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Laguna Beach Engagement | Matt + Amber

Amber and Matt live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rather than being photographed with bright lights, noise, vehicles crawling bumper-to-bumper on Las Vegas Boulevard, and tourists watching their every move, this couple who loves the outdoors chose Willow Canyon in Laguna Beach, California for their engagement photographs.

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s 7,000 acres encompasses some of the last remaining coastal canyons in Southern California. Hiking through the park, you’ll see California as it has existed for thousands of years.

One of this Orange County park’s canyons is Willow Canyon. While hiking through this area of great natural beauty, you’ll see coastal sage scrub, and willow, oak, and sycamore trees. You might also see California gnatcatchers, orange-throated whiptails, mule deer, bobcats, and red-tailed hawks.

Amber and Matt will not be married in a Las Vegas wedding chapel or in an elegant hotel –casino setting in the city where they live. Their wedding will occur in San Diego County at Lake Oak Meadows in Temecula.

Lake Oak Meadows consists of several lakeside private wedding ceremony and reception sites in the middle of the Vitagliano Vineyard & Winery estate. Imagine the bride arriving for the ceremony is a white, antique horse-drawn carriage. Picture an outdoor daytime ceremony and reception in an area filled with trees and beautiful flowers or an evening event with fountains in the lake and sparkling lights serving as the backdrop for the ceremony.

Amber and Matt choose a beautiful outdoor setting for their Darnall Photography engagement photos and an equally-beautiful setting for their wedding. We wish the couple much happiness.


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If you want to see more of Chris Darnall’s work, please visit his website or his facebook page to view recent wedding and engagement photographs. Call Chris at 714-926-4226 to see if he is available to photograph your wedding or special event or send an e-mail to him at