My last wedding of the year! … Lisa + Chris at the Ritz Carlton and Tivoli Terrace

We did have a few sprinkles on a day that started out looking like rain was a sure thing. I met Lisa and her Mom, sister and bridesmaid at The Ritz Carlton. Always one of my favorite spots for photography. Lisa looked gorgeous! She and her red-haired sister couldn’t look more “un”-alike, but both so beautiful.

We had a great time shooting around the property, did a first look, and then finished with some romantic and fun shots of Lisa and Chris before heading off to Tivoli. Berit (of Makeup By Berit in Laguna Beach) did Lisa’s beautiful makeup, Florals by Jenny did … you guessed it, and Larry of Diamond DJ’s spinned the tunes (or whatever you call it :-); Patrick and Diane were their usual spectacular selves, and a wonderful time was had by all.

My last wedding of the year went out with a bang … and a whole lotta love. Okay, I do realize that this was my second “Lisa and Chris” getting married at a Tivoli property in the past month!

Last minute checking in the mirror.

On the balcony of the room.

Love how this exterior looks like a cityscape.

After the first look, we went to some of my favorite spots at the hotel.

How spectacular is this sunset??? We shot as fast as we could to get as many images as possible with this absolutely incredible sunset! Just doesn't get any better.

The ceremony.

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.

Giving thanks for 2010…

As 2010 nears its end (I can’t believe it … how’d that happen?), I find myself reflecting on what an incredible year I’ve had! So many blessings … Click Chicks was added to the preferred vendor list at a half-dozen additional locations. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing consultants that’ve been on my ‘list’ for a long time:  Jill Watson, Melody Walker, Kelly Bloodworth and Holly Schoenke.  And, I photographed weddings at the three premiere hotel properties in the OC:  The St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton and The Montage.

Of course, none of this would be possible without my clients … Those beautiful couples who entrust me to capture the joy and emotion of their wedding day. What a gift to be the witness to their commitment.

Thank you one and all!!!  Couples, attendants, consultants, florists, caterers, venues, dj’s, officiants, instrumentalists, vocalists, bridal salons, hair and make-up stylists. And, my favorite co-photographer, Laura. It truly takes a village to create a wedding.

I’ve shot thousands and thousands of frames, so it’s extreeeeemely difficult to select highlights, but I’ll share just a few:

Annie + Tom at The St. Regis

Lauren + Scott at The Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach

Sharmeen + Ankur at The Mission San Juan Capistrano and Occasions at Laguna Village

Shalina + Craig at Franciscan Gardens, San Juan Capistrano

Jessica + Claes at The Ritz Carlton • Mark + Monique at the Orange County Heritage Museum • Shalina + Craig at Franciscan Gardens

And, last but not least, Christine + Brian at Franciscan Gardens. The shot of Christine and her bridesmaids at the Mission might be my favorite of the entire year!