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Mission San Juan Capistrano Wedding Photos


Capture the timeless romance of your love story at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Explore its stunning architecture, lush gardens, and historic charm - the perfect location for wedding or engagement photos!

Capturing Love at Mission San Juan Capistrano: Your Dream Wedding Photography Destination

Hello, lovely couples! Are you dreaming of a wedding album that scream romance, history, and timeless beauty? Look no further than the enchanting Mission San Juan Capistrano. Nestled in the heart of Southern California, this historic gem offers a breathtaking backdrop for your wedding or engagement photos that will have you falling in love all over again! In today's blog, we will share some of our favorite portraits taken at Mission San Juan Capistrano and explain why we love this spot for a romantic photoshoot.

Landscape of Mission San Juan Capistrano by Paper Birch Collective, SoCal Wedding Photographer in Orange County, California

Why Choose Mission San Juan Capistrano?

Mission San Juan Capistrano is not just a historic landmark; it’s a journey through time where every corner tells a story. Not to mention, everything about the mission is so picturesque, perfect for romantic wedding photos. Let’s dive deeper into why Mission San Juan Capistrano is an absolute treasure for capturing your most cherished moments:

Bride and groom look at each other for Wedding photoshoot at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Paper Birch Collective, SoCal Wedding Photographer in Orange County, California
  1. Beautiful Architecture: The mission’s architecture is a stunning blend of Spanish Colonial and Moorish influences. The iconic bell tower, arched walkways, flower-filled courtyards, and grand stone walls create an ambiance that transports you to another era. Imagine standing beneath the arches, your veil gently catching the breeze, as your love gazes into your eyes. It’s a scene straight out of a fairytale!

  2. Gardens of Romance: Stroll hand-in-hand through the lush gardens filled with vibrant bougainvillea, fragrant roses, and ancient olive trees. The soft sunlight filters through the leaves, casting a gorgeous warm glow on your faces. The vivid touch of colors contrast beautifully with the cobblestone.

  3. The Great Stone Church Ruins: Ah, the Great Stone Church – a hauntingly beautiful backdrop. The remnants of this once-grand church, destroyed by an earthquake in 1812, stand as a testament to resilience and enduring love. The mix of light and shadows creates an ethereal atmosphere, perfect for capturing intimate wedding moments.

  4. Historic Gem: Founded more than 200 years ago, Mission San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County. This iconic gem welcomes over 300,000 visitors a year and is known as the "Jewel of California Missions" for a good reason. Today, this landmark embraces California's multicultural history and is committed to preserving the history of Orange County's first people, the Acjachemen Native Americans. If you love history, you will love Mission San Juan Capistrano!

Bride and groom by the great stone church ruins for Wedding photoshoot at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Paper Birch Collective, SoCal Wedding Photographer in Orange County, California

The Emotions That Come to Life

Mission San Juan Capistrano's undeniable beauty will spark emotions in your photos that transcend time. Your wedding portraits will tell your unique love story in the most romantic way at the mission. This is what your wedding photos will feel like here:

  • Passion: Against the backdrop of ancient stone walls, your love ignites like a flame. The passion in your eyes, the way your fingers entwine – it’s all captured in exquisite detail.

  • Nostalgia: As you explore the courtyards, you’ll feel a connection to past generations. The whispers of vows exchanged here centuries ago linger in the air. Your love story becomes part of the mission's rich history.

  • Hope: The stunning gardens symbolize growth and renewal. Your smiles, your laughter – they’re like seeds planted for a beautiful future. The promise of forever fills in the air.

Booking Your Session

Planning ahead is key! The more ahead of time you plan, the better. To ensure you get the ideal time slot for your wedding day photoshoot, it’s recommended to book at least a week in advance. This gives you the peace of mind to focus on what truly matters – each other!

Newly wed couple dances together for romantic Wedding photoshoot at Mission San Juan Capistrano by Paper Birch Collective, SoCal Wedding Photographer in Orange County, California

A Friendly Tip for Soon-to-be-Married Couples

From your friendly neighborhood photography & videograhy team:

As a wedding photographer, we always advise my couples to let their personalities shine through. Be yourselves, and let the natural chemistry between you light up every frame. After all, these photos are a celebration of your love, and there’s nothing more beautiful than that! And remember, in the end, it’s not just about the photos; it’s about the cherished memories you’ll be looking back on for a lifetime.

Happy planning, and may your love story be as magical as the Mission! 📸💕

Thanks for Reading 🤍

Thank you for checking out our blog! We really hope you enjoy this blog on wedding photos at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Always remember, your wedding is a celebration of your unique love, laughter, and shared moments. Cherish each second and just let us capture the magic of your once in a lifetime memories. Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after!

So, are you ready to capture the essence of your love in a place as timeless as your feelings? Mission San Juan Capistrano awaits to be the canvas for your memories. Let’s make some memories!

For more details and to reserve your photography session, visit the official Mission San Juan Capistrano website HERE.

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You might be wondering why choose Paper Birch Collective to capture your Wedding, Engagement, or special event. Our team is based in Orange County, California and serving all of SoCal and beyond. We are your friendly neighborhood team of award-winning photographers & videographers. We are addicted to adventure and new experiences, always on the cutting edge of our craft.

Read this blog to see 15 client testimonials, reviewed on The Knot, Wedding Wire, or Yelp. We hope these reviews help you build trust in our work. We deeply appreciate all of our clients who have trusted us with capturing their precious memories. It is a true gift to be a part of so many wonderful peoples' important moments!

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Let's Make Some Memories!

We are lucky to have captured so many special Wedding memories, from getting ready, to first looks, to ceremonies, and reception parties. To make your wedding planning easy, we offer a couple simple packages. Our packages come with unlimited photos during your event with no upcharge for any delivered images. All our images will be edited to reflect how your big day truly felt. Each package can be customized to your liking including more hours or a second shooter. If you are looking for an elopement package, we have that too! For any specific questions or requests, feel free to reach out and contact us and we will get back to you as soon as humanly possible! Let’s make some memories!

~ Your friendly neighborhood photographer and videographer team (PBC)


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