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It’s no secret we have a love affair with wedding photos. We’re bloggers, after all. So when Michael Anthony Photography first popped up our on radar, we knew we’d be in for something really good. He’s got a serious way with the camera AND there may just be a book discount waiting right below. You can thank us later!

Michael Anthony Photography is an award-winning destination wedding photography studio located in Los Angeles. We specialize in creative documentary, and tell the story of our brides in a unique way that is romantic, pure, and beautiful. Our goal is to tell the story of our bride and groom using powerful, emotion driven imagery. I believe that every wedding has many individual stories that a bride and a groom will look back on years from now to remind them of how their journey started.

Our style of wedding photography is documentary, and I believe in encompassing a couple’s environment, details, and interactions within our photographs. While our style is primarily modern photojournalism, we present traditional elements of timeless portraiture into our clients’ galleries. Our studio has won multiple awards for our imagery and client satisfaction, and we are very passionate about telling our client’s story through our photographs.

*We would like to offer a $500 print credit to all couples who book our services from October 1st – December 31st and mention this SMP Welcome Post during their consultation.*

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After the question has been popped and the news has been celebrated, locking down a date and venue is always top priority on the list. And for couples looking to seal the deal in Laguna, choosing that perfect spot just got a whole lot easier. *Enter* The Ranch at Laguna Beach that just so happens to combine classic elegance and rustic charm in one perfect setting.

From The Ranch at Laguna Beach… Laguna’s legendary nature sets the stage for unforgettable weddings at The Ranch, whether you’re making your first promise or renewing your vows. Couples have their choice of once-in-a-lifetime venues, from the golf fairways to our open-air Scout Camp to our lush Putting Green. Photo opps abound, from romantic bridges and abundant gardens to a vintage tractor.

Like everything at The Ranch, our style of personalized service is warm and inviting, adding to the sense of an inclusive atmosphere that joins two families as one. Food and beverage offerings are bespoke for each event and tailored to your tastes. Bridal hair and salon services are rendered beautifully right here on site. Our Personal Concierges at your beck and call for each event, ensuring every detail is flawless.

With our idyllic Laguna location, The Ranch is the perfect host for your summer destination wedding, putting your out-of-town guests within easy reach of sun, sand, sea and all of the Village’s famed offerings. Our Destination Wedding Planning services will orchestrate every element of your event, whether it’s a sand volleyball tournament, a golf tournament for the bridal party or a barbecue rehearsal dinner at Scout Camp. Locals prefer the relaxed pace of Laguna’s off-season.

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Elegant Estate Wedding Inspiration Part II

Now that you’ve swooned part one of this perfectly styled lovefest, it’s time to dive into the celebration that follows. I’m talking a reception table decked out with sprawling blooms, gold accents and an Edison bulb chandelier that’ll rock your world. Cloudless Weddings filmed the affair designed in the hands of Brooke Keegan, and Marisa Holmes snapped the gallery with so much more.


From Brooke Keegan Weddings And EventsFor the dining table, we wanted to bring in a little bit of the industrial feel from the Ceremony into the Reception. AK Johnston Group hung vintage Edison bulbs over the table top and we once again used the metal “X” back chairs. The wood table and romantic and lush flowers were accompanied by a screen printed hemstitch napkin. We gathered them with a leather band with the guests name beautifully written on it in gold by KA Kalligraphy.

Who needs bread? We had the sweet B. Toffee treat on each b&b plate. Instead of a traditional cake, we went with a B.Toffee cake. Something that the guys were able to break a piece off of and still do the ceremonial exchange. We set up a Cigar and Scotch bar for later that evening. It is always a fun idea when you have a group of guys that love to sit around and chat. Once the guests got back to their room, there was a Hangover Kit waiting so that they could prepare themselves for the morning that was to come from all the fun drinking the evening before. Doesn’t the Bloody Mary look amazing!? It is the Alchemy Hail Mary, which is bacon infused vodka, homemade bloody mary mix and pickled vegetables.

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AK Johnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee | Venue: Hancock Park

Plum Pretty Sugar is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events, Marisa Holmes Photographer, JPR Weddings and Plum Pretty Sugar are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Black Tie Wedding at Club Del Monte

Classic at its very core, this gorgeous Club Del Monte is the definition of timeless elegance. Beautifully captured by Colleen Riley, the images sitting in this gallery with be just as gorgeous one hundred years from now as they are today, and to me, that’s just as good as it gets. See the entire day here.

From a close friend of the Bride…What made this wedding so special was that the bride and grooms easygoing attitude. Both Erica and Spencer stayed calm through out the entire planning process. I was with them through most of the time and was amazed with their calmness during all the unfortunate events that happened. The location of this sweet couple’s wedding changed several times within just a year, but they ended up having their beautiful wedding at the place they first chose… one might call this wedding story, serendipity.

At first, they had both thought Carmel, CA would be a beautiful place to have their wedding. However, as the planning process began Erica started to want the wedding to have more significance by hosting it at Spencer’s family ranch in Tahoe or in a church in her family’s home town in Italy. They picked Tahoe and started planning right away, however a few months of trying to make the wedding work in Tahoe, they realized the location was not ideal to have a wedding there. They decided to give up that plan, regroup, and start planning the affair in Italy (which had always been Erica’a dream wedding location). The process was going very smoothly with all the plans for their Italian wedding, up until there was an earthquake in Italy that made the church not safe to have their ceremony in anymore. You would think any bride would be at the point of giving up and emotionally tired of trying to plan anything at this point, but Erica didn’t let any of it bother her one bit and laughed at the all the unfortunate events.

They finally both decided that the wedding was meant to be where they had originally decided at the Mission Basilica in Carmel, a Catholic Church very similar to the one in Italy that Erica’s Grandparents were married in.

The wedding turned out BEAUTIFULLY, every detail was simple and sweet. Also, just like Erica and Spencer, it was a down to earth and classy affair with all their close friends and family. A day to truly be remembered. The part I loved most about this wedding were the flowers. The flowers were perfect in every way possible. Fleurs Du Soleil filled the church and reception room with lovely smelling pink peonies (Erica’s favorite) and other beautiful flower arrangements. Erica is a floral designer herself, so of course the flowers would be beautiful and very memorable just as she is.

Photography: Colleen Riley Photography | Videographer: Josh Harney Productions | Flowers: Fleurs Du Soleil | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: Patisserie Bechler | Reception Venue: Club Del Monte | Wedding Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Monterey Strings | Calligraphy And Styling : Erica Archer Designs | Ceremony Site: Carmel Mission Basilica | Hair And Makeup : Vanity Salon And Blow Dry Bar | Invitations : K Peterson Design | Reception Music : Fantasy Sound Events | Table Linens : La Tavola Linens

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Tavola Fine Linen Rental is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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