Pelican Hill Wedding : Michele + Emin


The bridal suite at Pelican Hill was covered with wedding details and pink accoutrements, like bags, boxes, and frilly lace. Michele was, after years of dating her dream date, marrying the man of her dreams. Her bridesmaids floated from room to room always making sure a glass of champagne was ready to be hoisted for any moment’s toast to the good life. With the iPod perfectly set to Lady Gaga, the entire room raised and clinked crystal glasses in honor of a perfect wedding day. After moving a few pink boxes out of the way and finishing her champagne, Michele exited the bridal suite and collected her to see her future groom, Emin.

Standing on the terracotta tile, Michele took a deep breath, then the tears fell like honey. Slowly, methodically. As much as she tried, she couldn’t hold back her emotions. Little did she know, the flower girls watched from the suite, then immediately ran out to comfort her and dry up the tears. As soon as they hugged her, Michele was ready to see Emin. And their embrace was everything it should be on a wedding day. Tender, raw, complete. The rest of their wedding flowed like honey, only this time, it was slow and sweet.

Michele and Emin, thank you for simply being you. Wonderfully and perfectly you. I couldn’t think of a better way to start Spring than spending the afternoon in Newport Beach with you and your amazing friends and family. You’re perfect for each other and I hope you’re enjoying Turks&Caicos…so jealous you didn’t take me with you! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

I fell in love with Michele’s Jenny Lee wedding dress she found at the Jenny Lee couture store in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach…

…and who doesn’t love a little Stuart Weitzman on a wedding day?!

Wholly and completely gorgeous…special thanks to Makeup by Berit for a lovely job…

Here’s a snapshot of the flower girls who helped keep Michele in the best of spirits…

I know I always say it, but–really–I LOVE when a bride and groom opt to see each other before the ceremony. It’s totally poignant, raw, and beautiful, and it makes me all emotional! 😉

The best part about a bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony is there’s plenty of time to roam the Pelican Hill property for wedding pictures!

I love working with JD…unbeknownst to me, we were both getting the same shot at the same time of the bride and groom…his is on the right…

JD captured Michele doing what she does best: smiling.

Is it just me or is Michele RADIATING in this picture? Love her…and her bridal headband. For brides interested, she purchased it at the Jenny Lee couture boutique in Newport Beach…

JD is wonderful at capturing candid moments…

Okay, JD is also great at just capturing details and people too…

I wanted to give a little blog love to Michele’s bridal party…they were more than fabulous!

The day was simply perfect for a wedding at Pelican Hill and JD captured the essence of the glorious weather in this photo…

A HUGE shout out must go to Stephanie Lairson for planning such a perfect day and ensuring e very detail in place. I adored working with her and it’s always an honor when our paths cross…

All the amazing florals were provided by Karla at Elegant by Design in Newport Beach and she’s absolutely lovely to work with…

A special, special THANK YOU must go to Erin (the Catering Manager) and Michelle (the Wedding Butler) at Pelican Hill for making the day so wonderfully smooth and enjoyable…I’m so thankful work with such an amazing team!

The Grand Entrance…

Emin’s groomsmen were hilarious. Never before have I experienced heckling during a First Dance, but they made quite an interesting experience and put the pressure on Emin to really bust out his smooth moves… 🙂

One thing was for sure, Michele and Emin knew how to party…and the dancefloor was packed the entire night…

To see more of Michele and Emin’s Pelican Hill Newport Beach wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Tanzyn

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!:)

  2. Karman Lee

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I love all the great smiles in the photos you captured. Great inspirations!

  3. Judie

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love your work Jasmine!

  4. Christina Sloan

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:21 pm


  5. Christan Parreira

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I love your style and the way you present the entire day on each post.

  6. julie gendron

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    you know how something gets familiar, and not boring but, you get used to it.. your blog posts and images NEVER EVER feel that way. when i click the link and hop on your blog, it’s always an instant of that christmas morning feeling. that’s what your words and eye do for me, and i’m sure a whole lot of other faithful Jasmine readers feel the same way! e

  7. Damaris Mia

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Love love love the pictures! Great job! Aren’t we just so blessed to live in southern California? The weather, the lighting.. ahh.. 🙂 great job

  8. Myrn

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    You are truly amazing at what you do. Great post! One day I will be just like you.. but in my own way lol.. Fab job!!

  9. Karen Taggart

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Stunning as usual Jasmine! I wish I had the courage to photograph weddings, but it scares me…a lot. 🙂

  10. ala

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    i LOVE seeing wedding posts from you. after so many, it’s evident you STILL love what you do. it’s inspiring. xoxo

  11. Lisa

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    How lucky are you to be capturing such beautiful people on SUCH a beautiful day! You work is amazing… as always.

  12. fffabulous

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    These pictures are exquisite!!

  13. Brent Pilgrim

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Gorgeous! I wanted to see more but the link for the slideshow is broken. Am I doing something wrong?

  14. Jasmine*

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    @Brent: Thanks! I fixed the link! 🙂

  15. crystal

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    stunning, so touching! love the images.

  16. Shannon

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wow! Such an amazing shoot, and such a cool wedding. Nice work!

  17. Saturb

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  18. Howard Haby

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Great photos, Jasmine. What a beautiful bride!

  19. Melissa

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I love how clean and simple the shots look – very lovely! And I love a bride and groom that know how to party – great dance shots.

  20. Melissa Papaj

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    As always very beautiful! I got excited just to see that you posted a wedding long before I even looked at the pictures 🙂

  21. Sally

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Stunning, beautiful, love them. That last shot on the dancefloor is great. And my fave has to be the ‘radiating’ one!

  22. nathan ciurzynski

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful set! Very elegant

  23. Ted Johns

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful work you two, as always. Yes, I agree re: the pic of the groom kissing her on her shoulder with his eyes closed. She just radiates! Love it. I really love all the natural flow to every shot you’ve got up here.

  24. ashley

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Unbelievable light in these photos. Classic and gorgeous =)

  25. Jeanette Sanchez

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Beautiful work, Jasmine. Love the sharp, crisp shots. Pelican Hill is such an awesome place to shoot.

  26. Dawn McCarthy

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Stunning Bride!!! Another fabulous wedding. Love yours and JD’s simultaneous captures!!!

  27. s h e r r y

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    These are wonderful! <3 Love the details and emotions you and JD captured.

  28. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Your photos always make me smile. Every time 🙂

  29. laura im

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    fabulous, as always! ^.^

  30. Alli M

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful images…as always!

  31. Kelly Green

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my goodeness, i LOVE LOVE LOVE that shot of the groom kissing the brides shoulder.

    Such a tender moment, perfectly captured. I can feel how happy they are just by looking at that picture!

  32. jean smith

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    STUNNING couple!!! your images are so very pretty to look at. bright and fresh and whimsical and beautiful…

  33. kelsy mccartney

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    what a fun + gorgeous wedding!! love the shot of the bride and all her ladies… and love their dresses! i happen to have the same dress, from white house black market 🙂 i just love your work, j* … and jd’s too!!

  34. Jennifer Bullock

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    So stunning and fabulous as ususual! The wonderful work from the both of you just blows my mind!! Are you using your off camera flash set up somewhere for their grand entrance — or was it on camera…or both? I love how soft and even the lighting is!! 🙂

  35. Stephanie Stewart

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    What a stunning pair! Love that venue! Amazing light all around, so beautiful! And yes, the love and beauty just oozes out of that photo with the green bokeh, so yummy! And JD, your images totally rock!!! (As usual! But had to give you extra props!) What a perfect team you are!!


    March 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I am so glad I clicked to look at this. What a beautiful wedding, great looking couple and you captured them beautifully too!

  37. Jackie Lamas

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    love this wedding! the bride looks like christina applegate!

  38. Ami Sanyal

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Great work, Jasmine! I love that you were getting the same shot at the same time!

  39. Katy Melling

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Fabulous! Beautiful couple that look so relaxed in front of the camera. Gorgeous light as always. Wish we had the same light in the UK!! Its just not fair : ( Wonderful inspiration for my summer of weddings

  40. Kirstie Goodman

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Absolutely stunning work Jasmine!! I am always inspired by the work you do and the emotions you put into each piece of art. Thank you for sharing!

  41. Jeni

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    The bride kinda looks like Christina Applegate…she’s gorgeous!! Stunning shots!

  42. angel pope

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    what a perfect couple! Jasmine, thanks for sharing.


    March 26th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Perfect lighting as always. How fabulous are your clients!?

  44. B

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely

  45. Doug Arrington

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Great images, really well done! And I love Pelican Hill!

  46. Vania

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Deliciously romantic. Love it!

  47. gladys jem

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    they are such a beautiful couple. she has a great smile and you captured it perfect. stunning. thats all 🙂

  48. Leyla

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Truly.. what a stunning couple! They both look like models… The bride is absolutely beautiful… Love the photos… Beautiful light and energy in all of them… =)

  49. Leyla

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Truly.. what a stunning couple! They both look like models… The bride is absolutely beautiful… Love the photos… Beautiful light and energy in all of them… =)

  50. brooke snow

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    beautiful images Jasmine! I love the natural light. Your detail shots are pretty enough for postcards! Keep being fabulous!

  51. jenny

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    love the photos! Michele and Emin must be thrilled !

  52. Tara Wheaton

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    LOVE the picture of the bride with bridesmaids! LOVE the classic Red, White and Black!

  53. Carolyn Clement

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    *Tears fell like honey* ~ Wow, what a beautiful description…drying mine right now 😉

  54. Collette Mruk

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    How fabulous are you and these pictures! You sometimes make me wish I wasnt already married so i can re-do all my =) j/k

  55. Collette

    March 26th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Curious what is that great song on the it!

  56. Andrinique Special Events

    March 26th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    A beautiful couple, you truly capture their happiness ! great work..

  57. brianna

    March 26th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Beautiful from top to bottom. It’s Barbie and Ken with a little flava. 🙂

  58. Oleksandr Photography

    March 26th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Beautiful images!

  59. elaine gates

    March 26th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    just amazing!

  60. Charlie

    March 26th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    gorgeous photography again both of you e it!

  61. amanda thiessen

    March 26th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    it is totally barbie and ken! love it 🙂

  62. Amber

    March 27th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    This is one gorgeous wedding! Beautiful pictures and beautiful scenery.

  63. Allison

    March 27th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Every single person is ridiculously good looking!! Ya’ll truly captured the essence to the day! Amazing as always! 🙂

  64. Brittani

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    =) great photos of a great couple. Good stuff. My absolute fav is, of course, the shots u and JD took at the same time. Nice. =) You are inspiring.

  65. Thea

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Gorgeous wedding! Gorgeous photographs. I especially love the heckling you captured. Made me chuckle.

  66. Lydia

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Michele was a gorgeous radiant bride! Love how you and JD perfectly work together!

  67. Mayra

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    GORGEOUS!!! BTW I was showing my hubby your supper awesome site…he thought you were beautiful 😉 Also i emailed you about prices for a portrait sesh! let me know 🙂 Thanks! xx

  68. kelly marie

    March 27th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Beautiful pictures to go along with a beautiful bride! She looks like a mix between Scarlett Johannson and Christina Applegate…but prettier!

  69. Pol

    March 27th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    The dress and shoes are gorgeous! Beautiful images of the day 🙂

  70. Amber Fox

    March 27th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Your bride is STUNNING! Gorgeous photos Jasmine! You have done it again!

  71. feuza

    March 27th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    What a lovely wedding, loved the shots that you and JD were doing at the same time!!! loved her veil and head piece too and that bridal shot of the ladies oh so fabulous posing

  72. Ni Nguyen-Edalat

    March 27th, 2010 at 5:08 am

    What a beautiful wedding!!! I love your work, Jasmine, and, of course, JD’s too! 🙂

  73. ari

    March 27th, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Lovely photos. I’m dig’n the new site. Fresssh.

  74. Tor-Ivar

    March 27th, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Wow… simply amazing photos 🙂

  75. Brian Fletcher

    March 27th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Beautiful work, Jasmine and JD!

  76. Karen

    March 27th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Aww, you and JD are so in sync. Beautiful shots, as always!

  77. Evonne Wong

    March 27th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I have always wanted to do a wedding at Pelican Hill (or the Montage). What a beautiful wedding!

  78. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    March 27th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I am SO all about her headband! LOVING IT! 🙂

  79. J'Lynn

    March 27th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    WOW these are gorgeous!!!

  80. Kat Forsyth

    March 27th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Michele is one of THE most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen. She’s naturally stunning, but her radiant happiness just pushes her into another category! I want to show this post to ever one of my brides, and tell them to look this happy.

  81. Will Pateman Photography

    March 27th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Great light..great images and great looking people

  82. kim james

    March 27th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    your photgraphy just keep getting stronger and stronger. Really a beautiful clean one and the one JD caught pulses.

  83. Michelle

    March 27th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Wow! The one of Emin kissing Michele’s shoulder is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen from you Jasmine! It totally brought me to tears. She is stunning and her dress was equally fabulous.

  84. Tab McCausland

    March 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    They look awesome! Great job J*

  85. Sharon Snow

    March 27th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Stunning!!! The light, the emotion, the gorgeous bride, you got it all Jasmine! Just love the dual angle that yourself and JD caught of Michele and Emin. WOW!

  86. Life with Kaishon

    March 27th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Flowed like honey.
    I love how you write : )

  87. AmyPunky Photography

    March 27th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    This is so gorgeous!!!!

  88. Rima

    March 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I love it! Your out side poses are the shizzle!

  89. Alan & Karen Woo

    March 27th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Stunning! They look like that had a great time.

  90. kate callahan

    March 28th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Gorgeous! Love the shot of the bridal party!!

  91. Girish

    March 28th, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Beautiful shots. Like the first 2-3 ones of the bride, and bride and small girls…superb light there…

    Otherwise photographs are wonderful as well. Keep it up. As always nice details.

  92. Holli True

    March 28th, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Absolutely beautiful! You and JD are such a fabulous team- I just love it!! I am in awe over Michele’s "Radiating" picture- absolutely breathtaking! 🙂 LOVE!

  93. Bridecow

    March 28th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Stunning pictures!!! If only my wedding weren’t in Indonesia, I’d sooooo be begging you to do my wedding as well!!!!


    March 28th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    This wedding is gorgeous Jasmine! I especially love how you have captured the event, the couple looks so HAPPY! 🙂

  95. Kathleen Porter

    March 28th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    What an elegant wedding! Captured beautifully Jasmine 🙂

  96. FELIX WU

    March 29th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    The decorations and details at the reception are amazing!

  97. katelyn james

    March 29th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    3rd one down, LOVE!

  98. The Bing

    March 29th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    J* you never dissapoint! Great job!

  99. ohana photographers

    March 29th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    so gorgeous!

  100. Erica Velasco

    March 29th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Loving the details of this!

  101. Lisa H. Chang

    March 30th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Beautiful photos!

  102. mike Larson

    March 30th, 2010 at 5:18 am

    love this post, the simplicity and everything, and the fact that JD shoots with you, I love it when my Rachie shoots with me! 🙂

  103. Serendipity Photography

    March 30th, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful beautiful as always!! 🙂

  104. Shannon K.

    March 30th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    It looks like it was a fun wedding! Love the first dance shot. Cute!

  105. shannon h.

    March 30th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    wow. stunning! you found the best light!! the couple is gorgeous and the photos are incredible!!

  106. zoe

    March 30th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    last shot is my fav! beautiful job!

  107. Sarah

    March 30th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    These are soooo Gorgeous!!!

  108. laetitia

    March 31st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    My favorite is the one when you say the bride is Radiating…
    This one is for me perfect 😉

  109. Laura Holmes

    March 31st, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Honestly….AH-mazing!…the photos are almost as beautiful as you, Michele. xoxo

  110. Catherine Schroeder

    March 31st, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple celebrating a beautiful time in life!

  111. cassandra-m

    April 1st, 2010 at 8:22 am

    simply put…G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S couple…GORGEOUS PHOTOS. wow…love love love them all.

  112. Martin Allum

    April 3rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Wow what a collection of fantastic images

  113. Apple

    April 5th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Oh, Jasmine! you make me fall in love with weddings with your posts.. <3

    i’m a photography student still deciding which path in photography to take, cruise ship, weddings, photojourn or weddings.. but when i read your blog, i become convinced i must do weddings! you’re fabulous!!!:)

  114. Hadar

    April 5th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Great images Jasmine! It was nice seeing you in WPPI, here’s to a great 2010!

  115. Melissa Dunstan Photography

    April 7th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Gorgeous! I felt like I was in the room as I looked at the images. Stunning work!

  116. Michael Fletcher

    April 8th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I love the image of Michele and her two flower girls. You captured the bride’s joy wonderfully!

  117. Sharon Curran

    April 10th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Absolutely fantastic pictures – it looks like a geat day. You’ve really captured the atmosphere and the fun.

  118. Matthew Kent

    April 14th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    JD’s shots are fantastic! So are yours of course : )

  119. bailie

    April 16th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    this is an amazingly beautiful set. so elegant and so classy. My favourite is the bridesmaids shot.

  120. Stephanie Ortega

    April 17th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    These are such beautiful photos!!! So timeless.

  121. Jay

    July 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Jasmine- Beautiful colors in some of these photos! GOOD WORK. 🙂