Hire Gabriel Ryan

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I have a single wedding photography package.  It includes:

  • 8 hours of photography coverage w/ me
  • Online gallery for easy sharing with friends & family
  • Digital download of all the hi-res photos
  • Travel anywhere w/in the continental United States


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1804 Coral Pl
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
United States

Southern California Wedding Photographers

We enjoy getting to know and photographing engaged couples in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and the rest of Southern California.

Laura and Zach's Coastal Wedding in La Jolla

Gabriel Ryan

The ocean breeze filtered thru the shutters as the girls finished up the final touches of hair and make up. Overlooking the cliffs of La Jolla, Laura's room filled with energy and excitement. Not far away, just down the hall and up a flight of spanish-tile stairs at La Valencia, sat Zach's room, where he and his boys awaited their orders.

It was time.

From the first look where Zach first saw his bride, to the first dance at the Darlington House, to the touching toast by Laura's father, to the last dance of the evening, Laura and Zach's wedding was an absolute dream. Every detail was perfectly planned, but the day still had a spontanaity about it that gave everyone room to breathe and have a good time.  Plus, working alongside our good friend Peter of Studio 205 made the day that much more enjoyable.

It was definitely a day worth remembering.

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Emily and Greg's Elegant Wedding at The Athenaeum

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When we arrived, a slight breeze ran through the large tree overhead giving off the only sound within earshot. It was a peaceful start to what would be an elegant occasion. Like a well-crafted song, the day began to build slowly, with accents perfectly placed and timed. Emily and her girls waited in the bridal room of the Athanaeum as Greg and his boys shared stories and got ready in the library.

The great thing about love and story is the timeless nature of its relationship. What draws us to care for another so much that we would fix our heart to theirs than our attraction and understanding of their story. And it is often when someone else truly understands our story and knows us, that we return our heart to them.

Words couldn’t be more true than with Emily and Greg, and what followed was memorable.

A small gift arrived from Emily, and Greg immediately claimed, Here we go. I know she’s going to try to make me laugh and cry.

With much anticipation he read the card; an intimate collection of words crafted to touch his heart. He then opened the gift to find a small locket. He immediately pinched the tears welling up in his eyes between his thumb and forefinger, took a deep breath and continued opening his gift to find a candy bar and a single-serving mini-bottle of Jameson. With that little touch, Greg lifted his head, eyes red and shining, and couldn’t help but start to laugh. His laughter was contagious, and before the rest of us could get choked up in the library of the Athanaeum, he had us rolling in laughter.

Emily and Greg were meant for each other, and in that moment I learned why. Thank you for sharing such a special part of your story with us. We are thrilled to share your photos with the world.

Much thanks to Carissa and her team at JL Designs for her incredible floral design and to the entire staff at the Athanaeum in Pasadena for setting the stage for an incredible and elegant wedding.

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Amy and Mike Get Married at Estancia La Jolla

Gabriel Ryan

She opened the box inside of a box inside of another box, only to unfold a note from her soon-to-be-husband. And though it was Amy that was opening up the gift, we all sat back and watched Mike open up her heart.

It is something special when a man knows… really knows… the heart that he has captured. And anyone that has come in contact with Amy and Mike would tell you that Mike knows Amy. He knows who his beloved is at her core.

And so the day unfolded layer after layer, as an inspiring celebration of these two people, their love for each other, and the love their friends & family have for them. Much thanks to Merilee and her team at Ever After Events for taking the lead, to Annette Gomez for her incredible floral design and to the entire staff at Estancia La Jolla for making us feel like family.

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The Dance

Gabriel Ryan

Is this real life she said, literally pinching herself as we danced. For me, words were absent, which most will tell you is quite rare. All I could do was smile. So, for a few brief moments my little sister and I danced, all the while smiling, and that was enough. It has not been an easy road for either of us. But it never is. And without comparing one tragedy to another, I will simply state that there have been a couple of significant mile markers in each of our journeys that though they don’t define us, have altered our course. One such moment, and probably the most severe, is when we lost our youngest sister Courtney to Leukemia.

At the time that Court was called into heaven, and as you do when you lose someone close to you, especially someone so young (Court was 19 at the time), I waded repetetively in my thoughts. There was one such thought that I could not escape. It seemed so trivial relative to the circumstances, but I still couldn’t shake it.

I’ll never get to dance with her at her wedding.

I would think that over and over. In silence. In traffic. At work. Over and over. I think part of the tenacity of that one thought came from it’s finality. There would be no way for me to dance with Courtney at her wedding, and I felt like that would have been something I would have not only enjoyed but remembered fondly for my entire life. And at the time, since Ashley had already started her family with Cash, I saw no resolve to that little twinge of grief.

But as I mentioned before, there have been some significant mile markers in each of our journeys, and not long ago my sister Ashley’s story changed in a big way. In walks Cody Bacon. And with a name like that, what’s not to love. My wife would relay the text message chain back and forth she’d have with Ash and how giddy she was through the entire courtship. I’d hear how Cody was taking to Cash and Charlie, my sister’s two children, and how they were taking to him.

And then one day… last summer… above the trees… in Lake Tahoe… Cody Bacon asked my sister to marry him. And after more than 7 years of grieving the loss of not getting to dance with my baby sister at her wedding, I finally got that chance.

I love you Ashley. And I hope these photos are enough of a thank you for that dance.

Thank you to the staff at Bard Mansion in Port Hueneme. Extra extra thanks to Tara of Sweet Blossom Designs for pulling out all the stops with the florals. And to my mom. Mom, you laid it all out there on this one, and I just wanted to say that you throw an epic party. I love you.

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Erin and Ethan Are Engaged

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You know he is single, right? her friend leaned over to mention as they sat together that Sunday morning. Erin smiled to herself at the comment of her friend and at the end of service that day one of the pastor’s announced that new lifegroups were going to be launched with signups directly following the service. Erin and her friend stepped into the foyer and found their way to the tables with the signup sheets. The two were split by the crowd when Erin’s friend cried out across the group…

His group is still open!

Erin sheepishly walked over to the table, hoping that nobody was able to piece together her friends cryptic yet loud announcement. She scrawled her name down on the list and the rest… as they say… is history. History yet to be made that is.

Ethan still had no idea what was about to happen, and in all honesty neither did Erin. But after the two of them met in those first few group meetings, their chemistry bred an attraction that has now brought them to pledge their life and their love to one another.

I can’t think of a better way to start the new year then with a selection from their engagement shoot. Erin and Ethan will tie the knot in less than a month, and I can’t wait to see the history that is written as their story continues to unfold.

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