The St. Regis in Monarch Beach is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Southern California. The rotunda, with its painted ceilings and mosaic tile floor, is a favorite for any photographer working in this gorgeous location. For this image of a bride walking up the grand staircase, I used Canon's new 11-24 2.8 lens. This lens is a behemoth and its front element is actually massive. But its super-wide capabilities provide photographers with a uniquely panoramic view on otherwise normal settings. The bride adored this image and it has its own dedicated page in her album. The Grand Lawn and Pacific Lawn are both beautiful places for large weddings, while the Botanical Gardens is a charming location for smaller events. If you are in the Laguna Niguel area, be sure to stop by the St. Regis for a drink and to walk the property.