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 two-hour $100 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, dogs, 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.

 

 

Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding

Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding

 

Bride and groom embrace in front of their hotel at the Nicollet Island Inn with it's signature blue awnings and all the green ivy climbing along the brick

 

A Perfect Summer Wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

 

Addie & Chris had the most awesome Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding. It was another perfect day at this top notch Minneapolis wedding venue. As you’ll see in the large gallery of images below, Addie & Chris had the most joyous and fun loving spirits. As a Minneapolis wedding photographer I’m blessed to work with such cool, down-to-earth-couples. I always think that future weddings will never top previous ones that I’ve shot, until weddings like Addie & Chris’ come along.

I’ll share some wedding and venue details below, along with a highlight reel of images. I’ll also include an extended gallery of images. This will be helpful to those looking to plan their own wedding at Nicollet Island Pavilion.

Nicollet Island Pavilion – Wedding Venue Info:

Sitting on the bank of the Mississippi River, with sweeping downtown Minneapolis skyline views, Nicollet Island Pavilion provides one of the best wedding venues in the Twin Cities. Being in close proximity to the Nicollet Island Inn, the Stone Arch Bridge, Saint Anthony Main, Father Hennepin Park, and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge gives you more perfect photo locations than your average wedding venue. It truly is one of a kind.

This venue can accommodate 500 guests seated and over 5,000 in a mingling setup. You have the option to have your ceremony outside, or under a covered canopy, if the weather becomes an issue. Be sure to take a tour of the facility and the surrounding area. I think you’ll love it!

Wedding Day Details:

Addie & Chris started their day with a sweet first look, and a super thoughtful gift exchange, at the home that Addie grew up in. After all those happy tears we headed towards the Stone Arch Bridge, an iconic Minneapolis landmark. From there we made our way to the venue to meet up with the family and wedding party for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. The wedding ceremony kicked off with Addie’s aunts and uncle (whom are very accomplished Broadway performers) playing and singing beautiful music. These kinds of touches on the wedding day really make it extra special. The ceremony was heart warming and full of more laughter and happy tears. The rest of the day held the same awesome pattern from dinner, to the speeches, to the epic dance party. So honored to be a part of this one.

Vendors:

The staff and crew for this Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding were absolutely top notch.

Wedding Planner: Haute House Studio
Flowers: Haute House Studio
Catering: Mintahoe
Makeup: Priscilla Magalee
Hair: Maggie Gogin
DJ: DJ Stigg

Highlight Images:

 

Groom kisses his bride, while he dips her, in the middle of the Stone Arch Bridge during their Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding

Bride and groom near the ivy and green fences in the back of the Nicollet Island Pavilion on their wedding day

Bride laughing while she holds her beautiful flowers during her wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Groom laughing loudly

Bride leaning way back with a massive smile on there face as she holds her groom's hands during their wedding ceremony

Bride and groom's first kiss during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis

Bride and groom are announced as a married couple as they walk back out the isle, with their arms high in the air, and with their golden retriever ring bearer, during their wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Close up of bride while her groom snuggles up on her face

Low angle view of all the lights at the head table

Many arms raised to cheers showing the large area inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion during a summer wedding reception

Bride and groom laughing out loud as they twirl each other around during their first dance at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Groom bent all the way back and his bride raises her hands high as they dazzle their wedding guests on the dance floor

Bride shows of hug smile towards her new husband on the dance floor during their wedding

Wide view showing the indoor space of the Nicollet Island Pavilion with a packed dance floor all the wedding guests hands in the air

 

 

Extended Gallery of Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding Photos:

This large collection of images will walk you through the wedding day and help you envision what your own wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion could look like.

 

Groom and Best Man helping each other getting ready for the wedding

Bride & Groom's first look outside of the bride's parents home in Minneapolis

Bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day on a lush green lawn, in front of a large tree and tree swing

Bride and groom kiss by tree swing

Bride and groom smiling for the camera along with their golden retriever

Bride and groom walking on a red wooden bridge with their reflection rippling over the calm lake water

Bride and groom hold hands on a red wooden bridge

Groom gives his wife a special gift on their wedding day

two loons in the shape of a heart engraved on a Bending Branches wooden canoe paddle

Bride is crying from the sweetness of her groom's gift to her

bride and groom laughing and crying at the same time

Groom reads his bride's card

Groom laughs out loud at his awesome wedding gift from his bride

Couple poses in front of their parents home in Minneapolis on their wedding day

Bride and groom walking down the center of the Stone Arch Bridge with the stunning Minneapolis skyline in the background, one their wedding day at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and Groom wave to the Guthrie Theater from the Stone Arch Bridge on their wedding day

Groom twirls his bride to be in the middle of the Stone Arch Bridge

Couple holds hands and walks along the Stone Arch Bridge on their wedding day

Groom dips his bride on the Stone Arch Bridge

Bride and groom laughing loudly and holding hands on the Stone Arch Bride with the Minneapolis skyline in the background

Guests settle in to their seats outside for a summer Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Nicollet Island Pavilion signage and guests arriving prior to an outdoor summer wedding ceremony

Welcome sign for an awesome summer Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Wedding ceremony programs

Groom and his mother walk dawn the isle during and outdoor wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Groom kisses his mother on the temple while she walks him down the isle with a giant smile on her face

Best man walks the ringer bear, the couples golden retriever, down the isle for a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Golden Retriever as a ring bearer in a wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, while adorned in flowers from Haute House Studio

Close up portrait of the ring bearer, a golden retriever, wearing flowers and watching his mom and dad get married during a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding in Minneapolis

Emotional Groom watches his bride walk towards him down the isle

Bride walks down the isle with her parents

Bride with a gigantic smile as she walks down the isle with her parents on her wedding day at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis

Father of the bride hugs his daughter as he hands her off to be married

Wide angle view of the entire wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Wide view of the outdoor wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and groom laugh during their wedding ceremony

Bride's aunt signs during the wedding ceremony

Couple watches at their aunt signs to them

Bride waives to her wedding guests

groom with massive smile while looking at his bride to be, surrounded by their wedding party

Close up of bride smiling with her wedding flowers

Bride busts a gut laughing during her wedding

Giant smile from the bride

Close up of bride with huge smile

Bride laughing as seen over the heads of her wedding guests during and outdoor summer wedding at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis

Bride saying her wedding vows

Groom saying his wedding vows

Close up of groom saying his wedding vows

Close up of bride saying her wedding vows

Bride and groom holding each other closely during their wedding ceremony outside at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and groom laughing right before their first kiss

Bride and groom's first kiss during their outdoor wedding ceremony at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis

A sweet moment right after the first kiss

Bride and groom raise their hands during their wedding

Bride, groom, and their golden retriever walking up the isle with giant smiles on their faces

Real life "Parmesan Cheese Boy" at their wedding throws Parmesan cheese as the bride and groom were announced husband and wife and walked back up the isle

Real life "parmesan cheese boy at your wedding" throws cheese at the newlyweds

Bride and her "Parmesan Boy" on her wedding day

Bride and groom looking at each other during a sweet moment outside in the lush green at Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and her sisters pose in front the brick wall of the Nicollet Island Pavilion with flowers surrounding them

Ring bearer golden retriever poses for a photo while wearing his wedding flowers

Bride, groom, and their golden retriever posing in front of the brick wall at the Nicollet Island Pavilion on their wedding day

Golden retriever ring bearer enjoys being pet by his dad the groom

Bride and groom posing while looking at each other in front of the signature green wood and brick background at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis on their wedding day

Bride and groom laughing out loud on the wooden deck at their Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding, with the Mississippi River and the Central Avenue Bridge behind them

Groom whispers in his bride's ear as they overlook the Mississippi River with the Central Avenue Bridge and Minneapolis in the background on their wedding day

Bridesmaid with a beautiful smile while holding her flowers

Giant family singalong at the wedding

Bride and groom join their family for a massive singalong at their wedding

Family celebrates after a giant wedding day singalong

Couple kisses as their giant Dartmouth College crew cheers them on during their wedding

The groom and his Dartmouth College buddies hang out in front of the brick wall

Groom and his friends sharing a big laugh

Big group of friends pose in front of the river

Fancy pose from the "Parmesan Boy" while he is laying in the grass at peoples feet

Bride signs her wedding certificate at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Groom signs his wedding certificate

Bride laughs hysterically as her sister filled out the wrong section on their wedding license

More laughing during the marriage license signing

Newlyweds kiss with the neatly lit indoor area of the Nicollet Island Pavilion behind them just after they signed their marriage license

Bride and groom smiling for the camera inside the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Beautiful bride smiles brightly with her flowers inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Beautiful smells her flowers inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Haute House Studio flowers for a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Gorgeous table setting during a wedding inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Wide shot of the Nicollet Island Pavilion all set up for a wedding reception before the guests have been seated

Name cards for table seating at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

The head table with bright and modern hanging lights at a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Unique table setting with table number centerpiece with photos of the bride when she was a little kid

Table setting and view of the space inside the Nicollet Island Pavilion during a wedding reception

Different wedding reception table settings

Tall view of the head table and the inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion during a summer wedding reception

Bride and groom legos hold the wedding rings

Northern themed wedding cake with camping and a canoe

Close up of the lego camping setup on top of the wedding cake

Dessert display during a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Minnesota shaped pop tarts on a stick

Bride holds her Minnesota shaped pop tart on a stick up to her grooms which is shape like Wisconsin, where they are both from respectively

Bride and groom enter the Nicollet Island Pavilion for their grand entrance on their wedding day

Bride and groom toast their guests with arms raised

Cheers to the bride's mother

Newlyweds watching the bride's parents give their speeches

Sisters give their speech

The brides sisters laughing during their speeches

Bride laughing and pointing during wedding speech

Maid of honor gives her speech

Bride and groom react hysterically laughing at a wedding speech

Best man gives his speech inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Best man laughing during his speech

Wide shot of the best man speech showing the large reception area at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Mother of the groom laughing during the speeches

Bride looks at groom with tear filled eyes during their wedding reception inside the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and groom group hug the best man after his speech

Close up of couple smiling in front of their hotel at the Nicollet Island Inn

View of the couple walk from the Nicollet Island Inn back to their wedding reception at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and groom kissing in perfect symmetry on the Merriam Street Bridge in Minneapolis

Bride and groom eskimo kissing shot thru some cool looking pink and green flowers in front of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Exterior shot of the Nicollet Island Pavilion during a summer wedding with the bride and groom walking along the path

Bride and her sisters show off their dancing tennis shoes

Bride and grooms first dance inside of the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride and groom kiss on the dance floor during their first dance

Fancy dance moves from the bride and groom

Groom swings his bride around on the dance floor

Best man and his date dancing

Groom dancing with his mom

Bride dancing with her father

Bride's dress fanned out during the father daughter dance

Bride and groom do the "Gangnam Style" dance surrounded by their wedding guests at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

Bride laughing as she dance in the circle

Bride and groom tear up the dance floor at their wedding

Wide view of the full dance floor during a Nicollet Island Pavilion Wedding

Wedding guest dips way back in the dance circle

Mother of the groom dances in the dance circle

Bride looks intently at her groom on the dance floor with pink DJ lights shining brightly

Bride squeezes her grooms face as they dance during their wedding

Jam packed dance floor with all of the wedding guests with their hands in the air during a Nicollet Island Pavilion wedding

Mother and daughter laughing with a flare of light popping in between them on the dance floor

Mother and daughter dance during the wedding

Ladies having a blast and getting wild on the dance floor

3 unique looking wedding guests playing air guitar and rocklng out at the Nicollet Island Pavilion

New pose from the 3 unique looking wedding guests playing air guitar and rocking out on the dance floor

Happy and sweaty wedding guest dances and poses for a wide open smile on the middle of the dance floor

 

Follow along if you’d like to see more Minneapolis Weddings or to find out more about my Wedding Photography in Minneapolis & abroad.

Cheers!

Jackson

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Wedding Reception at The Blaisdell

Wedding Reception at The Blaisdell

 

Traditionally dressed Indian couple share a kiss in front of the ivy wall at The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

 

The Blaisdell, in the heart of Minneapolis, was the perfect venue for Niyo & Arun’s wedding reception. This was truly one epic party. I’ll share a bit about The Blaisdell wedding venue, as well as some fun facts about my most awesome couple. Their dance party was absolutely one for the ages, so be sure to view the full gallery of images below!

Fun little backstory first: Arun and I met 9 years ago, at the inaugural Midwest Tomato Fest, absolutely covered in chunks of tomatoes. I was the official event photographer and captured some super fun action shots of that crazy time. Arun’s also a photographer and has been a huge supporter of my wedding photography work ever since. I was truly honored to be able to capture his big day.

Weddings at The Blaisdell

The Blaisdell as a wedding venue is really great, and especially for this amazing dance crew here. Below are a few of my favorite things about this wedding venue:

1. Picturesque grounds outside, classic & timeless look on the exterior, and a perfectly fused modernness inside.

2. Large open space, huge ceilings, bright white walls, with perfectly placed accent areas providing great contrast. As a photographer, it’s an excellent place to capture amazing photos.

3. The staff was really great to work with and received high praise from my bride & groom.

For more detailed information on pricing and availability visit The Blaisdell Weddings Page.

Niyo & Arun’s Indian Ceremony & American Reception

Niyo & Arun got married in Chennai, India where Arun is from. Also from India, Niyo grew up in Hyderabad. The couple had a traditional Indian wedding ceremony at a temple near the beach of Bay of Bengal. They saved the jump-off dance party wedding reception at The Blaisdell for their friends back here in Minnesota.

Coming into this I knew Arun and his crew were into dance BUT I did not realize the level of awesomeness they were going to bring. The energy and joy was through the roof and inspiring. Niyo & Arun’s Bollywood inspired dance group in Minneapolis is called SAATH (South Asian Arts & Theater House) and they showed up in full force. They teach classes at Tapestry Folk Dance Center every Thursday at 7:30pm. The two are also part of the group who puts together annual performances at MinneUtsav (a performing arts festival), MN Fringe Festival, and for various other platforms.

See all their amazing dance moves in the wedding photo gallery below.

 

Gallery of Wedding Photos from The Blaisdell

 

Beautiful wide shot of the outside of The Blaisdell wedding venue in Minneapolis, with the sun flaring over the top of the building, and the well landscape front walkway in full summer bloom

The Blaisdell sign in front of the main wedding venue building in Minneapolis

Traditionally dressed Indian couple walk along the beautifully landscaped grounds of the The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

Traditionally dressed Indian couple hold hands, which are decorated in henna, on the grounds of the The Blaisdell during their wedding reception in Minneapolis

MC's get the dance party started at the wedding reception at The Blaisdell in Minneapolis

Wide angle shot of the large main room of The Blaisdell during a wedding reception

Bride and groom share a laugh during a wedding video that their friends made for them at The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

Close up of bride and groom sharing a laugh during a wedding video their friends made for them at The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

Groom and his groomsmen perform a choreographed dance at The Blaisdell

Bride reacted wildly to the groom and his groomsmen performing a choreographed dance at The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

Groom presents his bride a special flower at The Blaisdell during their wedding reception

Groom getting a huge group hug from all of his groomsmen

Bridesmaids perform a choreographed dance

Bride performs a choreographed solo dance

Bride & groom play a fun wedding party game

Groom dips the bride and gives her a kiss in front of the large white wall at The Blaisdell

Bride and groom giving a speech

Bride and groom passionately dancing

More people joining the bride and groom on the dance floor

Wedding guest passionately dancing during wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Wedding guests passionately dancing with bride during wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Wedding guests passionately dancing with groom during wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Wedding guest in bright yellow dance battles the bride during wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Many wedding guests dancing with their hands in the air during wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Bride spins and flairs out her beautiful wedding dress during her wedding reception at The Blaisdell

Wedding guests dance low to the ground with the bride

Bride singing out passionately

Junior bridesmaid hangs playfully on her mother, on the dance floor

High angle shot of the bride and groom dancing and showing the beautiful henna art on the bride's hand

Bride and grooms feet reflecting off the shiny dance floor

Groom picks up his bride and twirls her around

Bride singing while being spun in the arms of the groom

Wedding guests pose with the bride while dancing

Colorfully dressed wedding guests leaning way back together on the dance with with their arms raised high into the air

Belly laughs on the dance floor while leaning way into a backbend

Bride and groom in full dance motion with dj lights illuminating the scene

 

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Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Honor

Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Honor

 

Screenshot of the Best Minneapolis Wedding Photographer honor from Peerspace

 

I’m humbled once again, with another honor by Peerspace, recognizing me as one of the best Minneapolis wedding photographers. Being recognized as a top photographer in the Minneapolis area is a great honor considering the giant pool of talent we have here in the Twin Cities. Previous top wedding photography honors have come to me from The Knot, and WeddingWire, but I particularly love what Peerspace wrote about me in this one below:

“Award-winning Minneapolis wedding photographer Jackson Tyler Eddy has an impeccable reputation as a local and destination wedding photographer. He is adventurous, empathetic, and a born storyteller. The wedding photos he captures brim with the personality of the brides, grooms, and guests he photographs. He really shines as a documentary photographer –– with his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to notice all the little hints of passion that emerge when two people in love are near each other. His photographs tell real love stories in a way that no amateur could ever hope to replicate”

Thank you Peerspace, and thank you to all of my most awesome clients. I truly love what I do!

In addition to this awesome honor, I’ve also been recognized by Expertise.com as one of the best wedding photographers in Minneapolis.

Hop on over to my Weddings page for imagery and more detailed information about what makes me one of the top Minneapolis wedding photographers.

 

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.