Laguna Beach Engagement ~ Kari & Cam

When you meet, The One, you’ll know.

It’s something everyone hears yet until you experience it, it’s hard to believe.  For Kari & Cam, that moment came from an embrace.

It was a moment that changed their lives forever.

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Every Love Story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.

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Mountain Engagement ~ Gina & Zach

Tucked away in the San Bernardino Mountains, there is a beautiful community called Green Valley Lake.

After pushing through my fear of driving mountain roads in the dark, I agreed to meet Gina & Zach at their favorite place to escape together for their Engagement Pictures.

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Lilly came along for some pictures too.

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If you look off into the distance, you can see patches of snow!

Good thing Gina & Zach brought a blanket.

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After a very quick outfit change at their car, we drove up to a lookout with a gorgeous view of the mountains and Lake Arrowhead.

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Gina & Zach, it is an honor to be photographing your wedding in July.  Your love and dedication to each other is inspiring and I’m so happy for you to finally be the ones getting married instead of photographing someone else’s wedding!  Thank you for convincing me driving in the mountains isn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

How to Get Married on the Beach in Huntington Beach, California

The love of your life and sound of the ocean.

What could be more romantic for your wedding day?  As a gentle breeze flows through your hair and your toes touch the warm sand, you look into the eyes of your fiancé and say, “I Do.”   In Orange County, California, we are fortunate to have incredible beaches perfect for weddings.

How to Get Married on the beach in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is an amazing place to have your wedding in Orange County.  There is a fun atmosphere here that draws people from all over the world.  While it’s not the ideal place for an intimate beach wedding, it is possible.  To see an example of an intimate beach wedding in Huntington Beach, click here: Alycia & Matt’s Wedding

Huntington Beach is divided into sections, the City Beach and the State Beach.  Each one has it own rules and contacts for a wedding ceremony on the sand.

Huntington Beach City Beach

Location: Between Beach Blvd and Seapoint Street
Application Fee: $125
Site Fee: $450
Liability Insurance: Approximately $100
Contact: Barbara Gray, City of Huntington Beach (714) 536-5281  bgray@surfcity-hb.org

If you want to be as close to the pier as possible, Huntington Beach City Beach may be the perfect place for your beach wedding.  You’ll be walking distance to several restaurants and all the excitement of Main Street.  For less crowds, definitely go north of the pier, the closer to Seapoint Street the better.  However, keep in mind the dog beach starts at Goldenwest so unless you’re ok with dogs running through your ceremony, I would look somewhere around 9th Street.

Things to keep in mind for weddings at Huntington Beach City Beach:
*No fencing off areas – As lovely as it would be to section off an area of the beach to keep unwanted guests out of your wedding ceremony, it’s not allowed.
*No alcohol - There are plenty of places for drinks on Main Street, but you won’t be able to serve your guests alcohol on the sand.
*No amplified sound - Acoustic guitars are fine, which is perfect for a beach wedding.
*The beach is open until 10pm – Unless you are planning on having a moonlit ceremony, the 10pm closing time shouldn’t be an issue here.

Please contact Barbara Gray for more information.  She’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

Huntington Beach State Beach

Location: Between Brookhurst and Beach Blvd, also north of Seapoint Street (Bolsa Chica State Beach)
Processing Fee: $40
Site Fee: $300 up to 25 people, $400 26-150 people, $500 151 people and more
Monitor Fee: $79 per hour with a 4 hour minimum.  Includes 30 minutes before and after setup
Contact: Special Events Office (714) 377-9422  northsectorevents@parks.ca.gov

Is your idea of the perfect wedding reception a bonfire?  Would you like the opportunity to serve alcohol to your guests and set up chairs?  Then you might want to check out Huntington Beach State Beach for your beach wedding in Orange County.  There are definitely more detailed rules when dealing with the State Beach compared to the City Beach and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND avoiding it for your wedding during the summer, but if you would like to have your ceremony and reception on the sand, it’s definitely an option.

Things to keep in mind for weddings at Huntington Beach State Beach:
*No weekends between Memorial Day & Labor Day - The State Beach is very crowded during the summer with people who show up early and stay late.  Trying to find an open space for your wedding would be incredibly stressful so the State Beach doesn’t even allow it.
*Alcohol is ok with a permit - Having the ability to serve alcohol means paying for a permit and a monitor.  $500 + 1 monitor for up to 100 people, $750 + 1 monitor for 101-200 people and $1200 + 2 monitors for 201 people and more.
*A DJ is ok, but amplified bands are not.  (This requires a monitor)
*The beach is open until 10pm - Even if your beach bonfire is still going strong, you’ll have to relocate the party at 10pm.

Please contact the Special Events Office for more information.  They’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

If the idea of having your wedding at a public space makes you nervous, there are gorgeous venues in Huntington Beach with views of the ocean.  Here are a few to consider:

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

Waterfront Beach Resort

Shorebreak Hotel

I hope this has been helpful!  When I was planning my own beach wedding in Orange County, it was overwhelming trying to find all of the information I needed to decide on the perfect spot to say, “I Do.”  All of the information in this post was current at the time it was posted.

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Featured Etsy Shop ~ Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Wedding Invitations can be as unique as you are.

While traditional wedding invitations following all of Emily Post’s rules are beautiful, not every couple wants to spend their wedding budget on double envelopes and letterpress.  Plus, who wants to stress over offending their guests with improper wording when they don’t have to?  

Thankfully, there are plenty of places to find gorgeous wedding invitations that fit your personality and truly add excitement for your guests when they receive them in the mail.

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Wide Eyes Design is a boutique stationery brand and design studio based in Southern California created by Amanda Franz.  If you love whimsical designs with pops of color, you will love looking at the wedding invitations in her Etsy Shop!

Here’s a little excerpt from her About Page:

“My products feature whimsical, rustic, and vintage style design that express my style that feels both organic and timeless. I thrive off of bold pops of color, and emphasize my love for lay out design with strong use of typography. 

I strongly believe life’s personal stories and moments are best captured through the gift of a hand-written card or note, and hope that my goods inspire you to get creative, think outside the box, and share these moments with others.”

Do you have a favorite Etsy Shop?

I would love to hear about it!  Leave a comment with a link to the shop below. 

*Image is from Wide Eyes Paper Co.’s Etsy Shop.

Golf Club of California Wedding ~ Tiffiny & Bill

It was a perfect February day in Fallbrook.

While the rest of the country was covered in snow, Tiffiny & Bill’s Wedding Day in Southern California was warm and sunny.  The ladies started their day at the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook.

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The First Look

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The bride’s nephew and niece were the ring bearer and flower girl.  They kept everyone laughing the entire reception.Ring Bearer

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Instead of a bouquet and garter toss, the bridal party and guests played a game with the bride and groom.  The bridesmaids held up signs and if it applied to the guests, they had to stand up.  Then the bride and groom had to guess what the sign said.

It was so much fun!

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Tiffiny & Bill had custom wedding Mickey and Minnie hats made for their Grand Exit.Mickey and Minnie Wedding HatsMickey and Minnie Wedding HatsGrand Exit

Tiffiny and Bill, I am so happy for you both!  Congratulations and I’m looking forward to watching you build your lives together.