Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Enjoy getting married at Rancho Las Lomas. Your wedding here will be a dream come true. This hidden estate has all the accommodations you need to celebrate your big day.

About Rancho Las Lomas

Southern California’s hideaway and private estate. Hidden away in the foothills of Orange County, this lovely zoological garden is used for private events filming. A perfect venue for special events including, weddings, corpoate parties, and commercial events.

  • Orange County’s special event and private estate venue
  • Located in the foothills surrounded by natural beauty. Including California Oak, sycamore trees, and native cactus.
  • Charming bungalows
  • Bridal suite relax while you get ready
  • Groom has own bungalow so you won’t see each other before the ceremony.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Zoological garden. Listen to the wild birds singing.

3 Venue spaces to choose from

  1. El Teatro Get married on the marble steps of the outdoor theatre. accommodate up to 375
  2. La Tarrazo Romantic setting for a ceremony and reception Can accommodate up to 375
  3. Grand Salon This intimate great room is perfect for a large event or private party. Comfortable and inviting for your ceremony and reception.


Saying “I do” on the marble steps of the El Teatro is a perfect place to exchange vows.


That veil!
So many great spots for romantic photos of the bride and groom at this venue.
These magnificent steps are surrounded by lush California Oak and native cactus.

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What a wonderful sweetheart table. And love when the wedding cake gets its own grand decor like this one.
Rancho Las Lomas has a beautiful set up for an al fresca reception in this open-air theater El Teatro
These two could not have been any happier during their grand entrance.

 Why Couples Love Getting married here

  • Private bungalows to get ready in
  • The entire estate is available to wander around
  • Three venue sites to choose from
  • Indoor and outdoor space
  • Beautiful lush landscape
  • Ample parking on site
  • Usage of the property from 11 am-12 am

About Christopher Todd Studios

Christopher Todd Studios is located in the heart of Orange County. We photograph weddings and special events throughout the OC and LA. We can help you plan your timeline or answer any questions you might have. Get in touch today. Call or email


Photography | Christopher Todd Studios

Venue | Rancho Las Lomas

Wedding Planner | Engaged events

Flowers | Florals by Jenny 

Cater | 24 Carrots Catering

Cake | Grace and Honey Cake

Videography | Mission Visual



Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding

Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding

A Laguna Hills Civic Center wedding is perfect for couples looking for an intimate civil ceremony in Orange County. Ceremonies will be performed by a Deputy Commissioner of Marriage from the County Clerks office. Make sure your witness or guests are on time as the vow exchange is around 5-7 minutes long. There is plenty of time to take photos after the ceremony.

Laguna Hills Civic Center is a great place to have your mid-week civil ceremony.

About Laguna Hills Civic Center

Location: Right of the 5 Freeway 24031 El Toro Rd, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9 am-4:30 pm

Phone #: (714) 834-2500

Parking: Onsite. Free. Easy and plenty of spots.

What to expect from a civil ceremony

  • The ceremony is 5-7 minutes
  • You will be appointed a Deputy Commissioner of Marriage from the County Clerks office.
  • Vows are provided by the County Clerks office. The department is limited to a set of vows that the Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved.
  • Ceremonies are held inside the ceremony room. It can accommodate up to  10-15 guests. Mostly standing room only.
  • Outdoor ceremonies are held in front of the water fountain or on the beautifully manicured lawn.
It was a perfect fall day in Orange County for an elopement.

Can I get married on a Saturday?

Yes, you can have your wedding on a Saturday. However, the three main branches that perform civil ceremonies are only open one Saturday a month. Appointments are available for marriage licenses and ceremonies. Or you can walk in on a first come first serve basis. For more information on how to get a marriage license visit our blog. Below is the Schedule for the first 6 months of 2020. Be sure to check for any changes or updates.

  • February 29, 2020
  • March 21, 2020
  • April 18, 2020
  • May 16, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
  • July 18, 2020


How can I make my civil ceremony special?

  • Bridal Gown: Wear a special dress. It doesn’t have to be white.
  • Hair and makeup: Be sure to pamper yourself and look your best for your wedding.
  • Flowers: This is always a nice touch. Flowers make photos look special and add color.
  • Groom’s attire: Be sure to dress nicely. Buying a new suit is a good idea.
  • Photographer: Hire a professional photographer to document the ceremony.
  • Romantic portrait session: Choose a location after the ceremony for romantic portraits. Post ceremony we take photos around the civic center. In addition, we recommend a second location nearby. Laguna Beach or Mission San Juan are nice places for portraits.
  • Wedding Guests/Witnesses: Invite close family or friends to attend your union. Most couples invite 5-15 guests.
  • Celebrate with a meal: After the ceremony invite guests to lunch or dinner. Continue the celebration at a local restaurant.
  • Champagne: Nothing says congratulations like a toast to the newlyweds with champagne.
  • Cake: Always a great idea. Treat yourselves to a special cake to share with guests.

Mid Week civil ceremony  Package

Mid Week Packages start at $650 include:

  • Up to 2  hours of photography coverage at one location.
  • Photo session in and around the Civic Center after the ceremony
  • 30-50 beautiful images included
  • Online gallery of images delivered within 5 business days or sooner.


  • Custom Hand made Italian wedding album.
  • Add a second location for wedding portraits in Orange County additional $399.


Here is a look inside the Civic Center. A great place for family portraits.
This is the beautifully manicured lawn where civil ceremonies can be held.
Family formals are quick and easy when you elope mid-week.


Take a few moments and embrace your special day. Love these portraits of the bride and groom. 
The Mission San Juan Capistrano is a great place to pair with a Laguna Hills Civic Center Wedding.
While you do need a permit to photograph here it is easy to arrange with some advance notice.
Congratulations to the bride and groom.
After the ceremony, we headed over to Mission San Juan Capistrano for a bride and groom portrait session.
This is probably the most iconic portrait couples love to take at the Mission.

About Christopher Todd Studios

Our studio is located in Santa Ana, California. We are conveniently located near South Coast Plaza. We would love to answer all your questions regarding your wedding day. Learn more about Christopher Todd Studios today.


La Venta Inn Wedding

La Venta Inn Wedding

Couples love celebrating their wedding at La Venta Inn. This oceanfront historic site sits atop the bluffs of Rancho Palos Verdes. Enjoy panoramic views and the fresh ocean breeze while you and your groom exchange vows in the garden.

I always like to tell the bride to bring her wedding invitation. Makes a great backdrop for the ring photo.
Brides getting ready so much fun.
The groom wrote a sweet love note on the soles of the brides wedding shoes.

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Set up a first look with your father before the ceremony. You won’t regret it.

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The groomsmen created this sword salute to the newlywed couple.


The groom surprised the bride after the ceremony with a World War 2 fighter flyover.

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The views in Palos Verdes are stunning.

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The bride and groom first dance in this elegant room at La Venta Inn.

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The best way to say goodnight to all your wedding guests. A farewell send-off.

about the ceremony

The bride and groom’s wedding ceremony was held at Wayfarers Chapel just up the road. In a beautiful glass chapel overlooking the ocean surrounded by Redwood trees and a rose garden. A perfect venue for couples looking for an enchanting ceremony site.

Reception at La venta inn

Enjoy fine dining in the Spanish Villa. The great room at La venta Inn makes this venue perfect for receptions and special events.

why couples love getting married at la venta inn

  • Private bridal suite to get ready in.
  • Outside terrace and garden for the ceremony with ocean views.
  • Luxury oceanfront property.
  • Award-winning gourmet in house caterer.
  • Cocktail hour held outdoors in the courtyard.
  • Reception held in the Spanish Villa. Spacious great room with stone fireplace and large windows with views of the ocean and garden.

How to hire Christopher Todd Studios

I am easily accessible to answer all of your questions. Whether they have to do with photography or other related wedding questions. I can be reached by phone 949-771-9600, email, text, or IM. You can expect a response from me within minutes. If you don’t hear from me right away it is because I am in the middle of photography job.  I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Contact Chris Today


Ceremony | Wayfarers Chapel

Reception | La Venta Inn

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Bridal Gown | Berta 

Coordinator | Best Day Events LA

Makeup | Bee Pretty Makeup

Best Courthouse Wedding in Orange County

Best Courthouse Wedding in Orange County

The best courthouse wedding in orange county takes place at the historic Old Orange County  Courthouse. This is one of our favorite courthouse wedding locations in Southern California. Whether you are eloping, looking for a small intimate civil ceremony with a few close family and friends, or you just want to tie the knot and only need one witness. There are three Courthouses to choose from for your civil ceremony. South County Branch Office, North County Branch Office, and the Old Orange County Courthouse. We recommend choosing the Old OC Courthouse. We have put together this special blog post about getting married here and all the questions you might have. You will learn the best days to get married on, how to get a marriage license, how many guests you can have, and other useful facts and tips. 

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I know I have said it before but I love these art deco stairs.
There are two rooms downstairs where weddings are performed. You can reserve the courtroom upstairs for an additional fee.
I love documenting a civil ceremony at the Santa Ana Courthouse. This is the first step when signing in for your ceremony.
These two brought their two young boys to attend their ceremony.
When you hire a professional photographer you get portraits like this one.
After the civil ceremony, we take photos of the newlyweds in the room where the wedding is performed.
This couple got married on one of the Saturdays in the summer. It was really crowded but we were able to duck into this corner and get some great portraits.
After the ceremony, I take the couple around the outside of the courthouse for some more romantic portraits.
More romantic portraits after the ceremony.
This is one of my favorite photos from inside the courthouse. The art deco staircase inside is stunning.
The couple can take photos upstairs in the original courtroom if it is available.
Once a month the Old OC courthouse in Santa Ana opens the doors for couples to get married.
Midweek elopements at the historic Old Orange County Courthouse are perfect for romantic portraits.


Every marriage ceremony is special. Hiring a photographer will ensure you preserve all the memories of your wedding day.

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How to plan An old orange county courthouse wedding

The short answer on how to plan an old orange county courthouse wedding is:

  • Choose a day Monday-Friday from 8 am -4 pm and head down to the courthouse.
  • If you want to get married on a Saturday you are in luck. The courthouse opens its doors one Saturday a month. Be sure to check the schedule. However, keep in mind this is by far the busiest day to get married. It will be a zoo.
  • Bring at least one witness to sign the marriage licenses and be present at the ceremony. The courthouse will not provide a witness for you. I am able to step in as a witness for couples who just plan on it being the two of them.
  • Don’t forget to bring a valid form of government I.D. for both the bride and groom.   You will need to show this to the county clerk.
  • You can get a marriage license on the spot, but if you go online and begin the process this will save you time. You can also schedule an appointment for your civil ceremony online.
  • Walk-in applicants are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keep in mind priority is given to online applicants.

Who can get married at the Old Orange County Courthouse?

  • Couples who are at least 18 years of age and not married
  • You have to bring and present a valid form of government-issued photo I.D. A current driver’s license or a passport or acceptable. Your valid I.D. must be shown to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder’s office to apply for your marriage license.
  • In Orange County, you don’t have to be a citizen, reside in the county, and you do not need to take a blood test or show results of one.  
  • You need to bring one witness to sign the marriage license. The courthouse will not provide one for you.
  • Both individuals must be able to read, speak and understand English. If you don’t you need to bring a third-party interpreter. The courthouse will not provide one.

What you need to know when getting married at the courthouse

  •  Marriage License Application is available online or at the County Clerks office.
  • This marriage license system is your first step towards obtaining your official marriage license.
  • Once you have applied for your marriage license, you may pick it up at any of our four locations; Anaheim City Centre, Westminster, the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana, or Laguna Hills.
  • Marriage licenses are issued to applicants on the spot.
  • You have 90 days from the date your online application is submitted for both parties to appear together in person to complete and obtain an official marriage license.

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

  1. Appear together in person. Both the bride and groom must present one form of a valid non-expired, government-issued, photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.
  2. Appointments are accepted but not required, although online applicants will be given priority. You can book your ceremony up to 6 months in advance.
  3. Walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep in mind afternoons and Fridays are a busy time. Saturdays are available once a month. They are the busiest days at the courthouse. 
  4. You will need to bring at least one witness to be present to sign the marriage license and to witness the ceremony if you are having it performed at the courthouse. They will not provide a witness for you.

How much does it cost to get married at the Santa Ana courthouse?

  • The marriage license  cost $61
  • The marriage ceremony is $28
  • The acceptable form of payments can be made by cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order, Discover, American Express, MasterCard/Visa Credit and Debit.

Where can I park at the Old Orange County Courthouse?

  • There is a small metered parking lot located behind the courthouse.
  • You must pay to park here.  The meters accept credit cards.
  • There is adjacent street parking available.  Also, meter parking for up to two hours.
  • There is no fee for parking on Saturdays

Do I need an appointment to get married?

  • No, you do not need an appointment. I highly recommend that you do get one. Here are the two options:
    1. Submit your application to obtain a marriage license and schedule an appointment online.
    2. Submit your application to obtain a marriage license on a walk-in basis without an appointment.
  • For a faster and more smooth process, it is recommended that you do begin the application process online. Here you will be able to also schedule an appointment for your civil ceremony.

What Is the best way to have a ceremony without an appointment? 

  • Arrive early, either first thing in the morning or soon after. 
  • The least busy days are early in the morning Monday-Thursday. Thursday and Friday afternoons are the busy times.
  • Once a month the courthouse opens up on Saturdays. This is the busiest day of the month. 
  • Make sure to give yourself plenty of time in case you go on a busy day.
  • Always refer to the website for up to date and current information and changes.

What is the ceremony like? 

  • The ceremony is 5 minutes long. No joke. So make sure guests arrive on time. You will need to bring at least one witness. 
  • After the ceremony, you will have approximately 4-7  minutes for photos inside the ceremony room depending on how busy they are on that day.
  • The ceremony is a civil non-sectarian ceremony,  performed by a Deputy Commissioner of Marriage.

Who performs the wedding?

The courthouse will appoint you a Deputy Commissioner of Marriage from the County Clerks office to perform the ceremony. 

What are the rooms like at the courthouse?

  • There are two small rooms on the second floor that accommodate up to 30 guests. The county clerks office will determine which room they assign you based on how many guests you will have and availability. 
  • For an additional fee and based on availability, you can reserve the original historic courtroom upstairs. This room can accommodate up to 75 guests.

How do I reserve the large Courtroom upstairs?

  • The best way to reserve the courtroom is by going online. You can reserve this room up to 3 months in advance. You get the room for up to 2 hours. This is a beautifully restored courtroom with wood benches and a historic look.

Other Useful tips to know before your marriage at the courthouse?

  • If you arrive in the morning there are fewer crowds 
  • When you arrive the first order of business is to sign in 
  • Make sure your witness is there to sign the marriage license. This is done before the ceremony. If it is just you and your fiance I can be your witness. 
  • Sheriff deputy patrolling to help with crowd control
  • More opportunities mid-week for photos

How do I avoid the crowded days at the courthouse?

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday tend to be less crowded than Thursday and Friday
  • Avoid major holidays when the courthouse is open like Valentines Day and Halloween
  • Afternoons tend to be a busier time
  • Saturdays are the busiest days. The courthouse is very crowded. Your photos will still be gorgeous

Can I get married on a Saturday?

  • Yes, the Old Orange County Courthouse is open one Saturday a month. Please refer to the website for updated changes. 
  • Remaining Saturday dates for 2019 from 10 am -3 pm
    • AUGUST 17, 2019
    • SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
    • OCTOBER 26, 2019
    • NOVEMBER 16, 2019
    • DECEMBER 14, 2019

What if it rains?

Rain or shine we will take beautiful photos of you. They do say rain is good luck on a wedding day. 

How early should we get to the courthouse before our ceremony?

This depends on when you designate time for your wedding photos. If you plan to take lots of photos before the ceremony give yourself an extra 45min. We recommend getting there 20-30 minutes before your ceremony. This will give you plenty of time to park and take a few photos before. There will be ample time after the vow exchange for more portraits. 

About photography 

How far in advance do we need to book you as our photographer?  The sooner the better. However, I have been asked to photograph weddings at the courthouse the day before the ceremony. This just all depends on if I am available last minute. 

Do I need a permit to hire a professional photographer? No permits are not required to have a professional photographer.

What is included in your civil ceremony package? 

  • Up to 2  hours of photography coverage
  • Photo session in and around the Court House after the ceremony
  • 30-50 beautiful images included
  • Online gallery of images delivered within 5 business days or sooner.

Where can we take photos? We photograph couples inside the courthouse. This includes the beautiful entryway, upstairs in the historic courtroom, and the room where you get married in. Outside photos are also taken around the property. 

Will you be able to photograph us after the ceremony? Yes, I will help you put together a timeline for the day. 

How do I book you as our photographer? Call or send an email. I will respond to your inquiry quickly if not immediately. If you don’t hear from me right away it is because I am in the middle of photographing other clients.

How to make your elopement special

  • Get your hair and makeup done professionally. 
  • Wear a special dress. Maybe you want a traditional white gown. It is also common for the bride to choose other colors.
  • Add flowers to the day. A bridal bouquet and a boutonniere make the day special and are lovely in photos.
  • Share a meal with family and friends immediately following your ceremony. Enjoy champagne toasts and cake with your guests.
  • Hire a photographer. Even if you choose to elope its still your very special day. Get beautiful portraits as newlyweds.



Palos Verdes Wedding

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What a unique bridal party. These bridesmen were so fun.
Picture perfect with the best bridesmaids a bride could ask for.


We love first looks before the ceremony.

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Just after the ceremony when your guests are enjoying the cocktail hour is a perfect time to sneak away for romantic photos.


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Sunsets on the bluff are unbeatable.
This ballroom is one of our favorites in Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.

Palos Verdes Wedding

A Palos Verdes wedding is the perfect choice if you are looking for both a scenic and luxury venue. I love the beautiful ocean views, garden settings and more. Ceremony sites are set atop the bluffs of the peninsula. Located between Los Angeles and Long Beach near LAX. Hotel accommodations are nearby for you and your wedding guests making this location a great choice. The weather is mild all year round. The sunsets in Palos Verdes are some of the best I have seen in Southern California.

Palos Verdes Wedding venues

Luxury properties in Rancho Palos Verdes include Trump National Golf Club, La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Golf Club, Terranea Resort, and Catalina View Gardens.

Wedding Ceremony

You can choose to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue. Or maybe you prefer an intimate ceremony in an Enchanting chapel like Wayfarers. Either way, you still get the same stunning scenic views. Including the Pacific Ocean and beautiful gardens. There are also a number of Churches nearby Palos Verdes venues if you prefer a more traditional setting.


Wedding receptions at venues like Trump National Golf Club and Terranea have unparallel ocean views and stunning ballrooms.  The finest in-house caterers to treat all your guests too.  These venues can accommodate small parties from 20 guests up to 400.

About Christopher Todd Studios

While I am located in Orange County, I photograph weddings all over LA and OC. My number one goal is to get to know each couple on a personal level. When your wedding day finally arrives it will feel like I am part of the family. You won’t even notice I’m there. I bring a calm, relaxed, professional attitude to your special day. No need for added stress. One of my strengths as a wedding photographer is my ability to problem solve when unexpected situations arise.

Get In Touch

I look forward to getting to know you and discussing your wedding needs. Email or call 949-771-9600 at your convenience. You can expect a reply or call back within the hour. If you don’t hear from me right away I am in the middle of a photography session and will get back to you when it is over.




Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort Wedding

Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort is located in Huntington Beach. Premier luxury wedding venue. This hotel is located just across PCH with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. This Orange County resort has easy access to the beach. Located between Los Angeles and San Diego making it convenient for your wedding guests.

Ceremonies At Waterfront Beach Resort

  • Vista Lawn Two tiered manicured lawn and panoramic ocean views
  • Beachside Dreaming of getting married on the beach?  The space in front of the resort is the perfect spot
  • Outdoor terrace Oceanfront terraces are perfect for ceremonies

Receptions At WAterfront Beach Resort

  • Breakwater Ballroom Located on the main floor. The largest space accommodates up to 600 guests.
  • Whitewater Ballroom Located in the Twin Dolphin Tower can accommodate up to 300 guests.
  • Coastal Ballroom Ocean facing ballroom and outdoor terrace located in the Twin Dolphin Tower.

brides love weddings at the waterfront beach resort

  • Luxury Oceanfront property
  • Gorgeous reception venues
  • In-house event planning staff
  • Ceremonies can be right on the sand. (Seasonal check dates)
  • Luxury amenities including an onsite day spa

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This groom gave his sweet little flower girl a kiss before she was wheeled down the aisle.
The weather could not have been more perfect for this Jewish Ceremony.
A traditional Jewish ceremony has a blessing of the wine.
The first kiss as husband and wife!

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Just after the ceremony is the perfect time to take the bride and groom for a little photo session.

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About Christopher todd studios

Our photography studio is just up the road from Huntington Beach. We have been photographing weddings for over 18 years. For a better idea of our photography style take a look at our portfolio page.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

email or give us a call 949-771-9600

Venue | Waterfront Beach Resort Hilton

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Coordinator | Chic Productions

Hair & Make-up | Face it Sugar

Flowers | Flowers By Cina

DJ | Extreme DJ Service


First Look Wedding Photos

First look wedding photos

Benefits of a Firstlook before your ceremony

As a professional wedding photographer, I love when the Bride and Groom do a first look before their ceremony. With so many benefits to capturing the first look more and more couples are choosing to go this route. If you are contemplating whether or not to see each other before the ceremony here is why I suggest you go for it.

  • We want to make the first time you see your beloved breathtaking and exhilarating.
  • We want that moment to knock you off your feet. Many couples are more reserved not used to being center of attention. In a private setting, we will capture plenty of sweet moments of the two of you.
  • We set the stage for the first look so you can feel comfortable and relaxed.

What Makes a First Look So Special

When alone those raw emotions flow free. This gives you a chance to talk to each other which you can’t do during the ceremony. All the anticipation is just as exciting as seeing your bride walk down the aisle or your groom standing in the distance waiting to take your hand in marriage. When you have the opportunity to see each other before the ceremony, time is not rushed, you will get beautiful heartfelt images.

That Moment Leading Up to Seeing Your Fiancé

The moments that lead up to the two of you seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day.  The excitement and anticipation are captured forever and documented to relive the moment over and over. Nerves are settled when you see each other before. A simple touch or gaze into each other’s eyes will reassure you that this is the best day of your life. This allows you to feel relaxed and enjoy the ceremony so much more. Everyone knows that your wedding day goes fast so enjoy every moment to the fullest.

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Pasea Hotel Huntington Beach Wedding

Pasea Hotel Huntington Beach Wedding

Pasea Hotel and Spas is located on PCH across from the Pacific Ocean. This Hotel is part of The Meritage Collection.  A  stunning oceanfront property to make all your wedding dreams come true.

SoCal’s Newest Oceanfront Wedding Hotel

Pasea Hotel is indeed the newest oceanfront hotel in Southern California. Just steps from the sand and sea. This venue is defined as a laid-back luxury property. Enjoy the scenic ocean views and the So Cal sea breeze during your ceremony.

top 5 reasons to have your wedding at Pasea Hotel

  1. Named “BEST HOTEL SPAS” – Modern Luxury OC. What bride doesn’t want first class spa amenities on her wedding day?
  2. Say “I do” on the Ocean Lawn. A breathtaking setting for your ceremony with panoramic views of the sea.
  3. Dance and Dine in the Blue Room.   An open-air reception space with oceanfront outdoor fire pits and seating.
  4. Honeymoon Suite with ocean views.  Start your honeymoon immediately following your wedding reception.
  5. Elegant and sophisticated with flexibility for your wedding. Choose the Saphire Room. Accommodates up to 900 guests.

About Marcus and Christina’s Wedding day

It was such a privilege to be a part of this beautiful day. I first met Christina on the morning of her wedding day at her hotel room in Pasea. She was getting ready with her bridesmaids in one of the gorgeous suites. I noticed her dress hanging above the bed. Couldn’t pass up this stunning Galil Lahav gown without a photo. The weather was perfect for the ceremony on the Ocean Lawn. The views and the lite sea breeze was enjoyed by all. After the vowel exchange, I took the bride and groom on a romantic photo session around the hotel and the nearby Pacific City. We headed back to the cocktail hour to mingle and onto the reception.

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    Start the wedding day with some getting ready photos. This dress was too gorgeous not to photograph.
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    These lovely ladies enjoyed the morning getting ready at Pasea before the ceremony.
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    Such a fun relaxed vibe with these ladies.
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    Christina was such a stunning bride.
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    Personal touches like this make weddings unique.
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    Pasea Hotel has a perfect outdoor ceremony site with beautiful views of the ocean.
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    A perfect ceremony in Huntington Beach at Pasea Hotel.
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    Such a lovely wedding ceremony.
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    In love with this sweetheart table.
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    Just after the ceremony is the best time for romantic photos of the bride and groom.
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    Pasea Hotel and Spa has perfect balconies for wedding photos.


The natural light was spot on.

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Pelican Hill Resort Wedding

Pelican Hill Resort Wedding

A Pelican Hill Resort wedding is one of our favorite venues. As an Orange County photographer, we have worked at many luxury wedding venues. Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach is one of the most exclusive luxury venues with ocean views.  Ceremonies on the manicured lawn with the Italian rotunda are so stunning they will take any one’s breath away. This site is set atop the bluffs 300 feet above the ocean offering spectacular views and a gentle ocean breeze.

What sets Pelican Hill Resort apart from other luxury wedding venues

Pelican Hill Resort has 504 acres of beautifully manicured grounds,

  • olive trees
  • gardens
  • oval lawn
  • ocean views
  • Italian architecture
  • rotunda
  • villas
  • bungalows
  • golf
  • spa

Weddings at Mar Vista

  • One wedding per day. Which means your wedding will be the only one on that day.
  • A designated Wedding Butler will be assigned to the bride and groom to ensure your day is perfect.
  • Exquisite complimentary accommodations for the newlyweds on their wedding night.
  • The resort offers highest standard quality staff-to-guest ratio in the ultra-luxury hospitality industry.
  • The bridal lounge is offered adjacent to the venue offering a serene place for the bridal party to gather.

Brandi & Ken’s Wedding at Pelican Hill Resort

Brandi & Ken are such a fun couple. The guys got ready in the private villa just a  short golf cart ride away from the bridal lounge where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready.  The ladies had a relaxing morning with lots of time for their hair and makeup to be done to perfection.  No better way to celebrate than a champagne toast with your besties.

The Couple’s Ceremony

I knew the wedding ceremony would be like no other when the Quartet played Guns and Roses’ Sweet child of mine as the bride walked down the aisle.  The ceremony was held on the oval lawn with ocean views. The Italian rotunda was completely decorated with white drapes and a chandelier. The site was stunning. Brandi stole the show as she walked down the aisle in her Christian Louboutins and custom designed bridal gown by Ryan and Walter. Of course, Ken was looking sharp in his tux and his groomsmen cleaned up well looking dapper.

Dove Release after the kiss

As soon as the bride and groom kissed over 100 white doves were released.  What a great finally to the ceremony. After the vows were exchanged I took the newlyweds for a quick portrait session around the resort. The wedding guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with more great views.

Reception in the mar vista room

The time had come for the couple to make their grand entrance into the Mar Vista room. The ballroom was decorated with white drapes and piping, a custom dance floor with their initials on it, a stage for La Allstars the band to perform on, and beautifully decorated tables with white linen and white chairs.  The white carpet that was brought in to cover the ballroom tied the whole room together beautifully.  When you have an amazing wedding cake the best way to display it is on a hanging platter.

What would a wedding party be without a photo booth and a cigar bar with rollers.  The guests seemed to really enjoy celebrating Brandi and Ken’s luxury wedding.

Thanks for choosing Christopher Todd Studios 

Congratulations again to Brandi and Ken on your wedding.

Here the bride is in her custom robe getting ready to put on her gown in the bridal lounge at Pelican Hill.
How about these to walk down the aisle in. Christian Louboutin. Stunning. Dazzling. Perfection.
A first look with the bride and her father is a great moment to capture.
These ladies were all smiles. Looking great in their blush gowns.
When a bride looks this stunning. Love the all white bouquet.
The first kiss as dozens of white doves was released. This was a wow moment.

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After the ceremony the I took this romantic photo of the bride and groom under the Italian rotunda. The drapes and chandelier make this photo stunning.
The Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach is a luxury wedding venue. The newlywed couple can be seen enjoying the moments just after the ceremony.
At the Mar Vista Ballroom, the wedding reception was decorated in white. Such a beautiful head table.
This wedding cake was amazing. It was on a hanging platter. The drapes and decor were beautiful.
After the sunset at the Pelican Hill Resort wedding, the bride and groom enjoyed a freshly rolled cigar from the Cigar Bar. I love the look of this classic photo.

A huge thanks to this dream team that made this day stunning

Venue | Pelican Hill Resort

Wedding Coordinator | Chic Productions

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Video | Alby_reels

Officiant | The OC Wedding guy

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

Carpet | Event Carpet Pros

Lighting | Amber Event Productions

Photo Booth | Photo Booth for Parties

Doves | White Flite

Cigar Rollers | Mursuli cigars inc

Flowers and Drapes | The Finishing Touch

Bridal Gown | Ryan and Walter

Bridal Shoes | Christian Louboutin

Band | La Allstars

Quartet | Naples Strings

Hair and Makeup | Flawless Faces


Downtown Los Angeles Wedding Historic Jonathan Club

Downtown Los Angeles wedding historic Jonathan Club 

As an Orange County Photographer, I love the opportunity to photograph weddings and social events at the historic Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. It is an oasis in the heart of downtown LA.

About Jonathan Club

The Jonathan Club is this beautiful historic club with old European charm in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. A members-only club, where cell phones are not allowed and business attire is required. This historic club has been around since 1894 so when you enter the building you can expect beautiful architecture and classic decor. Members and guests are treated with such care and hospitality.

The Bride and Groom

When I first met with Tiffany and Christopher to talk about their wedding plans I was thrilled to find out they were having the reception at the Jonathan Club. I knew their wedding would be elegant, classy and the details would be stunning. Such a lovely couple and so thankful to be an important part of their wedding day. The whole wedding team was fantastic. Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events made the evening flawless. The Floral design by Flowers by Cina was spectacular as always.


Tiffany and Christopher exchanged wedding vows at ST. John Fisher Catholic Church. After the ceremony, I took the couple for a quick bridal shoot around the Disney Concert Hall. We headed back to the Jonathan Club and the newlywed couple made their grand entrance into the ballroom.

Walking into the historic ballroom at the Jonathan Club was like stepping back in time. The balcony here has amazing views of bustling downtown LA. Such a unique venue and so appreciative to be a part of it all.

Congrats to the beautiful couple on your wedding.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day? What details did you like the most?

The most memorable part of the day was getting ready with our friends and family, the anticipation of what the day was going to bring. We loved all of the details, the details were important for us. We were especially mesmerized with by the richness in the renaissance architecture and decor, the dreamlike tablescapes with unreal floral and candles, and the romantic lighting throughout the room.

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Getting ready at the Jonathan Club in this historic room is perfect for these ladies.
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This couple got married in a Catholic Church in Palos Verdes and then returned to the Jonathan Club for the reception.
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A quick stop at Disney Concert Hall for a Bridal photoshoot before the reception at Jonathan Club.
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This head table was stunning in the ballroom at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.
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We stepped outside the Jonathan Club for some dramatic portraits of the couple on the fire scape.

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Dove Canyon Golf Club Wedding Photos

Dove Canyon Golf Club Wedding Photos

Christopher Todd Studios is your photographer for perfect Dove Canyon Golf Club wedding photos.  You will love working with us on your big day. Read more about Dove Canyon Golf Club here.

Dove Canyon Wedding venue

  • Sitting on the edge of Trabuco Canyon in Orange County
  • Private and elegant wedding venue
  • Stunning mountain views
  • Celebrate on the terrace overlooking the Clubhouse
  • Receptions held in the Main Dining room have floor to ceiling windows, fireplace and more canyon views

Couples love Dove Canyon Golf Club wedding photos

  • Gorgeous backdrop
  • Library Room perfect for the bridal suite
  • Wine Room is ideal for an intimate rehearsal dinner
  • So many fireplaces throughout the property
  • The picturesque waterfall is perfect for  bride and groom portraits
So many great spots for bride and groom portraits.
A beautiful ceremony on the shaded terrace. Love these views of the hills.
What a gorgeous ceremony!
These bride and groom portraits are going to look stunning when they are printed.
When the bride and groom get to take portraits just after the ceremony. It’s magic.
The sunset was too good not to step outside from the reception for a moment!
The night was perfect. Love this photo!

About Christopher Todd Studio

Christopher Todd Studios is located in Orange County. We have been photographing weddings for over 19 years. Couples love our professionalism and positive attitude we bring to the wedding celebration.  We know how stressful it can be to find the right photographer. We welcome any questions you might have about your big day. Can’t wait to hear from you.


Estancia La Jolla Wedding

Estancia La Jolla Wedding

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa is the perfect San Diego wedding venue. Hacienda style with rustic garden romance. Nestled in the heart of Torrey Pines. This award-winning gardens sprawl across ten acres.  Christopher Todd Studios can photograph your special day. Visit his portfolio today.

 Couples love getting  married at Estancia La Jolla Hotel

  • World class accommodations
  • Bridal suite to get ready in
  • Private groom’s room
  • Rehearsal dinner on site
  • Farewell brunch
  • World class resort spa

 Ceremonies at Estancia La Jolla

  • 2 Romantic outdoor garden ceremony locales to choose from
  • Olive Lawn ceremony. Seating for up to 130 guests.  A great option for couples looking for a more intimate outdoor ceremony.
  • Garden Courtyard. Two sweeping staircases for a grand entrance for the bride. Beautiful lawn and fountain to set the atmosphere. Exchange vows in this outdoor venue. Up to 420 guests.

Receptions at Estancia La Jolla

  • La Jolla Ballroom. Host up to 420 guests. A connecting patio and lawn can host a cigar bar, photo booth, late-night snacks, or custom outdoor lounge.
  • Grande Room accommodates up to 130 guests. Pairs well with an Olive Lawn ceremony. Enjoy an intimate cocktail hour on an adjacent garden patio.
  • Adobe El Restaurante for a small intimate group
  • Trinitas Cellars Private Dining Room
Getting ready photos start with some details like the wedding gown, rings, and wedding invitation.
Photographing the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids is always a favorite for us.
We never leave out the groom getting ready. It’s also his big day.
Once everyone is ready and looking sharp we take the guys out for some portraits before the ceremony.
Before the ceremony is the best time to get the bride and her bridesmaids out for some formal portraits.
These two had a church ceremony near Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa.
Getting that first kiss is so important.
Mr. & Mrs. Congratulations to the newlywed couple!
Bride and groom romantic portraits around the property of Estancia La Jolla Hotel. It was perfect.
Some favorite photos after the ceremony.
The whole bridal party together before the grand entrance.
Grand entrance, straight into the first dance.
When you have the perfect opportunity to take a group photo of the bride and groom with all the wedding guests.


Church: St. Therese of Carmel 

Coordinators: DNT Elite Events 

DJ: Vario Weddings

Florist: Bebuds Florist

Lighting: TMMPro

Linens: Concepts Event Design

Photographer: Christopher Todd Studio

Transportation: Stay Classy Transportation

Venue: Estancia La Jolla 

Videographer: Buckley Videography

Pelican Hill Resort Photographer

Pelican Hill Resort Weddings

The Resort At Pelican Hill is located on the bluffs of Newport Beach with spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One of Orange County’s most luxurious wedding venues. Couples getting married here love exchanging vows under the Italian Rotunda, while guests enjoy the panoramic views and gentle ocean breeze. After the ceremony, the cocktail hour is held on the lawn. During this time we take the bride and groom around the property for a romantic photo session. The Mar Vista ballroom is ideal for a grand reception. As a photographer, I love to end the evening with a  few sunset portraits with the newlyweds.

5 Tips for a Beautiful Ceremony at Pelican Hill

  1. Unplug Kindly tell your wedding guests that you have hired a pro to photograph the ceremony and that you would like everyone to be in the moment. An easy way to let guests know you are having an unplugged wedding is on the invitation and a nice sign at the ceremony.
  2. Flowers This might be an obvious one but floral placement can make a huge difference. Would you like flowers in your photos when you are under the Rotunda? Walking down the aisle?
  3. Live Musicians Hiring professional musicians creates a classy ambiance during your ceremony. Imagine how beautiful it will sound when your guests find their seats. Don’t forget walking down the aisle to live music is sentimental and a tear jerker.
  4. Customs Don’t forget to incorporate special traditions that are unique to you and your fiance. Getting married under the Chuppah, smashing the glass, the sand ceremony, special poems, or other meaningful gestures to the parents of the bride and groom.
  5. Officiant  Of course, you will have an officiant at your wedding but make sure you hire a professional and not a friend or a relative. There are so many reasons to hire a pro. Just to name a few, they are well-spoken, know where to stand during the ceremony,  familiar with how to use a microphone, and know-how to problem solve.

Get to know Christopher Todd Studios

I am Christopher Todd an Orange County photographer.  For the past 19 years, I have been photographing weddings all over the OC and LA. I am passionate about delivering beautiful photos that tell your love story.  My style of photography includes documentary, classic, timeless and candid photos. What sets me apart from other photographers is my positive attitude, professionalism and easy going personality. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about your wedding day or photography. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Call 949-771-9600 or email Chris today. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Brides have the luxury of getting ready in the bridal suite with a full salon station.
The atmosphere is perfect at the resort. Brides love getting ready in a private suite.
Photographing the first look before the ceremony is an intimate way for couples to see each other before the wedding.
This table added a sentimental touch to the wedding day.
Gorgeous ceremony held at the rotunda on the lawn.
Just married!
One of my favorite times during the day is just after the ceremony when we take the bride and groom around for some romantic portraits.
The couple had a lovely reception with all their guests.
Back under the rotunda after the ceremony for some more stunning photos.
Pelican Hill is one of Orange County’s most luxury wedding venue.
Stepped outside to catch the sunset.

Bowers Museum Weddings

Bowers Museum Weddings

Bowers Musem is located in the heart of Orange County in Santa Ana, Ca. Couples celebrating here enjoy an outdoor ceremony and reception in the  Margaret & Cleo Key Courtyard.  Surrounded by beautiful flowers all year round. A unique venue to exchange your vows. Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana, this quickly became a local cultural center open to the public.

Why Couples Love Getting Married at Bowers Museum

  • Brides love walking down the grand staircase to the aisle
  • The courtyard is perfect for an alfresco dining experience
  • Patina Restaurant Groups is the exclusive caterer
  • Bowers Museum is a unique wedding venue
  • Bride and groom photos taken here are always romantic

About Caitlin and Shawns Wedding Day

Caitlin and Shawn celebrated their beautiful wedding day at the Bowers Museum. These two exchanged vows in the courtyard on a perfect fall afternoon. Adding their own personal touches to the day from the vows to the lightsaber exit. The evening was filled with laughter, fine dining, and dancing under the stars to live music. It’s always a bonus when we get a stunning So Cal sunset as we did on their wedding.

How to Hire Christopher Todd Studios

Thank you for considering Christopher Todd to photograph your wedding. If you like our portfolio and want more info on our wedding packages, get in touch today. We can’t wait to hear from you.

At Bowers Museum they have this beautiful staircase. Just ad bride.
It’s not just the big day for the bride. We love photographing the groom alone before the ceremony.
This groom had a great group of buddies as groomsmen.
When the bride walks down a grand staircase like this one with her father. One of my favorite moments during the day.
Bowers Museum has a perfect courtyard for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
Some romantic photos after the ceremony. The best time to get real raw emotions from the bride and groom.
So many great places to take photos of the couple at Bowers Museum.
Couldn’t help but take some more photos as the sun was setting.
Wow! The sunset for this couple was stunning.
Perfect fall evening for an outdoor reception.
When the bride and groom are Star Wars fans you have a lightsaber exit.

Los Angeles Athletic Club Rooftop Wedding

The Los Angeles Athletic Club Wedding

Los Angeles’ first private club. For the past 125 years, the Los Angeles Athletic Club has been an oasis for athletes to gather, special events, and a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown LA. Couples celebrating their wedding day here love the classic and elegant vibe of the club. There are 5 unique venue spaces to choose from including a rooftop site. Custom packages are created to meet the bride and groom’s needs. Your guests can stay and relax in one of the hotel rooms or suites.

About this rooftop wedding

Kirsten and Kameron celebrated their ceremony and reception on the rooftop. The couple decided on a first look before the ceremony. During this time we took romantic portraits of the bride and groom in the Blue Room and other locations at the LAAC.  It was a beautiful evening of dining al fresco and dancing under the stars.

Why couples love The LA Athletic Club

  • Unique venue
  • Custom menu to suit your palate
  • Rooftop venue
  • Ceremony and reception at one location
  • Boutique hotel accommodations


Why Choose Christopher Todd

When you hire Christopher Todd you get him as your photographer. With over 18 years of wedding photography experience, Christopher has seen and dealt with many unpredictable scenarios at weddings.  His calm and professional demeanor will put any bride at ease on her big day. Your photos should tell your story with personality, love, and connection.  Get in touch today with any questions or hesitations you might have.los-angeles-athletic-club-photography

The groom getting ready.
Just before the ceremony on the rooftop.
Just after the first look the bride and groom posed for this portrait.
Bride and groom before the elevator door close.
This portrait was taken in the club’s blue room.
Love this photo of the bride and groom on this yellow couch.
Perfect day for a rooftop ceremony at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Downtown LA was a dream backdrop for this romantic photos.
Celebrating your reception on the rooftop with guests.


Venue | Los Angeles Athletic Club

Wedding Planner | FATE – For All Time Events 

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Bridal Gown | Sophia Tolli

Florist | My Wedding Blooms

Cake | Portos 

DJ |  Hey Mr. DJ