Wedding At Hotel Seven4One

Nov 27, 2017

VIVIAN & ANDY

Locations:

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

 

Introduction:

Vivian and Andy were just a joy to be around and you could feel that vibe amongst their family and friends throughout this intimate wedding at Hotel Seven4One. I first heard from them just over a year ago when Vivian was based in New York State and Andy was in South Carolina.

They became engaged in Toronto last May and have since moved to Washington D.C. where she works as a lawyer and he as a dentist. However, both of their families are in Southern California, so it made sense to celebrate their wedding at this intimate Laguna Beach venue.

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A romantic portrait of Vivian and Andy on the sands of Laguna Beach during their Hotel Seven4One wedding.

 

Getting ready photos at Hotel Seven4One:

My second shooter and I drove down to Laguna Beach on what was a beautiful Saturday, arriving at Hotel Seven4One in time to capture all the getting ready action. While my second shooter was with Andy and his groomsmen in one suite, I was with Vivian, her bridesmaids and mom as they made their final preparations.

I captured some playful shots as Vivian and her bridesmaids blew kisses towards the camera, as well as a candid as the bride had the finishing touches done to her makeup and a reflective, black and white shot in a handheld mirror. I then photographed Vivian’s sister and mom helping to secure her dress and earrings, before all her bridesmaids clustered around as she stepped into her shoes.

With Vivian looking absolutely radiant, I grabbed some portraits with her flowing train and beautiful bouquet, as well as a fun shot of all the bridesmaids trying to grab a photo on their cell phones. It was then time for the father-daughter first look, with Vivian’s dad undeniably proud as he embraced the gorgeous bride and shared in this moment with the rest of the family.

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A playful shot of Vivian surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids as they prepared for the wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian has the finishing touches applied to her makeup in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A creative, black and white shot of Vivian’s reflection in the mirror as she was getting ready at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian and her bridesmaids blow kisses towards the camera, backed by their beautiful dresses.

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Vivian holds her mom’s hands as her sister zips up her wedding dress in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian’s bridesmaids assist her as she steps into her bridal shoes at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian’s mom helps to secure her earrings as they were getting ready in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids in the elegant suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A portrait of Vivian looking absolutely stunning in her gorgeous gown as she waited for her Hotel Seven4One wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of Vivian holding her beautiful bouquet in a suite at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A playful shot of Vivian’s bridesmaids capturing photos on their phones in a suite at Hotel Seven4One.

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A portrait of Vivian in front of the turquoise drapes of her Hotel Seven4One suite in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian’s father walks towards her during their first look at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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A black and white candid of Vivian being embraced by her dad during their first look session.

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A portrait of Vivian and her parents during a special family moment in the lead up to her wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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A creative portrait of Vivian with her stunning floral bouquet at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Seven4One:

We then headed out onto the Pacific Coastal Highway where the couple had their first look, with Vivian walking towards her groom. I photographed the reactions as they captured their first glimpse of one another, then took advantage of this loved-up moment for some portraits around the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One.

I photographed Vivian leading Andy along the sidewalk and embracing outside the entrance to Hotel Seven4One, as well as capturing some portraits within the gorgeous ceremony courtyard of the venue. With the winter light now fading fast, we headed down onto the sands of Laguna Beach for some portraits, knowing that it was going to be dark by the time the wedding ceremony was over. I grabbed elevated shots of the couple looking out across the Pacific Ocean and walking hand-in-hand along the sands, as well as some embraces illuminated by the late-afternoon light and a sunburst.

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A candid shot of Vivian’s reaction as she walked onto the Pacific Coastal Highway for her first look with Andy.

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A creative shot of Vivian walking towards Andy during their first look session on the Pacific Coastal Highway.

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Capturing the reactions of Vivian and Andy at seeing one another for the first time on their wedding day.

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A tender moment between the couple during their first look outside Hotel Seven4One on the Pacific Coastal Highway.

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An elegant portrait of Vivian and Andy in front of the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a playful moment between Vivian and Andy during their wedding portrait session in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian leads Andy along a sidewalk beside the Pacific Coastal Highway during their Laguna Beach portrait session.

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

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom on a sidewalk outside Hotel Seven4One.

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An elevated shot of Vivian and Andy embracing on the sands of Laguna Beach during their wedding portrait session.

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An intimate portrait of Vivian and Andy embracing on Laguna Beach in the lead up to their Hotel Seven4One wedding.

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Vivian and Andy walk hand-in-hand along the sands of Laguna Beach during their late-afternoon portrait session.

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Vivian and Andy embrace illuminated by the late-afternoon sun during their Laguna Beach wedding portrait session.

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Vivian and Andy kiss with a burst of the setting sun during their Hotel Seven4One wedding portrait session.

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Vivian and Andy stand hand-in-hand in front of the rustic exterior of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian and Andy embrace in their gorgeous courtyard ceremony venue at Hotel Seven4One.

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The bride and groom kiss in the rustic-inspired courtyard of Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

 

Ceremony photos at Hotel Seven4One:

It was then time for the wedding ceremony to get underway, with Vivian’s parents escorting her down the aisle of the beautifully-decorated courtyard at Hotel Seven4One. I captured Andy’s reaction as he watched his bride in this special moment, as well as the hand-off as Vivian was given away by her mom and dad.

I grabbed both wide-angle shots and up-close candids through this wedding at Hotel Seven4One, as well as the reactions of both sets of parents as they watched on. Vivian and Andy read personalized vows they had written for one another, then sealed their marriage with a big dip and kiss!

After making their joyous recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”, everyone moved into the cocktail hour space while the staff performed a “flip”, transforming the ceremony venue into a reception room. Meanwhile, Vivian and Andy were celebrating with their family and friends while enjoying a well-earned cocktail themselves.

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Vivian’s parents escort her down the aisle at the start of her courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing Andy’s reaction as he watched Vivian walk down the aisle at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian embraces her mom as she is given away to Andy at the start of their Hotel Seven4One wedding ceremony.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Vivian and Andy’s courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian reads her personalized vows to Andy during their intimate wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy’s parents watch on as their son weds Vivian during an intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy reads his vows to Vivian during their courtyard wedding at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian’s parents watch on during the intimate wedding ceremony at Laguna Beach’s Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian and Andy say “I do” to one another during their courtyard wedding at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing the kiss and dip after Vivian and Andy are pronounced “husband and wife” at Hotel Seven4One.

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The newly married couple make their joyous recessional walk down the aisle at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Andy celebrates with his groomsmen after becoming wed to Vivian at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian’s bridesmaids surround her to celebrate after her marriage to Andy at Hotel Seven4One.

 

Reception photos at Hotel Seven4One:

The reception kicked off with Vivian and Andy’s grand entrance and a “thank you” toast from the couple to their guests. Then the party really got started as the couple poured shots for one another through an ice sculpture and everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate.

I have to say that Vivian and Andy’s family and friends know how to party, with both young and not-so-young letting loose with glow sticks, hula hoops and even a smoke gun! Andy’s grandma was in amongst all the action (and at the receiving end of shots), with another guest doing the splits in the middle of the dance floor.

Things settled down a little for speeches and toasts from those closest to the couple and I captured their reactions at the flower-adorned sweetheart table. As everyone returned to the dance floor to party, I grabbed some candids of both dads looking through photos together and all the antics as the bride and groom showered their guests with smoke.

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Vivian and Andy toast one another to celebrate their new union during cocktail hour at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian and Andy make their grand entrance into the courtyard reception at Hotel Seven4One.

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The newly married couple make a “thankyou” toast to their wedding guests at the Hotel Seven4One reception.

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Vivian pours a shot for Andy through their unique ice sculpture at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach

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Andy pours a shot through the ice sculpture for his bride during the Hotel Seven4One wedding celebrations.

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Andy letting loose on the dance floor with his friends during the Hotel Seven4One cocktail-style reception.

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Vivian enjoying the dance floor with her friends at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Vivian’s female friends getting down on the dance floor to celebrate her union with Andy at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy’s grandma enjoying the festivities at Hotel Seven4One during the Laguna Beach wedding reception.

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Capturing a fun moment on the dance floor during Vivian and Andy’s energy-infused wedding reception.

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Andy pours a shot for his grandma through the ice sculpture during his Hotel Seven4One reception.

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A wedding guest does the splits with her hula hoop during Vivian and Andy’s Hotel Seven4One party.

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Capturing a moment between Andy and one of his groomsmen on the dance floor at Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian’s dad makes a speech while Andy shows his muscles at their sweetheart table at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing the reactions of Vivian and Andy as speeches and toasts were made during their Hotel Seven4One reception.

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Vivian embraces her maid-of-honor and sister following her speech at the Hotel Seven4One reception.

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Capturing the reactions of Vivian and Andy during the best man’s speech in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

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Vivian and Andy hit the dance floor to perform their choreographed first dance at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy lifts Vivian into the air at the end of their choreographed first dance at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy enjoying the dance floor during his wedding party in the courtyard of Hotel Seven4One.

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Wedding guests letting loose with the hula hoop on the dance floor of Hotel Seven4One’s courtyard.

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The fathers of the bride and groom looking through photos together during the reception festivities at Hotel Seven4One.

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Capturing a playful moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy sprays his wedding guests with smoke through a hula hoop at Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy and his best man let loose with the smoke gun at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach.

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Capturing a kiss between the newlyweds through a hula hoop on the dance floor of Hotel Seven4One.

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Andy lifts Vivian into the air to spray the smoke gun across the dance floor at Hotel Seven4One.

 

Conclusion:

It really was an incredible day spent with Vivian, Andy, their friends and family for this wedding at Hotel Seven4One and I can’t thank them enough for choosing Aevitas Weddings and being so easygoing to work with. I was very jealous to hear that they were off to Patagonia to go trekking in Torres del Paine for their honeymoon and wish them the most amazing time in this spectacular part of the world.

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