Sunset Wedding Portraits at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach

December 11, 2020

Sunset Wedding Portraits in Laguna Beach

I feel so lucky and grateful that I get to live and photograph elopements around Southern California. Laguna Beach is located just a little way south of Los Angeles, and depending on traffic, it can take about an hour to get to. There are so many beautiful traditional wedding venues to have a wedding within Orange County but as an elopement photographer, my clients want to say their vows in the great outdoors, in nature, surrounded by a small group of loved ones or no one at all. One of my favorite beaches in Laguna Beach is Crystal Cove.

This was my second intimate wedding and elopement at Crystal Cove and I feel like the sunsets just keep getting better and better. There’s often a small crowd walking the beaches at sunset too, a mix of mostly locals and the occasional tourist. However, it’s always a sprinkling of people, never overly crowded so it’s still a really nice option for a beach elopement location in California.

Brantzen and Rebecca first met in high school and they’ve been dating ever since. Their love survived high school, divorces, and all of the idiosyncrasies of your early twenties. I’m always so impressed when I learn that my clients have dated throughout multiple decades. We go through so much growth, especially in our youth, it’s so romantic to have someone who grows alongside you, don’t you think? When I asked them, ‘“why now?”, they told me that they’ve never felt pressured to get married and have always felt content and secure dating each other but after more than 10 years together, the timing just felt right.

Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It features 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness, and an offshore underwater area.

The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages available to rent, originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.

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Cottage Rentals: Crystal Cove Cottages
Location: Crystal Cove State Park
Dress: Grace Loves Lace

I’m an adventurous elopement and intimate wedding photographer helping couples craft a meaningful experience for their wedding day in nature. I focus on capturing the vibe of your day with all of the little moments that you may not remember are happening and the epic landscape views all over Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, California, and beyond.

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