Pelican Hill Wedding : Elise + Chris

Pelican Hill Wedding : Elise + Chris


It seemed apropos for her to marry in a garden. Elise spent her childhood roaming through her grandparents’ gardens, acres of vegetables and flowers just begging to be picked. She shucked corn with her grandma and removed worms from the soft, brown soil from where they grew. Years later, she returned to those gardens with her fiance, Chris, to walk the pathways that contained the sweetest memories.

On their wedding day, love letters her grandfather wrote to her grandmother were read aloud…deep declarations of loyalty, devotion, and affection from a solider stationed in London during World War II. In like manner, Chris promised his life to his blushing bride surrounded by flowers, as friends and family looked on. They swore to keep things fresh, to love until their last breath, and to never go to bed angry.

Just like flowers in her grandmother’s garden, Elise and Chris were begging to be picked. Luckily for them, they picked each other for a life of love and happiness.

Elise and Chris, I hope you’re enjoying every second of your surprise honeymoon in Tahiti…island hop until your feet get tired! 😉 Thank you for allowing me the privilege to capture your first day as husband and wife…it was an honor I didn’t take lightly. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

Purple glitter Christian Louboutin’s for a wedding day? Elise was ready to get the party started…

Elise donned a gorgeous wedding dress…

Elise commemorated her grandparents by pinning their photos to her bouquet, designed by White Lilac

The gorgeous wedding was held at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach and filled with beautiful personal elements…

So in love…and looked at each other like this all day…

After the ceremony, we roamed Pelican Hill to catch the last bit of sunset for their wedding photos…

Elise you’re beyond. Really. And JD thinks so too…which is how he was able to capture this photo. GORGE!
(Hair and makeup by Design Visage)

Oh, go ON you two!

If this A Wish and a Whisk cake tasted half as delicious as it smelled, it was awesome. Times ten.

Many, many thanks to Jeannie Savage of Details, Details for orchestrating an amazing day. She and her team ensured the day flowed smoothly and that the creative team had fun in the process…love her.

Jane and Dody of White Lilac were on hand on one of the hottest days in Newport Beach to ensure the Pelican Hill ballroom felt like the garden of Elise’s wishes…their talent is mind blowing. Truly.

The First Dance…

…and some amazing toasts…

The night was made truly delightful in large part to the ever amazing James Gang Band…such a FUN band to get a party started right!

To see more of Chris and Elise’s Pelican Hill Resort wedding, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed or simply watch it here:

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  1. Mandy Matzke -

    Wow, they look so happy! And THE CAKE!!!!! That’s the most amazing thing I have ever seen! <3

      9.20.12 - 2:28 pm

  2. Dallas Curow -

    Yay! This wedding seems extra special. The sunset! The details! The dress! Definitely some of your most exquisite work, dear Jasmine 🙂

      9.20.12 - 2:39 pm

  3. Autumn Lee -

    What a gorgeous wedding and purple glitter shoes?!?! Yes please!!!

      9.20.12 - 2:42 pm

  4. Liz -

    I LOVED their engagement session and was so excited when this post showed up in my RSS feed this morning. Beautiful!!

      9.20.12 - 3:12 pm

  5. ashley barnett -

    This one is magical! The florals and THAT CAKE. So enchanted.

      9.20.12 - 3:53 pm

  6. Alicia -

    These are beautiful!! That dress shot may be my favorite, favorite in the evers of everdom.

      9.20.12 - 4:02 pm

  7. Samantha June -

    B.E.A.utiful!! Love the couple portraits! And her dress is gorgeous 🙂

      9.20.12 - 4:02 pm

  8. Rachel -

    Ohhh, my gawwwwd, that dressss. Beautiful photos, as always!

      9.20.12 - 4:10 pm

  9. Oksana -

    Amazing, as always.

      9.20.12 - 4:18 pm

  10. Daphne Ellenburg -

    Just stunning – as always – you inspire me.

      9.20.12 - 4:19 pm

  11. cornwall wedding photographer -

    Beautiful photos, love the back lighting on the brides dress hanging in the door way. 🙂

      9.20.12 - 4:21 pm

  12. B -

    I LOVE the cake. Wow. Just amazing.

      9.20.12 - 4:27 pm

  13. lina -

    there really are no words… i feel like i was there… i was invested in every picture. the bride was beautiful and jasmine you really have a gif…a beautiful amazing gift.

      9.20.12 - 4:57 pm

  14. Cara Rufenacht -

    1st – the photos are beautiful as always. 2nd – that cake is out of this world amazing. WOW.

      9.20.12 - 5:13 pm

  15. Aimee -

    The groom’s white bow tie is very Downtown Abbey! Season 3 coming soon!

      9.20.12 - 5:17 pm

  16. Liesbeth -

    Gorgeous photos, as always! The purple is very striking! TFS!

      9.20.12 - 5:25 pm

  17. Jordan Brittley -

    Jasmine, this is AMAZING!! I love it so much 🙂

      9.20.12 - 5:45 pm

  18. Katie Jackson -

    Gorgeous pictures! I especially love the first dance picture:)

      9.20.12 - 6:14 pm

  19. Abby Grace -

    I love the vibrant colors of her bouquet! Gorgeous portraits- that sunset was PERFECT.

      9.20.12 - 6:15 pm

  20. Annetta -

    Great job, Jasmine and JD! What a cake! Beautiful! Love all her florals too, so many of them.

      9.20.12 - 6:39 pm

  21. gingerita -

    Love letters from her Grandfather to her Grandmother??!! That is so sweet I cried!! And Chris is lucky cause Elise is totally hot.

      9.20.12 - 6:59 pm

  22. Jen Dicecca -

    Jasmine – These are amazing! Elise and Chris – You look fabulous! A lifetime of memories in all those pictures 🙂 Congrats again!!

      9.20.12 - 7:49 pm

  23. Martin Hambleton -

    Absolutely lovely portraits.

      9.20.12 - 8:35 pm

  24. Katelyn James -

    Love that sunset light!!! so glowy and wonderful!!

      9.20.12 - 9:24 pm

  25. Alexis -

    OH those SHOES!!!! The PURPLE GLITTER SHOES!!!!!! Gorgeous!!!!! Love it!!!!! Wish I had a pair! But then I would need a matching outfit and then I would be BROKE! Lol 🙂

      9.20.12 - 11:54 pm

  26. LEOLAK -

    GORGEOUS!!! LOVING THE SHOES!!! That cake? I DIE!!! Great job J* and JD! Congrats to the happy, gorgeous couple!

      9.21.12 - 3:57 am

  27. Lucia Stevenson -

    Jasmine, that was a gorgeous wedding, I hope the bride reads this! Beautiful everything! And your pictures as always are fantastic! Would you be able to talk about your lighting technique for the table shots you took on a future post, perhaps? I’m such a fan of yours! Lucia

      9.21.12 - 4:14 am

  28. Brianna -

    Job well done, again! I’m so heartbroken that I lost all my JStar video tutorials I bought in my computer that crashed recently. You can definitely tell you practice what you preach in your photos!

      9.21.12 - 4:23 am

  29. Kim Renee -

    Beautiful wedding! I LOVE those shoes!

      9.21.12 - 5:14 am

  30. Sheila Sim -

    Oooh, these are gorgeous. Love the first sunset one, it’s fabulous.

      9.21.12 - 1:03 pm

  31. sarah danaher -

    stunning wedding, beautifully captured, Jasmine!! love it!!

      9.22.12 - 12:27 am


    Gorgeous!! I’ve been down to Pelican Hill only a handful of times, and it’s so beautiful there.. and that cake is fantastic!

      9.22.12 - 9:46 pm

  33. Priti -

    What’s the name of this track Jasmine?? Love it

      9.23.12 - 9:55 am

  34. Andre Blais -

    These are so pretty, I love the closeup portrait in the sunset, awesome images

      9.24.12 - 12:22 am

  35. Mom -

    The colors, the cake, the venue……….just beautiful! This lovely couple’s wedding cake was the MOST stunning cake I have ever seen!! You and JD capture everything moment perfectly! Love, Mom

      9.24.12 - 4:00 am

  36. Janie Currey -

    This outstanding wedding reflected the love these two have fostered, nurtured, and cherished. We are honored to watch.

      9.24.12 - 7:25 pm

  37. Derek -

    Gorgeous wedding Jasmine! Her dress is amazing and you captured their day beautifully!

      9.24.12 - 8:39 pm

  38. Linda Sherrill -

    You two captured "the look" they gave each other all day long. They will treasure those photos forever. You rock!

      9.25.12 - 2:25 am

  39. Ashley Christine -

    Love. It!

      9.25.12 - 4:42 am

  40. david & jess -

    Very nice Jasmine!

      9.25.12 - 8:43 pm

  41. Tammy Coleman -

    One word to describe this Fabulous! The venue looked like something from David Tutera …Stunnig

      9.26.12 - 4:53 am

  42. Danielle Stahl -


      9.26.12 - 1:01 pm

  43. Hemant -

    Lovely photographs

      9.27.12 - 10:41 am

  44. Jeromy Robert -

    Well done Jasmine, amazing portraits!

      9.28.12 - 5:18 pm

  45. Ashvin Ghisyawan -

    Amazing again. Especially the weddingdress picture (third one)

      10.1.12 - 8:52 am

  46. Gale -

    Does anyone know where this dress is from?!! I LOVEEEE her dress =)

      11.3.12 - 3:23 am

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