Intimate Moments with Guests from Out of State, and Why We Love Photographing Them!
It’s completely understandable that there are nerves that surround your big day, hoping that everything will fall into place perfectly. For this bride, Jody, it was potential of big wind gusts on her wedding day that had her nervous for her photos. We delighted her with a little mini shoot on the beach the day before her wedding at her rehearsal at the gorgeous Hotel Casa Del Mar, and she couldn’t have been more surprised and happy. She was joyfully crying when I showed them to her on her wedding day. Sometimes it is little gestures like this that don’t take too much effort, but can ease the bride and groom for their big day!
For their rehearsal dinner, they wanted it to be an intimate dinner with their family from Kentucky. So many people were coming from out of town, that they wanted to capture the rehearsal as part of the wedding, and make it special for those that traveled for them. What a great way to celebrate with those closest to them, and extend the celebrate.
We loved that they wanted to capture the rehearsal on camera as well, because it’s these moments that will be frozen in time forever. For Jody and Lee, these were people that they don’t get to see often, but mean the world to them, and it is so special that they now have these images. By doing intimate photos with small groups of people at events like this, you are able to capture moments that might have been missed in the busyness that occurs at a wedding.
Can we talk about this color scheme for a moment? The beautiful coral florals, paired with the chic farmhouse chairs provide such an elegant and fun atmosphere for all the guests. The outdoor patio space at the Hotel Casa Del Mar provides neverending views of the Santa Monica beach, pier, and the famously tall California palm trees. It is the perfect location for a small celebration like this rehearsal.
Such gorgeous details and the perfect intimate evening for Jody and Lee!
Wedding Planner: Simply Natural Events // Beauty: Nicol Artistry // Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop // Entertainment: Dub Gypsy // Florals: Little Branch // Photography: Krista Mason Photograpy // Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Casa Del Mar // Rentals and Décor: The Stage Lab // Rentals and Décor: MBT Rentals // Rentals and Décor: Archive Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Stationary: Copper Willow // Stationary: Minted // Venue: Shutters on the Beach