Venue:La Venta Inn / www.laventa.com

Caterer: New York Food Company / www.newyorkfood.com
Church: Wayfarers Chapel / www.wayfarerschapel.org

St. Josephs Cathedral and The Prada in Balboa Park are great locations for wedding photography. The architecture provides a beautiful backdrop. Allyson and Logans wedding day started at the Manchester Grand Hyatt with getting ready, family and wedding party photos, then on to the church and more photos at Balboa Park. Wedding coordinator Susanne Duffy kept the large group organized and the timeline running smoothly. Three Ways Beautiful hair and makeup made Allyson look stunning, and Jennifer Cole Florals white orchid centerpieces perfectly complimented the elegant white color scheme and historic Prada ballroom. I was the wedding photographer for Logan’s sister 10 years ago, so it was great to see Renetta and the family again.

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Susanne Duffy, Crown Weddings / www.crownweddings.com

Hair and Makeup: Three Ways Beautiful / www.threewaysbeautiful.com

Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals / www.jennifercoleflorals.com
 
Church: St. Joseph’s Cathedral / www.sdcathedral.org
 
Reception: The Prado at Balboa Park / www.cohnrestaurants.com

 

 

A southern California wedding along the coast with a spectacular view of the ocean. Ceremony was on the Sunset Terrace and reception was in the Plaza Room of the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Tracy and Rod wore traditional Vietnamese attire during the ceremony. Bridesmaids were their three daughters and best man was Rod’s brother. Lisa Simpson did an excellent job as always coordinating events,  Enchanted Florist did a beautiful job on the bouquets and room decore, Peter of Vive Entertainment kept the dance floor full all night long. Tracy and Rob were a great couple to work with, they both had a blast on their wedding day!

 

 

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel / www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/Default.htm

Coordinator: Lisa Simpson Wedding Celebrations / Lisa Simpson /  www.lisasimpsonweddings.com

Florist: Enchanted Florist / www.nisiesenchanted.com/

DJ: Vive Entertainment / Peter Papadopoulos / www.viveinc.com

A truly happy couple makes for wonderful photos with great expressions. This Southern California wedding took place in Dana Point with the reception at the Ritz Carlton. The bridesmaids wore black, which always looks great in photographs. On the surfboard image below, we used some unusual retouching techniques. This effect brings out exceptional detail and saturates the colors to give a dramatic look. We used a vintage effect on the couple walking in the courtyardHotel:

 

 

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel / www.ritzcarlton.com

Church: St.Edward Catholic Church / www.stedward.com
Coordinator: Jill Watson / www.thepamperedbride.net
Florist: Armstrong Designs / www.cmarmstrongdesigns.com
Makeup & Hair: Design Visage / www.designvisage.com
DJ: Jeff Holmes / www.moondancemobilemusic.com

Christina + Kevin: Wedding at Wayfarers Chapel, Reception at Trump National

The historic Wayfarers Chapel and Trump National Golf Club rest on the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. On their wedding day, Christina and Kevin enjoyed the spectacular Pacific Ocean views while driving from the ceremony to the reception in a classic convertible Lincoln Continental. Their beloved golden retriever happily joined them for the ride. We also had some photographic fun with the props the couple brought along, such as large letters they held that spelled out “I Do” and a white umbrella we used for a romantic sunset shot.

 

 

Reception: Trump National Golf Club / www.trumpnationallosangeles.com

Wedding Coordinator: Susanne Duffy, Crown Weddings / www.crownweddings.com
Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals / www.jennifercoleflorals.com
Cake: Trump National Golf Club /  www.trumpnationallosangeles.com
Video: Parallel Media Productions / www.parallelmediaproductions.com
Makeup & Hair: Design Visage / www.designvisage.com
Ceremony: Wayfarers Chapel / www.wayfarerschapel.org
 

To learn more about one of the best wedding photographers in Southern California: www.karenfrenchphotography.com

Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel: Sarina + Matthew

A Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is one of the most beautiful settings for a spectacular sunset view. Sarina and Matthew’s wedding took place on the Terrace Lawn, and everyone enjoyed a spectacular sunset from the cocktail veranda. Sarina was sparkling from head to toe, especially in her bedazzling shoes.

 

 

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel / www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LagunaNiguel/Default.htm

Coordinator: Holly Schoenke, Simply Sweet Weddings / www.simplysweet-weddings.com
Event Producer: Carrie Zack, Carrie Zack Events / www.carriezack.com
Florist: This Old Garden Gallery / www.thisoldgardengallery.com
Video: Joth Riggs, Whitestone Wedding Films / www.whitestoneproductions.com
Makeup & Hair: Design Visage / www.designvisage.com
Linens: Fusion Linens / www.fusionlinens.com
 

Contact Karen about your Orange County wedding photography: www.karenfrenchphotography.com