This is just two short clips I took right before a reception on a wedding I DJed last August at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. They opted for up-lighting, cake spotlighting, and I also provided music and microphones for their Ceremony (sorry no footage) on the terrace overlooking the ocean. This place is very well kept and luxurious; it’s absolute paradise!
One thing to be careful though, is that if you’re a vendor or your family is doing decorations, you can expect delays in logistics because they have very limited freighting capacity, and the venue is built vertically. I gave myself and crew a whole hour to do just the unloading and parking, which turned out to be a really wise decision on my part. Parking for vendors is off-site and very limited. Be ready to wait for the elevator to the ballroom and terrace on each trip, and be there earlier than you think you need to be there; don’t get into a hairy situation right before the ceremony, and if you’re the bride and groom, make sure to use dependable vendors that has experience at this location.
Nothing beats getting married at the beach, without the issues caused by the beach; the terrace at Surf & Sand gives you the view without the fuss, and you have ample electricity, which means you won’t need a generator like most beach side options. From what I understand, they charge a pretty penny, but there are very few places like this on the coast; Pacific Edge, being one other I can think of.