When love unfolds against the backdrop of the majestic Southern California coast, magic is bound to happen. Brandon and Madie’s wedding, held on a blissful July 1st, 2023, was a celebration of nature, love, and the tranquil marina vibes. I had the privilege of capturing their special day, filled with serene moments and breathtaking scenes.
The day began with an early morning arrival at a stunning Airbnb right along the Los Angeles coastline. The tranquility of the ocean waves and the soft, salty breeze set the tone for a chill, relaxed morning. The property was an oasis of beauty, nestled along the water’s edge, providing breathtaking views of the vast Pacific Ocean. As a photographer, I couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque setting. The spacious property was adorned with lush greenery, creating a dreamy atmosphere. In this enchanting space, we discovered countless opportunities for capturing timeless photos, from a plant-filled garden to a vintage bathtub fit for the most elegant bridal portraits.
A Chapel Among the Woods
As Madie slipped into her wedding dress, we set off to the Wayfarer’s Chapel, a glass chapel nestled in the woods and overlooking the ocean. The chapel’s ethereal beauty perfectly complemented the serene surroundings.
It was a reminder of the importance of carefully considering the time and location of a California summer wedding due to the famous “June Gloom,” which blankets the morning and early afternoon in a gentle, hazy light. Nevertheless, the gloom couldn’t dampen the couple’s excitement to be united in matrimony.
A Marina Wonderland
Following the heartfelt ceremony, we moved to The Portofino Hotel & Marina, a waterfront paradise that transformed the celebration into a relaxed, ocean-inspired affair. As the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed the reception, boats glided gracefully by on the glistening water, adding an enchanting touch to the atmosphere. The vibe was nothing short of magical, and the beautiful cocktail hour offered the perfect opportunity to soak in the oceanic views.
An Open Seafood Bar
The details of Brandon and Madie’s reception were tastefully minimalistic, allowing the natural beauty of the surroundings to take center stage. However, there was one exception: an open seafood bar featuring unlimited crab, shrimp, and oysters, which was an absolute delight for the guests, and for me as well!
The reception, with its brunch vibes flowing seamlessly into the afternoon, focused on two key elements: food and fun. The newlyweds ensured that their guests were well taken care of and had a blast, making their wedding an unforgettable experience.
An Enchanting Wedding Day to Remember
As the afternoon concluded with the backdrop of the serene ocean horizon, it was clear that Brandon and Madie’s wedding had been an enchanting journey of love and beauty. It was an honor to document their love story against the backdrop of the Southern California coast, where nature, people, boats, and ocean vibes converged to create a truly dreamy and romantic wedding day.
YOUR Wedding Celebration
Are you envisioning a destination wedding as enchanting as Brandon and Madie’s? If so, you deserve a photographer who can immortalize your love story against breathtaking backdrops like the serene Southern California coast.
Whether you dream of an intimate beachside ceremony or a grand celebration by the sea, I would love to bring your unique vision to life. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your love story told in a way that’s as romantic, dreamy, and sweet as the ocean breeze. Reach out to me today, and let’s embark on this journey together. Your love deserves to be captured in all its splendor.
Ceremony: Wayfarer’s Chapel | Reception: The Portofino Hotel & Marina | Photo: Kayla Shenk Photo | Dress: Vow’d Weddings | Tux: Indochino | Wedding Planner: Dream Co. Weddings & Events | DJ: BLVD Entertainment