Wedding At Hotel Seven4One In Laguna Beach, CA | Jennifer & Duane

Wedding At Hotel Seven4One

JENNIFER & DUANE

Locations:

  • Getting ready location: Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA (bride and groom)

 

Wedding photos at Hotel Seven4One:

I first heard from Jennifer and Duane back in May after they’d been referred to me through their wedding at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach. They’ve been together for over four years and are such avid hikers that they recently completed the Pacific Crest Trail, trekking from the southern border with Mexico all the way north to Canada.

Duane proposed to Jennifer last Christmas when they were in Ohio, drawing on the couple’s love of the outdoors by popping the question after hiking to a waterfall together. With all of our correspondence online, I was excited to finally meet them in person when I met up to capture all their getting ready action at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer and Duane look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their sunset portrait session at Laguna Beach.

 

Getting ready photos at Hotel Seven4One:

I began by photographing Jennifer as she prepared with her bridesmaids, mom and two adorable dogs in a suite at Hotel Seven4One. As well as capturing a photo as she admired her stunning gown, I also grabbed some candid shots as she gave jewelry gifts to her sister and best friend who were her bridesmaids for the wedding.

I then headed over to Duane’s suite where he was preparing with his groomsmen by doing a few final pushups. I photographed one of his groomsmen assisting with his tie and a candid shot of the groom doing up his shoelaces, then grabbed a playful shot of his friends wielded the knives he had gifted them. We also grabbed some casual portraits of the guys in their Hotel Seven4One suite before heading back to the girls’ suite where Jennifer was dressed and ready to go.

I captured a few final candid moments as her sister helped with her bracelet before some portraits of the bride looking absolutely stunning in her gown. Jennifer’s father then arrived for an emotional first look and we captured a few portraits of the family together in this special moment.

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Jennifer admiring her wedding dress in a suite at Hotel Seven4One at Laguna Beach while her cute dog watches on.

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A candid photo of Jennifer offering gifts to her bridesmaids while getting ready for her wedding at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Duane does some pushups while preparing for his wedding in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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One of Duane’s groomsmen helps to fix his tie as they were getting ready for his wedding at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A candid photo of Duane doing up his shoelace in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Southern California.

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A playful photo of Duane’s groomsmen pretending to threaten him with knives that were gifted by the groom.

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A sophisticated portrait of Duane in his suite at Hotel Seven4One as he prepared for his intimate wedding in Laguna Beach.

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A casual portrait of Duane with his two groomsmen, backed by the contemporary artwork in their suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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A candid black and white photo capturing a special moment between Jennifer and her mom while getting ready for her wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer getting ready in her suite at Hotel Seven4One with her bridesmaids, mom and two beloved dogs.

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Jennifer’s sister helps to secure her bracelet while getting ready for her Laguna Beach wedding in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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A portrait of Jennifer on a contemporary blue sofa in her suite at Hotel Seven4One in Southern California.

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Jennifer standing at the window of her suite at Hotel Seven4One as she prepared for her Laguna Beach wedding.

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Jennifer admires her engagement ring during her wedding portrait session in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer embraces her dad during their father-daughter first look in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a special moment between Jennifer and her dad during their first look in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer’s dad shows off his suspenders during a father-daughter first look at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A portrait of Jennifer with her parents and sister as they prepared for her wedding at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A portrait of Jennifer with white and pink bouquet in her contemporary suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer shows off the back of her stunning wedding dress during her suite portrait session at Hotel Seven4One.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Seven4One:

It was then time for Jennifer and Duane’s first look session, which was being held in front of a living wall on the Pacific Coast Highway outside Hotel Seven4One. I documented Jennifer walking up behind her groom and their reactions at seeing one another looking so incredible. We used the time available for some romantic portraits of the couple against the rustic backdrop, also incorporating their dogs and bridal party for some creative shots.

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Jennifer steps out the entrance of Hotel Seven4One during her first look with Duane along the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Jennifer walks towards Duane during their first look session on the Pacific Coast Highway outside Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing the reactions of Jennifer and Duane during their first look session in front of a living wall outside Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer and Duane embrace during their romantic portrait session in front of a living green wall at Hotel Seven4One.

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Duane kisses Jennifer tenderly on the forehead during their wedding portrait session at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer leads Duane along a sidewalk of the Pacific Coast Highway during their Hotel Seven4One wedding portrait session.

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Jennifer and Duane look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Hotel Seven4One wedding portrait session.

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A portrait of Jennifer and Duane at the entrance to Hotel Seven4One along the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the bride and groom in the lobby of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A creative portrait of the couple kissing with their dogs on pink and blue leashes outside Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Duane holds Jennifer’s bouquet during their classic wedding portrait session at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer and Duane kiss while their bridal party celebrate during their portrait session outside Hotel Seven4One.

 

Ceremony portraits at Hotel Seven4One:

Duane’s parents then escorted him down the aisle for the start of his courtyard ceremony at Hotel Seven4One, followed by Jennifer on the arm of her dad. I captured all the moments as they exchanged vows and showed off their rings to their wedding guests watching on before they made their recessional walk as “husband and wife”.

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Duane’s parents escort him down the aisle at the start of his intimate courtyard ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer walks down the aisle on the arm of her dad during an intimate courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing Duane’s reaction as he watched his bride walk down the aisle of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Duane embraces Jennifer’s father as she’s given away during their intimate courtyard ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer hugs her father as she’s given away to Duane during their intimate wedding ceremony in Laguna Beach.

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Duane exchanges vows with Jennifer during their intimate courtyard ceremony at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing Duane’s reaction as he exchanged vows with Jennifer during their courtyard wedding in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer was all smiles as she exchanged vows with Duane during a courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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The groomsmen and dogs watch on as Jennifer and Duane exchange vows in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

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A cute ring bearer walks over to do his duty during Jennifer and Duane’s wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer and Duane share a laugh as they exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer and Duane show off their wedding rings to guests during their romantic Hotel Seven4One wedding ceremony.

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Jennifer and Duane kiss after being pronounced “husband and wife” at their Laguna Beach wedding ceremony.

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Jennifer and Duane make their recessional walk down the courtyard aisle to be congratulated by family and friends.

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The newlyweds kiss in front of a rustic wall at Hotel Seven4One during their Laguna Beach wedding portrait session.

 

Reception photos at Hotel Seven4One:

After the staff performed a quick “flip” to transform the ceremony courtyard into a reception venue, Jennifer and Duane made their grand entrance to be congratulated by family and friends. There were toasts from their bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as a very funny speech from Duane’s dad, while Jennifer’s father gave Duane a lucky penny that he’d had since the day she was born.

We snuck out part way through the reception for some sunset portraits, walking through the streets of Laguna Beach to a picturesque stretch of sand. Jennifer and Duane took off their shoes to wander along the beach and we captured some romantic portraits as the sun slowly sank behind the Pacific Ocean.

When we returned to Hotel Seven4One, the couple performed their first dance, followed by Jennifer and her dad’s father-daughter dance, then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate. I tried to capture all the energy and the fun of the photo booth, as well as Jennifer and Duane’s playful cake cutting ceremony.

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Jennifer and Duane make a grand entrance with their dogs into a courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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A creative photo of one of the couple’s dogs, with Jennifer and Duane seated on their sweetheart couch at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer’s sister laughs during a speech while the couple listen in from their sweetheart couch at a Hotel Seven4One reception.

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Jennifer and Duane share a laugh at their sweetheart table during reception toasts at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a playful moment during the groomsmen’s speech at Jennifer and Duane’s Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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Wedding guests listen in to speeches and toasts during Jennifer and Duane’s cocktail-style reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer’s dad gives Duane his lucky penny in a sentimental gesture during the Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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Capturing a fun moment during Duane’s dad’s speech in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing Duane’s reaction during his father’s funny reception speech at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A groomsman holds up one of the dogs for Duane to kiss during the cocktail-style reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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A cute ring bearer hides from the camera during Jennifer and Duane’s Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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Jennifer and Duane walk hand-in-hand along a street in Laguna Beach during their sunset wedding portrait session.

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The newlyweds stop to kiss in the middle of the street during their Laguna Beach wedding portrait session.

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Jennifer and Duane kiss on a staircase leading down to the sands of Laguna Beach during their sunset wedding portrait session.

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The bride and groom take off their shoes before stepping onto the sand during their sunset portrait session in Laguna Beach.

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The newlyweds embrace on the beach, backed by the Pacific Ocean, during their Hotel Seven4One wedding.

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Jennifer and Duane walk hand-in-hand along the sands of Laguna Beach during their Hotel Seven4One sunset portrait session.

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The couple kiss during their Laguna Beach wedding portrait session, backed by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly weds during their beach portrait session at Hotel Seven4One.

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Duane lifts and kisses Jennifer during their sunset wedding portrait session at Laguna Beach in Southern California.

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Jennifer and Duane perform their first dance during a courtyard wedding reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing a romantic moment during Jennifer and Duane’s first dance at their Hotel Seven4One courtyard reception.

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Jennifer and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during a wedding reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer’s dad embraces her following their father-daughter dance at the Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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A group of wedding guests share a laugh during a courtyard wedding reception at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A couple enjoying the dance floor during Jennifer and Duane’s courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Jennifer feeds Duane wedding cake during their cake cutting ceremony at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Jennifer enjoying the dance floor surrounded by her family and friends at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Wedding guests go in for a group hug during the courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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An elderly relative letting loose on the dance floor during Jennifer and Duane’s Laguna Beach wedding reception.

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Wedding guests having fun in the photo booth during the courtyard reception at Laguna Beach’s Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor during their Hotel Seven4One wedding celebrations.

 

Wedding photos at Hotel Seven4One:

I really can’t thank Jennifer and Duane enough for selecting me as their wedding photographer and the team at Hotel Seven4One for their kind referral. I know that they’re off to Croatia for their honeymoon and hope they manage to squeeze a bit of relaxation into what I know will be an adventure-filled vacation.

August 20, 2018

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