During the Summer my team and I headed down the coast to photograph Melissa and Will’s black-tie Pelican Hill wedding. You might recognize this awesome couple from a few months back when I photographed their engagement at Pismo Beach. From the first time I got together with these two and hearing the story of how they got together I knew it was meant to be that they would marry each other. From their first encounter at a club in Croatia to their second run in at a bar in La Vegas, this fun-loving pair was destined to fall in love.
I met Melissa in the morning at her casita. While the ladies were being pampered and prepped for the day I headed upstairs to photograph some of her gorgeous wedding details. From her Vera Wang dress and Valentino heels to the custom monogrammed Mrs. Box and black wedding suite, everything was perfectly suited for the day’s black-tie affair. After Melissa finished with hair and makeup we headed outside to the patio that overlooked the Pacific to capture some fun toasting shots with family and friends.
After Melissa was zipped into her dress we headed to the rooftop garden where she met Will for their first look. After many kisses, hugs, and dress twirls the rest of the bridal party met us for formal portraits amidst the expansive lawns. Melissa’s bridesmaids donned mismatched floor-length black gowns and a single white calla lily from The Little Branch. Following the bridal party portraits Melissa, Will and I walked the lawn capturing midday portraits, which involved lots of belly laughs and tender moments.
On the way to the ketubah signing, we met up with Melissa and Will’s family who were awaiting our arrival at the famous rotunda for family portraits. The couple said their I-do’s under a handmade chuppah on the main lawn encircled by family and friends. Following the ceremony, guests congregated on the terrace for cocktails and sushi. Guests gathered in the main ballroom after cocktail hour for dinner and dancing. Samantha Scott Events did a miraculous job of transforming the space and the live band kept the party going late into the night. Everyone had the most phenomenal time celebrating Melissa + Will’s Pelican Hill wedding and guests were surprised with an In N Out truck at the end of the night.
Photography | Alex W Photography
Planning | Samantha Scott Events
Florals | The Little Branch
Venue | Pelican Hill Resort
Bride’s Dress | Vera Wang
Bride’s Heels | Valentino
Groom’s Suit | Tom Ford
Groom’s Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Ring Box | The Mrs. Box
Lab | Negative Lab
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