The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Coast, CA 92657
The Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach has taken the top spot for Orange County destination wedding venue, for sure! It is absolutely AMAZING. If you want to get technical it’s actually in Newport Coast, but that information is more about the esteemed zip code. From the website, “The Resort at Pelican Hill sits perched upon 504 acres of sun-drenched hillsides. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the resort village features expansive hotel accommodations with panoramic views of the Pacific. Here, golf, spa and gourmet dining find exquisite expression.” That gives you just a small taste of the lavishness we are talking about here.
I was very blessed to photograph the wedding of Pierre and Jody recently at Pelican Hill – wide open terraces, ocean views, fresh breezes, and everywhere I turn some new detail ready to be photographed.
In preparation for the event at Pelican Hill I made a personal trip to the resort to get extra shots of the venue. You never know how much time you will have to do these types of pictures on the wedding day, so better to get them early. . .
These next two photos were taken using HDR imaging which is perfect for Pelican Hill. Basically you are combining three separate exposures in to one image. Keyword = photoshop. What do you think?
“A manicured oval lawn spills out to the end of the ridge, where a timeless, iconic Italian rotunda is perched 300 feet above the ocean.” Would you like to get married here? Yes please.
The following 3 pics are from the luxurious bridal suite at Mar Vista (which includes a gown room and a full salon to get ready in!) . . .
Floral arrangements from White Lilac, and included fringed tulips which were absolutely delightful . . .
Something that definitely sets Pelican Hill Resort apart from other resorts is what they call “impecibale culinary.” As a vendor I was overly pleased to be served Sea Bass for my “vendor entree,” and seemingly around every corner of the event were little treats like these . . .
Another image of the fringed tulips . . . SO cool . . .
They brought in special chairs for the event . . hahahah . . . just kidding, these are the unique little placecard holders!
Let’s check out what the ballroom was decked out with! . . . Way to go White Lilac! . . . just swimming in white tulips and hydrangeas . . .
3 knives and 3 forks for each guest, you can imagine how much food was flowing out ALL night!
How does a sweet Michigan girl meet a sun-drenched boy from Laguna Beach? It is an unlikely meeting, but a perfect one. Jody and Pierre met several years ago while enrolled in the MBA program at USC and have been a wonderful couple ever since. Pierre looks so slick but is definitely a comedian. Jody can usually be found giggling in the background! They are so cute together and their scores of friends give them nothing but encouragement all day.
The bridal suite at Pelican Hill is big, comfortable, cozy and lots of mirrors create lots of angles for photographers . . .
Jody is wearing an awesome dress by designer Liancarlo . . .
Groom with his entourage . . .
You just can’t beat the dramatic views at the Pelican Hill wedding rotunda! And it was a perfect day, not too hot with clear blue skies.
A little mood music please . . .
Catholic ceremony outside!! So beautiful!! Pierre and Jody share communion . . .
Pierre and Jody prepared their choreographed dance so well. The entire ballroom erupted with applause as they did their first dance . . .
Way to go Pierre! Success!!
Toast after cake cutting . . .
Pictures like this give me a great feeling of romance. . . I can’t wait to get back to the resort at Pelican Hill for another wedding . . .
Full list of vendors from the day:
Coordinator: Jeannie Savage, Details Details
Hair and Makeup: Sherry, On Location Beauty
Dress: Liancarlo Bridal
Ceremony and Cocktail Strings: Angelica Strings, String Quartet 714-317-6995
Reception Band: Cowling Band, West Coast Music
Videographer: Russell Fowler
Draping: Finishing Touch Wedding Design
Floral/Décor/Linen/Dance Floor/Chairs/Lounge furniture: White Lilac Inc.
Cake: Pelican Hill Pastry