Lisa and Noah’s Wedding Day in Newport Beach California

I had been looking forward to this wedding for about 9 months! So far they have the record for scheduling their wedding – in Utah people will often plan and schedule their wedding with about 2 months of warning. Outside of Utah is another story. And wedding in Spring in California is just perfect. Clear blue skies, the beach near by and a truly fun couple in love.

Lisa found me and my photography through Facebook of all places – and she is a student out in Chicago. Her boy toy, Noah, was living out in California so we were all over the country on this wedding. We photographed their engagements the day before the wedding.

I hope to get out to California more often – it puts Utah to shame;)

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

For most of the portraits I am using my portable softbox with a speedlight to create these photographs. That really helps the photographs look perfect right out of the camera – and little retouching is needed. In fact I can then get the photographs edited and posted on SmugMug for viewing and purchases faster. I also had rented a Canon 5D Mark II while mine is in the shop for repairs. I did use my Nikon cameras a little bit – but I can create some serious magic with that Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens.

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

We only had about an hour to photograph portraits before heading over to the reception at the Balboa Inn on Newport Beach. So we made good use of our time and we wanted to get a few photographs on the pier as well. I would recommend a much time as possible for the photographs – an hour is minimum! We can create some amazing photographs we a few hours if possible. And if we can avoid photographs at high noon – even better. So if you are getting married let’s talk and find out when the best time of day would be to take your wedding portraits.

Lisa and Noah's wedding reception at the Balboa Inn

Lisa and Noah's wedding reception at the Balboa Inn

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Lisa and Noah's Wedding Portraits at the Newport Beach

Lisa and Noah's Wedding Portraits at the Newport Beach

Abstract wedding photograph

Abstract wedding photograph

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Lisa and Noah's wedding at the Newport Beach Temple

Strike a pose

Strike a pose

Candid moments for photography

Candid moments for photography

Heading to the wedding reception at Balboa Inn

Heading to the wedding reception at Balboa Inn

And now for some photographs of the wedding reception and some of the wedding details. The cake cutting even had chanting – they really wanted a cake smash and they were not disappointed. Both the bride and the groom were able to score some frosting to the face. And then they had some creative clean up.

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Smashing the cake

Smashing the cake

Cleaning up the cake smash

Cleaning up the cake smash

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

And to round out the night was dancing, dancing, dancing! A perfect activity for any wedding reception and much better than the Utah tradition of standing in a line to shake hands for 2 hours. (In my humble opinion)

Dancing the electric slide

Dancing the electric slide

break it down

break it down

Wedding bouquet

Wedding bouquet

Seastars indicate the assigned tables

Seastars indicate the assigned tables

And here are a few photographs from earlier in the day as the couple prepared for the day. Always photograph the dress before hand and any details you can. This is fly on the wall photography and ninja photography – stay out of the way and capture some moments of photojournalism.

The wedding dress

The wedding dress

Bride's luggage

Bride's luggage

Earlier that day - the groom gets ready

Earlier that day - the groom gets ready

Earlier that day - the bride gets ready

Earlier that day - the bride gets ready

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