Category Archives: Destination Wedding

We are so excited to share Justin and Kristen’s Hawaiian Wedding at the Hale Koa Hotel on Oahu.  The two took their vows by a stunning white gazebo backdrop in the Maile Garden, decorated with beads and tropical flowers.  The garden was full of plush tropical trees which made some perfect backdrop for wedding photos.  It was great to see all of their immediate family and friends make the trip to the island to witness this beautiful moment between the two.

I loved the Hawaiian traditions we saw for this wedding.  The ceremony started with a Conch Blowing right before the bride walked down the aisle.  The couple also included a Lei exchange between each other, as well as to all parents during the ceremony. Loved it!  A big congratulations to Justin and Kristen on your new marriage.  Enjoy the photos.

We love you guys. Mahalo!


Wedding Rings on the Lava Rock

Our beautiful bride, Kristen

Tropical Hawaiian Bridal Bouquet

Our Groom, Justin

Lei Basket at Wedding Ceremony

Basket of Lei’s for lei exchange during wedding ceremony.

Their friend Ray, was the official Conch Blower!

Shot of the bride and groom under a Banyan Tree

My favorite shot of Justin and Kristen just after the ceremony on Waikiki Beach

Sunset shot of the couple on Waikiki Beach

In Hawaii you must have a shot with some Tiki torches!




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Well Summer is flying right by us once again this year.  It has been a great season for weddings.  We were excited to travel and shoot our first Hawaiian Wedding on the beautiful island of Oahu this month.  Here is a little sneak-peek from Justin and Kristen’s wedding at Waikiki Beach with a gorgeous view of Diamond Head in the background.  More photos to come, so stay tuned!  A big congratulations to Justin and Kristen on their new marriage!




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I first met Heather, about 6 years ago when we both worked at an interior design firm together.  Yes, there was a brief time after working in photo studios for about 10 years that I worked outside the photo field.  Crazy, huh? Shortly after being out of photo I realized I missed shooting immensely and we started our own company of Sipper Photography.   If it wasn’t for the photography bug that I caught during my senior year in high school, I probably would of been an interior designer.  I love color, fabrics and design!  The two actually have gone hand in hand for me over the years when Jeff and I worked for a company that did set photography for Home Depot.

Heather and I connected again this past year and I was excited to hear that she was engaged to such a wonderful man!  I admit, that I teared up when Scott mentioned how he loved looking into Heather’s beautiful blue eyes during his vows.  By now you all should know that I am a total sucker for weddings + love!!!

I am in love with the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach!  What a fabulous spot for an oceanfront wedding ceremony.  It is a beautiful property with so many photo ops… it’s a photographer’s dream!  I guess it was pretty dreamy for Scott and Heather too as they took their vows on the Ocean Terrace overlooking the beach.  I was in awe the whole day to work with this fantastic couple on these grounds.  They are so much in love as you will see in all of the great moments we have to share.

You will love all of the details of this wedding coming from a designer.  Wait until you see the succulent floral theme… absolutely stunning!  Congratulations to Scott+Heather… to a wonderful life together.  Looking forward to drinks again soon at Splashes.


Our bride, Heather in the lobby at the Surf and Sand Hotel

Our Groom, Scott

Typewriter style cuff links with a “P” for the Prince Wedding

Scott waiting for Heather at their first look spot!

Wedding First Look Moments

Wedding First Look Moments

Checking each other out… all dressed for a wedding!

Pixie's Petals bridal bouquet by fountain

A shot of the Bridal Bouquet by Pixie’s Petals by the fountain.

The Ocean Terrace at the Surf and Sand is all set up for the wedding ceremony.

Succulent Wedding Flower Theme!

Bridal Bouquet & Succulent Boutonniere by Pixie’s Petals

Wedding Cake by Sweet & Saucy

Wine Bottle Guestbook idea!!!!

Sunset Wedding Photography in Laguna Beach

Sunset shot at the beach just after the ceremony!

Outside lighting at the cocktail hour

Scott and Heather’s sweetheart table at the reception

First Dance at wedding reception at the Surf and Sand Hotel

First Dance

Kissing in the elevator.  These two actually had their 1st kiss in the elevator at the Surf and Sand, so we thought it was perfect to capture one on their wedding day!



Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue at: Surf and Sand Hotel, Laguna Beach, California
Photography by: Sipper Photography
Wedding Coordination by: Grand Engagements
Florist: Pixie’s Petals
DJ: Divel Entertainment
Cake by: Sweet & Saucy
Linens by: La Tavola Linens
Rentals by: Chiavari Chairs
Officiant: Casey of  OC Wedding Vows
Makeup Artist/Hair by: Ashley of Kacee Geoffroy

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Southern California is a beautiful destination for a wedding.  I was once only a visitor to Orange County, California until 13 years ago when I moved here from back east.  My family and I visited Laguna Beach for many summers and I always wanted to move here.  I dreamed of having an oceanfront wedding here someday and so I did in August 2001 to my hubby Jeff.  For many Orange County makes a great vacation destination and for some it even becomes the perfect location for their wedding as it was for Ben and Samantha.  Some of my favorite Orange County coastal wedding destinations are in Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar (which is where Jeff and I were married), Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente.

Samantha had shared with me that her family visited San Clemente three times over the past several years and they love it.  The couple hails from Calgary and were so excited to get married on the beach near San Clemente Pier.  It was a gorgeous April day at the beach when I met up with Ben and Samantha! Sam mentioned that when they left Canada, they were expecting a snow fall, but it was almost 70 degrees on their wedding day!  This is one of the reasons why I wanted to move here as it is April and we have some days where we can actually be hanging out at the beach already.  🙂

We loved working with these two…they were so happy to be married and had some very loving moments.  A big congratulations to Ben and Samantha…cheers to you both!  J+D


San Clemente Beach Wedding



Bouquet by: My Flower Girl in Dana Point, CA

Love this shot of Samantha..she was standing near the railroad tracks waiting for her ceremony to start!

A shot of Ben and Samantha with a view of San Clemente Beach for their ceremony!

Just Married

A shot in front of the clock tower right after their wedding ceremony.

Samantha with her two nieces…such cute little girls!

Shot of Bouquet by the San Clemente Pier!
Flowers by: My Flower Girl in Dana Point, CA

What a gorgeous couple!

Shot of Ben and Samantha by the San Clemente Pier

My favorite shot of the day by the railroad tracks at San Clemente Beach!

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