Joyce + Mike’s First Look at The Center Club, Costa Mesa

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This couple’s love story culminated at their beautiful Center Club wedding. The property has so many fantastic spots for shooting. We staged their first look using these two ah-mazing chairs. They’re like beautifully padded cocoons, so once we got Mike in place with his eyes closed, Joyce tiptoed to the second chair. Little by little they scooted forward until they saw each other. Sigh. This is just one snippet from the day. More to come!

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The Center Club Celebration

Okay, let’s talk about the gorgeous Center Club in Costa Mesa (adjacent to the Performing Arts Center). It underwent an amazing renovation a year or so ago and it’s truly spectacular. One of my favorite places in the OC. It’s owned by Club Corp, who has — I think — about 200 properties. They celebrated their best, brightest and highest achieving sales/catering/special events staff last week from all the properties across the U.S., and I was fortunate enough to photograph this special evening at the Club.

They sure know how to throw a party! And, they also know how to have F-U-N at a party!!! A great time was had by all, including me!

Champagne skirt.

Champagne skirt.

Living red carpet... went all the way to the valet station.

Living red carpet… went all the way to the valet station.

Amazing CC staff.

Amazing CC staff.

Inventive way to use kitchen appliances in a food display, yes?

Inventive way to use kitchen appliances in a food display, yes?

So beautiful. And delicious!

So beautiful. And delicious!

Wish I could've been alone with this shellfish display! I could've done some damage.

Wish I could’ve been alone with this shellfish display! I could’ve done some damage.

Model in a tub serving martinis. Yes, a daily occurrence :-)

Model in a tub serving martinis. Yes, a daily occurrence 🙂

Ever seen a girl in a champagne glass? I hadn't!

Ever seen a girl in a champagne glass? I hadn’t!

Another amazing special touch.

Another amazing special touch.

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Called Crack Pie. I can personally tell you why.

Called Crack Pie. I can personally tell you why.

Yup. Adam Lasher, OC guy from this season of American Idol.

Yup. Adam Lasher, OC guy from this season of American Idol.

"Rude" French waiters. Complete with tutus.

“Rude” French waiters. Complete with tutus.

Juan from Invisible Touch. He got the party S-T-A-R-T-E-D!

Juan from Invisible Touch. He got the party S-T-A-R-T-E-D!

Part of the amazing CC team.

Part of the amazing CC team.