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

Chart House Dana Point Wedding Photographer

Charles & Carolyn | Chart House Dana Point Wedding Photographer

This beautiful day started at the Blue Lantern Inn, just steps away from the Chart House. We found a tiny strip of shade near the hotel that ended up working great for their first look! Next we had all of the family and bridal party meet up to get formal photos out of the way. The bride and groom were a bit concerned about the extra festivities going on by the harbor. From canons randomly firing off at the Tall Ships Festival, to the sounds of the Ohana Music Festival, no one was quite sure how noisy this wedding ceremony might be! We walked over to the Chart House to check it out and like magic, everything got quiet for the ceremony!

Gorgeous Chart House Dana Point Wedding

The Chart House Dana Point sits on the cliffs directly above the Ocean Institute and the view is simply, breathtaking. When you are done viewing the wedding photos, be sure to check out their engagement session in Huntington Beach! 

From the Couple

How did you guys meet?

We met on an online dating app in 2015! We were both young professionals who had been single for quite some time. Carolyn was getting tired of the dating scene and decided one morning that she would quit dating and delete all of her dating apps. When she logged onto OK Cupid to delete her app, she received a message from a cute guy and thought, “I’ll respond to this guy and this will be my last message ever.” (And it was!) We met the very next day and our lunch date turned into a 12-hour adventure and we have been inseparable since.

In your own words…the proposal!

We went to Maui for Carolyn’s birthday. The morning of her birthday, we went to the beach and packed wine and snacks for a picnic at the bay. The view was amazing and Carolyn stood up on a bench to take a panoramic view photo. As she was concentrating on taking the perfect snapshot, Charles got down one knee and popped out the ring! It was a very spontaneous and unexpected surprise!

Wedding Day Vendors

Photography: Gilmore Studios

Videographer: Prismatik Films

Hotel: Blue Lantern Inn

Wedding Venue: Chart House Dana Point

Venue Coordinator: Marisa MacQuillan

Florist: Forever Floral Designs

Hair Stylist: Robin Dunn Hair

Makeup artist: Melissa Caufield

Wedding Cake: Penelope’s perfections

Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal

Grooms attire: Hugo Boss

DJ: Prolific Pros

Officiant: Rich Cowley



About the Photographers

Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are husband and wife photographers that assembled 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, 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 2018 wedding! Chart House Dana Point Wedding Photographer.



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