Wedding At Franciscan Gardens In San Juan Capistrano, CA | Christine & Mike

Wedding At Franciscan Gardens

CHRISTINE & MIKE

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Wedding photos at Franciscan Gardens:

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mike’s family for around seven years now, having photographed the weddings of his sisters Helen and Edel in the past. But this time it was their brother’s turn as he wed his love Christine. I was excited to not only capture their wedding at Franciscan Gardens, but also to reconnect and see the entire family again.

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An intimate embrace between Christine and Mike during their Mission San Juan Capistrano portrait session.

 

Getting ready photos at Franciscan Gardens:

Everything was happening in the one place for this intimate wedding, so my wife Charlene and I drove down to Orange County in the morning to the Franciscan Gardens. I really love this venue because it has such a great variety of areas to work with, but was feeling a little nervous as it was sprinkling with rain and looking quite overcast. I knew that Christine and Mike wanted to take some couple portraits at the nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano and was hoping the skies would dry up so we could make this happen.

We captured shots of the beautiful bride getting ready with her mom and bridesmaids, as well as a few playful shots of Mike and his groomsmen as they made their final preparations. There was so much love and energy in both rooms, with everyone in a great mood and it was a really fun getting ready session to capture.

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Christine and her bridesmaids getting ready for the wedding day at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

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The bride puts on an earring as she makes the final preparations for her wedding day at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Mike and his groomsmen fix their ties as they prepared for the wedding in San Juan Capistrano.

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Capturing a playful moment between Mike and his best man as he fixed his boutonniere.

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Christine’s bridesmaids help to secure her wedding shoes as they prepared at the Franciscan Gardens.

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The bride and her mom share in a special moment in front of a suite window at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine, her bridesmaids and mom share a laugh as they prepared for the wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A candid shot of Mike making his last minute preparations in a suite at the Franciscan Gardens.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Franciscan Gardens and Mission San Juan Capistrano:

Christine and Mike had decided on a first look session, but wanted to mix things up with a “first touch” to begin with. I photographed the bride as she walked down a set of stairs towards her groom, then the cute moment as they held hands behind a wooden gate.

Then they had a more classic first look, with Christine again walking up to Mike and this time allowing him to turn around and see her looking absolutely gorgeous. I captured their joyous reactions and a spontaneous kiss between the couple as they soaked up this moment.

Together with their bridal party, we then walked over to the Mission San Juan Capistrano for a portrait session against this rustic backdrop. There were so many great locations for couple portrait, including ornate archways and colonnades, and Christine and Mike were really natural in front of the camera. The skies held out and the clouds that hung about actually created perfect diffuse lighting to work with.

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Christine walks down a set of stairs towards Mike for their first look at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Capturing a fun moment between the bride and groom during their first touch at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine walks towards Mike during their classic first look session in San Juan Capistrano.

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The bride and groom kiss during their romantic first look session in a courtyard at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine and Mike admire one another during their intimate first look session at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A portrait of Christine and Mike in front of the rustic architecture of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Mike embraces Christine during their Mission San Juan Capistrano wedding portrait session.

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Capturing a playful kiss between Christine and Mike during their Mission San Juan Capistrano wedding photo session.

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An intimate moment between the soon-to-be-married couple beneath a rustic archway at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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A creative silhouette shot of the couple beneath an archway at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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A tender moment between the couple against a red brick pillar during their Mission San Juan Capistrano wedding photo session.

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The couple kiss beside the remains of the Mission San Juan Capistrano during their wedding portrait session.

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Christine and Mike look into each other’s eyes during their romantic wedding portrait session at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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The couple kiss in front of the rustic bells at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Christine and Mike embrace beneath the colonnades at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

 

Ceremony photos at Franciscan Gardens:

It was then time for the wedding ceremony at Franciscan Gardens which was taking place beneath a clear-covered gazebo outdoors. Christine’s dad walked her down the aisle to Mike, then her mom joined in to give her away.

Christine is of Chinese ancestry, so the couple decided to incorporate a traditional tea ceremony into the schedule, offering tea to both sets of parents. Their officiant was quite a character, so there were also lots of laughs and smiles to capture throughout the ceremony as the couple exchanged vows.

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The flower girl walks down the aisle towards Mike at the start of the wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine is escorted down the aisle at the Franciscan Gardens by her dad during her wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Mike and his best man’s reaction as Christine walked down the aisle during the Franciscan Gardens wedding ceremony.

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Christine’s parents give her away to Mike at the start of their wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A wide angle shot looking across Christine and Mike’s wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine and Mike offer their parents tea during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

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Capturing the couple’s joyous reactions during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Mike reads his vows to Christine during their wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

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Capturing Mike’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Christine at the Franciscan Gardens outdoor ceremony site.

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A creative black and white of Christine’s reactions as she wed Mike at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple during their intimate wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine laughs as Mike kisses her hand during their fun wedding ceremony at the Franciscan Gardens.

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The newly married couple make their recessional walk down the aisle at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

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An impromptu kiss between the newly married couple during their recessional walk down the aisle.

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Christine is embrace by her mother-in-law after becoming officially married in San Juan Capistrano.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Franciscan Gardens:

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A playful shot of the couple kissing with their flower girls at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

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A romantic portrait of the newly married couple in front of a wooden gate at the Franciscan Gardens.

 

Reception photos at Franciscan Gardens:

The reception kicked off with a first dance from the couple, then lots of speeches and toasts from those closest to them. Christine and Mike were seated at a beautifully-lit sweetheart table which was perfect for capturing their reactions throughout the evening.

Then everyone hit the dance floor, allowing me to capture all the energy and fun (including a French fry throwing/catching in the mouth competition between the boys). From the bouquet toss to the antics of the photo booth and the couple’s gorgeous cupcake stand, I tried to document each and every element of this gorgeous wedding at Franciscan Gardens.

We ended the night with a group photo of Christine and Mike’s intimate wedding party, as well as a couple of romantic nighttime couple portraits, including a “thank you” one for them to send to their guests.

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The first dance between Christine and Mike during their outdoor wedding reception at the Franciscan Gardens.

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The newly married couple getting down on the dance floor during their wedding reception at the Franciscan Gardens.

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The best man makes a funny speech during Christine and Mike’s San Juan Capistrano wedding reception.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions as speeches and toasts were made during their wedding reception.

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Christine wipes away tears of laughter as her sister makes a speech during the Franciscan Gardens wedding reception.

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Christine’s mom embraces her son-in-law at their sweetheart table at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Christine and Mike play the “shoe game” to see how well they know each other during their wedding reception.

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Christine’s parents enjoying the dance floor during the intimate wedding reception at the Franciscan Gardens.

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Mike’s sister Helen and her husband dancing during the Franciscan Gardens wedding reception.

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The newly married couple kiss behind their cupcake stand at the Franciscan Gardens wedding reception.

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Mike’s sister Deirdre, her husband, and niece share a fun moment at the Franciscan Gardens wedding reception.

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Young wedding guests dancing with streamers during Christine and Mike’s wedding reception.

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Capturing a special moment on the dance floor at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano.

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An action shot of Christine’s bouquet toss at the San Juan Capistrano wedding reception.

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Family and friends having fun in the photo booth during Christine and Mike’s wedding reception.

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A playful moment on the dance floor between the boys as they try to catch Trench fries in their mouths.

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The bride holds a cone of French fries up during her wedding reception at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A young wedding guest and his dad enjoying the dance floor at the Franciscan Gardens wedding reception.

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Mike gets a kiss on his cheek from a cute flower girl during the wedding reception in Orange County.

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The newly married couple embrace on the dance floor during their fun-filled wedding reception at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A fun group photo of Christine and Mike’s intimate wedding party at the Franciscan Gardens.

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A creative off-camera flash nighttime couple portrait of Christine and Mike during their Franciscan Gardens wedding.

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Christine and Mike kiss for a “thank you” photo to send out to all of their wedding guests.

 

Wedding photos at Franciscan Gardens:

I really want to thank Christine, Mike and their families for what was such a wonderful wedding at Franciscan Gardens and for trusting me to capture so many of their special days.

February 23, 2017

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