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.
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 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)
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.
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.
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
Named “BEST HOTEL SPAS” – Modern Luxury OC. What bride doesn’t want first class spa amenities on her wedding day?
Say “I do” on the Ocean Lawn. A breathtaking setting for your ceremony with panoramic views of the sea.
Dance and Dine in the Blue Room. An open-air reception space with oceanfront outdoor fire pits and seating.
Honeymoon Suite with ocean views. Start your honeymoon immediately following your wedding reception.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Custom menu to suit your palate
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.
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.
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.
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
Ballrooms with ornate detail and magnificent architecture
The ceremony and reception can be held at one location
The bridal suite is timeless and romantic
Wedding portraits in and around hotel are stunning
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.
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.
Ceremonies are held on the Lido Lawn
Newport Beach’s backyard with over 3000 sq ft of space
Accommodates up to 300 guests
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.