Seven Degrees Wedding : Jami + Joel

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he was sending emails at 3 a.m. the morning of her wedding. Jami was busy planning her life, happily tying up loose ends, and waiting for Joel to wake up in the hotel room a few flights away. After all, she'd been waiting to be his wife since high school, so who needed sleep on such a perfect day? As the sun rose over the Laguna Beach horizon, Jami and Joel knew the day would bring more than they could have anticipated. More joy, more happiness, more love.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Jami and Joel created a wedding at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach that reflected their relationship in the truest form. In all their years together, their love grew, changed, and morphed as life twisted and turned, but through it all, they remained each other's constant. In the midst of anything, they had everything. They committed their vows and promised to always give more. More joy, more happiness, more love.

Jami and Joel...I can't begin to thank you for simply being you. From the beginning, we felt like friends, almost like we were destined to meet and share our stories. Your wedding was perfect and there were times when I wanted to reach out and squeeze you for making me fall more in love with what I do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your love's an honor I cherish. I hope you enjoy the Maldives and make more memories...together. Much Love and Appreciation... j*

The wedding day started at Montage Laguna Beach and despite a week of rain, the skies parted to reveal a glorious sunny day. Not to be outdone by the blue skies, Jami wore a beautiful Pronovias wedding dress leaving everyone breathless...

Many thanks to Carina of Flawless Faces for hair and her...

Gorge...gorge...gorge. Seriously, Jami?! Gorgeous. That is all.

A small story... When I first met Jami, she informed me she came across a post I wrote about First Looks and seeing the groom before the ceremony. At first skeptical, she read more then asked Joel to read it. Somewhere along the line, Jami decided to set up a meeting and later book me for their wedding, opting for the First Look. Judging by Joel's reaction, I think it was a good choice...

...I think Jami was just as excited to see his by JD

The weather was beautiful in Laguna Beach, so we took some time for wedding pictures at Montage Resort before heading to Seven Degrees for the ceremony...

We arrived at Seven Degrees with plenty of time for wedding photos, including the bridal party pictures and family formals. I offered my assistance to create the wedding timeline and Jami let me create an ideal day to hang out with the guys...

...and hang out with an amazing group of ladies...

I've photographed weddings at Seven Degrees before, so I challenged myself to try to shoot differently and new angles...Jami and Joel were amazing and let me experiment a bit...although to be fair I don't think they minded all the kissing...


The sun was rapidly setting behind the Laguna Beach canyon, but the ceremony was timed perfectly and was a beautiful reflection of their love...

Many thanks to Alyssa from Seven Degrees for planning such a flawless day and creating the floral arrangements...

The First Dance...

To see more of Jami and Joel's Seven Degrees wedding, feel free to check out their slideshow with music found at WithEtiquette...

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Gloria - Love their first look! Beautiful images!   08.17.15 - 2:08pm
Sarah B - Love the group shots!  06.16.11 - 7:45pm
Lester Molina - You can easily tell this couple is deeply in love. It's all over their faces, and you captured it beautifully. Thanks J*  05.14.11 - 8:59am
Odalys Mendez - This couple is so vibrant. I loved their engagement session and I am swooning over their wedding slideshow. You captured their personalities perfectly!  04.21.11 - 9:33am
Rachel - Gorgeous ! love this session !  04.18.11 - 10:56am
Alisha Cryderman - OMG, I loooove their first look!! So genuine, i got goose bumps. LOVE!   04.12.11 - 6:12pm
fotograf Gdansk - great moments, beautifully photos :)  04.12.11 - 10:48am
ann wedding favors - All I can really say is WOW! Every blissful moment in the wedding was beautifully captured. The combination of black and purple is perfect especially in the reception are.   04.08.11 - 8:53am
Jay Studio Photography - what a great story. and of course, beautifully captured moments as well :)   04.06.11 - 11:59am
Immo - Jasmin, don't we have the most beautiful job in the world?? Nice work!  04.06.11 - 1:10am
miami wedding photographer - I love the groom's expression!!! Priceless!  03.30.11 - 12:24pm
Roger - What a cool hanger... wow super custom.  03.29.11 - 10:07pm
GingerMurray - Gorgeous photos, Jasmine. I really like the location for the bridal party pics-- turned out real cool. And what a beautiful shot from the ceremony... and I love the lighting at the reception.   03.29.11 - 4:09pm
Steve | Different Las Vegas Wedding Photographers - Every time I visit your blog and view your work I learn something new. Thank you for being so giving!  03.29.11 - 12:10pm
Sidd Rishi - Great pics in here.   03.29.11 - 5:17am
Timothy | Sacramento Wedding Photographer - Ah, I love Seven Degrees. Receptions are awesome there. Great photos.   03.28.11 - 4:23pm
Beat Mumenthaler - really good pictures! congratulation! kind regards beat  03.28.11 - 3:31am
Cindy Brown | Atlanta Wedding Photography - Beautiful bride and groom. Beautfiul photos!  03.27.11 - 8:04pm
Erica Velasco - cute! Love the modern setting!  03.27.11 - 10:47am
michelle gunton - sooo pretty  03.26.11 - 2:15pm
Samuel Burns - Really enjoying your b&w's  03.26.11 - 12:39pm
Rachel Peters Photography - Ummmm I love that one where it must be her Dad giving her to the groom!!! !  03.25.11 - 2:47pm
Justin Critz - STUNNING! I love the one of them in front of the staircase :)  03.25.11 - 10:11am
Mikaela - those first look photos are priceless! lovely, lovely way to start off the wedding season. yay!!  03.25.11 - 9:33am
jade - fabulous  03.25.11 - 9:23am
REGINA PINKSTON - I loved these photos. You do awesome work. It's so beautiful in it's make it look so easy! You're fun, energetic, and personable!   03.25.11 - 8:34am
Kristin Nicole - I Love this wedding! I was especially excited as my husband read over my shoulder and commented on the Jimmy Choo's, it was then I knew I had trained him well. Fabulous Jasmine!  03.24.11 - 8:39pm
Bethany Ann - She looks like Alicia Keys!!!!!! I absolutely adore these. Wonderful!!  03.24.11 - 7:49pm
gladys jem - the shot of them against the wall kissing her forehead...MOST GORGEOUS!   03.24.11 - 7:02pm
s h e r r y - Beaautiful photos, Jasmine!  03.24.11 - 3:13pm
Katelyn James - LOVE! You must attract that style of dress! I feel like I've seen it before on another one of your brides! .... maybe not, I dont know... I may stuff up all the time... it's GORGEOUS though! Beautiful bridal party shots! xoxoxoxoxo  03.24.11 - 12:47pm
Jackson MS Photographer - Amazing as always, Jasmine. LOVE the table numbers, what a great idea!  03.24.11 - 12:35pm
Candace Prokopets - Beautiful! I especially love the bridal party pics. All of them are just lovely!  03.24.11 - 9:22am
Columbus GA Wedding Photographer - What a great looking couple. The details are HOT!  03.24.11 - 8:20am
Sebastian Joel - "THE FIRST LOOK" awesomeness. i love it. ima steel thisssssssssssssssss, coo? thanks j! :D  03.24.11 - 3:14am
DSWfoto - Orlando - Fantastic wedding images Jasmine! Is that JD in the recessional of the bride and groom or an Uncle Bob? He looked scruffy if it was JD.  03.23.11 - 9:19pm
Kansas City Wedding Photographers - I love his first look at her. She was so beautiful and the photos refect that great job and congratulations to the wonderful couple.  03.23.11 - 8:19pm
Kellie - So pretty!  03.23.11 - 7:23pm
Ashley Terry - Jasmine, these are gorgeous, as usual. No surprise there! I just adore your style--so clean, so simple but so powerful!   03.23.11 - 7:21pm
Lloyed Valenzuela - I love the candid shots...especially during the first look:D Another Awesome Wedding!!!  03.23.11 - 7:20pm
Alli Mc - What a beautiful couple and beautiful wedding. Gorgeous photos too!  03.23.11 - 7:16pm
yinka - Such a darling wedding! ANother slam dunk  03.23.11 - 7:15pm
Autumn Teesdale - I love this Jasmine! The First Look pictures were priceless! I am in tears now!!  03.23.11 - 6:20pm
adita - Just gorgeous as always!  03.23.11 - 5:53pm
Shane O' Sullivan - Lovin the Jimmy Choo shot! Wedding season has finally started, can't wait to see more!  03.23.11 - 5:51pm
Candee - such a beautiful wedding & beautiful couple! Great job as always =]  03.23.11 - 4:51pm
brianne howard - gorgeous as always!  03.23.11 - 4:28pm
Emily Faith Allen - Jasmine, I'm watching your Creative Live dvds right now and surfing your blog in prep for my first wedding of the season this Saturday. LOVE your work and love these videos. You are a true inspiration and I feel like I know you. Thanks for all you do!  03.23.11 - 4:18pm
Sarah Danaher - gosh, if there's just ONE thing that I love about your work, Jas, it's how perfectly you read light on skin. SO PERFECT!!!  03.23.11 - 3:28pm
Mom - Beautiful couple. Beautical location. Beautiful wedding.   03.23.11 - 3:22pm
KarenE - I think there is something about this couple (and you of course!) because, along with their engagement shoot, they have turned out some of my absolute favourites of your work. Beautiful as always.  03.23.11 - 3:09pm
Ariel Renae - STUNNING bride!!! BEAUTIFUL photos to match!!! :) love love love!  03.23.11 - 2:53pm
kelsey (las vegas wedding photographer) - Stunning images!! Love the purple!  03.23.11 - 2:29pm
Diane - - Beautiful!  03.23.11 - 2:10pm
christine - Wow I am super impressed by this shoot! I've been to Seven Degrees for another wedding and it was so dark inside everyone's photos came out terrible. These are stunning!  03.23.11 - 2:06pm
christine - Wow, I was super impressed by this shoot because I've been to Seven Degrees for another wedding and it was so dark inside, everyone's pictures came out terrible. These are stunning.  03.23.11 - 2:03pm
Sharon Clark - Love them all. I especially love the shot of the hanger that say "Mrs. Clark". I just got married one month ago and that's my new name as well :)  03.23.11 - 1:20pm
Becca - Ok maybe the cutest first look EVER! lovely wedding, adorable couple.  03.23.11 - 1:06pm
LEOLAK - OMG...I'm literally crying!! I saw your sneek peak post on twitter...ah....GORGEOUS!!! Joel had the best first look reaction ever on your site that I can remember! Jami looks absolutely STUNNING....BEAUTIFUL....FAB...just wow! I love purple!!! Beautiful work as always Jasmine and JD!   03.23.11 - 1:01pm
felicia gwen - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!  03.23.11 - 12:31pm
Jorge Tortajada - Great job, Jasmine. Beautiful photos!  03.23.11 - 12:16pm
Noa - What a gorgeous wedding... And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the groom's reaction to his bride during the first look. Classic :)  03.23.11 - 12:10pm
Andrea Worley - Love his reaction!! That is the stuff love is made of!! Beautiful couple.   03.23.11 - 12:08pm
Nick Coyne - That first look reaction is the best!!!  03.23.11 - 12:06pm
Julie Towery - WOW!!! Unbelievable how you can make me feel like I know them and I was invited to their wedding!! Love the music!!!  03.23.11 - 11:53am
B - She looks beautiful! Tell her I'm so happy the day finally came :) Hopefully I'll tell her when I run into her at the gym.  03.23.11 - 11:42am
Stephanie Stewart - So beautiful! Stunning couple, they are sooo happy, it just radiates in Love the First Look - I finally have some couples wishing to do this at their wedding, and I'm so excited about it!   03.23.11 - 11:38am
rich - really really beautiful wedding - first look shots are priceless!  03.23.11 - 11:17am
Jill Samter Photography - Simply GORGE as you say! Truly a beautiful couple and shots!  03.23.11 - 11:13am
Kira Noble - Absolutely fabulous! The first look photos totally got me!   03.23.11 - 11:11am
Annetta - Great job, Jasmine. Beautiful photos and beautiful couple.  03.23.11 - 10:57am
erin - i ADORE this wedding. They look so incredibly happy, and in love- and she is beyond gorgeous. Their day looked so perfect. oh, and their pictures, I heart, in a majorly big way!   03.23.11 - 10:56am
Victoria - How do you always find the most beautiful couples - we have some gorgeous people on my island but you guys are just STUNNING!  03.23.11 - 10:56am
Amy Hummel - I cried when I saw the first look photo of the groom.  03.23.11 - 10:46am
Carrie LeighAnna - Without a doubt my all-time favorite first look EVER!! Love it! And yes, they are a fabulously attractive couple!  03.23.11 - 10:44am
Maria - There is not a thing you do that I don't love! Gorgeous couple, breathtaking photos! Air kisses!  03.23.11 - 10:38am
Maria - There is not a think you do that I don't love! Gorgeous couple, breathtaking photos!   03.23.11 - 10:37am
Alicia Candelora - what a GORGEOUS chic location! And Jamie is sooo beautiful!  03.23.11 - 10:14am
jamie delaine - love this. such a modern wedding which is a nice break from all the vintage trends.  03.23.11 - 10:12am
Kathleen - Ahhhh CA weather! Gorgeous photographs, J*. I love when you "experiment" with new angles. Always an inspiration <3  03.23.11 - 10:10am
Life with Kaishon - Oh my goodness. What a glorious day. She is all sorts of GORGEOUS! I love her shoes to death. Seriously, death!\ They are both so sensational looking. Fantastically beautiful. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness together! Love, Becky  03.23.11 - 10:09am
Danny Douglas - Fantasitic photos. I'm wondering where the found a place to create the hanger that says "Mrs Clark". I thought that was a nice detail :)  03.23.11 - 10:08am
Kate Douthwright - Awesome! Love the first look pictures. Made me a little choked up. So beautiful  03.23.11 - 10:07am
Matt Crew - Beautiful and inspiring as always! How do you manage to always get stunning couples at stunning venues?!   03.23.11 - 10:06am
Tanya Petraglia - OMG! Jasmine Star, Star Staress! Where have you been all my life? I love the first look! His expression..Her loving every minute of it...I felt there love through your work..(Tissue please..)   03.23.11 - 10:06am
Jenelle Sewell - Beautiful wedding! Phenomenally captured.   03.23.11 - 10:04am
Brittani - And so begins the year with fabulous photography. =) &hearts; Love love love. =)  03.23.11 - 10:04am
Camille Denae - Fabulous as always Jasmine! One of my favorite First Look shots of a groom. Priceless! Your year is off to an incredible start! Way to go!  03.23.11 - 10:03am
Shauna - As always - love them. <3  03.23.11 - 10:01am
christina - Jasmine, this was my favorite post to date! Her smile is infectious and she's absolutely gorgeous! Love her bridesmaid dresses and the First Look is a perfect view of a long lasting marriage. Congrats to the loving couple!  03.23.11 - 9:58am
Amber Steel - So pretty!! LOVE the reaction at the 1st look!   03.23.11 - 9:56am
Christa Taylor - So inspiring! Love how you challenged yourself to re-think the location compared to previous shoots.   03.23.11 - 9:55am
Susan - I love your story and your photos match how beautiful they are. Gorgeous Jasmine!!  03.23.11 - 9:55am
Cristina - Beautiful images as always Jasmine! Love, love, love xxx  03.23.11 - 9:54am
Lasha - hi Jasmine :) I'm slowly working on getting my photography business busier, and any advice is appreciated! I was wondering if your preference is to photograph using natural light only, or if you use a combo of flash and natural? Your photos are just incredible. There's so much energy within them! I have to say you're a true inspiration. I'm really thankful you're so open with how you go about doing things, and I LOVE that you say you still make someone who is still in the beginning of my business adventure and not always having the most confidence in myself, it helps to know that even world famous photogs still make mistakes sometimes. thank you so much! Lasha  03.23.11 - 9:52am
Alexandra - Soooooooo beautiful Jasmin! The reaction of the groom - you can tell he was really overwhelmed! Great, great shoot! The bride reminds me of Alicia Keys ;) - just stunningly beautiful! I tell you: you will rock the really big hollywood weddings very soon!!  03.23.11 - 9:50am
MelissaFoscardo - Those are the best first look reactions I think I've ever seen on here. So sweet.  03.23.11 - 9:49am
Ciara Richardson - I LOOOOOVE these! I always look forward to your posts!  03.23.11 - 9:47am
P E N N Y - Beautiful. Love the first look reactions!  03.23.11 - 9:43am
Ashley - Beautiful like always!! Great inspiration!!  03.23.11 - 9:43am
Feuza - His reaction is priceless  03.23.11 - 9:42am