Grand Hyatt Huntington Beach Wedding of Anthony and An

Red Shoes

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...]

Maternity Photography

Silhouette portrait of Natalie pregnant

We develop a lasting relationship with some of our clients, photographing important milestones long after the wedding. Natalie and Steven were married in 2011 at Dana Point, CA. Last week I spent a hour with Steven, Natalie and her mother Heidi at the couple’s new home, and we came away with some very fun shots! Natalie didn’t mind if I shared a few of my favorites, so here they are. By the way, she gave birth 48 hours after these photographs were taken. To see some newborn photography photos of baby Kayla, see our other post. [Read more...]

What do these wedding photos have in common?

Grandmother of the Bride

We’ll give you some hints: It isn’t some Photoshop filter, the budget of the wedding or the latest hot lens. What these unrelated photographs have in common is this: Pure emotion of the moment. Distilled to its essence, recorded in a split second.

As a bride planning your wedding, you want to create an experience where the guests enjoy themselves, the details are special, and your family and close friends feel honored. It’s a highly emotional day, from early morning hugs to partying the night away. [Read more...]

St. Regis Botanical Gardens Wedding of Kathleen and Jeff

Bride and Groom silhouette photo at Sunset

Kathy and Jeff enjoyed a perfect Fall day and were joined in the St. Regis Botanical Gardens.  The intimate ceremony was witnessed by close family and friends, including Kathy’s two daughters and Jeff’s two sons. We wish this special couple happy days ahead, and this preview of some of the many photos taken by Lawrence Crandall Photography. [Read more...]

St. Regis Rotunda and Staircases for Wedding Photographs

St Regis descending Rotunda Staircase

Writing about staircases in a Five Star Orange County, CA hotel may seem unusual, but every one of my clients who has planned a St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort wedding is very familiar with iconic “rotunda and staircases”. The favorite location of course is the Rotunda, but this location is usually reserved for Grand Ballroom weddings, and arrangements to photograph here must be made in advance if you are having your event elsewhere such as the Botanical Gardens or Club 19. Your Wedding Planner can make arrangements [Read more...]