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.

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A gorgeous puffy cloud day.

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I think they’re married!

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

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Even a parking lot can provide an interesting backdrop!

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

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First dance.

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

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

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Priceless view from Occasions.

LOVE this.

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

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

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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.