Gilmore Studios • Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Session by appointment only

Balboa Bay Resort Wedding Photographer

Balboa Bay Resort Wedding – Newport Beach, CA

The Balboa Bay Resort (formally known as Balboa Bay Club) is a luxurious hotel on harbor in Newport Beach. We have photographed families, corporate events, and weddings there for years! We love the hotel decor and scenic harbor that a Balboa Bay Resort wedding has to offer. Mike and Erika’s cocktail hour and wedding reception was off the boardwalk, in front of the many luxury mega yachts docked at the resort.

St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church Ceremony

We met up with the couple right before the wedding at St. John Neumann’s church in Irvine for a traditional Catholic ceremony. Erika arrived in her black limo ready to get married! The church allowed Brian to shoot from the left front side of the chapel- which almost NEVER happens! These large church ceremonies can be challenging to photograph from the back row so we were very thankful that they allowed us to move up!

Little Corona – Corona Del Mar

The couple wanted to stop by the beach for a few shots but it was high tide that day. We ended up taking them to the top of the hill at Little Corona- the view is always amazing there! They chose this same location for their engagement session as well.

Dancing and dining at the Balboa Bay Resort

They couldn’t have picked a better location for their reception! Balboa Bay Resort weddings are gorgeous and the staff is always pleasant to work with. We were very excited to run into hotel coordinator, Kate Eaton. We have worked weddings with her over the years at other venues and it was great to reconnect.

The event was hosted by DJ extraordinaire Katar Marcus of Invisible Touch Events. You don’t normally see wedding DJs able to actually sing at a reception, but Katar has an amazing voice! The beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets were designed by the floral department at Gelson’s in Irvine. Stylish Tours made sure the event ran smoothly and took care of the guests all night long without a single issue. Be sure to watch the slide show that we created below if you want to see a Balboa Bay Resort wedding in 6 minutes!

Wedding Day Vendors

Photographers: Brian & Jennifer @ Gilmore Studios

Church: St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine (Father Martin Bui)

Hotel/reception: Balboa Bay Resort (Kate Eaton)

Planning: Nagui Guorgui Stylish Tours, USA

Floral design: Sherine Iskander from Gelson’s in Irvine

DJ/entertainment: Katar Marcus from Invisible Touch Events

Hair and makeup: Dee @ Swell Beauty

Wedding dress: Essence of Australia (designed by Stella McCartney)

Bride’s shoes: Menbur shoes

Groom’s attire: Hickey Freeman (from Nordstrom)

Groom’s shoes: Monte Rosso (from Nordstrom)


Check out the slide show of the entire wedding day:


Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are a husband and wife wedding photographer team in Orange County, CA. They have been photographing weddings together since 2003. Contact us for more info about booking your wedding in the Southern California area.

Brian and Jennifer Gilmore specialize in wedding photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. 

Call 949-698-3968 or email us for more info about booking your 2017-18 wedding

Meet the Gilmores:

Gilmore Studios is a husband and wife team that serves Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas. We specialize in fine wedding photography, family portraits, and newborn photography. Our studio has been in business since 2002.

Fun Facts:

PLace we call home:

Newport Beach

Number of kids:

3 boys

Years in business:

Since 2002

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Gilmore Studios • Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Session by appointment only