Estate Wedding : Claire + Steve


The breeze off the Pacific ocean rolled softly through the air and streamed into the open windows. Soft tendrils shook in the wake of the breeze as Claire and her bridesmaids gently paraded on the shiny wood floors of the bridal suite. The girls buzzed around the room pulling, zipping, combing, and pinning Claire into the bride she was ready to become.

Steve patiently waited for Claire to descend the steps of the Estate–alternately named Amore Immortale Estate for their love–the property was a perfect Italian landscape nestled in Laguna Beach. From a distance he saw her radiant smile and took a deep breath. He smiled back at her as they stood under the chuppah and promised to love each other for all time. Their closest friends and family collectively promised to vigilantly support their promises and shouted Mazeltov! when their vows were complete.

Together they roamed the estate in wedded bliss and waved to guests from across the villa. They toasted, clapped, and kissed, but–most importantly–they reveled in the moment of being one.

Claire and Steve…from the moment we met, I knew I was in for a great day, but I had no idea. None. No idea just how lovely your friends, family, and day would be and I’m thankful to have documented your sweet love. Hope you’re enjoying every last minute of your month in France and eat extra cheese for me! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The wedding day preparation began at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, complete with champagne, laughter, and a perfect ocean view…

We quickly made our way to the Estate in Laguna Beach and were warmly welcomed to what felt like a piece of Italy. The Cahill family opened their home and we were treated to a tour by Karen, who showed us the most beautiful aspects of her home and garden.

Claire had a spectacular bridal party…her bridesmaids were so much fun and fabulous I wanted to make them my own friends by the end of the night!

JD captured this photo of their families standing under the chuppah, wrapped in a prayer shawl…Claire and her mom share a special bond and it was evident to everyone watching…

And let’s not forget the handsome groom…Steve looked extra dapper and nothing says class like a bow tie! 🙂

I absolutely loved the gardens at the Estate and I wish I could photograph a wedding there every.single.weekend…

Oh, Claire….just stop already!!! Rawr.

The day was masterfully constructed, designed, and executed by the uber fab Amanda Auer of In The Now…she and her team worked tirelessly to ensure the wedding was a true reflection of Claire and Steve and they couldn’t have produced anything more perfect for them…truly.

Many thanks to Art With Nature for the gorgeous floral arrangements…

As guests mingled during cocktail hour, Steve stole a kiss just before the Grand Entrance…he was so into kissing his bride, I don’t think he noticed the gorgeous views of Laguna Beach…

…or the view of the guests during their First Dance…

In The Now is known best for personalization of every wedding detail and who could resist custom pillows?!

I’ll end of this note because it makes me happy to see two people so in l.o.v.e…

To see more of Claire and Steve’s Estate wedding in Laguna Beach, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with Holly Maher music provided by The Music Bed or watch it here:

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  1. Mark Potter

    July 27th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Breathtaking shots Jasmine… you’ve told their story so beautifully. And, a day after your Shooting Star vid about ring shots – a killer personalized ring shot using the environment to help tell the story. You are incredible!

  2. Life with Kaishon

    July 27th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    They seem so in love. This made my heart happy this Friday morning. What a beautiful couple.

  3. Ernie E

    July 27th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    All these are incredibly beautiful and really show the love between those two!

  4. Janelle C.

    July 27th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Soo in love with this wedding!!!

  5. kristen holly

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This is so beautiful! What an amazing place. I would LOVE to shoot a wedding in Laguna Beach on the coast!! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous work, J!

  6. Kacie

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Every photo is perfect…. you did an amazing job!

  7. Megan Hartley

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    So incredibly wonderful, Jasmine! You captured the day beautifully and you were such a joy to be around. Thank you for documenting Claire and Steve’s day in the most perfect way imaginable!

  8. Denee Janine

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    PROPS to this lovely couple on a gorgeous wedding… PRops to you for catching such sweet moments! GREAT WORK, Jasmine!

  9. Rosalinda Garcia

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful … B E A U T I F U L images!!!!!!! Takes my breath away….

  10. Whitney Lane Arnett

    July 27th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I love that shot of her kissing the side of her head. Her eyes look like they can see into your soul. What a gorgeous day captured with beautiful pics

  11. Jenn Best

    July 27th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh Please Please Please tell me you took pictures of the couple on that cute little couch on the balcony – so sweet!!!!

  12. Melissa Avey Photography

    July 27th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Beautiful photography! I love that dip shot 🙂

  13. Mireille

    July 27th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Did I say that this wedding is absolutely beautiful.

  14. Stephanie Stewart

    July 27th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding! Such a lovey dovey couple – so sweet! Beautiful work, beautiful day!

  15. nena

    July 27th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    What a perfect wedding of perfection. The couple is gorgeous and your photos always make me want to get married! Everything looked so pretty like out of a magazine for brides! =-)

  16. Camilla jørvad

    July 28th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    beautiful photos. I am especially in love with the bride-putting-on-shoes vertical shot of the dark wooden floor that’s in the slideshow. gorgeous:)

  17. LEOLAK

    July 29th, 2012 at 4:36 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Kicking ring shot too!! Gorgeous location!

  18. aurea

    July 29th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Gorgeous wedding! And equally gorgeous photos! Love the ring photo!

  19. Becky Male

    July 29th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful – I love all the thoughtful detailing these two have in cute touches throughout the day. I just checked out In The Now’s website too – lovely. Ring shots great to see these after watching your tutorial too.

  20. Martin

    July 29th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Great storytelling Jasmine!

  21. Alex Sablan

    July 29th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Awesome set! That location is amazing, it compliments your style perfectly.

  22. Wedding Photography Melbourne

    July 30th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Fabulous! The make up shot is lovely.

  23. Brad

    July 30th, 2012 at 6:15 am

    The b&w image of the bride looking at her mom while standing under the chuppah is priceless. I’m sure everyone in that scene will treasure that image forever!

  24. Yuliya M.

    July 30th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love the dress shot and of course the branded pillow 😉

  25. Aaron

    July 30th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing another great set!

  26. Wedding Photographers

    July 31st, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hi Jasmine, great job. All pics are really very beautiful, specially the b&w. How beautifully you take all the pics, venue, and environment. All are incredible.

  27. Jen R

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    lovely set

  28. Cindy

    July 31st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Lovely photos. Just wish you’re slide shows didn’t require Flash Player.

  29. Mariano

    August 2nd, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Really nice detail of the ring. looks like is just standing onthe bottle, How did you do it?

  30. Ashley Christine

    August 3rd, 2012 at 3:15 am

    ::gasp:: Gorgeous!!

  31. Tovergoud

    August 8th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Wonderful as always! My favs are that one under the "rawr" (great look in her eyes) and of the first dance. Great job!

    Greetings from the Netherlands

  32. Angie

    August 20th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Wow! What an amazing wedding!

  33. Ken Wallace

    August 23rd, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Really beautiful work. So happy to have found your site!

  34. Torben Bryllupsfotograf

    November 27th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Love your work


  35. Rachelle Blume

    December 29th, 2012 at 4:24 am

    What a beautiful wedding – would love to know if the estate was rented or a friend of the family?