7 Best Laguna Beach Engagement Photo Locations

7 Best Laguna Beach Engagement Photo Locations

 

Beautiful pink and blue sky over the ocean in Laguna Beach at Crescent Bay

 

Laguna Beach is one of the coolest places to shoot engagement photos in all of Southern California. Although there are numerous great beaches and parks, I’ve narrowed down a solid list of the 7 best Laguna Beach engagement photo locations. Located in Orange County, with over 9 miles of coastline and 36 beaches, it was tough to break down the absolute best of the best. I’ve spent a great deal of time location scouting this area over the years and wanted to come up with a helpful and subjective breakdown. With thoughtful consideration I used the following criteria below to make my selections and ranking.

Laguna Beach Location Ranking Criteria:
1. Sheer Beauty
2. Variety of Backdrops
3. Popularity/Traffic
4. Access/Parking

Included below is detailed information and images for each of the top 7 locations. Be sure to read through the FAQ that follows, for recommendations, and helpful information about planning an engagement session in Laguna Beach. Also included is a Google map with directions to each location and an aerial overview that showcases the unique topography of Laguna Beach.

This list of the top 7 locations for engagement photos in Laguna Beach can also double as a list for 7 excellent places for a marriage proposal. Choosing the less popular locations below would make for a more intimate and romantic proposal. If you want to create a spectacle, and wow your partner in front of a crowd, you can add Main Beach to the list below as well.

Without further ado, here are the 7 Best Laguna Beach engagement photo locations:

 

 

#1. Crescent Bay Beach

 

Newly engaged couple holding hands, smiling at each other, and walking barefoot on the sandy beach at Crescent Bay Beach in Laguna Beach, California. The women is in a colorful floral printed green dress and the man is wearing a white t-shirt with one arm adorned with a tattoo sleeve

 

Crescent Bay is the most iconic and picturesque Laguna Beach location. What makes it top this list is also having a nice combination of easy access and much less people traffic. Crescent Bay is most known for its giant palm tree grove that sits high upon the peninsula at Twin Points. It makes for an absolutely gorgeous photo backdrop. Crescent Bay Beach is great for both wide & telephoto shots.

Other great features include Seal Rock, tide pools, and its long sandy beach that is great for adventurous couples that are willing to wade out into the water. There is a rock in the middle of the beach that is great for creating silhouette shots too. And if you’re feeling nimble and brave there are some absolutely fantastic shots waiting for you as you safely navigate the south end of the beach near the peninsula.

The best access points to Crescent Bay Beach come on Circle Way and Barranca Street. Neighborhood parking can be tight so your best bet will likely be parking (metered) along the Pacific Coast Highway and walking down to the beach from there.

Bathrooms are located at the bottom of the public stairway and are very nice.

Side Note: You can also get great shots from above the beach at Crescent Bay Point Park. There’s a fun little park up there as well but you cannot access the beach from here.

 

 

#2. Victoria Beach

 

Long exposure wide angle landscape photo of Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, during a colorful sunset sky

 

More off the beaten path, Victoria Beach wins the award for the most awe-inspiring location with its truly unique Pirate Tower along the rugged cliffside. It is a landscape photographers dream location. The ocean can get a little more intense here which can make shooting a bit difficult at times. People traffic is usually much less here but there is not as much space to move around as some of the other locations on this list. Make sure everyone who comes along on this photo session has good balance and is okay with navigating the rocky shoreline and making quick adjustments as needed.

There is also a large sandy beach here for walking along the shore but the real drama lies in the area surrounding the Pirate Tower.

You’ll also want to utilize the cool green sea moss covered rocks and the long stairway that opens up to the beach. The opening there makes an excellent silhouette shot near sunset.

Victoria Beach and the Pirate Tower are accessible via both Victoria Drive and Wards Terrace.

 

 

#3. Shaw’s Cove

 

Long exposure photo as a couple sits facing each other with their legs intertwined on the rocks at the north end of Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach during their engagement session at sunset

 

Just south of our #1 location on this best of list is Shaw’s Cove. Sitting right around the bend from Twin Points, it’s a great sandy beach with nice rocky boundaries at each end. The north end of Shaw’s Cove is my favorite for shooting engagement photos. The unique rock formations, hanging vegetation, and all the little nooks and crannies allow for a diverse range of images. Be extra aware of the tide here because when the water is high the beach and rocky areas can be completely submerged.

Depending upon the ocean’s tide, you can access Crescent Beach from here as well, by hiking north around the peninsula. There are some great photo ops along those rocks on your way from Crescent Bay to Shaw’s Cove as seen in the photo above.

Sheer beauty combined with low people traffic and access to other beaches are some fantastic qualities of Shaw’s Cove. You can get your more traditional engagement photos on the beach here and then turn the other direction and create otherworldly scenes depending upon your taste and style. There is something here for everyone, with a lot of room for creativity, at this awesome Laguna Beach spot.

Shaw’s Cove is accessible on its north end via Cliff Drive. There is neighborhood parking but take care not to block off the driveways of local residents. There is available metered parking on the Pacific Coast Highway if no closer spots are available.

 

#4. Heisler Park

 

The moment right before a couple shares a sweet kiss at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach during their engagement session with the sun flaring perfectly in between their lips while they stand next to a beautiful bird of paradise flower

 

Heisler Park is an amazing spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The park is beautifully landscaped with super unique signs and public art installations. The park has a meditative vibe with playful signs bearing messages like “breathe” and “infinite clearance” and “attention: take note of what it feels like to be alive right now” setting the peaceful tone. You’ll also find large grassy areas, stone-lined walkways, Bird of Paradise flowers, Aloe blooms, Palm Trees, a cool gazebo, and other neat vegetation. Even the bathrooms here look cool from the outside.

You can access Diver’s Cove, Picnic Beach, Monument Point Beach, and Rockpile Beach from Heisler Park too, which makes it a great starting point for any photoshoot.

You can access Heisler Park from Cliff Drive. There is both metered and regular street parking nearby.

 

#5. Picnic Beach

 

Low angle view of couple holding hands and walking along the beach, in between the small rocky cliffs and the ocean waves, while shooting their engagement session in Laguna Beach, at Picnic Cove

 

Picnic Beach sits just below Heisler Park, which makes it a perfect spot to get a great variety of images. Because the two are so close to each other you can quickly shoot photos on the cliffs at Heisler Park and then make your way down to Picnic Beach efficiently. There are some great natural rock boundaries and rugged cliffs at Picnic Cove. The coolest feature is the Palm Trees that jet out from the cliffside above. There’s also some great rock formations and tide pools on this 700 foot long beach. To the south you get great views of the Laguna hills that sit above Main Beach off in the distance. Using the cliff face, with its sprawling vegetation, makes a great backdrop for your engagement photos. Another great feature, if you are feeling adventurous, is the large rocks just off the shore. They are not too difficult to climb and photos with couples sitting high upon the large rocks look really cool.

Picnic Beach is accessible via Cliff Drive and Heisler Park. Parking is both metered and standard.

 

 

#6. Treasure Island Beach

 

View of colorful Aloe blooms over Treasure Island Beach in Laguna Beach, California

 

Treasure Island Beach is similar to the Heisler Park/Picnic Beach in that there is a beautiful park above and really unique beaches and coves below. Sitting at the foot of the famous Montage Resort, the area above the beach is landscaped immaculately with many public art installations sprinkled throughout. Down near the water there are some great rock formations and small coves that give a variety of awesome looks.

From Treasure Island Beach you can hike the rocks around the point and encounter a natural arch, Middle Man Cove and Goff Cove, making the photo possibilities even more varied in this area. If you head to the south it will turn into our #7 spot below, Aliso Beach.

Treasure Island Beach can be accessed from the southwest side of the Montage Resort via a long concrete ramp that is handicap accessible. There is a parking garage on the west side of Wesley Drive.

 

 

#7. Aliso Beach

 

Sunset facing the Pacific Ocean from Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach, California with a colorful skies and long waves crashing in the foreground

 

Aliso Beach rounds out the top 7 list here. It doesn’t have the same dramatic natural backdrops as the beaches above but it is a fantastic and really long stretch of beach. You can encounter some really cool architecture from some of the homes on the beach too. You’ll also find a neat stone bridge where Aliso Creek flows into the ocean. I love this beach for the wide open, bright, and ethereal feeling to the images you can create here looking out towards the Pacific Ocean. Another great feature is getting images of large waves crashing directly on the beach in the background of photos, as the surf can get wild here at times.

Aliso Beach can be accessed via a large parking area right off of the Pacific Coast Highway and offers lots of convenient amenities.

 

 

Additional Information:

 

Bonus Location Info: Honorable mentions that just missed the top 7 above, to round out a top 10 engagement session location list:

#8. Wood’s Cove with its unique rock formations, small caves, and hanging cliffside flowers.
#9. Table Rock Beach with its wide variety of rock formations and high cliffs.
#10. Pearl Street Beach with its cool keyhole arch.

 

Great Non-Beach Locations: If you are looking to get away from the beach, the following 5 locations offer wonderful beauty for your engagement session in Laguna:

  • Top of the World which sits high above Laguna offers sweeping views of the area.
  • Crystal Cove State Park
  • Willow Staging Area
  • Laguna Canyon
  • Walking along the Pacific Coast Highway amongst the cool art galleries, colorful shops, and boutique hotels.

 

Fun & Unique Engagement Session Idea: When you need to grab a quick bite to eat, choose a place that can also serve as a super cool or quirky photo location as well. There are so many neat little cafes, restaurants, shops, etc, in this artsy beach town. For example, check out The Stand Natural Foods in Laguna Beach on Thalia Street. Super tasty plant-based grinds and some serious character. They always park their epic red VW Bus outside too. You can thank me for this one later.

Use the helpful FAQ below for great recommendations and other important things to know when planning your engagement session in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach Engagement Session FAQ:

 

Do you need a photography or film permit to shoot in Laguna Beach?

Yes. You must obtain a photo permit from the city of Laguna Beach HERE.

 

When is the best time to shoot your engagement photos?

Shoot near sunrise for both absolutely gorgeous light and the chance to have the beach all to yourselves.

Weekdays will be much less busy than weekends. Fall, winter, and spring will also give you much less crowds than the busy summer season.

More specifically, and ideally, I’d recommend shooting your engagement session at multiple times throughout the day. Start with a sunrise session immediately followed by some beach action while the light is still soft and low in the sky. Switch to a new location for the golden hour and shoot just beyond sunset when the light is at its most magical. Not everyone has the budget for this lengthy of a session so if you had to pick just one time slot sunrise will typically get you the best results. Now, if you or your photographer are not morning people this can be an easy problem to solve. Sunset is equally as beautiful. The only downside is that your chance to have the beach to yourself during sunset is quite rare comparatively. It’s nothing a good photographer can’t work around though. And luckily, in Laguna Beach, there is beauty every which way you turn.

If you are traveling to Laguna Beach like many of my Minnesota clients it’s always a good idea to have a backup shoot date ready. You’re better safe than sorry when dealing with the added variables of travel.

 

What should I bring?

Don’t bring too much stuff. Do make sure to bring separate shoes for getting around comfortably and safely. To get the most unique shots you will definitely want to adventure a little.

Having a good friend or family member come along can be great too, as long as you are comfortable taking photos in front of them. If you’re bringing multiple outfits, or props, it can be helpful to have someone keep track of, and carry your things so you can stay in the moment with your photographer.

 

How many outfits?

Ultimately this is up to you but I’d recommend limiting your outfits to no more than 3 changes. 1-2 would be ideal as you’ll be navigating some rocky beach areas and you’ll have to carry everything around with you.

 

Can I bring my dog or pets?

Yes. Laguna Beach is mostly all dog-friendly. There’s only a couple places that don’t allow dogs. You can find those finer details HERE.

 

How do I check the conditions of the ocean and localized weather reports?

Laguna Beach Tide Report
Local Laguna Beach Weather

Also recommended are the Accuweather and Tides Near Me apps for both iPhone & Android.

 

Is there free parking or metered parking?

Arrive early as parking can be very limited and you may need to walk further than you expected. You will find some free parking but plan on mostly metered parking spots.

 

Do all the beaches have a public access?

All the beaches on the list here have public access. However, other beaches like Irvine Cove, Emerald Bay, and Three Arch Bay are private access only from land.

 

Do all the beaches have public restrooms and are they handicap accessible?

Not all the beaches on this list have public restrooms, nor are they handicap accessible. Check the Laguna Beach city website for the most up-to-date detailed information, or reference the screenshot of their provided PDF below for quick access to the helpful table.

 

Graphical table of Laguna Beach park amenities and accessibility information

 

 

 

Google Map & Aerial View of the 7 best Laguna Beach engagement photo locations:

 

 

Aerial view of Laguna Beach from an airplane window giving an overview of the area and topography

 

 

Note to photographers and their couples:

There’s been an explosion of photographers and Instagrammers pushing the limits of many pristine and beautiful locations like Laguna Beach. It’s understandable being so excited to create amongst all the natural beauty, and tempting to want to bend some rules during these exciting times of being newly engaged. Please do your best to tread lightly on these gorgeous natural areas and leave no trace. Leave nothing but footprints in fact. Much appreciation for helping preserve this wonderful area for future generations to come.

 

Thank you for reading my careful analysis of the 7 best Laguna Beach engagement photo locations. I hope this has been helpful and informative. Laguna Beach is a special place to me and hopefully I’ll get to see you there some day too.

Cheers, and all the best!

Jackson

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Jackson Tyler Eddy, of A Frame Forward Photography, is an awarding-winning Minneapolis wedding photographer who has been traveling to shoot at destinations worldwide for the last decade. California remains his home away from home and is one of his favorite places in the world. Feel free to reach out to Jackson directly to plan your own Laguna Beach engagement photo session or with any questions, thoughts, or ideas. Hop on over to his Blog for more things weddings & engagements.

 

 

Santorini Honeymoon Photos

Santorini Honeymoon Photos

 

Beautiful sunset view from Oia Castle overlooking Amoudi Bay and the colorful village of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini

 

This collection of Santorini honeymoon photos showcase the stunning beauty of this small Greek Island on the Aegean Sea.

We started our Santorini honeymoon photo session bright and early so we could catch sunrise. We spent hours exploring all the awesome nooks & crannies of Oia. Some of our favorite spots, as shown in the collection of images below, were the Three Blue Domes, the views from Oia Castle, all the unique stairs & pathways, and the fun color pop at the Kastro Oia Houses.

The Honeymooners:

My most awesome newlyweds, Mai & Houa, had been guests at some weddings I shot over the years, both in Minnesota and Hawaii. When they contacted me about joining them to shoot their Santorini honeymoon photos, I could not have been more excited. I had been wanting to visit this iconic location for years. Mai & Houa had a small traditional Hmong wedding ceremony at their family home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I loved their idea of having a simple wedding ceremony with their family, followed by an adventure of a lifetime.

Location Background:

Santorini is one of the most popular honeymoon locations in the world, and specifically, the small village of Oia. Oia lies on the northwest part of the island and features stunning whitewashed homes, with splashes of color, carved deep into the cliffside. The village overlooks the gorgeous blue waters of the caldera and makes it an ideal spot to take in sunset. Shooting honeymoon photos in Santorini is truly a photographers dream.

 

Large Gallery of Santorini Honeymoon Photos:

 

Honeymoon couple photo walking up the stairs at the Kastro Oia Houses on Santorini

Newlywed couple embracing on the stairs of the Kastro Oia Houses on the greek island of Santorini

Couple holding hands on their honeymoon, overlooking the Aegean Sea at sunrise on Santorini

Sunrise light flare right between the kissing lips of this honeymooning couple overlooking the cliffs of Oia on the greek island of Santorini

Santorini Honeymoon photo of a couple cuddling close, shot through a beautiful blue gate with the three blue domes of Santorini in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo of a couple cuddling close with the three blue domes of Santorini in the background, along with the Aegean Sea

Santorini Honeymoon photo session image with a couple embracing on very unique set of white stairs with the three blue domes of Santorini in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo session wide-angle image of a couple holding hands with the colorful village of Oia in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo session wide-angle image of a newlywed man tenderly fixing the hair of his new bride with the colorful village of Oia in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo session image of a newlywed man twirling his new bride with the colorful village of Oia in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo session image of a couple smiling at each other as they go in for a kiss, with the colorful Santorini island village of Oia in the background

Santorini Honeymoon photo session image of a couple walking down the stone stairs with the colorful Santorini island village of Oia in the background

Honeymoon couple sitting on a stone wall of the Oia Castle, high above the colorful Santorini island village of Oia

Honeymoon couple standing on a stone wall of the Oia Castle, during sunrise, high above the colorful Santorini island village of Oia, with the iconic windmill in the background

Newlywed bride sitting on her new husbands lap, along a stone wall of the Oia Castle, high above the colorful Santorini island village of Oia, with the iconic windmill in the background on their Honeymoon

Santorini Honeymoon photo session image of a couple walking down a winding, bright white and gray steps on the cliffs of Oia

Couple cuddling closely along unique and winding, bright white & gray stairs, on the cliffs of Oia overlooking the Aegean Sea on their Honeymoon

Couple cuddling up nose to nose by the brilliant blue cave pool at Esperas Hotel

Newlywed couple holding hands and walking together under a bright blue sky, with puffy clouds, in a small prairie just outside the village of Oia

Image of a newlywed couple holding each other closely under a bright blue sky, with puffy clouds, in a small prairie just outside the village of Oia

 

More:

Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this large collection of honeymoon photos in Santorini. I’m Jackson Tyler Eddy, an award winning Minneapolis wedding photographer. Based out of the Twin Cities, I also shoot destinations all around the world. To see more wedding & engagement images, or to find details about me capturing your special day, please visit my weddings page. Cheers!

 

Sunset Beach Destination Wedding | Cabo San Lucas

Sunset Beach Destination Wedding | Cabo San Lucas

 

This destination wedding at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was a dream to shoot. It wasn’t just the beautifully epic location, but even more so my awesome, down-to-earth, and super fun couple.

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort is tucked into the mountains at the southernmost point of the Baja Peninsula. It is a luxurious, all-inclusive, private resort in the Paraiso Escondido area. When it comes to wedding photography, few other places offer such a fantastically diverse backdrop. A Sunset Beach wedding gives you the vast Pacific Ocean, private sandy beaches, rolling sets of waves, rock cliffs, hills, and mountains. If that’s not enough, you’ll be surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, brilliant flowers, towering palm trees, brick roads, amazing color, and beautiful architecture both old and new. The only problem we faced was not having enough time to take photos in all of the endless little nooks & crannies.

Below you’ll find:

1. Highlight Reel of Wedding Photos
2. Wedding Venue Information
3. Extended Gallery of Wedding Images

Highlight Reel of Wedding Photos

 

Couple standing on mountain overlooking their wedding venue, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, below.

Bride and Groom walking hand in hand along the beach at their wedding venue Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and Groom sitting on the beach, under the brilliant stars of the night sky, on their wedding day at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Newlywed Bride and Groom walking on the beach, drinking champagne at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Newlywed Bride and Groom walking on the stone paver road, with sweeping views of the pacific ocean at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and Groom sitting and snuggling close together on the mountain overlooking Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach and the Pacific Ocean

Newlywed couple sharing an intimate moment in the mountains above Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort next to fresh blooming flowers and a tall cactus and brilliant blue sky

Newlywed Bride and Groom cuddling closely in the tall grasses in the mountain above Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Newlywed Bride and Groom embrace after their first look along the beach at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and Groom sitting on a retaining wall high above Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach with a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean

Newlywed Bride and Groom walking into the sunset on the sandy beach at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Wedding decor featuring the quote "All you need is love" by John Lennon, burned into driftwood, on a table at the wedding reception at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Wide view of a wedding on Lover's Meadow, a soft grassy area for wedding ceremonies at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and groom closing their eyes while listening to a prayer during their wedding ceremony on Lover's Meadow, a soft grassy area for wedding ceremonies, at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and groom sharing their first kiss during their wedding ceremony on Lover's Meadow, a soft grassy area for wedding ceremonies, at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride and Groom kiss while their entire group of family and friends cheer loudly after their wedding ceremony at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Flower girl and ring bearer siblings play and smile big for the camera in the grass of Lover's Meadow at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Huge smiles from the bride and groom up at the Sky Pool at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Macro shot of the wedding rings at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Bride dances with arms raised high along with her family and friends at her wedding reception on the Ocean Breeze Deck at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

Wedding reception dance party shot from the Ocean Breeze Deck at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

 

Wedding Venue Information

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
Predio Paraiso Escondido, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico
www.pueblobonito.com/resorts/sunset-beach
+52 624-142-9999

An important thing to note is that this is a HUGE gated resort away from the hustle & bustle of the main drag of Cabo. It makes for a very peaceful environment to share with your nearest & dearest on your wedding day. A massive bonus too, is that just east of Sunset Beach, is one of the coolest beaches ever in Land’s End.

If you are considering this gorgeous Cabo San Lucas resort as a Mexico destination wedding location, check out your choices of different Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Wedding Packages. Packages include almost everything you’ll need for your wedding. They also offer a really nice variety of different ceremony locations. You can choose from right on the beach, Swan Terrace, up high at the Sky Pool, or like this wedding on the soft grass of Lover’s Meadow. They also offer one of the only resort Chapels in all of Cabo San Lucas. Custom wedding packages are available as well.

The staff at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is great but I’d also highly recommend Cabo wedding planner Bonnie Chase of Events by Bliss. Bonnie will take care of everything, making it a breeze while planning from afar.

Extended Gallery of Wedding Images

 

 

More Destination Weddings & Information

If you’d like to see more destination weddings, I’d recommend taking a peek at one of my other all-time favorite weddings from Turks & Caicos.

You can find more detailed information about my wedding photography on the Weddings page, or hop on over to my full Wedding Portfolio to see much more.

Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Bride and Groom driving boat on Hungry Jack Lake

 

Fall weddings in northern Minnesota are so very nice. These Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos are full of love & laughter, and bathed in absolutely beautiful scenery. Jean & Sam are some of the coolest people I’ve had the honor to share the day with. Their love for each other, the scenery, the way they wore their hearts on their sleeves, and their awesome souls, made this a perfect Northwoods wedding day.

Sam is a true jack-of-all-trades designing and hand making some rock solid wedding decor, an awesome topographical nature & wildlife figure seating chart, hatchets, arrows, the wedding band, and even his own suit. Jean also contributed many touches and has the most awesomely genuine smile and energy. They honored their ancestors and the sacred lands with native touches and a sweet Anishinaabe marriage blessing. Along with their friends & families, Jean & Sam made the most of their Gunflint Trail wedding on HungryJack Lake, and I was truly honored to be a part of it.

The first section below showcases my personal favorite images from the day, followed by some great venue information, and then the full set of images for those who want to see more.

Highlights

 

Hungry Jack Lake landscape image

Close up of bride and grooms wedding attire

Bride and Groom hiking near Hungry Jack Lodge

Hungry Jack Lodge building and sign with antlers

Hungry Jack Lodge Lakeside Wedding Ceremony area

Wide angle view of wedding ceremony on Hungry Jack Lake

Bride and Groom dancing at their Hungry Jack Lodge wedding reception

 

Hungry Jack Lodge Information:

If you want a Northwoods wedding, Hungry Jack Lodge, 32 miles north of Grand Marais is such a perfect spot. Not only do they have epic views over Hungry Jack Lake but they have more facilities and accommodations than almost anywhere else along the Gunflint Trail. A big bonus is that the staff was super cool to my couple, and also really great to work with.

Hungry Jack Lodge Resort & Campground is found at the halfway point of the Gunflint Trail, right next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). It’s the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake and surrounded by the six million acre Superior National Forest. The resort lies just 2 miles south of the Canadian Border. It’s the perfect balance of convenience & amenities along with the peaceful calm of the Northwoods lakeside. You can actually access the BWCA right from Hungry Jack Lake. With only one small portage, it makes it a perfect place for fun day trips into the BWCA. I can’t recommend this place enough for not only your wedding but for a vacation visit as well. See below for a list of offerings and amenities.

What Hungry Jack Lodge Provides:

Large Historic Log Cabin
Lakeside Wedding Ceremonies
Lakeside Reception & Banquet Area
Indoor Banquet/Dining Area (up to 100 people)
Up-to-Date, Modern Kitchen
Full Liquor & Bar Services
Apps/Hors D’oeuvres/Deserts
Special Meals/Buffets
Optional Tent Spaces
Fireside Dining

Other Cool Amenities:

Cabins  w/ Private Docks
Cottages & Campground
RV Hook ups & Electricity (30 amp)
Excellent Hiking Trails
Scenic Airplane Rides
Snowmobile Rental
Super Fresh Air
Guide Services
Boat Launch
Boat Charters
Small Beach
Fishing Pier
Pontoons
Canoes
Sauna
Stars

Other Nearby Attractions:

Canada
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior National Golf Course
Downtown Grand Marais
Train Center Lodge
Lutsen Mountians

For all the finer details hop over to Hungry Jack Lodge‘s site or use the contact information below:

372 Hungry Jack Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604
www.hungryjacklodge.com

info@hungryjacklodge.com
(218) 388-2265

 

*If you’d like to learn more about my photography, or to see more wedding images, hop on over to my Weddings page.

 

Full Set of Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Enjoy this full collection of touching and inspiring Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos below.

 

                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

 

These Napa Valley engagement photos at Artesa Winery were a lot of fun to shoot. Artesa sits on some really beautiful grounds and was designed by some clearly talented folks but it was my super cool couple who made it extra awesome. We started shooting near Artesa’s super unique, bunker like main building. We explored the grounds further, utilizing the different art installations and pools for some one-of-a-kind photos. After finishing up near the main wine tasting area we got permission to explore the grape vineyards up close. Fall provided us with some great colors amongst the rows of grapes. The laid-back nature and love between my couple shined even more vibrantly. We finished up our engagement session exploring deeper into Napa Valley. As a result we found winding roads, rows of olive trees, longs grasses, and rolling hills with beautiful vistas.

 

Engaged couple kissing in the long wispy grasses with a sun flare perfectly placed between their lips at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged woman kisses her fiancé on the cheek at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple share a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Wider shot showing the Napa Valley landscape with an engaged couple sharing a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery

An engaged couple walking together near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple dancing near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple holding each other close with their reflection rippling over the water at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walking up the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple kisses at the top of the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Silhouette of engaged couple dancing at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walks the backgrounds of Napa Valley amongst old fences and colorful rows of grapes

Wide shot of an engaged couple sharing a kiss on a small road running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focus photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment along a fence running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focused photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment amongst olive trees in Napa Valley

Close up of a woman's engagement ring amongst olive trees in Napa Valley near Artesa Winery

An engaged couple shares a passionate kiss in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple walking and laughing together in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Wide shot of an engaged couple walking together in colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple embraces amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Close up of engaged couple smiling and walking amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple holding each other close and smiling at each other at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple embraces on a hill with long grasses near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting close together on a hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together on a hill looking out over Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together and kissing on a grassy hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

 

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Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Liz and Nicco celebrated their big day in style with an elegant black tie wedding in San Francisco, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, a historic wedding venue. The bride and groom exchanged vows in front of 150 friends and family before moving onto the wedding reception to celebrate their new marriage and dance the night away!

bride and groom after wedding in san francisco

First Date at the Rooftop Bar in the Mark Hopkins Hotel

After hitting it off at Nicco’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party, Liz and Nicco spent their first official date at a romantic rooftop bar overlooking the San Francisco skyline. That rooftop bar, the Top of the Mark, also happens to sit on the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, where all this wedding goodness would take place three years later!

bride and bridesmaids getting ready

bride and bridesmaids posing

groom getting ready with dad

Getting Ready With the Fun Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning in a penthouse suite at the Mark Hopkins overlooking downtown San Francisco and the SF Bay. The hair stylists and makeup artists from Bay Area Beautiful helped the ladies prepare for the big day, styling their makeup and hair to accentuate their natural beauty. Liz and her gorgeous bridesmaids looked amazing together with their navy blue bridesmaid dresses against the stunning Maggie Sottero beaded gown. Nicco got ready with his groomsmen and family and enjoyed the excitement of the day with some celebratory drinks. He looked sharp and ready with his group of black tie groomsmen!

groom looking at bride in ceremony

bride and groom wedding ceremony

Elegant Wedding Ceremony in the Grand Mark Hotel Ballroom

A unique and artistic ceremony space, the Room of the Dons ballroom is characterized by the hotels historic architectural details in top notch chandeliers and high ceilings. The Flower House designed tall floral arrangements and lined the aisle with rose petals adding to the luxurious ceremony design. The Mersonacta String Quartet accentuated the elegant atmosphere with heavenly ceremony music.

bride and groom in front of mark hopkins hotel

bride walking down aisle with father

When Liz walked down the aisle with her father, Nicco’s face lit up. Father Charles Regal of the White Robed Monks personalized the ceremony and kept the tone lighthearted and sentimental. The wedding guests were filled with excitement as Liz and Nicco kissed as husband and wife for the first time and happily made their way back down the aisle.

bride and groom dancing san francisco street

bride and groom walking san francisco

Mark Hopkins Hotel: A Luxury Wedding Venue in San Francisco

The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel wedding venue is known as one of the best luxury venues for a wedding in San Francisco. The hotel hosts classy wedding ceremonies and receptions in lavish ballrooms in a perfect downtown SF location. The hotels wedding coordination team did an awesome job keeping the wedding day moving along smoothly. Dakota of Thomas Hughes Films filmed the day and was a pleasure to work beside. I first fell in love with this city, years ago, when I photographed a San Francisco engagement session on Baker Beach with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The more time I spent here, the deeper in love I fell. The downtown SF area near the hotel made stepping outside for portraits of the bride and groom, and their bridal party, so much fun and gave us perfect iconic San Fran backdrops in every direction.

bride and groom in downtown SF

bridal party in front of mark hopkins hotel

mark hotel wedding reception

Reception

The wonderful Jutta and her team from A Day Like No Other wedding planners worked with the wedding coordination team at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and did a fantastic job setting up the Peacock Court and Ballroom. The uplighting design by Impact Lighting set the reception’s mood with soft, golden light.

bride and groom cutting cake

After the bridal party entered the reception, Liz and Nicco shared a romantic first dance. Once the guests had enjoyed the delicious wedding meals and cut the cake, the real party started! The newly weds were finally able to celebrate fully with their family and friends as they danced the night away to the awesome upbeat music provided by Hip Service.

bride and groom dancing mark hotel reception

After the wedding, the happy couple enjoyed the beginning of their newlywed life honeymooning in Italy!

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wedding band at reception in mark hopkins hotel

mark hopkins hotel wedding reception