Wedding At Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club In Coto De Caza, CA | Faith & Mark

Wedding At Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club

FAITH & MARK

Locations:

  • Getting ready location: Marriott Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, CA (bride) and home in Newport Beach, CA (groom)

 

Wedding photos at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club:

I first met Faith and Mark at my home studio a few months back to hear all about their upcoming wedding at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club. They were planning a Catholic ceremony at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine, as well as two portrait sessions at the Woodbridge gated community and Riley Wilderness Park.

It was such a pleasure to get to know them better during their engagement session and I felt like we just “clicked”. Needless to say, I was looking forward to connecting with them again for this spring wedding celebration.

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A portrait of the newly married couple kissing during their Riley Wilderness Park wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum:

When I turned up at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum to capture the bride making her final preparations, Faith welcomed me so warmly and there was such a great vibe in the room. The weather forecast wasn’t looking the best, with rain predicted, but that wasn’t putting a dampener on Faith’s spirit.

While my second photographer was at a beach home in Newport Beach photographing Mark and the boys getting ready, I captured a range of shots to document Faith’s wedding day preparations. From creative silhouettes to emotional candid moments, I tried to capture the love and warmth that was in the room.

I photographed Faith’s mom as she arrived in a traditional Korean hanbok and with Faith’s sisters as they admired the gorgeous bridal gown. I also grabbed a shot of all the bridesmaids wearing their vibrant red dresses as they helped Faith slip into her wedding shoes.

We made use of the time we had available before the wedding ceremony for some portraits of Faith looking absolutely radiant. I photographed her looking out her Marriott Irvine Spectrum suite window and reading a note card from Mark, as well as a shot of her from behind in her stunning wedding dress.

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A creative shot of Faith having her makeup done in a suite at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum, with her wedding dress hanging up behind.

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Capturing Faith’s emotional reaction as her mom arrived in a traditional Korean hanbok outfit.

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Faith’s mom and sisters admiring her gorgeous bridal gown in a suite at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.

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Faith’s bridesmaids assist her as she steps into her wedding shoes at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.

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A portrait of Faith looking out her hotel suite window as she prepared for her Irvine wedding.

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An emotional moment for Faith’s mom as she prepared for her daughter’s wedding in Irvine.

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A portrait of Faith looking radiant in the lead up to her Catholic wedding ceremony in Irvine.

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Faith putting her earrings on as she prepared for her wedding day in a hotel suite at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.

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Faith in her gorgeous wedding dress at the suite window as she prepared at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.

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Capturing a special moment between Faith, her mom and sisters as they prepared for the Irvine wedding.

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Faith reading a note card from her future husband in the lead up to her wedding in Irvine.

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A portrait of Faith sitting on a couch in her hotel suite at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church:

With the wedding ceremony scheduled to start, we drove over to Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine. I captured a black and white of Mark being escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by Faith’s uncle as he gave her away at the altar.

I photographed Faith and Mark’s reactions as they exchanged vows and listened to the priest’s sermon during their Catholic wedding ceremony, as well as the moment they offered flowers to both of their moms. After a joyous celebration at being pronounced “husband and wife” and a spontaneous kiss on the hand from Mark, they made their recessional walk down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends.

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A black and white shot of Mark’s parents escorting him down the aisle at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine.

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Faith’s uncle giving her away to Mark during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Irvine.

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Capturing Mark’s reaction as he sees Faith for the first time on their wedding day at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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A wide angle shot looking across Faith and Mark’s Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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Faith and Mark exchange vows during their wedding ceremony at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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Capturing Faith and Mark’s reactions during their wedding at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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Faith embraces her mom as she and Mark offer flowers during the Catholic wedding ceremony.

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Faith and Mark offer flowers to Mark’s mom during their Catholic wedding ceremony in Irvine.

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Faith and Mark celebrate after being pronounced “husband and wife” at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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Mark kisses Faith’s hand affectionately after becoming officially married at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church.

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Faith and Mark are congratulated by family and friends outside Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine.

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A portrait of the newly married couple at the altar of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine.

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A joyful portrait of the newly married couple outside Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine.

 

Portraits at Woodbridge and Riley Wilderness Park:

Before heading to their reception venue at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club, we stopped for portraits at two nearby locations – the gated community of Woodbridge and Riley Wilderness Park. I captured intimate embraces by Woodbridge’s sprawling lake and a fun moment when Mark lifted Faith into the air, then grabbed some whimsical shots as they explored the walking trails and grassy fields of Riley Wilderness Park.

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A portrait of Faith and Mark embracing beside the lake within the Woodbridge gated community.

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Mark embraces Faith during their wedding portrait session at the Woodbridge gated community in Irvine.

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Mark holds Faith’s bouquet while she embraces him during their Woodbridge wedding photo session.

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Mark kisses Faith’s hand as they walk beside the lake within the Woodbridge gated community.

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An intimate portrait of the newly married couple beside the lake at Woodbridge in Irvine.

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Faith and Mark explore a walking trail within the grassy fields of the Riley Wilderness Park.

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A whimsical portrait of Faith and Mark during their Riley Wilderness Park wedding photo session.

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A creative portrait of Faith and Mark kissing with her sweeping veil during their Riley Wilderness Park photo session.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the newly married couple with Faith’s gorgeous bouquet at Riley Wilderness Park.

 

Reception photos at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club:

It was then time for the reception celebrations to kick off, starting with a grand entrance by the couple and their intimate first dance. This was followed by speeches and toasts from one of Faith’s bridesmaids and Mark’s best man, before we snuck out for some more portraits at sunset. While we didn’t get the best light, we were lucky that the rain held out all day, without even a drizzle!

When we returned to the reception, I captured Faith and Mark’s reactions as they watched a slideshow of their childhood and relationship, before Faith changed into a traditional Korean hanbok for the cake cutting ceremony. She changed again into a white cocktail dress to perform a fun “dance off” with Mark, then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate.

I tried to capture all the energy as the wedding guests got down on the dance floor with the newly married couple, before sneaking out again with them for a romantic nighttime portrait session. We got creative with the use of off-camera flash and incorporated the beautiful fairy lights of the Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

The evening ended with a grand sparkler exit as the couple departed and it was only then that the rain started to trickle down!

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Faith and Mark make a joyous grand entrance to their wedding reception at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Faith and Mark during their first dance at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Capturing a sweet, candid exchange between the bride and groom during their Coto De Caza reception.

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Faith watches on as Mark makes a “thank you” toast to their wedding guests at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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One of Faith’s bridesmaids makes a toast during Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club wedding reception.

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Capturing Faith and Mark’s reactions as speeches and toasts are made during their Coto De Caza wedding reception.

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Mark’s best man and younger brother makes a speech during their Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club wedding reception.

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Faith and Mark look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their portrait session at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Mark lifts Faith into the air during their wedding portrait session at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Capturing Faith and Mark’s reactions as they watch a slideshow about their childhood and relationship.

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A playful moment during Faith and Mark’s cake cutting ceremony at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Faith’s mom playfully lifts her daughter into the air in what is a traditional Korean wedding ritual.

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Faith and Mark perform a fun choreographed dance routine during their Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club wedding reception.

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Mark getting down on the dance floor with his friends at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Faith and Mark’s moms during the Coto De Caza wedding reception.

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A wedding guest letting loose on the dance floor during Faith and Mark’s Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club reception.

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The newly married couple getting down on the dance floor at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Mark’s sister and her partner enjoying the festivities at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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A romantic nighttime portrait of Faith and Mark, backed by the fairy lights of Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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A creative, off-camera flash nighttime portrait of the newly married couple at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Faith and Mark make their grand exit down a sparkler-lined walkway at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

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Mark kisses Faith as he dips her during their grand exit at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club.

 

Wedding photos at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club:

I really can’t thank Faith and Mark enough for selecting me as their photographer for this wedding at Coto De Caza Golf And Racquet Club. The energy and vibes they brought made my job so much easier and I feel honored to have been a part of their special day. I know that they are off on two honeymoons, visiting the idyllic island of Bora Bora and heading to Italy for a week, and I want to wish them all the best in their married life together.

May 15, 2017

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