425 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Susie & Michael Hotel Laguna Wedding Film
Wedding Cinematographers Nathan Prince and Sergio Colchado Prince Productions rarely team up. Watching this video, we may have to more often. Susie & Michael’s wedding day was held at the famed Hotel Laguna located in Laguna Beach, CA. The Following wedding film was edited on a Mac work station with Adobe Premiere CS5 by editor Timmy Wildgoose with Nathan serving at the supervising editor
Hotel Laguna Wedding Video | Jimmy + Crystal
Hotel Laguna was the first hotel in Laguna Beach and the first substantial business building. It remains today as the most known structure. It is picturesque, romantic and has quite an intriguing past. It was given over 100 years of almost continues service.
The original structure burned to the ground 60 days after opening and was rebuilt in 1888. The hotel did well providing rooms for many visitors who streamed into California during the travel boom. Unfortunately, a depression came about in 1896 and the hotel was sold twice before it began to make a profit again.
A Mr. Yoch now owned the hotel and, after purchasing the Arch Beach Hotel which was located south of the Hotel Laguna, moved the two hotels together at the present site, Laguna Avenue and Coast Highway. He called this building the “New Hotel Laguna.” It provided highly successful and was visited by many dignitaries, including Madam Modjeska (the canyon was named after her) and James Irvine, who was said to be the life of the party circa 1900.
In 1928 the hotel was demolished on speculation that its bat and board construction was considered a fire hazard. Work started on a more modern establishment which was dedicated in 1930. This is the hotel we know today, painted white with side Spanish arches in relief and featuring a bell tower it never had a bell!).
At one time there was a huge neon sign on the top of the hotel proclaiming “Hotel Laguna” to all those traveling north and south on the Coast Highway. It was a beacon to all but finally gave way to a 1996 ordinance law. In 1985 the hotel was purchased by Mr. Claes Andersen who refurbished the interior and exterior of this ‘Grand Old Lady” and created an award winning establishment with a European flair.
Of the thousands of visitors that check in each year, few will know the historical significance but will simply enjoy the relaxation and escape provided by the Hotel Laguna.
The building consisted of 14 bedrooms, one small kitchen, a parlor and a veranda that wrapped around the building.
It was before it was demolished to make way for the Spanish-style Hotel we all are familiar with today! This Hotel had ‘features’ such as Lace Curtains and Window Shades. It also had a front porch perfect for lounging!
Managers, Lloyd and Gerta Seilset, promoted the Hotel Laguna in Hollywood as a movie location. It became a favorite hideaway and cozy retreat for the famous! The stars that we have on record (We still have the 1920′s-1930′s registry book with signatures!) as Hotel Guests are Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn, James Irvine, Madame Modjeska and John Barrymore.