After sharing a super fun trip together for their Disneyland engagement photos, Tanya and Cam were back in LA a few months later for an epic destination Santa Monica Pier Wedding. If you remember, Tanya and Cam were from all the way up in Lethbridge, Canada, so coming down to LA was a nice relaxing vacation on the beach. They went non-traditional all the way with their wedding- from inviting just their close family and friends, wearing a beautiful black and teal gown, to having their venue be out in the open next to thousands of scantily clad 'guests'...Everything was just right.
"Our easiest decision in wedding planning was to have a beach destination. We live in the prairies and close to mountains, so sandy beaches and sprawling water are more of a novel sight for us. California is my favorite place to travel to and also where he proposed to me, so it was much more meaningful than traveling down to somewhere like Mexico. I was eager to have some quirky backgrounds in our photos and Santa Monica has lots of them!"
"The hardest part was planning everything from another country. We had to put a lot of trust into people we had never met and base our decisions on online reviews and conversations with vendors. In the end we were so happy with everyone we chose. Everyone did such a great job and made our day so memorable."
Santa Monica Pier Wedding
Tanya got ready at one of my favorite hotels in LA, The Shangri-LA. They have absolutely gorgeous rooms with fantastic charm! They were able to grab the Rock n Roll suite in the Penthouse of the hotel which has beautiful views of the Pier and beach.
"I always imagined myself getting married in a shorter style of dress, and going with something other than white just fit with my personality. When we decided on our color scheme I had a rough idea of what I wanted my dress to look like, so I hit Google and instantly found exactly what I wanted. It wasn't a designer dress and was only $100, and they only had it left in the size and color I needed. Totally meant to be!"
"We both wanted clothes we could wear at later events, so Cam went with a custom tailored suit from Indochino. Since I was wearing turquoise and black, we thought it would be appropriate for him to be the one in white. He has the confidence to rock a white suit so it was a perfect fit for him, and it gave us many opportunities to joke about him being the bride."
The Shangre-LA's bar area gives you a great first look spot. Cam's face is absolutely fantastic.
Since it was a more non-traditional style event we signed all the papers at Bubba Gump's on the Santa Monica pier while people secretly snapped away on their cell phones [and sent photos along to TMZ]. It was kind of amazing, hilarious, and surreal.
It was awesome having an extended portrait session with Tanya and Cam. We were able to spend some time first in the hotel, then to the bluffs overlooking Santa Monica, and finally down to the pier.
The ceremony was definitely my favorite part of the day. We didn't finalize the exact location until we showed up to do it, and ended up by the Santa Monica Pier where a crowd gathered to watch us and applauded when we had our kiss! We spent a lot of time planning the ceremony and in the end it was perfectly us; we even pulled a prank on our friends in the middle of it. I cried a lot, the best man cried more than me, and it felt great to do the whole thing barefoot. Our officiant has been in a movie, so that was a nice California touch on top of everything. We ended up signing our papers in Bubba Gumps (not the classiest place!) to get out of the heat and almost got kicked out of the restaurant, which was hilarious."
After an amazing ceremony we went back and took some more portraits around the pier while everyone freshened up for dinner. There's nothing like LA sunsets on the beach and we had a great time soaking up the late afternoon sun around the pier.
Many congrats Tanya and Cam! Thanks for a wonderful experience! -Ian & Tanya