{ Kelie + Kaare | Long Beach Wedding }

Kelie and Kaare were married in Long Beach on a sunny May afternoon. I met with Kelie and her bridesmaids at the juicy-colored Hotel Maya, followed by a sweet first look right along the waters edge, and portraits around the hotel’s grounds. The unique & mod hotel was actually Kelie’s main reason for wanting to do a first look – she was smitten by the bright colorful architecture (as am I! smitten silly!) and knew that doing a first look was the only way to get portraits there since the ceremony took place at a different location.

Fastforwarding to today, I actually met with Kelie this afternoon and as we reminisced about her wedding day, she shared that she was really glad they made the decision to see each other beforehand, and that the portraits we did around the Maya was one of her favorite memories of the day. It made my heart so happy to hear this – I often mention the benefits of a first look to my couples, but to hear her share her experience through cheery smiles was a wonderful testament to her decision. As you’ll see below, we really got to take our time, relax, and explore the vivid space!

And as you’ll also see, this allowed time after the ceremony to focus on an awesome offering from Skylinks – the golf course gave them a cart to ride around in for the day! Their fabulous coordinator Jenn adorned it with a gajillion balloons and it was such a cheerful & fun photo op (and so wonderfully reminiscent of Up! :)

Thank you Kelie & Kaare for inviting us to photograph your amazing day, and to my dear friend Jenn Yamauchi {jennyamauchi@gmail.com} for flawlessly coordinating every minute of it! If you’re looking for an endlessly warm, super sweet, and meticulously organized person to have on hand for your day, Jenn’s your girl!

Loved how Kelie’s vibrant orange & purple color palette matched the hotel’s vibe so perfectly!

True story: Kelie’s sparkly Toms for the reception rocked my world. Another true story: I always take way WAY too many shoe shots at weddings!

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22 Responses to “{ Kelie + Kaare | Long Beach Wedding }”

  1. Christine Says:

    Every single picture is so gorgeous! I love the lighting and the color scheme. I also teared up a little when I saw the first-look pictures. Haha. Kelie, you look gorgeous! :]

  2. Alexandra Says:

    I have to agree with Christine, every single picture is SOO gorgeous. The colors are fabulous and the expressions and moments you managed to capture are priceless. I am very impressed with your work! And you’re right, you take many shoe shots – but they are BEAUTIFUL! So don’t stop! :)

  3. Nelly Says:

    This wedding is one of my favorites Adrienne!!! So fun! I aspire to be as talented as you!

  4. Lauren Says:

    Gorgeous couple!! Hotel Maya is awesome… My mom lives across the bay and we love strolling the hotel grounds because of all the wild colors. Beautiful images as always!

  5. Mai Says:

    I spy Bougainvillea! Wow, great shots Adrienne! … especially love the details of the flowers. and congrats to Jenn on coordinating a great wedding! How exciting!

  6. Dave Richards Says:

    great shots Adrienne! Isn’t that hotel so cool?! Love that place.

  7. nickodani Says:

    There is nothing you do that doesn’t blow my mind, Adrienne.

  8. Gail Says:

    Wow wow wow! I love everything about this wedding but most especially the pops of pink!!! GORGEOUS! …Yep, Nickodani is right… you blow our minds girl :)

  9. Kelie Says:

    Thanks again, Adrienne, for capturing such beautiful pictures of our day!!! You are SO talented :)

  10. estherjulee Says:

    beautiful wedding and beautiful photos! :) and how cute to hang the dresses like that.

  11. serena grace Says:

    this is such a cute wedding! i love all the detail shots you got!

  12. jenn Says:

    you blow me away each time, adrienne!! you truly captured k & k and their special day so perfectly! i think my fave is the one where kelie is laughing in her hotel room..or maybe the one with k & K in front of the round mirrors. i have too many faves! :) thanks so much for bringing us all together! it was so great to work with you as always! :)

  13. nancy {so happi together} Says:

    wow. I am loving all of these colors. Everything feels so fresh and fun! Your shots are amazing and the couple is too adorable and very lucky to have your as their photog!

  14. jackie g. photog Says:

    oh so pretty!!! great shots as usual!!!

  15. Karishma Says:

    I love these pictures! You did such a fantastic job Adrienne :)


    loving all the colors!!! as always miss adrienne you rocked it!

  17. Kim Says:

    Gorgeous photos! The colors are absolutely brilliant! Well done again!

  18. Cathy Crawley Says:

    These are really beautiful Adrienne! I love how you managed to get touches of orange and pink in the photos, it’s details like that which will make their album so special!

  19. Sandy a la Mode Says:

    I really love the lighting of each and every one of these pictures!! My favorite pics are the golf cart ones, makes the couple look like a lot of fun!! Great photos as always Adrienne!

  20. Jennie Says:

    These are beautiful! I especially love the vibrant colors, and you captured the fun and joy in all of the pictures! :)

  21. Christina Brosnan Says:

    Stunning, stunning details!

  22. Will Kim Says:

    It’s always a happy feeling when visiting your blog! The images are always so clean and colorful! I love it!

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