Bridgette and Paul-Franciscan Gardens Wedding-San Juan Capistrano Mission-Los Rios Historic District

My first meeting with Bridgette and Paul was over Skype, and they were so sweet and fun from the get-go that I knew I wanted to be their wedding photographer! They live in Boston, but they were holding their wedding in Southern California where they both grew up. We started with an engagement session in Dana Point, and we had a blast. The two of them make each other laugh all of the time, and they both have the best smiles! Their engagement session only made me even more excited for their wedding day which was going to be held at the beautiful Franciscan Gardens. Their big day arrived, and it was a beautiful sunny SoCal day! They got ready at Franciscan Gardens, then we walked over to Mission San Juan Capistrano for their first look. Paul waited in eager anticipation to see his bride, and when she tapped his shoulder and he turned towards her, the biggest smile broke out upon his face! The two of them light up with the joy and excitement of being there together on their wedding day. It was so sweet! We made our way around Mission San Juan Capistrano, utilizing it's gorgeous architecture before going back to Franciscan Gardens to get the ceremony underway. Franciscan Gardens is really a gem. Surrounded by ivy covered walls and beautiful trees, it is a slice of garden paradise within the city of San Juan Capistrano. The ceremony was performed Bridgette and Paul's good friend Rae Heitkamp. She did a beautiful job! After the ceremony, Bridgette, Paul, and I went to the Los Rios Historic District. Congratulations and well wishes were shouted by people passing by as we walked down there, making it all the more fun. When we returned for the reception, we spent the rest of the evening laughing throughout the toasts and they all danced the night away! Everyone crammed the dance floor, and the night flew by until Bridgette and Paul were sent off with a shower of wedding poppers! It was a fun filled event filled with all the people closest to Bridgette and Paul, and I am so grateful that I was able to photograph their special day!



Photography: Larissa Bahr - Larissa Bahr Photography
Coordination: Ashley Powell - Agape Planning
Venue: Haley Gooding and Melissa Russell - Franciscan Gardens
Catering: Melissa Russell and Haley Gooding - 24 Carrots
Officiant: Rae Heitkamp
Floral Design: Michelle Morales - Growing Grace Floral Design
Hair and Makeup: Noemi and Katie - Beauty and the Beach
DJ/MC: Mike - Elevated Pulse Productions
Photo Booth: James Brent - Orange Box Photo Booth
Cake: Ellen Evans - Susie Cakes
Desserts: Paolo - Solunto Bakery
Bridal Gown Designer: Sweetheart Gowns
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Invitations Designer: Minted