Missy & Evan’s Epic Catalina Island Wedding
The fucking Catalina Wine Mixer is normally the event of the year in the city of Avalon, but in 2018 it was all about Missy and Evan’s destination wedding on Catalina Island. Yes, these two love falcons met at work, started dating, got engaged, and decided to get married on the glorious island of Catalina because 1) it was the location of one of the couple’s very first dates 2) they wanted a semi-destination wedding where guests could experience something awesome and 3) you know what I don’t have a third reason but I already typed this out and I don’t plan on backtracking because I am a look-ahead type of person. So yeah this was pretty much guaranteed to be one of those kick-ass, epic wedding extravaganzas. Needless to say, when they contacted me I was ready to rock in the beautiful Catalina sunshine because quite frankly sometimes my office feels like a prison on planet bullshit in the galaxy of this sucks camel’s dicks. What I am trying to say is some good cool ocean air is something I do enjoy! But let’s not talk about me and instead focus on Missy and Evan’s Catalina Island on Hamilton Cove.
Missy and Evan got ready in condos in Hamilton Cove before heading off to Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church for the wedding ceremony. You know what? I don’t need to give you the play-by-play of how the entire wedding day went. It was fucking Catalina Island and the wedding was amazing. Below are some of the destination wedding photographs at Hamilton Cove and other locations throughout Catalina Island.
Cruising Catalina Island On Golf Carts On Your Wedding Day
Easily one of the coolest things about Catalina Island is that pretty much all transportation is done via golf cart. This actually ended up being beyond rad for me because as we got on the golf cart to look for “rad places” to shoot, the images I was able to capture on the journey throughout Avalon ended up being my favorite. Cruising around Catalina Island with a bride and groom made for killer photos because people were screaming congratulations, high-fiving the newlyweds, and some people even gave us a round of Coors Lights. We promptly drank those and continued on our quest for the “cool place” to take wedding photos.
Hamilton Cove Beach Wedding Ceremony On Avalon
After cruising on the golf cart throughout Avalon it was time to head back to Hamilton Cove for the wedding reception. I was hoping there was going to be a cover band there that only played 1980s Billy Joel, but the open bar and good vibes were all that we needed. The bride and groom mingled for a little bit during cocktail hour before we captured some family and wedding party photos. After the welcome speech and some formalities, I was able to sneak the bride and groom out on Descanso Beach for a couple more photos of them drinking champagne and basically enjoying the good life.
Catalina Island: My Favorite Wedding Moment
So, so, so many great moments from Missy and Evan’s Catalina Island wedding, but I will just say what I thought was the most incredible were the families. Cheesy answer I know, but it is the truth. Both families were so loving and caring toward not only each other but to the extended family members. You could tell it was not fake either. These people all genuinely loved being around each other. As a person who goes to a LOT of weddings, seeing those types of family dynamics really still puts a huge smile on my face! Oh and the bride did the worm on the dance floor!
This was seriously one of my favorite weddings and I think it is because this couple, their families and the entire crew of people they had to attend their Catalina Island wedding were awesome. So CHEERS to Missy and Evan and the entire Burley and Francks clans because you all are some crazy awesome people!
Catalina Island Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have a beach wedding in Avalon, CA?
Absolutely! In fact, The Descanso Beach Club is a stunning beach club wedding venue. With beautiful locations right on the Pacific Ocean, it offers breathtaking ocean views and the most romantic setting for your special day. You can exchange vows on the sandy beach, then transition to the club for an unforgettable reception.
What are some alternative wedding venues on Catalina Island?
Avalon boasts several other beautiful venues that are the perfect setting for an engagement session, wedding, or Catalina Island elopement. The Wrigley Botanical Garden provides a lush, green backdrop, while the Casino Ballroom offers historic charm with panoramic views. For something truly unique, consider an intimate wedding at Lovers Cove or a larger event at the Catalina Country Club. These venues cater to all sizes and styles of weddings.
Where can my wedding guests stay on Catalina Island?
Catalina Island has a wide range of accommodation options. For luxury stays, consider the Hotel Metropole or Mt. Ada. For budget-conscious guests, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel or Banning House Lodge might be more suitable. There are also various vacation rentals around the island for larger groups. Your wedding guests will certainly appreciate the array of choices! Personally, I love staying at the Hotel Metropole because it is centrally located and has awesome views of Avalon, CA.
How do we travel to Avalon, CA for our wedding?
You can easily reach Avalon on Catalina Island via the Catalina Express from San Pedro, Newport Beach, or Dana Point. You can also charter a private helicopter for a quicker journey. Once on the island, golf carts, bikes, and on-foot are popular ways to get around. Just imagine the lovely pre-wedding group hike on the TransCatalina Trail or a trip to Little Harbor!
What does a destination wedding in Avalon, CA cost?
The cost of a destination wedding on Avalon can vary widely. It depends on your chosen event venue, the number of guests, and the services you require from wedding vendors. But remember, a dream wedding doesn’t have to break the bank. With careful planning and the help of a seasoned wedding planner, you can have your perfect Catalina Island wedding.
Is it possible to elope on Catalina Island?
Yes, eloping on Catalina Island is not only possible but truly magical. You could choose an intimate ceremony at Descanso Beach Club or an adventurous elopement on the TransCatalina Trail. An elopement photographer can capture your intimate moments, and various elopement guides can help you plan your perfect day. Whether you want a quiet ceremony in the Wrigley Botanical Garden or a beach elopement, Catalina Island has it all.
- 1 Missy & Evan’s Epic Catalina Island Wedding
- 2 Cruising Catalina Island On Golf Carts On Your Wedding Day
- 3 Hamilton Cove Beach Wedding Ceremony On Avalon
- 3.1 Catalina Island: My Favorite Wedding Moment
- 3.2 Catalina Island Wedding Frequently Asked Questions
- 3.2.1 Can I have a beach wedding in Avalon, CA?
- 3.2.2 What are some alternative wedding venues on Catalina Island?
- 3.2.3 Where can my wedding guests stay on Catalina Island?
- 3.2.4 How do we travel to Avalon, CA for our wedding?
- 3.2.5 What does a destination wedding in Avalon, CA cost?
- 3.2.6 Is it possible to elope on Catalina Island?