Wedding At Hotel Seven4One In Laguna Beach, CA | Leilani & Danny

Wedding At Hotel Seven4One

LEILANI & DANNY

Locations:

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

 

Wedding photos at Hotel Seven4One:

Leilani and Danny found me through their wedding venue in Laguna Beach and I was honored that they selected Aevitas Weddings to capture their special day. Although I didn’t shoot an e-session with them, we met up a couple of months ago to learn more about each other and to hear about their plans for this wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

I’ve shot weddings at this beautiful Orange County venue a few times before and I love that everything is in the one place, making for a really relaxed day for the couple, their wedding guests and myself.

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A portrait of the newly married couple kissing outside Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

 

Getting ready photos at Hotel Seven4One:

I drove down to Laguna Beach early on the morning of their wedding to capture both Leilani and Danny as they made their final preparations. Because their suites were right down the hall from one another, it meant I could easily go between the two rooms. Leilani and Danny wanted a fairly laid-back wedding to suit their personalities and had opted against having a formal bridal party. But they did have a few of those closest to them helping them get ready.

I captured candid shots of Danny and his brother as they secured his tie, as well as a playful shot of the groom and his friends toasting with sunglasses on. Then I took a few portraits of Danny on his own and as he unwrapped a gift from his bride-to-be.

I also captured candid photos as Leilani had the final touches applied to her makeup and shared in this special moment with her mom and sister. Then I grabbed some shots as her friends assisted her as she stepped into her gorgeous gown.

Danny’s mom came into the suite at Hotel Seven4One to catch her first glimpse of Leilani, followed by the bride’s dad in what was a really touching father-daughter first look. I captured this shared moment with her mom and sister also, then used the time available for some portraits of Leilani looking absolutely radiant. I particularly loved the bright blue sofa in her suite at Hotel Seven4One, which provided the perfect backdrop as she read a note card from her soon-to-be husband.

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A candid black and white shot of Leilani getting ready with her mom and sister in one of the suites at Hotel Seven4One.

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Danny’s brother assists him in getting ready in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A portrait of Danny fixing his cuff links as he prepared for his wedding at Laguna Beach’s Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani having the final touches applied to her makeup as she was getting ready at Hotel Seven4One.

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A playful shot of Danny and his friends making a toast as they were getting ready for his wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Danny opens a gift from his bride-to-be as he prepared for his special day at Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani’s entourage assist as she steps into her gorgeous wedding dress in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani’s sister helps to put a bracelet on the bride as they were getting ready for her Laguna Beach wedding.

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Leilani steps into her wedding shoes with the help of her family and friends at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing Danny’s mom’s reaction at seeing Leilani looking so gorgeous on her wedding day.

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

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Leilani shares a tender moment with her parents and sister on the morning of her wedding.

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A portrait of Leilani adjusting her wedding shoes in her spacious Hotel Seven4One suite.

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Capturing Leilani’s reaction as she reads a note card from her husband-to-be in the lead up to their wedding ceremony.

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A close-up portrait of Leilani looking radiant on her wedding day at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A portrait of Leilani with her beautiful floral bouquet in a suite at Laguna Beach’s Hotel Seven4One.

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A portrait of Leilani seated on the bright blue sofa in her Hotel Seven4One wedding suite.

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Leilani shows off the back of her wedding dress outside the entrance to Hotel Seven4One.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Seven4One:

It was then time for the first look between Leilani and Danny, which we staged outside the entrance to Hotel Seven4One on the Pacific Coast Highway. I photographed Leilani as she walked towards her groom and the emotional reactions of both of them as they soaked up this moment.

We then grabbed a few portraits in front of the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One and one of Leilani leading Danny along the sidewalk, then an intimate shot as they embraced in the entrance doorway.

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Leilani walks towards Danny during their first look session outside Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Danny kisses Leilani’s hand affectionately during their first look session at Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani wipes away tears during her emotional first look with Danny outside Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani and Danny look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their wedding portrait session at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing a tender moment between Leilani and Danny against the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani leads Danny along the sidewalk outside Hotel Seven4One during their Laguna Beach portrait session.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the couple in the entrance doorway of Hotel Seven4One.

 

Ceremony photos at Hotel Seven4One:

Leilani and Danny were holding their intimate wedding ceremony in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One and while it was a predominantly western affair, they had added in some Jewish elements to honor the faith of Danny’s family. I photographed Danny walking proudly down the aisle, followed by the cute flower girl and ring bearer holding hands, then captured the groom’s reaction as Leilani made her entrance on the arm of her dad.

I grabbed shots of both Leilani and Danny’s reactions as they exchanged vows, as well as those of their parents as they watched on, and captured a wide-angle looking down the aisle of their wedding at Hotel Seven4One. Danny performed a traditional Jewish “breaking of the glass”, then the couple made a joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife”.

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Leilani and Danny’s family watch on during the Ketubah signing at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Danny walks down the aisle at the start of his wedding ceremony in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

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The flower girl and ring bearer hold hands as they walk down the aisle during the Hotel Seven4One courtyard wedding.

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Capturing Danny’s reaction as he watches Leilani walk down the aisle during their intimate Laguna Beach wedding.

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Leilani’s father escorts her down the aisle during her courtyard wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani’s father gives her away to Danny at the altar during their intimate Hotel Seven4One wedding ceremony.

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Capturing Danny’s reaction as he exchanges vows with Leilani at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Leilani was all smiles as she exchanged vows with Danny during their romantic wedding ceremony in Orange County.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Leilani and Danny’s courtyard wedding ceremony in Orange County.

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Danny drinking wine in what is a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony ritual at Hotel Seven4One.

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Leilani’s parents watch on as their daughter weds Danny in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

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A close-up shot as Leilani puts the wedding ring on Danny’s finger during their intimate courtyard wedding.

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Danny’s mom and step dad watch on as he marries Leilani at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Leilani laughs as Danny’s reads his vows during their intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Danny performs the “breaking of the glass” during his Jewish wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Danny’s mom claps as her son becomes officially wed at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Leilani make their joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife” through the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Hotel Seven4One:

While the guests were enjoying the cocktail hour and the staff at Hotel Seven4One were performing a “flip” (transforming the ceremony venue into a reception space), Leilani, Danny and I went down to the beach for a sunset portrait session. The sun decided not to present itself, but the light was still ideal for romantic photos of Leilani and Danny walking hand-in-hand along the sands and embracing on a rock together.

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A romantic portrait of Danny kissing Leilani’s hand in front of the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One.

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The newly married couple walk arm-in-arm along the beach following their intimate wedding in Orange County.

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Leilani and Danny walk hand-in-hand along the sands of Laguna Beach during their sunset portrait session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly married couple during their Laguna Beach portrait session.

 

Reception photos at Hotel Seven4One:

It was then time to get the party underway, with Leilani and Danny making their grand reception entrance from the upstairs balcony. There were speeches and toasts from those closest to them and a fun demonstration of trust and strength from Danny’s entourage, before Leilani changed into a white cocktail dress to perform their amazing, choreographed first dance.

Then everyone hit the dance floor to party, with Leilani and Danny opting against a formal sit-down meal in favor of a more casual evening. The couple were lifted above their wedding guests in a traditional Jewish Horah chair dance and got playful during their cake-cutting ceremony, with Danny and his friends making sure that Leilani’s elderly great-aunt wasn’t missing out on the dance floor action.

I tried to capture all the energy and movement of the evening from multiple angles, getting in amongst the dancers and shooting from above. The night ended with confetti guns being exploded throughout the courtyard and showering the newly weds and their guests in color.

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Leilani and Danny wave down to their family and friends from the balcony of Hotel Seven4One.

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The newly married couple make their grand reception entrance at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a kiss between the newly married couple at their sweetheart table during the Hotel Seven4One reception.

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Leilani is embraced by her mother-in-law after a toast during the Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions as one of Leilani’s friends makes a speech during the courtyard reception.

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Leilani and Danny share a laugh at their sweetheart table as speeches and toasts are made.

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Danny’s friends lean on one another as a show of support and strength during the Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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Leilani and Danny perform a lively choreographed first dance during their courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing all the action of Leilani and Danny’s first dance at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Leilani and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during the intimate reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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Danny’s mom is lifted into the air during a traditional Jewish Horah chair dance at Hotel Seven4One.

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The newly married couple are lifted above their guests during a Jewish Horah chair dance.

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One of Danny’s friends dancing with Leilani’s great-aunt during the lively wedding celebrations.

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Leilani enjoying the dance floor with her friends during the courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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A playful moment during Leilani and Danny’s cake cutting ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing all the antics of the dance floor during Leilani and Danny’s fun-filled wedding reception.

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Danny’s mom and her friends letting loose on the dance floor at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Danny dancing with Leilani’s great-aunt during the Hotel Seven4One courtyard wedding reception.

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Capturing all the dance floor action during Leilani and Danny’s energy-infused wedding party.

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A shy wedding guest shields herself from the camera during the Hotel Seven4One wedding reception.

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A bird’s eye view of Danny dipping Leilani on the dance floor at Hotel Seven4One in Orange County.

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The newly married couple celebrated as confetti showers them during their courtyard wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing a spontaneous kiss between Leilani and Danny at the end of their Hotel Seven4One wedding day.

 

Wedding photos at Hotel Seven4One:

I really can’t thank Leilani and Danny enough for selecting Aevitas to capture this wedding at Hotel Seven4One and loved that they wore their emotions on their sleeves throughout the day. I know they’re in the process of house hunting and moving, so I wish them all the best as they start this new chapter together.

August 3, 2017

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