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

Terranea Resort Wedding

Terranea Resort Photographer

Danielle and Matthew chose Terranea Resort for their wedding venue.  Located in Palos Verdes this resort is the perfect venue for timeless photos.  The bluffs at the resort overlook the Pacific Ocean with unparalleled views. The Mediterranean influenced architecture makes a great backdrop for bridal portraits.

Why Brides Love Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes

  • Throughout this private 102 acres of land, you will find accommodations for your wedding party from their residential casitas, bungalows, and villas.
  • Enjoy a luxury ceremony with views of the ocean.
  • With access to the beach, couples love taking photos on the rocks.
  • Sunset portraits of the bride and groom at Terranea cannot get any more perfect.

Wedding Reception Venues at Terranea Resort

  • Point Terrace and Lawn. Accommodates up to 100 guests. Take advantage of the great weather with an outdoor reception here.
  • Point Rooms. Up to 65 guests. Tucked away near the gardens at Terranea.
  • Santa Rosa Room. Up to 40 guests. This intimate space has a fireplace to cozy up to and a private veranda with ocean views.
  • Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom. Accommodating up to 900 guests. Enjoy the classic elegant decor. With views of beautiful sunsets from this room.
  • Marineland Ballroom. Up to 330 guests. This warm-toned room is exquisite. The chandeliers offer warm tones throughout.
  • Catalina Ballroom. Accommodates 100-220 guests. This room has floor to ceiling windows and contemporary lighting. A private terrace is located just off the room offering an alfresco feeling to your celebration.

Ceremony Sites

  • Palos Verdes Meadows– offers grand elegance. Up to 900 seats. Unparalleled views of the ocean.
  • Ocean Lawn– as intimate as 40 guests or up to 200.  This is truly a lawn with ocean views.
  • Catalina Point– up to 220 guests. This site sits on the dramatic bluff with unobstructed views of the ocean. Southern California’s premier wedding site.
At this luxury resort, the bride and bridesmaids got ready in one of the suites. Plenty of space for hair and makeup. And some fun getting ready photos.
Love when we find great backdrops in the suite where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready in.
A first look with the bride and groom is always romantic.
These two love their chemistry. The wildflowers on the bluff were in bloom.


Terranea Resort is a luxury wedding venue in Rancho Palos Verdes. I love this photo of the bride and groom taken after their ceremony.
The Catalina Room at Terranea Resort is perfect for wedding receptions.
A wedding cake looks best when the table is lit with candles.

Vendor Cred:

Wedding Planner | Kerry Pulverman /

Venue | Terranea Resort

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Florist | Little Hill Floral Design

Videographer | Mission Visual

Dj/band | Vox DJs

Lighting | 3J Events

Cake | Vanilla Bake Shop

Bridal Salon | Carolina Herrera

Bride’s Shoes | Repetto

Bridesmaids Gowns | Bella Bridesmaids

Mens Formal Wear | Tommy Hilfiger

Furniture Rental | Classic Party Rentals

Linens | Luxe Linen

Rings | JVL Jewelry  Shane Co.   Mociun 

Hair & Makeup| Beach Bridal Beauty

Photo Booth|




Millennium Biltmore Hotel Wedding

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Wedding

A Millennium Biltmore Hotel Wedding is a venue with unique historic grandeur. Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.   Celebrate your special event in a premier hotel with contemporary elegance and Hollywood Glamour. Choose from the five different ballrooms for a reception, cocktail hour, or ceremony.

5 top reasons brides love Millennium Biltmore Hotel

  1. Ballrooms with ornate detail and magnificent architecture
  2. The ceremony and reception can be held at one location
  3. The bridal suite is timeless and romantic
  4. Wedding portraits in and around hotel are stunning
  5. Exceptional food and beverage menu

About Casandra and Emanuel’s Wedding Day

The morning started with the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids.  As a photographer I always tell couples this is an important part of the day to photograph. It helps tell the full story of your wedding. The couple had a beautiful  ceremony at a Church in Los Angeles. From there we headed back to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel where we took romantic photos of the newlyweds in front of the hotel and inside. I loved all the gorgeous details the bride and groom chose for their reception. A couple highlights from their celebration was the live Mariachi band during the reception and the balcony where Casandra had her bouquet toss from.

The bride and groom chose a beautiful church in Los Angeles.
Just one more kiss for this gorgeous bride.
The whole bridal party having some fun for this portrait.
This portrait is why we love the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Another glamorous photo of the newlyweds before they make their grand entrance.
The Crystal Ballroom inside the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is all Hollywood Glamour


I love a live Mariachi band at a wedding. Or any event for that matter.
A bouquet toss from this balcony is beyond dreamy.
First dance as husband and wife. Congrats to these two!


Venue | Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Photographer | Christopher Todd Studios

Wedding Planner | Modern La Weddings

Rentals | Elegant Designs Specialty Linens

Florist | Petals LA 

DJ/MC | DJ Njoyment

Cake | Fantasy Frostings

Lido House Hotel Wedding

Lido House Hotel Wedding

Lido House Hotel is Newport Beach’s newest boutique hotel. It also happens to be a beautiful wedding venue. Located near Lido Marina Village right on the harbor.  We love the Cape Cod nautical themed beach house vibe that is going on here. Top Side the rooftop bar is quickly becoming a favorite hang out spot for locals and guests alike.

The Ceremony

  • Ceremonies are held on the Lido Lawn
  • Newport Beach’s backyard with over 3000 sq ft of space
  • Accommodates up to 300 guests

The Reception

  • Boathouse Ballroom
  • Fresh modern look
  • Ideal for up to 250 guests

About Kaylin & Brendon’s wedding

I first met Kaylin & Brendon before their wedding for a fun engagement session. They chose the Lido Marina Village for the location. Which makes perfect sense since the wedding was at the Lido House Hotel. I knew the wedding was going to be a blast after our photo shoot.

Getting Ready

I began the day by photographing  Kaylin and her bridesmaids in their private cottage at the hotel. We took some family formals there and then headed to the Church.  I couldn’t wait to get back to the Lido House with the newlyweds for their romantic photo session.

After Ceremony

We continued on to the cocktail hour on the Lido Lawn for a bit. Then prepared for the bride and groom’s grand entrance.  This wedding was actually the very first wedding held in the Boathouse Ballroom, which made their first dance extra special.  Congrats Kaylin & Brendon and thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day.

About Christopher Todd Studios

Christopher Todd Studios is located in the heart of Orange County. Just off the 55 freeway in Santa Ana. We have been photographing weddings for over 19 years. All over Southern California. Get in touch today with any questions you might have. We would love to hear from you. email or call.

I love this photo of the bride looking up in her cottage at this boutique hotel.
Just relaxing having a great time before the ceremony.
This groom was looking mighty dapper before the ceremony.
These bridesmaids look stunning in their all black gowns.
Just up the road from the hotel, the couple got married in the church.
These two walking back to the hotel just after their ceremony.
The newlyweds were greeted with the whole bridal party after the ceremony.
What makes a great cocktail hour? An awesome live band.
We took some romantic photos of the couple alone before the grand entrance. best-wedding-photographs-lido-house-hotel

Loved the clean, elegant, look of this reception.

This was the very first, first dance in the Boathouse Ballroom.
The Bride’s mom surprised the couple with this unique wedding cake.
These guys had the cutest custom wedding cake.
After the reception wedding guests enjoy the handcrafted ice cream from the boutique shop Crew.

Vendor Credit:

Coordinator | Hayley White Intertwined Wedding & Special Events

Photography | Christopher Todd Studios

Videography | Mission Visual

Venue | Lido House Hotel

Ceremony | St. James Episcopal Church

Rentals | Chiavari Chair Rentals

DJ | Show Case DJ

Cake | Beverly’s Bakery

Flowers | M’s Flowers




Terranea Resort Wedding

Top 5 Reasons to have your wedding at Terranea Resort

  1. The views from this oceanfront property are stunning. Endless blue ocean.
  2. Luxury venue to stay at. In addition to the guest rooms and suites, guests can stay in a private villa, casita, or bungalow.
  3. Ballrooms with a view of the Pacific Ocean.
  4. Sunsets here are amazing.
  5. Begin your honeymoon early in one of the suites.

Receptions at Terranea Resort

Your dream wedding reception will come to life at Terranea Resort. Choose from the Catalina Room, Marineland Ballroom, or the Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom. Each room is sophisticated, warm, and elegant with plenty of views to enjoy.

About Rigo & Hilda’s Wedding day

For this LA couple deciding on a venue in Rancho Palos Verdes was easy. Their love for the ocean and beautiful views made Terranea Resort the perfect venue for them. Rigo treated his groomsmen to a charter boat ride around Marina Del Rey. Here they got ready on the boat, had some quality time to spend together while having a blast.  Rigo was full of surprises for everyone on the wedding day. The couple exchanged vows at American Martyrs Catholic Church. After the bridal party returned to Terranea Resort we captured this fun group shot of them in front of a custom name and hashtag sign that read #Rig & Hill.  Another surprise that Rigo had up his sleeves was the Plane he hired that flew across the sky and said Felicidades Hilda y Rigo.

The Reception

During the reception, there was a cigar roller, photobooth, and all sorts of live entertainment. The DJ NXT Entertainment kept the party lively. Like I said Rigo had lots of surprises for his bride and guests. He hired a traditional Marimba band, brought tears to his parents’ eyes.

The groom and his groomsmen decided to take a little boat ride before the ceremony.
The Brides veil, stunning.
I love when all the bridesmaids can fit under the bride’s veil.
Mr. and Mrs.! Congrats to these two.
There is so much going on this photo. Take a closer look. But my favorite is the plane in the background flying a banner saying, felicidades Hilda & Rigo.
When your bride has a veil like this one you make magical photos.
Love the beaches in Palos Verdes.
The first dance was full of emotion.
The groom surprised the bride and his guests with a traditional Marimba band.
Cheers to this beautiful couple on their wedding.


Venue | Terranea Resort

American Martyrs Catholic Church Manhattan Beach

Photography | Christopher Todd Studios

Coordinator | A Signature Wedding

Marimba Banda Impacto

Cake | Vanilla Bake Shop

DJ | NXT  Entertainment

Floral | Butterfly Foral

Video | Royal Films

Photo booth | Vox DJs

about Christopher Todd studios

Christopher has been photographing weddings in Southern California for over 18 years. His passion, creativity, and drive to deliver photos that are full of emotion are what sets him apart from other photographers. Along with his easy-going vibe, you will love working with him.

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