Laguna Garden Wedding at St Regis Monarch Beach
June 30, 2014
Classic WeddingsAl FrescoGarden Weddings
When Hazelnut Photography gets behind the lens, beautiful things happen. And when they capture a wedding like this one, with a couple as gorgeous as this one - well that's when you know you hit wedding gold. It's a wedding were every detail seems to beautifully shine in the California light, and you can get lost in all the lovely right here.
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From Hazelnut Photography...Lisa & Henrik are adventurers. They are two people looking to glean as much from this life as possible. Their friends are they family and their family is their most prized possession. Their wedding reflected all of this... who they are as individuals, and who they are as couple. It was absolutely perfect.

Lisa & Henrik were married on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just as the sun was setting. The wind cooperated with us and it was so incredibly gorgeous. The decor invoked a gorgeous garden setting, and only enhanced the amazing ocean view. For the reception, guests were seated at two long tables covered with greenery, florals and candles. A fire burned behind it all and lights twinkled about their heads.

Lisa is Jewish, and the signing of the Ketubah was one of the loveliest wedding moments I've photographed. They signed it in the bridal suite, surrounded by their families. Then, her cousin sang a piece he'd written for the two of them. It was beautiful, and moved us all to tears. Henrik is from Sweden, and they brought in some Swedish traditions that I loved so very much! The seating arrangements were very traditional, in that the couple chose where each guest would be sitting. So, husbands and wives & dates were on opposite sides of the gorgeous long tables, inspiring conversation between people who don’t necessarily know each other. There were fourteen speeches peppered in throughout dinner. Fourteen! People from different stages of Lisa & Henriks lives got up to speak a bit about them. It was so interesting to hear bits about each of them from so many different people.

It truly was a day joining two people, their families and their traditions in one of the most beautiful settings California has to offer.