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Crystal Cove Cottages Wedding Photography

Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove Cottages Wedding – Caitlin + Trent

Caitlin and Trent invited 100 of their favorite people in Utah to Orange County for their destination wedding!  When they arrived a couple days earlier, it was pouring down rain. I think it rained all week! It was misty that Sunday morning but we could start to see blue sky peeking through to we knew it was going to be a perfect day for a wedding.

Reserving a Crystal Cove Cottage is no easy task (ask anyone who has tried) but when you work with the awesome team at the Beachcomber for your wedding, everything gets easier! Cottage number 2 is called the “Shell Shack” and is located a few steps from the restaurant. There is a cute patio area in back for your family to hang out in and a porch in front with an incredible view of Catalina Island. The cottage is a single room with a tiny bathroom in back. The beds fold up against the wall so there is plenty of room for the girls to get ready.

The ceremony area is unlike any other in Orange County. You are literally on the sand right in front of the crashing surf! The reception is area is on a small bluff directly behind the ceremony. There is a hill right behind filled with wild flowers and beautiful cactus plants. Kids were in heaven as they ran around with bare feet sword fighting with sticks and collecting seashells.

We have photographed engagement sessions many times at the Crystal Cove Cottages, but this was our first wedding here. If you are in the market for a beach wedding, you’d better get on their waiting list, because there is no other beach wedding location like it!



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Brian and Jennifer Gilmore are husband and wife photographers that created a wedding & portrait 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 Crystal Cove Cottages Wedding on the beach.


Venue: Crystal Cove Cottages

35 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, CA 92657

(800) 444-7275

Catering/planning: Brittney w/The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove

Photographer: Brian & Jennifer Gilmore Studios

Video: Alysha Shelby

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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