Seven Degrees Wedding : Jami + Joel


She was sending emails at 3 a.m. the morning of her wedding. Jami was busy planning her life, happily tying up loose ends, and waiting for Joel to wake up in the hotel room a few flights away. After all, she’d been waiting to be his wife since high school, so who needed sleep on such a perfect day? As the sun rose over the Laguna Beach horizon, Jami and Joel knew the day would bring more than they could have anticipated. More joy, more happiness, more love.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Jami and Joel created a wedding at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach that reflected their relationship in the truest form. In all their years together, their love grew, changed, and morphed as life twisted and turned, but through it all, they remained each other’s constant. In the midst of anything, they had everything. They committed their vows and promised to always give more. More joy, more happiness, more love.

Jami and Joel…I can’t begin to thank you for simply being you. From the beginning, we felt like friends, almost like we were destined to meet and share our stories. Your wedding was perfect and there were times when I wanted to reach out and squeeze you for making me fall more in love with what I do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your love story…it’s an honor I cherish. I hope you enjoy the Maldives and make more memories…together. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The wedding day started at Montage Laguna Beach and despite a week of rain, the skies parted to reveal a glorious sunny day. Not to be outdone by the blue skies, Jami wore a beautiful Pronovias wedding dress leaving everyone breathless…

Many thanks to Carina of Flawless Faces for hair and makeup…love her…

Gorge…gorge…gorge. Seriously, Jami?! Gorgeous. That is all.

A small story… When I first met Jami, she informed me she came across a post I wrote about First Looks and seeing the groom before the ceremony. At first skeptical, she read more then asked Joel to read it. Somewhere along the line, Jami decided to set up a meeting and later book me for their wedding, opting for the First Look. Judging by Joel’s reaction, I think it was a good choice…

…I think Jami was just as excited to see his reaction…photo by JD

The weather was beautiful in Laguna Beach, so we took some time for wedding pictures at Montage Resort before heading to Seven Degrees for the ceremony…

We arrived at Seven Degrees with plenty of time for wedding photos, including the bridal party pictures and family formals. I offered my assistance to create the wedding timeline and Jami let me create an ideal day to hang out with the guys…

…and hang out with an amazing group of ladies…

I’ve photographed weddings at Seven Degrees before, so I challenged myself to try to shoot differently and new angles…Jami and Joel were amazing and let me experiment a bit…although to be fair I don’t think they minded all the kissing…


The sun was rapidly setting behind the Laguna Beach canyon, but the ceremony was timed perfectly and was a beautiful reflection of their love…

Many thanks to Alyssa from Seven Degrees for planning such a flawless day and creating the floral arrangements…

The First Dance…

To see more of Jami and Joel’s Seven Degrees wedding, feel free to check out their slideshow with music found at WithEtiquette

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  1. Feuza

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    His reaction is priceless

  2. Ashley

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful like always!! Great inspiration!!

  3. P E N N Y

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Beautiful. Love the first look reactions!

  4. Ciara Richardson

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I LOOOOOVE these! I always look forward to your posts!

  5. MelissaFoscardo

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Those are the best first look reactions I think I’ve ever seen on here. So sweet.

  6. Alexandra

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Soooooooo beautiful Jasmin!
    The reaction of the groom – you can tell he was really overwhelmed! Great, great shoot! The bride reminds me of Alicia Keys 😉 – just stunningly beautiful! I tell you: you will rock the really big hollywood weddings very soon!!

  7. Lasha

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    hi Jasmine 🙂 I’m slowly working on getting my photography business busier, and any advice is appreciated! I was wondering if your preference is to photograph using natural light only, or if you use a combo of flash and natural?
    Your photos are just incredible. There’s so much energy within them!
    I have to say you’re a true inspiration. I’m really thankful you’re so open with how you go about doing things, and I LOVE that you say you still make someone who is still in the beginning of my business adventure and not always having the most confidence in myself, it helps to know that even world famous photogs still make mistakes sometimes. thank you so much!

  8. Cristina

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful images as always Jasmine! Love, love, love xxx

  9. Susan

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love your story and your photos match how beautiful they are. Gorgeous Jasmine!!

  10. Christa Taylor

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    So inspiring! Love how you challenged yourself to re-think the location compared to previous shoots.

  11. Amber Steel

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    So pretty!! LOVE the reaction at the 1st look!

  12. christina

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Jasmine, this was my favorite post to date! Her smile is infectious and she’s absolutely gorgeous! Love her bridesmaid dresses and the First Look is a perfect view of a long lasting marriage. Congrats to the loving couple!

  13. Shauna

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    As always – love them. <3

  14. Camille Denae

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Fabulous as always Jasmine! One of my favorite First Look shots of a groom. Priceless! Your year is off to an incredible start! Way to go!

  15. Brittani

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    And so begins the year with fabulous photography. =) &hearts; Love love love. =)

  16. Jenelle Sewell

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Beautiful wedding! Phenomenally captured.

  17. Tanya Petraglia

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    OMG! Jasmine Star, Star Staress! Where have you been all my life? I love the first look! His expression..Her loving every minute of it…I felt there love through your work..(Tissue please..)

  18. Matt Crew

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring as always! How do you manage to always get stunning couples at stunning venues?!

  19. Kate Douthwright

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome! Love the first look pictures. Made me a little choked up. So beautiful

  20. Danny Douglas

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Fantasitic photos. I’m wondering where the found a place to create the hanger that says "Mrs Clark". I thought that was a nice detail 🙂

  21. Life with Kaishon

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my goodness. What a glorious day. She is all sorts of GORGEOUS! I love her shoes to death. Seriously, death!

    They are both so sensational looking. Fantastically beautiful. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness together! Love, Becky

  22. Kathleen

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Ahhhh CA weather! Gorgeous photographs, J*. I love when you "experiment" with new angles. Always an inspiration <3

  23. jamie delaine

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    love this. such a modern wedding which is a nice break from all the vintage trends.

  24. Alicia Candelora

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    what a GORGEOUS chic location! And Jamie is sooo beautiful!

  25. Maria

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    There is not a think you do that I don’t love!

    Gorgeous couple, breathtaking photos!

  26. Maria

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    There is not a thing you do that I don’t love!

    Gorgeous couple, breathtaking photos!

    Air kisses!

  27. Carrie LeighAnna

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Without a doubt my all-time favorite first look EVER!! Love it! And yes, they are a fabulously attractive couple!

  28. Amy Hummel

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I cried when I saw the first look photo of the groom.

  29. Victoria

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    How do you always find the most beautiful couples – we have some gorgeous people on my island but you guys are just STUNNING!

  30. erin

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    i ADORE this wedding. They look so incredibly happy, and in love- and she is beyond gorgeous. Their day looked so perfect. oh, and their pictures, I heart, in a majorly big way!

  31. Annetta

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Great job, Jasmine. Beautiful photos and beautiful couple.

  32. Kira Noble

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Absolutely fabulous! The first look photos totally got me!

  33. Jill Samter Photography

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Simply GORGE as you say! Truly a beautiful couple and shots!

  34. rich

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    really really beautiful wedding – first look shots are priceless!

  35. Stephanie Stewart

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    So beautiful! Stunning couple, they are sooo happy, it just radiates in Love the First Look – I finally have some couples wishing to do this at their wedding, and I’m so excited about it!

  36. B

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    She looks beautiful! Tell her I’m so happy the day finally came 🙂 Hopefully I’ll tell her when I run into her at the gym.

  37. Julie Towery

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    WOW!!! Unbelievable how you can make me feel like I know them and I was invited to their wedding!! Love the music!!!

  38. Nick Coyne

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    That first look reaction is the best!!!

  39. Andrea Worley

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Love his reaction!! That is the stuff love is made of!! Beautiful couple.

  40. Noa

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding… And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the groom’s reaction to his bride during the first look. Classic 🙂

  41. Jorge Tortajada

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Great job, Jasmine. Beautiful photos!

  42. felicia gwen

    March 23rd, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!

  43. LEOLAK

    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    OMG…I’m literally crying!! I saw your sneek peak post on twitter…ah….GORGEOUS!!! Joel had the best first look reaction ever on your site that I can remember! Jami looks absolutely STUNNING….BEAUTIFUL….FAB…just wow! I love purple!!! Beautiful work as always Jasmine and JD!

  44. Becca

    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Ok maybe the cutest first look EVER! lovely wedding, adorable couple.

  45. Sharon Clark

    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Love them all. I especially love the shot of the hanger that say "Mrs. Clark". I just got married one month ago and that’s my new name as well 🙂

  46. christine

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, I was super impressed by this shoot because I’ve been to Seven Degrees for another wedding and it was so dark inside, everyone’s pictures came out terrible. These are stunning.

  47. christine

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow I am super impressed by this shoot! I’ve been to Seven Degrees for another wedding and it was so dark inside everyone’s photos came out terrible. These are stunning!

  48. Diane -

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:10 pm


  49. kelsey (las vegas wedding photographer)

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Stunning images!! Love the purple!

  50. Ariel Renae

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    STUNNING bride!!! BEAUTIFUL photos to match!!! 🙂 love love love!

  51. KarenE

    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I think there is something about this couple (and you of course!) because, along with their engagement shoot, they have turned out some of my absolute favourites of your work. Beautiful as always.

  52. Mom

    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Beautiful couple. Beautical location. Beautiful wedding.

  53. Sarah Danaher

    March 23rd, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    gosh, if there’s just ONE thing that I love about your work, Jas, it’s how perfectly you read light on skin. SO PERFECT!!!

  54. Emily Faith Allen

    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Jasmine, I’m watching your Creative Live dvds right now and surfing your blog in prep for my first wedding of the season this Saturday. LOVE your work and love these videos. You are a true inspiration and I feel like I know you. Thanks for all you do!

  55. brianne howard

    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    gorgeous as always!

  56. Candee

    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    such a beautiful wedding & beautiful couple! Great job as always =]

  57. Shane O' Sullivan

    March 24th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Lovin the Jimmy Choo shot! Wedding season has finally started, can’t wait to see more!

  58. adita

    March 24th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Just gorgeous as always!

  59. Autumn Teesdale

    March 24th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I love this Jasmine! The First Look pictures were priceless! I am in tears now!!

  60. yinka

    March 24th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Such a darling wedding! ANother slam dunk

  61. Alli Mc

    March 24th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    What a beautiful couple and beautiful wedding. Gorgeous photos too!

  62. Lloyed Valenzuela

    March 24th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I love the candid shots…especially during the first look:D Another Awesome Wedding!!!

  63. Ashley Terry

    March 24th, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Jasmine, these are gorgeous, as usual. No surprise there! I just adore your style–so clean, so simple but so powerful!

  64. Kellie

    March 24th, 2011 at 2:23 am

    So pretty!

  65. Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    March 24th, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I love his first look at her. She was so beautiful and the photos refect that great job and congratulations to the wonderful couple.

  66. DSWfoto - Orlando

    March 24th, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Fantastic wedding images Jasmine! Is that JD in the recessional of the bride and groom or an Uncle Bob? He looked scruffy if it was JD.

  67. Sebastian Joel

    March 24th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    awesomeness. i love it. ima steel thisssssssssssssssss, coo? thanks j! 😀

  68. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

    March 24th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    What a great looking couple. The details are HOT!

  69. Candace Prokopets

    March 24th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Beautiful! I especially love the bridal party pics. All of them are just lovely!

  70. Jackson MS Photographer

    March 24th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Amazing as always, Jasmine. LOVE the table numbers, what a great idea!

  71. Katelyn James

    March 24th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    LOVE! You must attract that style of dress! I feel like I’ve seen it before on another one of your brides! …. maybe not, I dont know… I may stuff up all the time… it’s GORGEOUS though! Beautiful bridal party shots! xoxoxoxoxo

  72. s h e r r y

    March 24th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Beaautiful photos, Jasmine!

  73. gladys jem

    March 25th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    the shot of them against the wall kissing her forehead…MOST GORGEOUS!

  74. Bethany Ann

    March 25th, 2011 at 2:49 am

    She looks like Alicia Keys!!!!!! I absolutely adore these. Wonderful!!

  75. Kristin Nicole

    March 25th, 2011 at 3:39 am

    I Love this wedding! I was especially excited as my husband read over my shoulder and commented on the Jimmy Choo’s, it was then I knew I had trained him well. Fabulous Jasmine!


    March 25th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I loved these photos. You do awesome work. It’s so beautiful in it’s simplicity…you make it look so easy! You’re fun, energetic, and personable!

  77. jade

    March 25th, 2011 at 4:23 pm


  78. Mikaela

    March 25th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    those first look photos are priceless! lovely, lovely way to start off the wedding season. yay!!

  79. Justin Critz

    March 25th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    STUNNING! I love the one of them in front of the staircase 🙂

  80. Rachel Peters Photography

    March 25th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Ummmm I love that one where it must be her Dad giving her to the groom!!! !

  81. Samuel Burns

    March 26th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Really enjoying your b&w’s

  82. michelle gunton

    March 26th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    sooo pretty

  83. Cindy Brown | Atlanta Wedding Photography

    March 28th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Beautiful bride and groom. Beautfiul photos!

  84. Beat Mumenthaler

    March 28th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    really good pictures! congratulation!

    kind regards

  85. Timothy | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

    March 28th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Ah, I love Seven Degrees. Receptions are awesome there. Great photos.

  86. Sidd Rishi

    March 29th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Great pics in here.

  87. Steve | Different Las Vegas Wedding Photographers

    March 29th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Every time I visit your blog and view your work I learn something new. Thank you for being so giving!

  88. GingerMurray

    March 29th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Jasmine. I really like the location for the bridal party pics– turned out real cool. And what a beautiful shot from the ceremony… and I love the lighting at the reception.

  89. Roger

    March 30th, 2011 at 5:07 am

    What a cool hanger… wow super custom.

  90. miami wedding photographer

    March 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love the groom’s expression!!! Priceless!

  91. Immo

    April 6th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Jasmin, don’t we have the most beautiful job in the world?? Nice work!

  92. Jay Studio Photography

    April 6th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    what a great story. and of course, beautifully captured moments as well 🙂

  93. ann wedding favors

    April 8th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    All I can really say is WOW! Every blissful moment in the wedding was beautifully captured. The combination of black and purple is perfect especially in the reception are.

  94. fotograf Gdansk

    April 12th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    great moments, beautifully photos 🙂

  95. Alisha Cryderman

    April 13th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    OMG, I loooove their first look!! So genuine, i got goose bumps. LOVE!

  96. Rachel

    April 18th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous ! love this session !

  97. Odalys Mendez

    April 21st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    This couple is so vibrant. I loved their engagement session and I am swooning over their wedding slideshow. You captured their personalities perfectly!

  98. Lester Molina

    May 14th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    You can easily tell this couple is deeply in love. It’s all over their faces, and you captured it beautifully. Thanks J*

  99. Sarah B

    June 17th, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Love the group shots!

  100. Gloria

    August 17th, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Love their first look! Beautiful images!