Pelican Hill Wedding : Michele + Emin

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 -

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!:)

      3.26.10 - 7:18 pm

  2. Karman Lee -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:19 pm

  3. Judie -

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love your work Jasmine!

      3.26.10 - 7:20 pm

  4. Christina Sloan -


      3.26.10 - 7:21 pm

  5. Christan Parreira -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:21 pm

  6. julie gendron -

    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

      3.26.10 - 7:21 pm

  7. Damaris Mia -

    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

      3.26.10 - 7:21 pm

  8. Myrn -

    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!!

      3.26.10 - 7:22 pm

  9. Karen Taggart -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:22 pm

  10. ala -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:23 pm

  11. Lisa -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:24 pm

  12. fffabulous -

    These pictures are exquisite!!

      3.26.10 - 7:25 pm

  13. Brent Pilgrim -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:27 pm

  14. Jasmine* -

    @Brent: Thanks! I fixed the link! 🙂

      3.26.10 - 7:29 pm

  15. crystal -

    stunning, so touching! love the images.

      3.26.10 - 7:30 pm

  16. Shannon -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:32 pm

  17. Saturb -

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

      3.26.10 - 7:33 pm

  18. Howard Haby -

    Great photos, Jasmine. What a beautiful bride!

      3.26.10 - 7:35 pm

  19. Melissa -

    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.

      3.26.10 - 7:37 pm

  20. Melissa Papaj -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:37 pm

  21. Sally -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:38 pm

  22. nathan ciurzynski -

    Beautiful set! Very elegant

      3.26.10 - 7:41 pm

  23. Ted Johns -

    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.

      3.26.10 - 7:44 pm

  24. ashley -

    Unbelievable light in these photos. Classic and gorgeous =)

      3.26.10 - 7:46 pm

  25. Jeanette Sanchez -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:47 pm

  26. Dawn McCarthy -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:49 pm

  27. s h e r r y -

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

      3.26.10 - 7:52 pm

  28. Marissa Rodriguez -

    Your photos always make me smile. Every time 🙂

      3.26.10 - 7:52 pm

  29. laura im -

    fabulous, as always! ^.^

      3.26.10 - 7:58 pm

  30. Alli M -

    Beautiful images…as always!

      3.26.10 - 8:01 pm

  31. Kelly Green -

    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!

      3.26.10 - 8:02 pm

  32. jean smith -

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

      3.26.10 - 8:03 pm

  33. kelsy mccartney -

    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!!

      3.26.10 - 8:05 pm

  34. Jennifer Bullock -

    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!! 🙂

      3.26.10 - 8:05 pm

  35. Stephanie Stewart -

    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!!

      3.26.10 - 8:09 pm


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

      3.26.10 - 8:15 pm

  37. Jackie Lamas -

    love this wedding! the bride looks like christina applegate!

      3.26.10 - 8:15 pm

  38. Ami Sanyal -

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

      3.26.10 - 8:17 pm

  39. Katy Melling -

    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

      3.26.10 - 8:19 pm

  40. Kirstie Goodman -

    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!

      3.26.10 - 8:20 pm

  41. Jeni -

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

      3.26.10 - 8:28 pm

  42. angel pope -

    what a perfect couple! Jasmine, thanks for sharing.

      3.26.10 - 8:44 pm


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

      3.26.10 - 8:49 pm

  44. B -

    Lovely, lovely, lovely

      3.26.10 - 8:51 pm

  45. Doug Arrington -

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

      3.26.10 - 8:52 pm

  46. Vania -

    Deliciously romantic. Love it!

      3.26.10 - 8:55 pm

  47. gladys jem -

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

      3.26.10 - 8:59 pm

  48. Leyla -

    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… =)

      3.26.10 - 9:09 pm

  49. Leyla -

    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… =)

      3.26.10 - 9:09 pm

  50. brooke snow -

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

      3.26.10 - 9:29 pm

  51. jenny -

    love the photos! Michele and Emin must be thrilled !

      3.26.10 - 9:35 pm

  52. Tara Wheaton -

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

      3.26.10 - 9:39 pm

  53. Carolyn Clement -

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

      3.26.10 - 9:49 pm

  54. Collette Mruk -

    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

      3.26.10 - 9:51 pm

  55. Collette -

    Curious what is that great song on the it!

      3.26.10 - 9:54 pm

  56. Andrinique Special Events -

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

      3.26.10 - 10:19 pm

  57. brianna -

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

      3.26.10 - 10:21 pm

  58. Oleksandr Photography -

    Beautiful images!

      3.26.10 - 10:27 pm

  59. elaine gates -

    just amazing!

      3.26.10 - 10:53 pm

  60. Charlie -

    gorgeous photography again both of you e it!

      3.26.10 - 11:18 pm

  61. amanda thiessen -

    it is totally barbie and ken! love it 🙂

      3.26.10 - 11:29 pm

  62. Amber -

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

      3.27.10 - 12:24 am

  63. Allison -

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

      3.27.10 - 12:31 am

  64. Brittani -

    =) 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.

      3.27.10 - 1:17 am

  65. Thea -

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

      3.27.10 - 1:21 am

  66. Lydia -

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

      3.27.10 - 1:30 am

  67. Mayra -

    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

      3.27.10 - 1:32 am

  68. kelly marie -

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

      3.27.10 - 1:34 am

  69. Pol -

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

      3.27.10 - 3:07 am

  70. Amber Fox -

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

      3.27.10 - 4:16 am

  71. feuza -

    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

      3.27.10 - 4:39 am

  72. Ni Nguyen-Edalat -

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

      3.27.10 - 5:08 am

  73. ari -

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

      3.27.10 - 5:46 am

  74. Tor-Ivar -

    Wow… simply amazing photos 🙂

      3.27.10 - 6:33 am

  75. Brian Fletcher -

    Beautiful work, Jasmine and JD!

      3.27.10 - 7:11 am

  76. Karen -

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

      3.27.10 - 9:33 am

  77. Evonne Wong -

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

      3.27.10 - 11:30 am

  78. Karen (Mikols) Bonar -

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

      3.27.10 - 2:28 pm

  79. J'Lynn -

    WOW these are gorgeous!!!

      3.27.10 - 3:46 pm

  80. Kat Forsyth -

    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.

      3.27.10 - 4:23 pm

  81. Will Pateman Photography -

    Great light..great images and great looking people

      3.27.10 - 4:38 pm

  82. kim james -

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

      3.27.10 - 5:29 pm

  83. Michelle -

    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.

      3.27.10 - 6:11 pm

  84. Tab McCausland -

    They look awesome! Great job J*

      3.27.10 - 7:26 pm

  85. Sharon Snow -

    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!

      3.27.10 - 7:27 pm

  86. Life with Kaishon -

    Flowed like honey.
    I love how you write : )

      3.27.10 - 7:27 pm

  87. AmyPunky Photography -

    This is so gorgeous!!!!

      3.27.10 - 8:28 pm

  88. Rima -

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

      3.27.10 - 8:41 pm

  89. Alan & Karen Woo -

    Stunning! They look like that had a great time.

      3.27.10 - 11:16 pm

  90. kate callahan -

    Gorgeous! Love the shot of the bridal party!!

      3.28.10 - 1:43 am

  91. Girish -

    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.

      3.28.10 - 4:49 am

  92. Holli True -

    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!

      3.28.10 - 5:09 am

  93. Bridecow -

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

      3.28.10 - 3:19 pm


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

      3.28.10 - 5:09 pm

  95. Kathleen Porter -

    What an elegant wedding! Captured beautifully Jasmine 🙂

      3.28.10 - 10:14 pm

  96. FELIX WU -

    The decorations and details at the reception are amazing!

      3.29.10 - 1:49 am

  97. katelyn james -

    3rd one down, LOVE!

      3.29.10 - 3:56 am

  98. The Bing -

    J* you never dissapoint! Great job!

      3.29.10 - 1:43 pm

  99. ohana photographers -

    so gorgeous!

      3.29.10 - 5:54 pm

  100. Erica Velasco -

    Loving the details of this!

      3.29.10 - 10:00 pm

  101. Lisa H. Chang -

    Beautiful photos!

      3.30.10 - 5:13 am

  102. mike Larson -

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

      3.30.10 - 5:18 am

  103. Serendipity Photography -

    Beautiful beautiful as always!! 🙂

      3.30.10 - 5:33 am

  104. Shannon K. -

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

      3.30.10 - 4:08 pm

  105. shannon h. -

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

      3.30.10 - 7:11 pm

  106. zoe -

    last shot is my fav! beautiful job!

      3.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  107. Sarah -

    These are soooo Gorgeous!!!

      3.30.10 - 10:46 pm

  108. laetitia -

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

      3.31.10 - 12:57 am

  109. Laura Holmes -

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

      3.31.10 - 3:00 am

  110. Catherine Schroeder -

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

      3.31.10 - 8:07 pm

  111. cassandra-m -

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

      4.1.10 - 8:22 am

  112. Martin Allum -

    Wow what a collection of fantastic images

      4.3.10 - 10:22 am

  113. Apple -

    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!!!:)

      4.5.10 - 3:38 pm

  114. Hadar -

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

      4.5.10 - 9:40 pm

  115. Melissa Dunstan Photography -

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

      4.7.10 - 5:40 pm

  116. Michael Fletcher -

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

      4.8.10 - 11:07 am

  117. Sharon Curran -

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

      4.10.10 - 10:26 am

  118. Matthew Kent -

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

      4.14.10 - 7:00 pm

  119. bailie -

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

      4.16.10 - 11:18 am

  120. Stephanie Ortega -

    These are such beautiful photos!!! So timeless.

      4.17.10 - 1:05 am

  121. Jay -

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

      7.16.10 - 2:02 am

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