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Big Canyon Country Club Wedding | Karen & Matt

Big Canyon Country Club Wedding – Karen & Matt

We were ecstatic to photographer Karen and Matt’s wedding at the Big Canyon Country Club! The Big Canyon Country Club is an exclusive “members only” country club right next to Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. With beautiful golf courses and gorgeous scenery, the Big Canyon Country Club makes for an absolutely perfect wedding location!

Big Canyon Weddings

Karen & Matt had their entire wedding at Big Canyon. From the getting ready photos, through the ceremony on the green, to the reception in the ballroom! We loved the wine room reserved for Matt and the guys. The board room was set up for the girls complete with food and drinks for the group!

The First look

Brian and Matt headed outside the clubhouse for the “first look” (always our favorite part of the wedding day). Once he was in place, Jennifer and Karen went out to surprise the groom! This moment is reserved for the couple only. Some of the parents and bridal party watched through a nearby window.

Formal Photos

We spent the next hour with the couple cruising around the property and taking photos of the two of them. Next, we met up with the bridal party at the valet area for the group photos. Next, the immediate families arrived. We love getting all of the formal photos done and out of the way early!

Ceremony and Reception

One of our favorite things about Big Canyon Country Club weddings is right before the ceremony starts, the bridal party arrives on a caravan of golf carts! The guests look back to see the line of carts coming towards the ceremony site on the green. Matt’s sister officiated the wedding. This was her first time officiating and did a beautiful job! After the “I do’s” the guests walked back to the club house bar and outdoor patio for cocktail hour. Once all the details were in place and candles lit, everyone came inside to the ballroom for the reception.

Be sure to check out Karen & Matt’s engagement session at the beach in Corona Del Mar.


Vendor Love!

Venue and Coordination: Sherri and Sarah w/ Big Canyon Country Club

Photography: Brian and Jennifer Gilmore Studios

Bride’s dress: Rosa Clara

Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo

Groom’s attire: Black Tie

Band: James Gang w/ West Coast Music

Florist: Family Friend

Groomsmen gift: Embroidered Brooks Brothers Pocket Squares

Linens & Chairs: Signature Party Rentals

Menus and Catering : Big Canyon Country Club


About the photographers

Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are husband and wife photographers that created a wedding photography team in Orange County, CA. They have been photographing weddings, families, and corporate events since 2003. Contact us for more info about booking your wedding in the Southern California area. The creative team at Gilmore Studios specialize in wedding photography in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas in OC and Los Angeles, CA. In addition, you can call 949-698-3968 or email us for more info about booking your 2018 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach wedding photographer.

Karen & Matt’s Wedding Slideshow

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For Photographers

Gilmore Studios is always looking for ways to reach out and help fellow photographers. If you are interested in coaching, workshops, or joining our team, check out our For Photographers page here. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

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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