Balboa Bay Club Wedding | Kristen and Reid

We all know that chocolate is a romantic Valentine’s Day gift, but who would have thought that selling chocolate would lead to an elegant wedding at the Balboa Bay Resort?

Kristen was the assistant manager of a See’s Candies shop while in college. Reid’s mother was a chocoholic. She convinced her son to apply for a job at the shop where Kristen was working.

The Balboa Bay Club is the only hotel at water’s edge in Newport Beach Harbor. Reid and Kristen’s wedding ceremony was held outdoors at the resort with the beautiful marina as a backdrop.

The reception was held in the Balboa Bay Resort’s main ballroom. Something very special occurred during the reception. Kristen has a cousin who is a performer with Cirque du Soleil. Arrangements were made with the resort’s fantastic management for Kristen’s cousin to perform an acrobatic rope routine. How many times have you seen a young woman doing that at a wedding reception?

Chris Darnall of Darnall Photography is an Orange County wedding photographer based in Newport Beach. He captured Kristen’s attendants helping the bride get ready for her special Balboa Bay Resort wedding, and he took stunning photographs during the ceremony and at the reception.

If your interested in booking Darnall Photography for your wedding or event please visit his contact page.



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Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

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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 949-400-8895 to see if he is available to photograph your special event or send an e-mail to him at

Special thanks to:

Wedding Planner:  Allison Varela
Hair: by Pattie Scheuerell-Lewis from Five Doors Down The Salon
Makeup: Micaela Blasco
Videographer: EPOCH Productions
Cake & Confections: Susanne Michel


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Huron Substation Wedding | Darnall Photography

Amazing and totally original wedding. Eugene and Jess did a first look on the USC campus and then followed it up with their nuptials at the Huron Station in Los Angeles. Everything about their wedding was unique from the vendor hand rolling cigars to the pushcart filled with delicious authentic Mexican frozen fruit bars. Thanks Eugene and Jess for trusting me with your big day.

Read more.. Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Laguna Beach Engagement | Lauren + Brandon

Engagement Locations: Laguna Beach, CA

I usually shoot engagements on the streets of downtown Laguna Beach or Table Rock Beach but this afternoon I wanted to look for something a little different and found it up Laguna Canyon Road at the Willow Canyon Park.  We arrived right when they were closing and had the park all to our selves.  Please contact Darnall Photography to schedule a consultation or to find out more about wedding and engagement packages. To see more Laguna Beach Engagement Shoots check out my other Blog postings or my website .

Read more.. Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Laguna Beach Engagement | Eric + Danielle

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

Eric and Danielle’s engagement shoot was amazing.  We started off at the Red Phone Booth in downtown Laguna Beach and then headed South to Table Rock Beach.   The sky was this rich dark blue color and Table Rock beach was all but empty, just us and the the pelicans.

Being an Orange County Wedding Photographer means I can shoot amazing engagement sessions all year long.

This has to be one of my favorite shots of the afternoon….. They were so relaxed and the lighting was perfect.

Beach Patrol by the true locals.

Sun Flare…….. I love this shot……

The waves were 5-6 that day so it made for some fun pics.

Thanks Eric & Danielle for an amazing afternoon…. I love my job………

Read more.. Monday, December 17th, 2012

Corona Del Mar Engagement | Danny + Nicole

Orange County Wedding Photographers have thousands of amazing areas to shoot but I love beach towns for my engagement back drops…..

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.

Read more.. Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Amazing Hyatt Huntington Beach Indian Reception

Darnall Photography had the privilege and pleasure of shooting John and Jaisi’s wedding and reception.  The Reception and wedding were coordinated by Amana at Kismet Event and Design.  I shoot around 30+ weddings a year but there are few that stand out and this was one of them.  While I was shooting the entertainment I looked at my second photographer and just smiled  thinking I have the best job in the world. Jaisi and  John’s families were warm and friendly and made us feel like one of the family.  Here are a few highlight of the evening and I hope you enjoy viewing the images as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

Read more.. Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Laguna Beach Engagement | Heather + Scott

Being a Laguna Beach Engagement Photographer, I always like shooting near the beach and this Engagement session turned out amazing.  Heather and Scott were relaxed and really enjoyed the Shoot.

Laguna Beach Phone Booth

Heisler Park Engagement Shoot

Downtown Laguna Beach Engagement

Amazing Hiesler Park Engagement

Laguna Beach Engagement

Read more.. Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

San Juan Capistrano Engagement

Diana & Miguel’s Engagement down in San Juan Capistrano, right next to the mission.  Enjoy…..

This is my favorite shot.
Read more.. Monday, September 5th, 2011

K & J’s Wedding

This wedding season has been one my busiest and most rewarding.  Kelley and John’s wedding was one of those days that everything just seemed to click.  The Bride & Groom, all the wedding party and their immediate family were so generous and full of energy that I felt like I was part of the wedding not just shooting it.

The Wedding was at the Angeles National Golf Club.

The bride was beautiful and relaxed so taking amazing images of her was pretty effortless.

John and his crew were up for anything.

This is one my Favorites.

The Reception was at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club.

A little quiet time before the Grand Entrance.

Pimp my ride.

The La Canada Flintridge Country Club is an amazing venue with 180 degree view of the LA basin.

The guys making their Grand Entrance.

Their First Dance.

Her Bouquet of tiger lillies made a great back drop for a ring shot.

John and Kelley, thanks again for trusting me with your amazing wedding day images.  Hope you love them.

Read more.. Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Laguna Beach Wedding

Its 5:30 in the morning and I’m doing my final gear check for the wedding I’m going to shoot today.  I’m suppose to arrive around 8:30 am to start shooting Amy the bride getting ready and then some shots of Steve and his groomsmen.   I arrive at the Occasions in Laguna Village and its early and there are barely any cars on the road.  The venue is perched right on the water.  I meet up with Amy and she looks amazing along with her bridesmaids.  After taking some getting ready shots I worked my way down to the wedding ceremony area that has a 180 view of the ocean and main beach Laguna.   After the wedding shoot we walked down to the beach for some shots and I suddenly remembered how lucky I am to live by the beach and have this view all year long.

Amy met Steve in California but now they live in Texas.  They flew out here for the wedding because all her family and friends live in Southern California.

I think this one is my favorite.

Read more.. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011