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casa del mar santa monica wedding – dawn + jeffrey

Remember Dawn + Jeff from their Abbot Kinney engagement shoot in Venice?  Well, this fabulous couple just got married in Santa Monica at the beautiful Casa Del Mar hotel!  Truly, a hotel by the sea, Casa Del Mar is probably one of my favorite places to visit by the pier.  Their lobby is so relaxing, much like their sister hotel right next door called Shutters on the Beach, and the food is delicious!  If you get the chance, like I did during the reception dinner, their crab cakes as a first course are to die for!  That’s when I know a client loves me – when I get to eat the same dishes as their guests. ;)

The day started out in Dawn’s 2-story suite at Casa Del Mar, with her entire bridal party in attendance.  There’s nothing I love more than to see supportive ladies full of beautiful smiles, a few tears, and lots of love for the bride.  Gosh.  This wedding was complete with so much love from friends and family, that there was not a sad or pouting face in all the images of my guest candids.  Everyone.  And I mean EVERYONE was having a blast… a sure sign that Dawn + Jeff are very much loved.  And by me, as well.

Part of my joy as a wedding photographer is being a part of someone else’s love story.  I get to see first hand how 2 people treat each other on one of the more significant days of their lives.  Dawn + Jeff aren’t different than most loving couples, but where they stand apart is how they look at each other.  And towards each other, he’s doting and she’s lovingly devoted.  A few ingredients to this lovely marriage.

Dawn + Jeff, congratulations on taking this huge step in your lives.  I have no doubt that you will live splendidly with all the blessings you deserve.  If there’s one advice I can give for a happy marriage that is specific to just the 2 of you, it’s that ESKIMO KISSES SOLVE EVERYTHING. ;)  xo

Umm… Probably the best 80’s cover band to hit the planet!

Associate Photographer: Natasha Glenn // Assistant to Aileen Garcia Studio: Tai Nguyen // Church: St. Monica Catholic Church // Venue: Casa Del Mar // Coordinator: Inspired Events by Colleen Bataille // Florist: The Flower Lab // Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // Live Band: Totally 80’s // Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Jewelry: vintage // Hair: Dry Bar Santa Monica // Makeup: Soreya Yann Artistry // Suit: Hugo Boss

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Rudy Manning - July 24, 2013 - 12:09 am

wow… I love the low contrast b/w shots..

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