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The Resort at Pelican Hill Wedding Photographer

The Resort at Pelican Hill Wedding, Bride and Groom Portrait Session

She fell for his British boyish charm. He was smitten with her vivacious smile. From their first date in Santa Monica to their first steamy kiss in an elevator, D&M knew that they were meant to be together.

The groom planned a fairytale surprise proposal in Paris on a boat on the Seine, and confided to his best man that he “knew he hit a home run” when she said yes! 

Mother Nature unfortunately then threw them a curve ball when their Mexico destination wedding plans were thwarted by Hurricane Odile. But there was no storm big enough to stop their wedding!

In a whirlwind month of planning with the help of Chelsea at Details Details, a wedding at  the gorgeous Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California was planned in under a month. And D&M cherished every moment of their day, from the laughter with friends while getting ready, to their golden sunlit ceremony, to the warmth of their intimate candlelit reception.

Dress by Vera Wang, shoes by Valentino, design & decor by the team at Mark's Garden, and the beautiful sunset light courtesy of Southern California.

This photo was one of the last frames we shot during the couple's bride and groom portrait session under the famous & distinctive Pelican Hill rotunda, just prior to them entering the Pelican Hill ballroom for their elegant wedding reception.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues

The Resort at Pelican Hill is undoubtedly the top wedding venue in Orange County.  Couples getting married at Pelican Hill spend an average of between $83,000 to $125,000 for a 100-person ceremony & reception.  Other more affordable options in the OC include The Vintage Rose, Tustin Ranch Golf Club, Muckenthaler Mansion, Noor, seven-degrees, The Waterfront Beach Resort,  The Fifth, Los Coyotes Country Club, Laguna Cliffs Marriott, Richard Nixon Library, Seven4One, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Franciscan Gardens, Rancho Las Lomas, The Queen Mary, Segerstrom Centre for the Arts, Balboa Bay Resort, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, and Pasea Hotel & Spa.


Location: 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657, USA.

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