Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel destination wedding

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The Ritz Carlton Sunset Terrace and Plaza Room were the perfect location for an intimate ceremony and reception for this destination wedding.  Family and guests traveled from as far away as Hong Kong to help Kelsey and Ivan celebrate their wedding day!  White Flite (Orange County’s premier dove release company) did a 100 dove release at the end of the ceremony, as the guests posed for a large group photo with a postcard background. The picture perfect sunny day and sunset from this property was stunning, as always! [Read more...]

Grand Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Destination Wedding

Wedding at the Huntington Beach Grand Hyatt hotel

Brian and Alexandra traveled all the way from New Zealand to celebrate their nuptial vows with family and friends who also traveled from all over the world. They gathered on January 2, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntinton Beach on a crystal clear day with an outdoor ceremony and a forever ocean view on the Lighthouse Courtyard.  Cocktails followed on the Vista Balcony, with a dinner/dance in the Vista Ballroom.

The reception decor was modern and the guests shared a unique cross-table arrangement which allowed guests a more intimate and interactive experience.  Another portion of the ballroom featured casual seating, a martini luge, dancefloor with DJ and Photo booth. [Read more...]

Sample Wedding Album Design

Handcrafted Wedding Album

There is an aspect about my experience as a visual storyteller which I believe sets me apart from other photographers:  After the event, I continue to refine the story by designing the images into flush mounted custom books, which I also personally handcraft for each client. I have specialized in custom bookbinding for 18 years for my own clients, as well as producing handcrafted books for other professional photographers and their clients.

I designed the book below for myself so that I would remember this couple’s beautiful wedding at Mission San Juan Capistrano and St. Regis Monarch Bay, Dana Point.  [Read more...]

Hyatt Regency HB wedding featured in Ceremony Magazine Blog

Larry Crandall Photo Anthony and An

 

An and Anthony’s wedding was featured today on the Ceremony Magazine Blog.  Gorgeous wedding – couple – decor – and check out her shoes!  Thanks to the event coordinator Lisa Simpson for her great work.  Either of the images on this page will take you directly to the Ceremony Blog site. [Read more...]

Grand Hyatt Huntington Beach Wedding of Anthony and An

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Earlier this year we photographed a Vietnamese wedding, with 3 ceremonies – at the Grand Hyatt Huntington Beach and both family homes.  The reception and dinner dance for 90 guests followed at the Vista Ballroom, Grand Hyatt.  This gorgeous wedding by Lisa Simpson may be featured in Ceremony Magazine in 2014.  Anthony and An are a lovely couple with warm families [Read more...]

St. Regis and Mission Basilica Wedding of Alexis and Scott

Night outdoor wedding reception

The St. Regis Monarch Beach, and Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano were the perfect locations for an elegant wedding of Alexis and Scott.  After the ceremony at Mission Basilica, the bridal party took some fun photos with Lawrence Crandall Photography at the old San Juan Capistrano Mission, then boarded the ‘rockin party bus back to St. Regis for cocktails on the Sunset Terrace followed by dinner service for the 200+ guests in style on the St. Regis Grand Lawn. [Read more...]

Ocean View Destination Wedding for Amanda and Ross

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Amanda always wanted an ocean view wedding, and on September 6 she and Ross with 62 friends and guests enjoyed a perfect California afternoon and evening overlooking the Pacific at the Ritz Carlton Dana Point.  Lisa Simpson – Wedding Celebrations, Inc coordinated the event which took place on the Sunset Terrace and Plaza Room.  Floral Designer Keith Laverty’s touch was everywhere, and DJ Jeff Holmes from Moondance Mobile Music provided his (always) expert entertainment. [Read more...]

Candice and Colin at St. Regis Monarch Bay

Bride with Design Visage

The elegant St. Regis Monarch Bay was the perfect start and end to Candice and Colin’s wedding celebration April 28. The couple chose the picturesque Laguna Presbyterian Church for their vows, and the St. Regis Mediterranean Rooms and Balcony were combined to create an elegant and intimate reception.

Wedding planning was provided by Lisa Simpson. Other services for the day included the talented Design Visage (hair and makeup), DJ and uplighting by Mark Cherney from Music Man Events, Fusion Linens, Keith J. Laverty Florals and Lawrence Crandall Photography. [Read more...]

Newborn Photography – Announcing Kayla!

Family portrait with six week old baby Kayla

I had the opportunity to visit Natalie and Steven last week, and was introduced to baby Kayla (only six weeks old)!  What a cutie she is. Aren’t they a gorgeous family?  I also recently took some Maternity Photos of Natalie just last month; both Maternity and Newborn photo sessions were taken in their home. [Read more...]

Ritz Carlton Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace and Plaza Room Wedding

Grand Entrance Ritz Carlton Plaza Room Jennifer and James

I revisited one of my absolute favorite locations in Orange County, CA for weddings a couple of weeks ago. Jennifer and James planned an elegant wedding at the Sunset Terrace, with reception at the adjacent Plaza Room at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point.  I like this location for several reasons: there is a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean, the cocktail and reception area are literally steps from the ceremony, the Plaza Room is intimate yet has doors that open to a balcony view [Read more...]