Santa Catalina Island – just 22 miles West of Los Angeles, it’s the perfect getaway for a couple to get married in Southern California. The islands flora, saturated with verdant hills, white sandy beaches, and crystal blue water, is a paradise not only for every couple but every wedding photographer and videographer. We got very lucky as Lisa and Sam were local to Catalina, making the wedding even more special, as we were not only able to photograph and film their big day but experience the lifestyle of an islander.
Venue – Overlook Hall
Coordinator – Friends and Family
Wedding Videographer – EverTwo Films
Wedding Photographer – EverTwo Films
One of the most common ways to get to the island is via the Catalina Express Ferry Boat, a typically calm 45-minute route. However, a few days before the wedding Lisa contacted us with a warning regarding strong winds due for the wedding day that could potentially cancel all boat rides. This made us very concerned, although after a short discussion amongst our team the decision was made to depart a day earlier in order to guarantee our arrival. Surprisingly, when we arrived at Long Beach ferry station, we were stopped by a ferry officer as the weather conditions were yet unclear. Luckily, we made it to the last boat and were on our way to the island.
Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the couples’ close relatives and invited to join the family dinner at one of the local restaurants in the city of Avalon, Catalina’s capital. The island is not only a great place to hike and enjoy the environment, but also to eat and explore the plethora of seafood. While there we found a list of the best places to eat in Avalon, which was very helpful – click here.
Since the city of Avalon is only 1 square mile, one could imagine that there is not much space, especially for cars and parking lots, therefore, the majority of Catalina’s residents own golf carts – which were very fun to drive.
On the wedding day events developed in a very agreeable manner, the couple and their folks were having lots of fun, fully enjoying the celebration. The island’s weather made us experience a variety of climates during the day: hot California sun, occasional rain showers, and a dreamlike rainbow. Despite the untimely weather, it was a pleasure to see the amount of love present at the wedding and the strong feelings of community inspired by the beauty and meaning of the moment. Friends and family from all over traveled to the island to see Lisa and Sam’s wedding. We had a wonderful experience not only as wedding photographers and videographers but also as being a part of the celebration. Catalina island wedding was a truly unforgettable experience and we can’t wait to come back and create more artistic work.