Laguna Beach Wedding: A Romantic Beach Affair

A love story which began in the beach town of Laguna Beach, California, turned into a romantic beach wedding. What I love is the simple and sweetness of this wedding. No bridesmaids or groomsmen, just two love birds uniting with their closest friends and family, overlooking the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. I absolutely love this bride! Beautiful and graceful, this bride has it all, and shows it all off at her beach side wedding.

The love and sweetness is captured by inGrace Photography. Get ready to fall in love as you browse through the photos.

From our beach loving bride…

We got married on Saturday, September 3, 2012 , Labor Day Weekend. Our wedding took place at our favorite place – Laguna Beach, California. We got married at the Laguna Beach Heisler Park Gazebo overlooking the ocean. My sister Puneh Alai married us as she had an interesting role in how we came together. Laguna Beach is the town where we fell in love.

We had a Baha’i Wedding Ceremony and the back side of the que cards used by the “officiant” artistically and creatively spelled out the words L-O-V-E. Farzaneh Farhand was the florist, a long time dear family friend. The wedding flowers were as bright, modern, and hued like our wedding day.

I wore a fitted strapless white tafetta dress with a black satin bow, black heels, and black and silver jewelry to match. My hair and makeup was done at my favorite salon, the TriBeca Salon in Aliso Viejo. Lucas wore a Hugo Boss suit and an understated modern thin black tie.

We had our immediate families with just a handful of long time close family friends, making a total of exactly 19 guests. A nice coincidence as this is a very special number for both of us. We were honored to have guests from as far away as Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, and Denver.  A special guest of honor was Lucas’s 81 year old grandmother who had never seen the ocean until her grandson’s wedding!

I arrived in a 1920 award winning Model T-Ford, driven by my mom’s neighbor Bob. Who said Californians are not friendly?! This was something I  always dreamed of, and it was truly an honor to drive to the ceremony in such a classic and historic piece of history. It added a very old classy touch to a very understated and chic wedding event.

The background music consisted of melodic music from our past year of courting. Slightly Stupid’s “Ocean”, was playing in the background as I walked down the aisle.

After the ceremony, Lucas and I were driven to Casa Del Camino Hotel for our dinner reception. The reception was held at the hotel’s top level, The Roof Top. It has sweeping views of the endless ocean and romantic Laguna Beach behind them.

The reception was a sit down three course dinner with the continued black and white theme and variety of bouquets similar to my bouquet. Each table setting had hurricane candles and strewn sea shells. The wedding cake was from Cinderella Cakes and it was a simple understated two tiered cake with sea shells and a simple bow on top. My sister prepared a collage of pictures of our first year together, reminding us of our amazing courtship.

Each guest took home an original sea shell which I found in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. We stayed the night at Casa Del Camino Hotel. Our honeymoon suite name was the Moroccan Suite. It is a very beach, eclectic, and artsy theme which we loved! The photography was done by In Grace Photography. Kristin and Mark Paulkoner at the time were just our amazing photographers but have now become close friends. This husband and wife team are wonderful to have at your wedding as they exude love themselves, and this shows in the pictures they take for their clients! They have since photographed the newborn baby photos of the our son Kai (Kai means Ocean in Hawaiian by the way, go figure!).

I loved everything of the day, and had a wonderful time!


  1. Nice choice for the Bridal March!

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