Good morning from Newport Beach at Esquire Photography HQ in Orange County everyone! I’m one Newport Beach Wedding Photographer who is totally excited to share Leticia and Frankie’s Santa Fe Springs wedding with you.
I capture a lot of photographs around the world from; Engagement Shoots, Portraits and Weddings for some absolutely incredible couples. But when I showed up in Santa Fe Springs at The Clarke Estate for their wedding – I knew that Leticia and Frankie’s day was going to be truly special to me filled with laughter, tears of joy and romantic pauses for beautiful portraits.
If you’re not familiar with the Clarke Estate in Santa Fe Springs, check this out – it’s amazing!
The Clarke Estate was built as the home of Chauncey and Marie Rankin Clarke in 1919. A wealthy, socially prominent couple, they hired architect Irving Gill to build their country home on 60 acres of citrus groves in Santa Fe Springs. Gill built this elegant house in an unusual style for the era.
Using the feeling of Mediterranean and Mission Revival architecture, he designed this house without ornamentation. In describing his design philosophy, he wrote that architects “must have the courage to fling aside every device that distracts the eye from structural beauty.” As a result of his philosophy, he became one of the most influential architects of this century.
Completed in 1921, the 8,000 square-foot home is constructed of poured-in-place reinforced concrete. The home is built around a central courtyard edged with Tuscan-style columns and graceful arches. The Clarke Estate, like many Irving Gill buildings, has an exterior pergola (covered walkway), casement windows, cubist structure, concrete construction, and unadorned surfaces.
Totally awesome! A historical building with classic appeal, romantic charm and a timeless beauty that will always be perfect for your wedding.
I would like to give a special thank you to Ms Claudia Grinstead who provided the beautiful harp music for the ceremony, DJ Javi who kept the reception rocking throughout the night and a special thank you to Ms. Tamra Cook, the Clarke Estate Event Specialist who orchestrated a completely flawless wedding day for Leticia & Frankie.
I’ve put together a beautiful slide show of just a few of my favourite photographs I captured during Leticia & Frankie’s Santa Fe Springs Wedding at The Clarke Estate below. But before you scroll down to check it out and you’re thinking… Hey – I’d really like to get to know this Newport Beach Wedding Photographer (Previously a Huntington Beach Wedding Photographer) that loves music & fashion, photography and art, feel free to contact me anytime. Perhaps you’re a fan of Nachos & Newcastles (like Duran Rex and I) and if so – we could always meet at Fred’s Mexican Cafe on Main & PCH in Huntington Beach. They’re awesome there!
I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend and stay tuned for some amazing events that I’m sharing. From San Diego to Newport Beach, Ventura and all the way up to Oakland – I’ll have some fantastic Weddings and events that I’ve had the honour of photographing. Oh! And…. The photo shoot I just did for One Of A Kind celebrity designer; Kate Mesta with uber cool actor, writer & singer; Markus Redmond, the freakin’ awesome band; Darvoset & of course Boo Boo Stewart and several other popular actors & actresses from the Twilight Movie.
PS, Check out this awesome quote I shared on Twitter keeping the “Butterfly Effect” moving forward – spreading positivity. It’s a totally new one & I really think it is so very true. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” — Lou Holtz.