feet (!), they’ve become quite the rage as people downsize their lives. All I can say is, the smaller my house is, the bigger my storage unit! So, that term can translate to weddings as well. I had the pleasure of photographing two #tinyweddings at the end of 2016. While small in size they were still B-I-G in love and emotion and I was honored to play a role.

First up: Sakeenah and Regis … now Mr. and Mrs. Ndabadugitse. They’re been together nearly a decade and decided it was time to tie the knot. Regis is from one of the smallest countries in Africa — Burundi. Due to its general instability, he and his family came to the US. Their civil ceremony was at Laguna Hills City Hall and attended only by close family members, followed by photos there.

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Stunning family on both sides.

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Love this spot inside City Hall.

Then to the beach in Laguna, where Sakeenah’s dad talked about the African American tradition of Jumping the Broom, a custom practiced in antebellum slavery when a couple couldn’t wed legally. It’s come to mean sweeping away the old and welcoming new beginnings, joining two families, and a respectful nod to ancestors. img_2260img_2265img_2288Some final shots on the beach and La Casa del Camino, before a rooftop lunch for the family at Mozambique.

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my photography featured on borrowed & blue

Always fun to get an email from a well-known wedding blog that one of my weddings has been featured! Check it out at Leeanne & Michael on Borrowed and Blue Lovely remembering that gorgeous day at Casa Romantica. Such a beautiful spot! The view just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Stephanie + Greg Get Married at Dana Point Gazebo & Reception at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach

Okay, so how often have I blogged about a wedding the day after? In a word… never! Until now. I could hardly wait until this morning to upload the images from Stephanie and Greg’s wedding day yesterday! What a photographer’s dream … First of all, Stephanie was absolutely breaktaking with a vintage style including cage veil — which I love. And Greg, who is never without a cap, was the most dashing and edgy groom. An amazing couple and a day filled with incredible photo opportunities.

To narrow the field to just a few photos was extreeeeeemly challenging, but here goes.

They got married in a beautiful gazebo outside the charming Blue Lantern Inn. Then we went down to the Ocean Institute and the beach…. after stopping for a quick shot on a beach cruiser bicycle sitting outside the inn.  Couldn’t resist!Then a cool urban backdrop we found. Maybe my favorite shots o’ the day.

A passerby wanted to take a shot himself, and my co-photographer, Laura, had the brilliant idea to use the image in the foreground of one of our photos! Love, Love, LOVE!

And, a lively reception for friends and family at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach.  It’s so warm and cozy with the tent.