caroline + chad’s sweet laguna beach wedding

I just love this couple — Caroline and Chad. They are the sweetest. Their wedding was small, with only one attendant on each side… but let me say, Ann, Caroline’s MOH and BFF rocked the socks off her “duties.” When you have multiple bridesmaids, they can divvy up the various things that need to be attended to…. such as: having the details ready for us when we arrive at the hotel (shoes, jewelry, garter, rings, vows, and the like), helping put the gown on, carrying incidentals the bride may need throughout the day, wrangling the family for posed formals, etc. etc.) Ladies, take note: the bride should not have to worry about a THING. She’s got enough on her mind, so you are making a very important contribution to her day.

And if you noticed Caroline has an amazing figure, she does! She works as a middle school PE teacher.

See full credits at the end of the post.

Gorgeous Badgley Mishka sparkly shoes look even more beautiful with an ocean background.IMG_4961

Some images call for black and white. To me, it can take you deeper into the “story.”


I hadn’t seen the “Kiss the Miss” line before. Caroline’s BFFs  gave this to her pre-wedding. I think its adorable. As is her personalized bride wine glass.


The aforementioned MOH, Ann 🙂 Caroline’s gown had button loops in addition to a zipper. Takes a little more time to fasten. Note to self: put crochet hook in camera bag.IMG_5071

First look. Very satisfying 🙂 They both got ready at Laguna Riviera. Caroline had plenty of space in the bungalow below the hotel.IMG_9019IMG_9038No, you’re not seeing double. Chad’s got a twin, Brent.IMG_9189Other than the sand, favorite spot near Occasions at Laguna Village. IMG_5211Same place, other direction. Like the perspective.IMG_5251

Brick looks so textural in black & white.IMG_5284Going down the stairs to the ceremony. Last shot as a single guy.

IMG_9246Same for Caroline. One last look before going down the stairs.IMG_9254Love this angle. And the joy radiating from the spectacular Caroline.IMG_9269With her Dad after walking down the aisle.IMG_5390IMG_9327

Best view in town. And the “something blue.”IMG_5413Love the lighthearted, spontaneous moments during the ceremony.IMG_5420IMG_5439IMG_5462The chandelier adds some bling to the ceremony space, and eliminates the need for fancy florals.
IMG_9359IMG_5493As Chad and Caroline said, their wedding was small, but everyone in attendance was very important to them.IMG_9399Just before the sun crossed the horizon, we got this shot by the ceremony space.IMG_5683But then, we went to the sand and captured a few more amazing images. Only possible with off camera flash, as the light was going. Fast.IMG_5697Shot o’the day, IMHO. Some fancy editing on this one to balance the colors and minimize shadows created by using flash. Very happy with the results!IMG_5705


monique + steven get married at occasions at laguna village

I’ll admit … I went a little crazy with this post. I just couldn’t narrow the field to fewer than these 25 images. What can I say? Monique was a stunning bride. I loved the piece she added to her gown around her shoulders, to make it extra special, rather than “just another beautiful strapless gown.” I think it absolutely made the dress.

And, as you know, I love shooting at Occasions at Laguna Village. The setting just can’t get any better. Their wedding was in the middle of a sunny day, so lighting was tricky, but we made it work. There’s no other option, right!

Kudos, as always to Dayna and her daughter, who coordinate Occasions weddings flawlessly; Annie of La Tulipe Florals who always wows; and Rev. Michael Ahern, who performed a heartfelt and touching ceremony.

Starting the processional. The moment when reality hits and the groom and guests see her for the first time.

Starting the processional. The moment when reality hits and the groom and guests see her for the first time.


A gorgeous puffy cloud day.


I think they’re married!


Brown’s Park, the little walkway just north of the property.


Even a parking lot can provide an interesting backdrop!



Just a white wall in the corner of the property. Gorgeous!!!


First dance.


Groom and Mom is always a shot that has so much emotion.


Giving myself props for capturing the bouquet before it was caught 🙂


Priceless view from Occasions.

LOVE this.

I love this shot AND the little pocket park where this metal fence resides. Isn’t it beautiful?


One of those serendipitous moments that turns into a beautiful capture.

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Click Chicks featured on Borrowed & Blue

Always fun to be acknowledged and have your photos on a cool wedding website. We love Borrowed & Blue! And of course, Jen & Rich.


The gorgeousity that is Jen

I had to invent a new word for Jen. Gorgeousity with a capital G. This late summer wedding was at one of my favorite Laguna Beach venues … Occasions at Laguna Village. Thank you, Dayna for making it such a pleasure to work at the property. The site is just unparalleled for ocean proximity and it’s ‘goes forever’ coastline view. Jen got ready at the nearby Pacific Edge Hotel, which I also love.

So… you’ll see why I enjoyed shooting this wedding so much!!! Rich and Jen are so much fun. And the groomsmen were a kick! The couple met in L.A. where she lived and had a long distance relationship for two years as Rich lived in New York. She’s now happily relocated there as they start their new life together. And… she’s a block from my favorite NY deli — Katz’s!!!

Congratulations to Jen and Rich!!!


The shot with the shoes, purse and garter was actually the headboard of the bed! Perfect little cubbies to make this super cute!


LOVE the color of the chair at the hotel.



Seashells, pink, pearls and lovebirds. That pretty much says says it all!!!

Laurie + Thomas’ oceanfront wedding at ‘Occasions at Laguna Village’

Shooting at Occasions is the best! Everything goes so smoothly … Dayna is the utmost professional, the picture of calm, and always has everything under control. The setting is unparalleled, overlooking the beautiful beach of Laguna. There are several hotels within a few blocks to choose from to get ready. Laurie and Thomas chose Pacific Edge. Laurie did her own hair and makeup and looked stunning!!! What a gorgeous girl. And we loved Thomas’ twinkling eyes. He’s one happy guy.

So … the story is, Thomas decided it was time to get serious about finding a wife. He wrote a detailed list with the qualities and characteristics he wanted to find in a woman. It was so specific that he listed “kindergarten teacher.” When he met Laurie, he was immediately smitten. No surprise there! As they talked, he went out on a limb and said “You’re a kindergarten teacher.” She was shocked, to say the least, and then told him he was only a little off … she actually teaches second grade.

They fell in love, and well, the rest is history. I’m so glad I got to share their special day.

By the way, what I’m doing with images these days is finding a signature ‘look’ for each wedding. You’ll see that all of the following have a similar ‘feeling’ about them.

See what I mean about Laurie?

Note the “I do” on the bottom of her shoes.

The wall color in the Pacific Edge guest rooms are the perfect turquoise to set the getting ready series of photos.

The perfect bridal portrait. I loved the pink flowers … don’t know what they are. I’ve never seen them before!

Here comes the bride!

Aren’t the flowers above the arch gorgeous?

Can you see the bubbles?

Always fun to see what the tide is doing!

So pretty.

Perhaps my favorite shot of the day. Or at least in the top few.

Love this spot, just north of Occasions.

Christine + Kevin ~ Part I, getting ready at the Ritz Carlton

So much for June gloom this summer day in Laguna Beach!

Christine and Kevin had a spectacular wedding day starting at The Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel.

Always fun to find a new way to showcase accessories!

There are many incredible spots for taking photos at the hotel.  We started with Christine as she finished getting ready, then did a ‘first look’ in a quiet corner that I love. Afterwards we went to some of our favorite interior and exterior locations on the property before heading north to Occasions at Laguna Village.

I had a very difficult time making the cut on photos to post. Fell in love with so many of them!!!

Absolutely loved this gown; especially the one jeweled strap. So elegant.

Might be my favorite pic of the day ...maybe of all time! Feels so editorial.

Okay, so here's Perception. See next image.

"Reality". Steps away from the beautiful scene we set up was the family, aka paparazzi.

Mckenzie + Mike at Occasions at Laguna Village

Thank you, Kim, for conceiving this shot. I love it! And, can you believe our bride was able to work these shoes?

Mckenzie and Mike got married on yet another gorgeous, blue Laguna Beach day. She and her bridesmaids got ready at Pacific Edge Hotel, then we all walked up the road to Occasions. And here’s one … our groom had a female “Best Man”.  A first for me! Also, might’ve been the shortest ceremony I’ve ever heard; guess they were anxious to say “I do”! What a beautiful and happy bride.

Such a happy bride! (And this was PRE ceremony.)

Beautiful bridesmaids!