A most amazing and romantic proposal

Ladies, this is a spoiler alert…you’re going to have a serious case of Boyfriend Envy if you read further about the proposal I had the great pleasure of photographing over the weekend by the amazingly romantic Jake, to the sweet and beautiful Pauline! Yes, I’m an Orange County wedding photographer, but proposal opportunities are not nearly as frequent as I’d like.

Not the typical rotunda photo. Yes, you'll see those also :-)

Not the typical rotunda photo. Yes, you’ll see those also 🙂

They were on a weekend getaway from L.A., and Jake had reserved a 1400 square foot ocean view suite. Of course, there were flower arrangements of her faves waiting in the suite. He’d told Pauline that he’d contracted with a photographer to shoot with them on the property (yours truly) for about an hour, which we did.

A truly pampered pooch with his own monogramed hotel pillow.

A truly pampered pooch with his own monogramed hotel pillow.

Considering Jake was just recovering from ankle surgery, we did a great job hitting some of the iconic spots in the hotel in a mere 60 minutes.

Stairs at the spectacular rotunda.

Stairs at the spectacular rotunda.

How can you not love the spectacular ceiling?

How can you not love the spectacular ceiling?

A quick stop off at the lobby bar. No time for a beverage!

A quick stop off at the lobby bar. No time for a beverage!

Fave shot o' the day.

Fave shot o’ the day.

A little less intense.

A little less intense.

Another favorite.

Another favorite.

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I was crazy about them both immediately, and could totally feel their HUGE love for one another. Upon my “fake” departure, I suggested they visit the serene Botanical Garden for a sunset glass of champagne.

Immediately after bidding adieu, I hightailed it over there myself, where the proposal was to take place. There were four St. Regis staff members, including a butler to pour the chilled Dom Perignon, plus a guitarist, vocalist, and the incredible Gundula, Chef Concierge of the hotel, making sure everything was top notch. Which, of course, it was. No less would be expected of the St. Regis, right?st_regis_hotel_propsal_photos_18

The gazebo was strung with lights, heaters were provided lest Pauline get a chill, and a car to deliver them to the site. Outside the gazebo were votive candles spelling out “MARRY ME?”, and red and white rose petals along the votive lined pathway.

We were behind the rosemary hedge when they arrived at this magical spot, and I do believe it took Pauline a minute to realize that this was all for her.

The look on both of their faces was indescribable and actually, such an intimate moment, I don’t feel comfortable sharing the actual proposal  😦

But you’ll get the idea.

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I do believe she said "YES!"

I do believe she said “YES!”

Gorgeous, yes?

Gorgeous, yes?

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And a lifetime of magic is just beginning.

And a lifetime of magic is just beginning.

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!

Annie+Tom, a St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach wedding

I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful couple, on a beautiful day, at the beautiful St. Regis Hotel in Monarch Beach.  Annie and Tom were so easygoing, and fun to work with!  And the property has so many incredible spots for amazing images!  It’s a photographer’s dream day.

“The Kellys” (Kelly O’Dell of the St. Regis, and Kelly Bloodworth, owner and mastermind of Bella B Events) had the day running like a finely tuned machine.  Kelly B. produced and coordinated the wedding, and no detail was left undone (http://www.bellabme.com). She is the epitome of calm in a sea of what could easily become chaos!  I highly recommend her and her company.

Here’s Annie (and her Christian Louboutin shoes!), before the wedding.

After the ceremony, we went through the hotel hitting all the ‘hot spots’.

Here are some of my favorites…

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