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The Pacific Edge Villa in Laguna Beach is becoming a pretty popular place!  Since my sister Michelle got married their in September 2009, we have received many requests to blog post more photos from the wedding.  This post is focused on showcasing the setting of the villa.  As you may know, the ceremony and reception can both take place on the villa’s deck which is mounted right into the sand, just steps from the Pacific Ocean waves.  After helping plan about seven weddings in the past year, I can definitely say there are not many places in Southern California with where you can be this close to the sand without paying the $100,000 price tag.  So far, I have not found any other wedding venue quite like it.

Enjoy the photos!
The entry to the Pacific Edge Villa:
The Ceremony site on the Pacific Edge deck:
Michelle’s entrance with my father, and then her grand entrance with Mark:
The ceremony arrangements by Bella Blooms:

The ocean themed cake in their pink, green, and cream wedding colors by Cakeland:
Pacific_Edge_Villa_Wedding_Photography_Cake.jpgTheir Head Table on the Pacific Edge Villa’s deck:
The guests tables at reception on the Pacific Edge Villa’s deck:
The view from the balcony of the Honeymoon Suite on the 3rd floor of the Pacific Edge Villa:
We snuck Michelle and Mark out during the cocktail hour for some fun candid photos in the sand:
I guess Mark was practicing carrying Michelle over the threshold:
The Pacific Edge Villa makes a beautiful backdrop:
The Honeymoon Suite’s bathroom, decorated by Ke
rry Pulverman of de Luxe Weddings & Events:
The Pacific Edge’s Villa is pretty much an open canvas as far as decor goes.  Here are a few more photos of a mixer Robert and I attended at the Pacific Edge in November.
The Canopy was provided by Signature Party Rentals:
The buffet setup on the villa’s lower level by Country Garden Caterers:
The guests mingling on the deck:
This photo made it on the front page of Pacific Edge’s wedding website. Yeah!
The Pacific Edge Hotel is located at:
647 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Please contact Rebecca Peng at (949) 281-5703 to schedule a visit.



What you ask, is planning tip Thursdays?  Well, considering that we are Photographers, not coordinators, ours tips are going to focus on all things PHOTOGENIC!  
Each week we will feature something that we think will add beauty or art to your wedding.  We may feature a venue, a vendor, or a piece of your wedding wardrobe 🙂
So, why Thursdays?  Well, we figured most of our clients are hard working individuals with Monday- Friday 9a-5p jobs.  By Thursday at lunch or night, you are probably surfing the net in need of some hard earned relaxation to gear up for Friday.  And- by posting on Thursday- you still have time to schedule appointments for the weekend with any of our featured vendors- giving you something extra special to look forward to on the weekend.
Stay tuned, this is gonna be fun!
Now on to this Thursday’s featured Venue….
I recently visited the Seven 4 One Hotel in Laguna Beach with wedding coordinator, Kerry Pulverman from de Luxe Weddings & Events.  Any of our 2010 and 2011 brides interested in getting married in Laguna Beach, but can’t break the bank on other hotels like the Surf and Sand  or the Montage, or if you just want a little something different, you should check out Seven 4 One
Seven 4 One is a unique boutique hotel with an amazingly modern vibe.  Some of the perks of this hotel, from a photography perspective are: 
1) You can rent out the entire 28 room hotel- so we won’t have to worry about lookey loos or tourists getting in all the shots!
2) The guest rooms are super fun to shoot in! Perfect for shooting all the getting ready shots. The modern design and really cool couches and pillow make a nice backdrop.
3) You can project a slideshow onto the wall of the open air courtyard.  Perfect for playing your customized JEP slideshow at your rehearsal dinner or reception.  And there’s plenty of comfy seats for viewing.
And another random, but interesting feature of the hotel: There is a bed on the outside deck.  You can literally lay outside and listen to the waves crash or star gaze with your new spouse.
I’m posting a few teaser photos from our brief visit below.  You should really check it out in person to capture the intimate experience this hotel has to offer.
Here is a shot of the contemporary couch in the Sky Suite- perfect for some fun getting ready shots:
And here is the fabulous couch in the Sea Suite:
The Sky Suite and Sea Suite both come complete with a wet bar, wine refrigerator, and queen sized sofa bed.   These suites are perfect for the bridal party to spend the night and wake up refreshed and ready for the big day.  There is plenty of room for the girls and guys to get ready in their respective suite.  And of course, room for PHOTOS!
Once everyone is ready you can head on down to the Courtyard for the Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony, or Reception:
I really enjoyed the unique details and modern decor throughout the hotel.
Check out these super fun lamps:

The bed on the deck…Unique for sure:
Seven 4 One is located at:
741 South Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6200
So brides and grooms, what do you think?

This past Sunday Robert & I had the pleasure of
photographing Ashleigh & Luke’s wedding at the fabulous Shade Hotel in
Manhattan Beach.  Ashleigh &
Luke were the first couple to officially hire us to shoot their wedding.   When I told Rob the good news, he
said “are they on crack?”  But in
all seriousness we were so honored that I think we may have even been more
nervous about the wedding day than they were.  We wanted their photos to be amazing after all the faith
they had put in us, so we teamed up with some local photographers and actually
shot 7 weddings before Ashleigh and Luke’s.  Check out the results:

Ashleigh’s Winnie Couture gown hanging from above the Shade Hotel’s second floor balcony…


The “First Look”…


Luke’s Reaction…


Luke escorting Ashleigh’s Mom down the aisle….


Ashleigh and her handsome Grandfather…


The ring exchange…


The Kiss…


Ashleigh & Luke ROLLINS!!!!


Some fun post ceremony pics…


After the ceremony we headed down to the Beach with the Bridal Party:
It’s really rare to have bridal party members that don’t dread being in the group photos, but as you can see this group was surprisingly different.  They were so full of awesomeness that they even had their own signature poses like:

The “Magical Jump”


and the “Heisman Trophy”


and this one- PMP!!!:



If you think getting 8-10 people in a group photo is difficult, try 90!!!!



Here’s some fun details of their day-

Ashleigh’s hot shoes:


And their beautiful rings on the awesome Shade Hotel Sink!
The cake…
A couple more photos of the Newlyweds…


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I know this is a crazy long blog post, but I would like to also acknowledge all of the great work from the vendors who were a part of Ashleigh & Luke’s day:


JoLise and her team at the Shade Hotel

Kerry at de Luxe Weddings & Events

Anne at Pocket Full of Petal

Epic Entertainment

Lido Bakery