Good morning and happy holidays from Huntington Beach everyone and can I say that this is going to be a fantastic week of photography. I’ve had such a great year of working with amazing couples and have a super awesome and special story to share with you. Today’s couple that I’m going to share with you I first met at Pamela & David’s Wedding back in July of 2008.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the honour of getting to know this couple really well. We’ve gone to Disneyland together, hung out with my good friend; DJ Neko and his fiance’ Rachel and had some fun with an iPhone Video during their Engagement Shoot that we photographed at both Disneyland and California Adventure (we met “King David” on that day too!).
Have you been able to figure out this awesome couple yet? If not, here’s another hint for you. The Bride is also a guest writer here on the Esquire Photography website. She has shared first hand insight being a real bride helping other brides with some terrific Wedding Tips. One of the most informative articles she has shared was why you should “Keep It Professional” for your wedding day.
I’m sure you’ve now figured out who this amazing couple is and it’s the uber-cool and super real; Ashley and David. Their wedding day for me was like attending a wonderful performance at the theatre. Not including their Engagement Shoot, I had the honour of spending three days with Ashley & David for their three-part wedding day.
The first day took place on Friday, October 22nd up in Monterey where some of their friends and family were in attendance and I am glad that I was able to attend to get to know their family & friends better along with being an unofficial wedding coordinator – making sure that everyone has a more realistic rehearsal of the actual wedding day. After the rehearsal, we even had an impromptu sexy and sassy photo shoot down at the beach. I was able to edit one of the photos on my iPad just before the rehearsal dinner at Paradiso Tratoria overlooking the Monterey Bay and Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Totally check it out on my Facebook Profile too!
Their wedding was the next day starting at The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa. Ashley & her ladies in waiting were putting on the finishing touches in their suite (aka; Bibbity Bobbity Boutique as the sign said that Katherine made!) over some champagne while I was able to capture details of Ashley’s beautiful Alfred Angelo Bridal Gown, her striking Jimmy Choo Pumps along with some jewelry from Jewelers Touch.
I did pop out of the “Boutique” for a bit to meet up with David in his Brooks Brothers tuxedo and his entourage in their tuxedos from Friar Tux for some classic and film noire inspired portraits. If you’re too familiar with the film noire portrait, it’s very Alfred Hitchcock yet regal in appearance and you’ll totally see it in the slide show.
Their ceremony was at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove overlooking the Pacific Ocean. What was so romantic about their wedding day in the rain were all the fun umbrellas. Plus! Everyone was in such great spirits, that it didn’t even impact how much fun their family and friends had.
We did attempt to do portraits at the Seven Gables Inn Bed & Breakfast, but by the time we got there – they were having afternoon wine & cheese with the guests that were staying there. BUT…. while we were learning that we couldn’t do portraits there, I did manage to sneak in a portrait of Ashley sitting down on a lounge chair. Moi… sneaky with my photos?!?! Nevah! Ok.. I am when I need to. Muah Hah Hah!
When that didn’t quite work out, we headed back to the Hyatt Regency for some fun portraits overlooking the golf course and then some very dramatic bridal party portraits in the fire pit. Which was a perfect spot to rock my Signature Romantic and Sexy Night Romantic Portraits with Ashley & David too.
Ashley & David’s wedding reception was held at Isabella’s On The Wharf in Fisherman’s Wharf where a delicious dinner was served along with a cupcake tower by Sprinkles Cupcakes. They had a railroad styled banquet room overlooking the marina along with patio access where we could capture some fun portraits overlooking the night sky & boats.
That was the 2nd chapter of their wedding day that I was able to share with them. The third chapter of their wedding day was held a couple weeks on November 13th at the El Bekal Temple & Shrine Center in Anaheim which is coming soon. It was a perfect second reception where Florentine’s Catering provided a delicious dinner and cake for everyone that wasn’t able to attend their wedding up in Monterey.
I once again had the terrific honour of working with uber-videographer; Michael Bauch from Wedding Video Pro that I refer to every one of my couples. You may remember Michael as I referred him for Anna Marie & Lee’s wedding nearly a year earlier to the date up in Solvang at the Firestone Vineyard and also more recently when he had his film premier of “Riding Bikes With The Dutch” at the Art Theatre in Long Beach. Working with Michael really helps make my job easier as we’ve both been working together for several years, so every time one of my couples hire him – I just know I’m able to be that much more creative as we work together so well.
So before you check out Ashley & David’s Monterey Wedding at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove and you’re thinking to yourself… Hey – I’d really like to get to know this Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer in Orange County loves to capture romantic portraits in the rain and travel to Monterey to photograph weddings, then feel free to get in touch with me anytime.
So without further ado, here is Ashley & David’s wedding in a beautiful slide show that I put together. You can also check out the artistic edits on Pictage where you’re able to order professional hand touched prints, canvas wraps and many more terrific items.
I hope you’re having a great start to your holiday week & be sure to come back very soon as I have a full week of wedding photography yumminess and another episode of my online “TV” program; “How To Make The Most Of Your Wedding Day” that will help savvy brides same some time, some money & their sanity dropping next Monday – cheers!
PS, if only the audio plays for the iPhone video – just refresh the page & it should stream properly. I guess it’s a programming glitch in the Quicktime file.