{Ashley + Ben Married!} Cannons Restaurant Dana Point Wedding Photographer

"Cannons Restaurant Dana Point California"

The weather was perfect for Ashley & Ben’s wedding at Cannons Restaurant in Dana Point!  Ashley and I first met several years ago at my best friend Krystin’s wedding; we were both bridesmaids, so when she asked me to be her wedding photographer I was totally excited, knowing I would see familiar faces.  I first met Ben when we did their engagement shoot over the summer and they make such a sweet couple together!  On to the day…

Ashley got ready nearby at the Blue Lantern Inn; if you haven’t seen it, it’s a gorgeous bed and breakfast with an amazing view of Dana Point Harbor.  Derek and I will definitely have to go stay there some time! 🙂

"Champagne Toast Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point California"

"Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point"

"Blue Lantern Inn Dana Point California"

The boys, hanging out down by the Dana Point Ocean Institute.

"Dana Point Ocean Institute"

"Dana Point Ocean Institute Pier"

And of course, the ladies looking fab.

"Dana Point Ocean Institute Wedding Photography"

We did their first look on the other side of the Ocean Institute just past the Dana Point breakwater.  Incidentally, for those getting married in the fall (when it gets dark early) or who have a very tight schedule on their wedding day, I highly recommend a “first look”.  It helps take the pressure off the day, but more importantly helps the bride and groom to have sweet moments like these:

"Dana Point Harbor Wedding"

"Dana Point Harbor Wedding"

"Dana Point Harbor Wedding Photographer"

"Dana Point Ocean Institute Wedding Photographer"

We did a few more portraits before the ceremony- also check out the little guitars all the guys had as their boutonnieres- totally awesome!

"Dana Point Wedding Photography"

"Dana Point Ocean Institute Wedding"

"Dana Point Wedding Photographer"

I absolutely loved this banner!  It as well as the invites and “concert tickets” you’ll see in the next pic were designed by Jodi, one of Ashley’s bridesmaids, who is also a fabulous wedding designer.

"Cannons Restaurant Dana Point Wedding"

"Cannons Restaurant Dana Point Wedding Photographer"

"Orange County Cupcake Tower"

Seriously breathtaking view off the back of Cannons Restaurant’s balcony…

"Cannons Restaurant Wedding Photographer"

"Cannons Restaurant Wedding"

I loved this shot of Ashley relaxing after the ceremony.

"Cannons Restaurant Wedding Photography"

So… it got dark really quickly after the ceremony, so we improvised a little bit… these next two shots were back lit courtesy of a Ford F-150.  When the sun is gone, and the off-camera flash isn’t quite cutting it, I highly advise a good set of high beams!

"Dana Point Ocean Institute Wedding Photographer"

"Dana Point Wedding Photographer"

Ashley & Ben- We had so much fun with you guys!  Thanks for rockin’ it out!

"Cannons Restaurant Dana Point Wedding Photographer"

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  • December 7, 2010 - 4:37 pm

    Kelley Gilster - so great!!! you guys captured all the details so well!!

  • December 7, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    Katie - That second to last shot is my fave!!! Fantastic!!!

  • December 7, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    jodi - You guys rock! These all look SO great!

  • December 8, 2010 - 12:49 am

    Chris - Hubba hubba. Oh yeah, Ashely you looked okay too. 😉

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:46 am

    clara - Those pics are so beautiful, You guys look so happy enjoy the rest of your lives together …

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:46 am

    Stephanie Little - Really great photos. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • December 8, 2010 - 1:50 am

    Dan Schiermeyer - Pictures came out awesome. glad I was there. congrats again

  • December 8, 2010 - 3:41 am

    Kristen Young - Beautiful wedding and amazing photography!

  • December 8, 2010 - 3:51 am

    Ryan villopoto - Great photos can’t wait to see the after dark ones

  • December 8, 2010 - 4:33 am

    Joey Lombardo - Ashley, you look absolutely amazing! The photography is oustanding.

  • December 8, 2010 - 7:12 am

    krystin ikari - amazing! ash, you are gorgeous!! <3 you!

  • December 8, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    Agnes Schiermeyer - The pictures are beautiful! What a nice couple! Proud Mom of the groom

  • December 9, 2010 - 3:32 am

    Lisa Hunt - Love the pics !!! Absolutely gorgeous !

  • December 10, 2010 - 4:18 am

    Mark - Excellent album. Some really creative shots. Like using the F-150 high beams as a backlight source! Adapt, improvise, overcome.

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