Casino San Clemente Wedding
One of the absolute best things about being a wedding photographer is when a bride and groom get their wedding photos back and enjoy them so much that they take a few moments to write you a kick-ass review. The kinds of words people have left me in thank you cards or reviews really do warm my soul. I keep every thank you/note card every bride and groom has ever given me and always read my online reviews over and over again. I read the heartfelt words whenever I am feeling discouraged as an artist and need a reminder of how lucky I am to work with so many awesome people. I am saying all this because it was through an online review that Jackie found me and I honestly cannot emphasize how lucky I am she did.
Jackie and Doug got married at an Orange County wedding venue called The Casino in San Clemente, California (Click Here to view the wedding website). These two winners did not opt for an engagement session and wanted only day-of coverage, which can be a little weird if the couple is anti-social. Meeting someone for the first time literally a handful of hours before a wedding can sometimes feel a little strange at first, but that was totally not the case with these two. Jackie was totally inviting and Doug even touched my butt. The first time he said was an accident but the second time felt intentional. But I took it as a compliment and touched his butt back just in case it was some strange cultural thing of his I was unaware of. I certainly didn’t want to be rude on his wedding day. Honestly, this wedding was f***ing awesome. I loved everything about it (except for the wedding coordinator who never got me a vendor meal…). The ceremony was perfect in its simplicity, signature cocktails had BOOM and the reception had that perfect balance of lots of booze without all the drunk. I loved it all. Cheers to Jackie and Doug and THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of the celebration!
The Casino San Clemente Wedding Cost
Average Wedding Cost At Casino San Clemente
According to many of the OC wedding planning experts I have worked with the average wedding cost at this San Clemente, CA wedding venue is $27,000. This makes The Casino more affordable than other popular venues in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and surrounding OC California wedding hot spots such as Franciscan Gardens along with the many country club wedding venues. What makes The Casino so cool is the long history of the wedding venue that goes back over 75 years when it was the location many Hollywood celebrities such as Judy Garland would enjoy an endless cocktail hour over big band music. Today, amenities of the historic building and kick-ass wedding venue known as The Casino include:
- Ocean View Patio
- Grand Ballroom For Wild Wedding Receptions
- Large Banquet Hall For Wedding Rehearsals
- Nearby Beach Access To Get That Beach Wedding Vibe In Your Photos
- Event Space Perfect For Wedding Vendors or DYI Brides To Get Creative
- Private Dining Area With Gorgeous Views
If you are still searching for wedding inspiration and not sure if you want your special day to be hosted at a location like Cota de Caza or Hyatt Regency, then make sure you put this venue on your list of must-see spots!
All wedding photos were captured on the property and the surrounding area of the Casino in San Clemente, California. All wedding photos were snapped by Palm Springs Wedding Photographer Ryan Horban who needs to get himself into better because he has put on some extra lbs during wedding season and also needs to stop referring to himself in 3rd person because it is really freaking weird.
Wedding day coverage: One photographer for 7 hours.
For Wedding Photographers: This was actually a pretty tricky wedding to shoot, especially since I photographed it solo. The sky was overcast at the beach so we were not able to get any good warmth in the photos but the diffused light did provide some unique opportunities in terms of locations. However, the toughest portion of the day was the wedding ceremony. The wedding went off literally about 5 minutes before the sun went down so on my 5D Mark ii I used a flash and on my 5D Mark iii I shot with a Sigma Art 35mm at basically f1.8 and ISO of 3200. I figured I better use the camera that had less noise for the prime lens and flash with the lesser of the two camera bodies. Blur was a real concern for me on the camera not using flash, but I think the combination worked out well overall.
The Casino is located at 140 West Avenida Pico,, San Clemente, CA 92672