St Regis Monarch Beach Wedding : Malissa+Henry


She sat perched on a high chair with a box of tissues on her lap, the second box of the afternoon. Tears streamed down Malissa’s face in a mix of happiness, joy, and nostalgia. A notorious researcher and comparison checker, Malissa is the type of girl who’ll wait until the very last minute to make a decision only to ensure it’s the best fit for her. She ordered her wedding dress a few weeks before the wedding, the bridesmaids dresses were delivered a few hours before the ceremony, and she’d spent months perfecting every detail for her wedding at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. It was no surprise she spent just as much dedication ensuring Henry was her soul mate, the missing puzzle piece in her life.

Henry waited for Malissa before the wedding ceremony having opted to see each other before their vows. With his back turned, Malissa reached out and tapped his shoulder. When they saw each other, Malissa’s tears flowed…and Henry quietly pulled a hankerchief from his coat pocket, proving once again Malissa couldn’t have picked a more perfect mate to meet her needs at every moment in life.

Malissa and Henry…your wedding was delightful and I appreciate your kind consideration in allowing me to capture your first day as husband and wife. I wish you a lifetime of joy, happiness, and endless boxes of tissue! Much Love and Appreciation… j*

The gorgeous wedding day began with amazing coastal breezes off Dana Point at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, a pair of Jimmy Choo’s, and a wedding dress (with a bow on the back!) from Ian Stuart

Malissa’s was made extra stunning with hair and makeup by Design Visage…and a little more jsuching from her sweet sister, Shirley.

Henry and Malissa seeing each other before the wedding ceremony…

The day was gorgeous and provided a stunning backdrop at the St. Regis Monarch Beach for plenty of wedding photos…

Shortly thereafter a sunset ceremony was in store…

…and lots of celebrating to be had…

Many thanks to JD for capturing this photo…

Just before the reception, we ventured into the Rotunda at the St. Regis for a few more wedding photos…

The reception began with beautiful toasts and warm wishes…and many thanks to Visual Masterpiece for the awesome video lights they brought and to Ruth Wang of Plan to Perfection for ensuring the day flowed smoothly and perfectly on schedule…loved her!

Just moments before the First Dance, Henry looked out to their wedding guests but Malissa spent most the evening staring at her new husband…

To see more of Malissa and Henry’s St. Regis Monarch Beach wedding in Dana Point, feel free to click here to view a slideshow with music provided by The Music Bed.

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  1. ben briones

    October 4th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Are all the pictures on this post show without a flash? What lens did you mostly use on these images?

  2. Tori

    October 4th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    that flower wall!! WOW!

  3. Naida Alvarado

    October 4th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I want to be as good as you when I grow up.

    Absolutely stunning photos of this wedding!

  4. Melissa

    October 4th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful images!

  5. Ashley Goodwin

    October 4th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    VIDEO LIGHTS! They are my favorite! I am considering just buying one of those instead of OCF. 🙂
    Beautiful wedding…LOVE the flower wall!!!

  6. Kathy

    October 5th, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Beautiful wedding. I love the photos infront of the stairs outside!

  7. Yarra Valley Wedding Photographers

    October 5th, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Great shots!

  8. Kelsey|Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

    October 5th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Amazing images! Loving that backdrop behind their head table! Very cool!

  9. Jackie

    October 5th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful wedding! I love all of the gorgeous details!

  10. rich

    October 5th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    what a gorgeous wedding – absolutely love that shot where only the bride is looking with the sun in the corner!

  11. Marlies

    October 6th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Love the photos!!!
    (don’t usually like to correct peoples writing but seeing how much the meaning changes thought you might want to look at the first paragraph… I think it should read that Malissa couldn’t pick a MORE perfect partner….!!)

  12. Alexis

    October 7th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Jasmine! My absolute FAVORITE shot of the newlyweds is the one with the spiral staircase overlooking the couple dancing on the patterned floor! It is breathtaking!!! Good job! 🙂

  13. Crystal

    October 7th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Jasmine, your gift of writing is truly captivating! Great work!

  14. LEOLAK

    October 8th, 2012 at 4:48 am

    GORGEOUS!! The aerial shot by from the stairs – LOVE!!!!

  15. Janna Thompson

    October 8th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love the Jimmy Choos!:) The flowers, the breathtaking view of St. Regis Monarch and the beautiful backdrop make the wedding ceremony supplies more interesting!:)

  16. Becky Male

    October 8th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    The picture frames and butterflys behind the top table are great. I love the ring shot too. Beautiful photography as ever.

  17. lauren

    October 8th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    What an amazing spot for a wedding. That shot at the bottom of the stairs is great.

  18. Dani Davila

    October 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I dont know…your photos…your writing… love your posts

  19. Adam

    October 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Beautiful photos. Especially love the one under the staircase.

  20. Katheryn Ford

    October 17th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Awesome wedding. This is not just an ordinary and simple wedding but it is an elegant and classy one from the looks of it. Never mind the expenses though, they sure are a lovely couple who deserves to have a wedding cermony of their dreams.

  21. Dennis Hens

    October 18th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Absolutely love these pictures!

  22. Denis | Sydney Wedding Photographer

    November 3rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Very well done!

  23. Javi Collazo

    November 5th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love your photos, clean and elegant!