Married couple stand at mission arch

Orange County Wedding Venue: Inn at the Mission

Filed in Weddings — July 20, 2021

One of the best parts about being a photographer is hearing a how a couples story begins. After years in this business, I can tell you one thing rings true; Timing is everything. First, they were passing notes in High School Biology class, next they are separated after graduation and inevitably lose touch for nearly a decade. Above all, never underestimate the power of being in the right place at the right time. Fate was on their side in 2018 when they finally reconnected unexpectedly, as a result of a dating app. The couple says, “I do” in a new Orange County Wedding Venue located in San Juan Capistrano this summer.

Married couple stand at mission arch

The perfect Southern Orange County Wedding Destination

The bride grew up in San Juan Capistrano and wanted to find the perfect Orange County Wedding Venue. The historical landmark/museum of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, aka the Birthplace of Orange County was the perfect focal point for their wedding vision. The Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection, a new Marriott hotel, is adjacent to the beloved historic mission. The theme is Spanish Revival with an Olive Grove that boasts 72 trees on the property.

Wedding Ceremony at Altar

Whitney and Kevin are the first couple to have a wedding at the new venue in 2021. We see branches of olives leaves and complimentary natural greenery that welcomed the guests to their wooden, cross-back seats. With the towering olive tree overhead and the hexagon arch surrounding the audience, the ceremony was timeless and unforgettable.

The Bridal Party

Bridal party girls hugging bride
flower girl with flower crown
bridesmaids in blush dresses
Groomsmen Standing in line

The Wedding Ceremony Details

Bride with veil near stiarway
Groom with jacket detail
Whitney posed beautifully knowing her best angles with my eye for framing and capturing the last moments of calm before the day begun.
Groom details with jacket

We focus on the details with all my couples by making them feel comfortable and at ease. Check out other weddings we have shot here.

bride seated posing in chair

The Wedding Reception Details

Dining Table settings with market lights
table setting and chairs
table setting with floral arrangement
Minimal details were needed for the Spanish stone courtyard naturally dressed in Olive Grove Trees and Market Lights.

The Wedding Ceremony

bride with bouquet and olive grove altar
bride and groom Dip kiss pose
bride and groom walk down the isle

The Romantics

bride and groom romantics
In all our shoots, we carve out ample time to have intimate moments with the couple away from the wedding party to photograph romantics. These stone walls and florals against the hundreds of years of history of the mission are the perfect backdrop for timeless moments.
Bride and Groom romantics
Bride with bouquet

The Reception

grand parents toast
bride and groom first dance
Bride and Groom share first dance inside the Inn’s reception hall to Ed Sheeran’s, “Thinking Out Loud”.
reception hall watches bride and groom dance
groom dancing with child
Celebrate like Whitney and Kevin at the reception and continue the festivities with an after party at the Swallows Inn Bar, San Juan Capistrano.
bride and groom at mission wall

A New Marriott Hotel | The Inn at the Mission, Autograph Collection: San Juan Capistrano, California

Whitney & Kevin

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Planning: @k.sageevents

Venue: @innatthemissionsjc

Catering: @missionsanjuancapistrano

DJ: @realjackfarmer
Florist: @fleur.ish

Photography: @sarahblockphoto

Hair: @megan_aguilar

MUA: @bridesbymallorie
Officiant: @danielthais

Cake: @heidelbergpastryshoplh

Rentals: @bakerparty

Choreographer: @dancebydiana

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