Feny & Dan, Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Hello friends! Yes, I’ve been neglecting the blog, but I’ve got good reason. Actually, there’s not really a good reason for neglecting the blog, so, I’ll re-phrase. We’ve been crazy busy with work.  A good thing, but bad because it’s taken time away from updating.  Ok, on to the good stuff…Feny & Dan! What’s there to really say other than…they’re awesome.  I know that word gets overused and exaggerated, but honestly, they’re awesome! I’m not at liberty to mention where they met, so, we’ll head straight to the Wedding part:)Their Wedding took place at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Very few words define luxury like “Ritz Carlton.” That place is truly amazing, but the thing I think that makes it a great Hotel is the staff. This Venue holds a special place in our hearts. For those who don’t know, this is where Mezzi and I got engaged. Four years ago this September, we stayed there for Mezzi’s birthday.  We had dinner at the Gazebo, I proposed, she said yes, and the rest is history.  So, it was great getting a chance to come back. Now, what makes the staff there so amazing?  Well, for starters, when Mezzi and I checked in four years ago, everyone…I mean everyone, knew what my plans were.  Don’t ask me how they knew, but they did! Not to worry, no one let the cat out. The simplest thing you can do to make someone feel welcomed? Use their names! EVERYONE there called us by name. Once again…don’t know how they knew. The next day after we got engaged…EVERYONE congratulated us as we walked around the Hotel.  Now, I’m not just talking about the Front Desk, or the Concierge…even the gardening crew knew! We’re not big-wigs, so, I can imagine that they do this for all their guests.  So, to me, that’s what makes this place amazing! The Ocean views aren’t bad either though.:)

Ok, isn’t this post suppose to be about Feny & Dan? Yes, I’m getting to it…keep your pants on! Check out some of the images from their beautiful Wedding:

I know this has been mentioned before, but I’ll say it again.  Get an Engagement Session!  It’s such a great opportunity to not only get some images, but more importantly, it give us a chance to get better acquainted with our Clients. So, when the day of the Wedding comes…we show up, high five the Bride and Groom…and then rock’n roll! Yes, that sounds cheese, but it’s soooo true! Theres no awkward “getting to know each other” feeling.  Just think of the E-Session as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd dates! So, when we arrived that day, I think everyone felt right at home. There’s quite a bit of emotion going on the day of…so, the more comfortable we can make you, the more relaxed you’ll be, and the more natural the images can be. Feny made a beautiful Bride, so, it made our jobs a bigger breeze than usual. That combined with the fact that she was abnormally calm…considering.:)It was great!  We talked, joked, and had a great time!
Alright, here’s a question…what’s the politically correct word for describing the elderly?  Is saying “elderly” ok?  What about “old” or “older?” Seniors? Well, whatever the word is, I love photographing them! You never quite know what you’re going to get from them. When you think they’re going to be reserved…they end up being party animals…or vice versa. Feny & Dan’s Grandfather looks amazing. He just recently celebrated his 90-something birthday! Man…I only want to live that long if I can look as good in a tux as he did!
The Ritz provides a beautiful backdrop for images. Honestly, you can pretty much grab shots anywhere on the property! Add in an awesome couple like Feny & Dan…and you’ve got yourself a keeper! Well, at least I think so. Why I love this image…that smile on Feny’s face kind of says it all about the day.  Nothing, I mean nothing…beats a smile from the heart. Yes, that sound cheese.  Most folks tend to be their toughest critics, but if they only could see what we see in them when they truly…I mean truly…smile. Yea, you might think your nose crinkles funny, or you get cross-eyed, or you’ve got something in your tooth, or heck, god forbid you’ve got a zit. Not to worry! Ok, maybe having something in your teeth isn’t good, but it sure would be funny:)

After a beautiful Ceremony and Reception, what’s left? Here’s to wishing Feny & Dan a lifetime…maybe 90-something years of a healthy and prosperous life with each other. Thank you guys for allowing us to be a part of your day. I think it’s only fitting to end with this image…reflecting about their lives to come…overlooking the Pacific! See ya!

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