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Orange County Destination Wedding

Orange County Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding | Las Palmas Mansion Laguna Hills

Kandace and Rick flew in from New York City for their Orange County destination wedding.  Their destination pre-wedding celebration started on Friday evening at Laguna Beach’s Mozambique restaurant, where Kandance and Rick hosted an intimate wedding rehearsal dinner.  Bubbly, wine and  laughter mixed with a cool off shore breeze from the Pacific.  Guests passed by an enormous cage of Makaws as they arrived by shuttle from the Monarch Beach, St. Regis.  Close family and friends traveled from afar for their destination wedding:  New York , Shanghai, Canada, Chicago, New Jersey and London to attend Kandace and Rick’s destination wedding at Las Palmas Mansion in Laguna Hills.

What made their event special?  It wasn’t the Prada, yes there was plenty of that.  It wasn’t Kandace’s exquisite wedding gown {Vera Wang Couture}, which she looked like a Hoolwood starlet in.  It wasn’t Rick’s custom tailored {Prada} suit either.

Kandace’s exquisite wedding dress is Vera Wang Couture  | Rick’s suit is from Prada, and his shoes what else?  Gucci.

Las Palmas Mansion is stunning and I can tell you that as a photographer it is an Orange County destination wedding dream location to photograph at.  At each turn, another gorgeous photographic vignette reveals itself.  Las Palmas Mansion is blessed with exquisite light the streams through towering floor to ceiling windows.  But it wasn’t the location that made their day special either, although it surely did add to it.   Rather, it was the genuine friendships and relationships that Kandace and Rick share with their family and friends.  During theit destination wedding ceremony Rick was overcome by emotion while expressing his love for Kandace that he had to pause several times to gain his composure to continue with his vows.  Kandace’s mother and father were simultaneously overcome by emotion both wiping away their tears during the bride and groom’s wedding vows.  And the tears from a deep feeling of love for her mother that Kandace was wiping away during her mothers heartfelt toast.  And the tears that trickled down Kandace’s cheek as her dad danced with her as her friends watched and wept too.

As a photographer and a dude that’s in very in touch with his feminine side….I am honored and blessed to witness a spectrum of emotions from wild laughter during K&R’s amazing booty bumping dance {Rick, the white guy that can really grind and Kandace the NYC dance champion} to soulful toasts and familial closeness and an emotional Father-Daughter dance.  This is one destination wedding that no one will soon forget.

Inside Lighting Tech Scoop:  For all you photo & lighting geeks out there.  The photograph {above and most of the others below} were created after the sun set.  If I’d of used an on camera flash it woud have totally flattened the image.  I never, ever use direct, on camera flash, and I believe its breaking one of the ten photography commandments to do so.  Off camera remote lighting creates dimension through the use of highlight and shadow.  To get the rim and fill light, I’m using a three light set up.  A Canon speedlight is aimed over the brides shoulder {about 90 degrees to the couple camera left} on  a light stand, about 7 feet off the ground, about 15 ft. away, Manual at 1/64 power.  Another light, a Quantum {could just as easily be another speed light} is on 1/4 power about 25 feet away about 30 degrees camera right on another light stand acting as fill for the B&G.  The third light is my VAL {Voice Activated Light stand} and is directed at whom ever is toasting.  The kicker does double duty.  Catching both the B&G and whom ever is toasting, while the third light acts as fill for the toaster.  Pockets Wizards are used to trigger all the lights.  The best thing about this is that if you are traveling for destination weddings, this set up ir really light weight and easy to bring along with you.Bottom left {above} Courtney and Rich:  I photographed their wedding about 5 years ago.  Since then Rich has enrolled and finished his MBA at Columbia, in NYC and is enjoying a lucrative career in the financial sector.  Courtney has enjoyed a successful career with Conde Nast and other publishers.  I love to see people pursue their dreams.  Thank you Courtney and Rich for referring my services to Kandace and Rick.  Like you they are amazing people!  It was so great to see both of you happy, having fun and so in love.

orange county destination wedding photography5 Star on Site Destination Wedding Coordination at Las Palmas Mansion

I’ve gotta give a big nod to Sanya {a former bio-chemist and pharmaceutical rep},  the site coordinator at Las Palmas Mansion.  At this point in my career I’ve photographed close to 500 weddings from Orange County to Stockholm, Sweden.   And I’ve experienced a range of coordinator services, from mediocre to 5 star service.   In my book Sanya is of the 5 star genre.  Not only did Sanya do an amazing job, she has an wonderful sense of humor and is passionate about client service.  The wedding went off with out a single hitch, Sanya and her team pay great attention to each and every detail and I have to tip my hat to Sanya and staff for that.

Delicious and Consistent Wedding Catering from Iva Lee’s

Before I was a photographer I spent over 20 years in the food service industry working almost every station in a classical French kitchen to front of the house.  My last few years before leaving the industry I was a cellar master and wrote award winning wine lists.  So I believe myself to be somewhat of an authority on what makes food, spirits, service and catering excellent and just passable.

Ya know, wedding catering can really make or break a wedding experience.  I remember one of the worst experiences ever was a wedding I shot with a buddy of mine in San Diego a few years ago….there was a lag time of 45 min. between courses.  Ouch!   That caterer was way understaffed.   I’d spent over 20 years in the restaurant and service industry before starting my career in photography 12 years ago.  Three of the hardest things to pull off  when catering are….

1.  Delicious Food:  Iva Lee’s food always has that extra special something.  It’s super fresh,  full of flavor and never overcooked.
2.  Consistent Food:  I’ve eaten three meals,  the same as the wedding guests,  each at different venues and each time my meal has been perfectly cooked and arrives warm, not tepid or cold.
3.  Excellence in Service:  Their wait staff is simply great!  Iva Lee’s is always well staffed.  Great attitude, hip, young, well dressed, staff is always quick to refill guests wine glasses or fulfill a request.   I’m a vendor and I feel like I’m being treated as a guest, when they serve me.  That says allot about Iva Lee’s commitment to service and their brand.

Make Up By Berit: Ladies, I’ve worked with Berit on a number of weddings now.  She is a sought after Make Up Artist by the top wedding coordinators in Orange County and by discerning brides.  Berit always brings a smile and her “A” game to every event.  Her make up application is flawless and she’ll keep you on time!   That’s a huge one and its the first place you’ll find yourself running late if you are not working with a top notch pro like Berit.  What I love about Berit’s craft is that there is always an even skin tone and what she does with eyes and lashes is perfection. Beautiful brides look exquisite when Berit is done with them.  You can reach Berit at 949.444. 1474

Orange County Destination Wedding Venue: For More info on Las Palmas Mansion contact Sanya @ and tell her I sent you!


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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, Call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County | Los Angeles | Destination Wedding Photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award-winning photographer based in Irvine, California. Marc specializes in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Portraiture. He’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and engaging images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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