Newport Beach in southern California is one of our favourite places in the world, and so we were thrilled when Kim and Will flew down from New York for their Crystal Cove engagement session. Crystal Cove is a little spot in Newport that seems to be stuck in the 1950s – its a pure time warp. The beach is state owned, and features cliffside cabins that date back to the 1940s. Some are still in the process of being refurbished, and others are up for rent for family weekends. (If you’re lucky enough to snag a cabin, do so! The film “Beaches” with Bette Midler was actually filmed here too, and there’s a cabin decorated with old memorabilia to check out!)
There’s a restaurant (The Beachcomber Cafe) at the base of the beach that serves up the most delicious cocktails, and throughout are wired speakers playing lounge favourites from the 50s. There’s even a shake shack at the top of one of the cliffs! We photographed a wedding in Crystal Cove last year, and even rented out a cabin for ourselves. There’s no TV, WIFI and cell reception can be scarce. Sometimes its just so nice to unplug and unwind. Although, at 5pm sharp every evening, the “Martini” flag is raised, a horn is tooted and everyone is invited to start cocktail hour!
Jetting in from NYC, these two were up for an adventure. We met up for a drink and waited for the sun to dip just so. The waves rolled in, and the wind blew Kim’s dress and hair about, Will was there to keep his lady warm. Crystal Cove is a last little vestige of simpler, quieter times in southern California. If you’re in the area, we highly recommend dropping by, grabbing a cocktail or two and watching the sun set behind those majestic waves.