Gourmet Laguna Beach Wedding: Kat + Brendan

The Story: In the midst of a crazy year, Brendan asked Kat to marry him. Rather than waiting to get married, they quickly planned a gorgeous celebration at the Montage. With only four other guests in attendance, Kat and Brendan honoured their commitment to life together despite challenging circumstances.  

The Location: Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California. This beachfront sanctuary overlooks the ocean and is an ideal spot for an intimate celebration. For Brendan and his family, the Montage holds many memories. Before the hotel was built, it used to be a mobile home park just steps from the sand. Brendan’s grandparents owned a home on the property, so he grew up swimming and snorkeling at Treasure Island Beach. They celebrated holidays, enjoyed family dinners, and watched countless sunsets together. The location was an obvious choice for him and Kat to tie the knot – creating their first family memory together at a place filled with history.  

The Vibe: A gourmet farm-to-table celebration next to the sound of the crashing waves of the Pacific. Shoes off under the table and getting lost in the heady delight of anticipating the next course. After a long lunch followed by a cake ceremony, Kat and Brandon watch the sun set with the sand in between toes.

The Details: With such an intimate affair, it only made sense for the pair to get ready together in the comfort of their modern room at the hotel. Rather than staying separate or having a “first look” that wasn’t right for them, they broke tradition and enjoyed even more time together in a relaxed fashion. Opting for a zoom wedding ceremony with the Orange County clerk-recorder’s office in their hotel room that morning, Kat and Brendan created plenty of time on their wedding day to enjoy the property, eat a degustation (multi-course) meal and take some stunning portraits to remember their day.  

Tips & Highlights:

  • Do what you want. Celebrate with a few guests if you want. Go on the sand in your wedding clothes. Break tradition, or keep it! The options for your wedding day are endless, and you have permission to celebrate your marriage however feels right.
  • Splurge on an incredible meal with a private chef. It will be an experience you will always remember.
  • Kat and Brendan reserved the garden space at the Montage with an ocean view for their cocktail hour, dinner and cake cutting. They sat next to planters growing the very same herbs and veggies sprinkled into their meal! 



Photography: Erin Marton Photography // Venue: Montage Laguna Beach // Hair: Golden Glow Beauty // Other Services: Published + Pretty // Stationery: Three Petals Floral and Event Design // Wedding Dress: BHLDN // Submitted via: Matchology