Jen and Will were married on a gorgeous Spring day in Dana Point at St. Edward Catholic Church, followed by a really lovely reception at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. You may remember these two from their Santa Monica engagement session. I was very excited for this wedding because Jen and Will are nice and genuine people who I enjoyed being around. I knew their wedding day was going to be awesome, and I wasn’t disappointed – this couple’s family and friends are just as awesome as they are and it was a genuine pleasure to spend such a happy day with all of them! Special thanks to Jen Lauren Grant for acting as my second shooter – she ROCKED it and I was so happy to have her there. Now, on to the day…
We met up with Jen first just as she was getting the finishing touches put on her make-up.
On the other side of the hotel, Will was getting dressed with a little help from his friends…
The view from the church was amazing – such a perfect day for a wedding!
I love this next shot of Will and Jen right as they excited the church after the ceremony. Look at the joy on their faces!
There was an amazing Rolls Royce waiting for them outside of the church. The driver had champagne on the ready!
Jen and Will’s wedding party was a lot of fun. When I was setting up this next shot I told the guys this was their band photo so they needed to look “cool.” I think they got it right. ;)
And for the ladies, their inspiration was Sex and the City. Again – nailed it!
We eventually headed to San Juan Capistrano for some portraits of the newlyweds. This was their first bit of quiet time together as husband and wife, which is why I think a lot of people enjoy the portraits part of the day. Just the bride, the groom and a photographer or two. It makes for a pretty relaxed time.
My favorite detail of this wedding were the vintage apple crate labels that Jen and Will collected to use as table names. I saw the real ones in person at their engagement session and they were pretty large so they had the ingenious idea of scanning them and shrinking them down to a better size. I thought they looked great mounted on thin sheets of wood and now they still have the real labels to remember the day by! The lovely arrangements and bouquets were done by The Flower Girl.
I love this shot of Will and Jen at their entrance into the reception. Will looks super proud about that wife he snagged. ;)
So, the thing about this reception is it became very clear that these two people are very, very loved. Their friends and family were genuinely excited and happy for them. I caught Will wiping away tears several times that night and it was really moving to be there to capture all of tears and laughter. Some of Will and Jen’s friends put together a slide show for them and they both watched the entire thing while laughing through tears of joy. Moments like that remind me why I love my job so much.
I’ll leave you with these two shots of some of the amazing kids at this wedding. They could DANCE. They put every adult in the room to shame and I fell in love with every single kid on the dance floor that night. They should be at every wedding reception ever! I’m sure the awesome tunes DJ Chris of Elegant Event Entertainment had a lot to do with the awesome moves we were seeing.
Congratulations, Jen and Will! It was truly an honor to share in this day with you, your family and your friends. I hope you two are having an amazing honeymoon!