Hello my Orange County and San Diego bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Orange County and San Diego wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there.
Hangar 21 // Fullerton, CA
This place is a super cool white airplane hangar. You can do a helicopter grand entrance!!
Franciscan Gardens // San Juan Capistrano, CA
This little venue is like a French garden smack in the middle of South Orange County.
Rancho Las Lomas // Silverado, CA
Gorgeous Spanish mansion in the foothills of Orange County
Lido House // Newport Beach, CA
Just blocks from the beach & full of modern, nautical vibes.
The Harper // Costa Mesa, CA
I love this all white, natural-light space – so dreamy.
Mission San Juan Capistrano // San Juan Capistrano, CA
There is just so much history here! Such a stunning place to tie the knot.
Huntington Bay Club // Huntington Beach, CA
Beach? Check. Marina? Check. Palm Trees? Check. Need anything else?
The 1912 // Santa Ana, CA
This spot is so cool! There’s amazing natural light & a super cool feature wall.
Studio de la Flor // Carlsbad, CA
This little studio is the perfect spot for an intimate, laidback wedding or elopement dinner party.
Building 177 // San Diego, CA
This place is all the loft vibes and natural light for days!
Puesto at The Headquarters // San Diego, CA
Let’s be real, who doesn’t wanna eat Mexican food at your wedding?
Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:
Hangar 21, Franciscan Gardens, Studio EMP, Lido House, Braedon Flynn, Mission San Juan Capistrano, McCune Photography, Mink Photography, Jessica Rice Co., Gantes Co. and Puesto.
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I get so many questions about the gear I use & what my absolute go-to lenses are! Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of my professional photography gear, what my favorites are and how I use each piece.
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Essential Gear / My Absolute Go-To’s
I have 2 Canon DSLR bodies & I like to use them simultaneously so that I can have 2 totally different lenses on and switch between the two quickly. I currently use the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body)& will be upgrading soon to the Mark IV or whatever Canon releases next!
My Favorite Memory Cards [write speed is so fast on these, I love them!]
Go buy this Memory Card Case right now! They have versions that are all CF and ones that are all SD depending on what you like to use, but these babies keep me so organized & they are basically indestructible. To make sure I’m only pulling the cards I haven’t shot on, I have a simple system where I flip the card backwards in the case when it’s full so I have a clear visual cue (you can see that in the photo above). Works like a charm!
Canon 85mm f1.2L Lens– gorgeous for portraits & really useful for the ceremony
Etsy leather harness dual camera system [OBSESSED with these! They are similar to the popular brand name ones, but mine has never failed on me and I like that the straps are a little narrower. They fit my frame much better, plus you get to choose from so many colors & customizations!]
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens [awesome for HUGE group shots!]
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens [I rarely use this these days, but it was my FIRST non-kit lens and it was the perfect first lens purchase & super helpful if you plan on doing a lot of second shooting!]
3 Canon 580ex II Speedlites [these have been discontinued, so get the new 600ex II‘s!]
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Hello my Palm Springs bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this perfect desert town to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Palm Springs wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there.
Pink Paradise in the desert … need I say more?
Want to make all of your Marrakesh daydreams come true? This is your chance!
Yep, this is where Whitney Port got married! SUCH a gorgeous place with alllllll the plants!
Classic Mid-Century Modern design at this perfect hotel – love the black & white of this place.
This place brings the party – also has probably the most fun pool scene in the desert.
Um, hello COLOR!!! I’m convinced this is what the inside of my brain looks like.
PINK + PATTERNS = HAPPY ME
I love this spot because you get a view from above, which is really unique in a totally flat desertscape! Also, when the bougainvillea is blooming, the ceremony spot is insanely pretty!
Truly an iconic entrance! MCM for daysssssss.
You can get married at the zoo! Giraffes, zebras, basically all the fun & cute animals as your wedding backdrop – cute!!
Again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design & one of the coolest homes ever.
This place is a hidden gem – I didn’t even know about it until recently and I’m like a desert stalker. It’s like a backyard vibe in the desert, super chill.
Once again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design coolness! Yes, this was actually Sinatra’s house!
Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:
Pura Soul Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Hannah Costello Photography, Lauren Scotti, California Weekend Magazine, Cheers Babe Photo, Sands Hotel & Spa, Cheers Babe Photo, Jessica Kettle, Summer Shea Photography, Sarah Falugo, Studio Castillero, and Frank Sinatra Estate.
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