Chris & Sheenah's wedding was a rare and wonderful thing--a MONDAY wedding! This couple and all of their guests are Canadian, so this was a destination wedding for their group. And really, where better to take your friends than So. Cal? It's beautiful, the beach is great, the St. Regis is a fabulous hotel, and it's fun!
Of course, any smart couple knows that to plan a wedding far away, you need an organized, stylish point of contact in your location. Sheenah & Chris chose someone I've been wanting to work with for a long time, and she was even more amazing than I had hoped. Her name is Sheryal Rozzelle and if you need a coordinator in Santa Barbara or LA, she's absolutely unbelievable. She added so many special and unexpected touches to the day, it was just a pleasure working with her.
Anyway, I didn't actually meet Sheenah & Chris until about a month or two before their wedding, way after they had already booked me. The second I met them, I was so impressed with how interesting and funny and fun they were! At that point, I started to get really excited for their wedding, which was only enhanced by Sheenah's comment that the wedding was going to be "like diddy's white party". How great is that?
The day finally came, and I was not disappointed. Check it out!
I love these wonder woman/goddess-style Manolo's:
And a beautiful, ethereal dress:
This bouquet was all white hydrangea with a little lace wrapped around the bottom. Square Root is a top-notch florist in my area, and I always know that when they're doing the flowers, there will be LOTS of great details to shoot!
Nicole did the makeup not only for Sheenah but for all the girls. They looked stunning! She recently started her own business, so if you need a great hair & makeup person, check her out. Don't try to get her in the morning though, because i'm saving to have her come over and do my makeup every day :)
I stopped over where the boys were supposed to be getting ready, and found them relaxing and snacking. Chris also wanted an in-depth retelling of the worst bad beat story ever. I only wish they'd stuck around a few extra days after the wedding to get a game in!
Chris cleaning up for the big day:
I arrived back at the girls room in plenty of time to shoot the girls getting all ready to go!
The ceremony was at another little location in Laguna Beach. I loved all the parasols, they were great for blocking the sun (and great for photos!):
I like to try to hop in the limo with the bridal party when I can. Fun times!
The reception was at Club 19 at the St. Regis. This is a PERFECT spot for a small wedding (they had about 30 people). I love how everyone dined outside and it was just a perfect night:
A little local favor:
Of course we had to go shoot down at the beach! On the way:
How adorable are they?!
We made it down just in time for some beautiful light:
Black and white after the sun dropped--yummy!
I knew all those candles that Square Root used were going to look so beautiful after the sun went down:
An emotional toast from Sheenah's sister:
The umbrellas made for some sweet dance moves too! I think they were actually dancing to the song "Umbrella" at this time:
A sweet moment:
Check out the gallery below for some more shots! Sheenah & Chris, thank you so much for being your fabulous selves! I loved getting to know you, and can't wait to see you in Canada for Rodeo Week!