I used to photograph a lot of destination weddings, and a Pelican Hill wedding was always at the top of my "must shoot" list. Rated the "#1 Resort in the United States" by Conde Nast Traveler, this amazing Newport Beach resort epitomizes everything you think about Southern California luxury. Stunning beaches, beautiful lush greenery, jaw-dropping sunsets, and charming warmth abound, and I loved shooting here for the first time in 2014.
I was immediately captivated by the olive trees, the lavender, and the absolutely killer views of the Pacific ocean. It was also amazing to work with a fantastic team of vendors. Alicia with Details Details kept the day running smoothly and with great grace. Paul Norton Hair and Lesley Thornton Beauty created the bride’s gorgeously elegant look. Elysium Productions was the wedding cinematographer, and I am always in awe of their beautiful films. West Coast Music provided the reception entertainment, and White Lilac, Inc. did a mind-blowing job with the floral design of the day. The staff at Pelican Hill took extraordinary care of my clients, and were so incredibly nice to us, as well. It’s always great to work at a venue who treats the other vendors like friends!
Despite the drizzle on the wedding day, the bride and groom were in great spirits, and were willing to foray off the beaten path for their wedding day portraits. I especially appreciate their not laughing at me or thinking that I was crazy when I laid face-down in a sand trap to take this portrait!
This image, entered into WPPI’s prestigious 16x20 print competition in 2015, received a score of a 90. A score of 90 to a 94 means that the image is "Outstanding…exhibiting exceptional skills in all areas." I could not have been more thrilled with this score. I wish the image had gone on to place first, second, or third in the category of Bride and Groom Together, Wedding Day, but the score of 90 was so fantastic that I don’t entirely mind not taking home a trophy. (Okay, that’s not true, I love taking home trophies, but the score IS excellent!)
I hope that one day my travels take me back to Pelican Hill. I’d love to shoot a wedding there in the luscious golden light that Southern California is so famous for. I’d also love to further explore the grounds of Pelican Hill, showing my clients that I can see that location in ways different than other photographers. We had a wonderful amount of time post-ceremony for portraits, but I’d love to have a few hours on the property to really see it all, taking advantage of all of the picturesque locations for portraits.1/400; f/4.0; ISO 280; 70.0 mm.