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La Venta Inn Wedding Photography

La Venta Inn has always been one of my favorite venues to shoot a wedding. Perched high above the bluffs in Palos Verdes it has one of the best views in all of Los Angeles. We got some fun images from last weeks wedding of Kathryn and Johnny that I wanted to share.

La Venta Inn Wedding Photography

Million Dollar View at La Venta Inn

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La Venta Inn Wedding Photography

              Sunset from La Venta Inn Palos Verdes

La Venta Inn Wedding Photography


To inquire about your La Venta Inn Wedding, contact Kelly Matsushita at kelly@laventa.com.

La Venta Inn 796 Vía Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 (310) 373-0123

To inquire about our Photo and Video services, please email us at info@chrisschmittphotography.com


Sherwood Country Club Engagement Pictures.

We don’t often get the chance or the time to explore the course for great scenic shots on wedding day, but for this engagement session, we did some major exploring. Of course it helps that my clients happen to live in Sherwood and are members of the club. This hole is simply amazing.


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Sherwood Country Club Wedding with a Marine… and his Beautiful Bride

Written by Andrea Schmitt:

We all get bogged down with the everyday stresses of life.  The one thing that always puts things into perspective for me is when I read a story, see a show or see photos of people in military uniform.  I have a deep respect for the men and women in the military, so obviously it was an honor to spend an entire day with Marine and his lovely bride.  Julie and Matt got married at  one of our favorite wedding venues, Sherwood Country Club .

Any bride will tell you that planning a wedding is insane!  Now imagine planning a wedding on the short timeframe based on the schedule of an active Marine.  Julie along with coordinators Allison and Heather from Sherwood Country Club, kicked butt putting together this amazing soirée.  It was the sweet, elegant details that I noticed- I mean look at that cake topper! Perfect.

No tux here..Matt wore his Marine formals and looked the part. Marines are trained to handle the most difficult situations and don’t show fear very easily. And his wedding day was no exception.  His nerves were in check and he seemed very excited to marry the love of his life! As for our stunning bride, her entire look, was nothing but gorgeous!  I was going crazy over that veil.

As a father I would imagine giving away your daughter on their wedding must be one of the most emotional days of their life.  Julie’s father’s toast was filled with emotion, but also happiness in knowing that his daughter would be well taken care of by this wonderful man.  For all you fathers out there this is the type of guy you want your daughter to marry!  He even called dad and traditionally asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Julie and Matt may your journey be as beautiful as your wedding day!  And to both of you, thanks for the service and sacrifice for our country.

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Sherwood Country Club 320 W Stafford Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361 (805) 496-3036

For your Sherwood Country Club Wedding, please email us at info@chrisschmittphotography.com


Rustic Wedding at Hartley Botanical Garden. Featuring Josh and Kelly.

Written by Andrea Schmitt

If you want a beautiful rustic and romantic outdoor setting for your wedding, you must check out the Hartley Botanical Garden.  The venue has beautiful grounds surrounded by vine covered archways, winding walkways and a private intimate garden setting.

The botanical details of the day were everywhere from the napkins and invitations, the green accents of suspenders and shoes, to the roses on her dress.  This dress was an extravagant work of art -love love love it!  Also, look at the bouquet – crafted by hand as one enormous rose. Brilliant!

Another original detail was the beautiful stained glass Cross specifically designed, for Josh and Kelly by Paul Martinez. We set up a special night photography shot illuminating the cross and it turned out to one of my favorites from the wedding.

A vintage Rolls arrived in time for the romantics we shot of Josh and Kelly.

“The Beginning of a Sweet Life” was the sign for the dessert table.  What a cute detail, inviting all to enjoy these delicate desserts- Marble Cake Shots, Sugar Cookie Sammies, Peanut Butter Cupcakes… oh yeah.

Josh being a musician himself, wanted their friend, Brendan James to sing a song he wrote for the first dance.  What an amazing performer-no wonder he has over a million hits on YouTube-check him out!

We love it when the couples have the bartender pour themed Signature Drinks. Guests enjoyed the “Tangney Tonic” and our friend Matt Gudis from Who’s that DJ kept the guests dancing and it made for a great party!  For an end to this storybook romantic wedding, Josh and Kelly along with the guests lit up their sparklers to make for an awesome grand exit.


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Hartley Botanical 4465 Balcom Canyon Rd, Somis, CA 93066 (805) 297-5268

Delicious food from one of our favorites Command Performance Catering

Cake Goodness

To inquire about Photo and Video Services, please email us at info@chrisschmittphotography.com


Villa Bellissima Wedding Photography in Cabo San Lucas

I just returned from yet another wonderful wedding in Cabo.  This  time at the luxurious Villa Bellissima in Pedegral Beach in Cabo San Lucas. It began with a rehearsal dinner at the Hacienda del Mar followed by a White Party at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in Cabo. Irene and John were such a great couple. I couldn’t believe how calm and cool they were on wedding day. They were surrounded by a super fun wedding party and close friends and family. They married at the incredible Villa Bellissima Estate located in the Pedegral overlooking the Pacific. John’s father served as the officiant which was a really special touch. The Villa provided many levels to get creative angles and it was such a unique property for a destination wedding. We shuttled down to the beach for a few fun wedding party pictures before the ceremony and both the sunset and moonrise were spectacular that evening.

As my time was up, I got inspired and wanted to photograph Irene in the serene infinity pool  because it was so beautiful with the moon rising behind her. She agreed and then before I knew it, the entire wedding party jumped in the pool fully clothed which was awesome! That’s the sign of a great destination wedding.

A few highlight pictures are below.

To Reserve Villa Bellissima, contact Cabo Villas.

If you need a fantastic wedding planner in Cabo, you must call Rachel Hansen of Infinity Weddings.

And we all love photo-booths right? Dino at Memory Makers does a great service!



Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar White Party




Impressive Villa Bellissima in the Pedegral Cabo San Lucas


The gorgeous Bride!




 Villa Bellissima Wedding Photography in Cabo San Lucas