One of my amazingly talented associate photographers, Tina, recently shot an intimate wedding that looks like it was so sweet. I'm really excited to share it with you! Jonathan and Chelsea were married in their backyard in Phoenix and I love how Tina captured all the candid emotion and fun of their day!
Here are some of my favorites:
How cute are these two together?
Chelsea made such a pretty bride, and I adore her bouquet!
The ceremony and reception took place under this backyard tent:
Chelsea's parents walked her down the aisle:
Following the ceremony, guests were led in a spontaneous parade down the middle of the street by this band:
Such a sweet wedding! Amazing job Tina!
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Today, in honor of these two, I asked them if they would be willing to share their favorite wedding photo and why it's so meaningful to them. They picked the above photo and Laura shared this about it:
"I have way too many favorites to count, so this was a challenging task. I decided to go with this one, though, for these reasons:
1 -- I love how the black and white seems to lend an almost ethereal, spiritual glow to the photo. It literally glows with a warmth that I can feel but is hard to describe. The rabbi glows in a surreal light that seems to surround everyone under the chuppah. Spiritual is the best word.
2 -- It documents the 'breaking of the glass' which for me represents the exact moment that we became husband and wife in the Jewish tradition and officially became official!
3 -- Most poignant for me, it captures my beloved brother Gregg, the best man, who sadly and tragically passed away 10 months later. These photos are some of the very last I have of him, and I will forever cherish each one. I love knowing that he was with us and it reminds me that he always is and always will be. It reminds me that we had an angel by our side during the most important day in our lives -- a blessing we will cherish forever.
And of course I love how Will, my nephew and the ring bearer, is peering forward to wait for the crack of the glass. I love how I can just feel his anticipation -- so cute!"
Thank you Laura for sharing so openly. I am SO sad for the loss of your brother. I know he is deeply missed. But I have great memories of your day as well. I still remember how emotional and sweet you and Brian's first look was. Your love was palpable. Thank you again for allowing me to witness and capture it! Happy Anniversary!
There's something magical about this time of year. It's more than just weather for me - I love the shift in attitude from the laze of summer and the rush of early fall, to the impending coziness of the upcoming holidays. I always love knowing that, for the next few months, families come together and wrap each other in love.
For Patty, I would imagine the change in season this year is better than any other...
This past weekend Patty and Clarke were married in beautiful Calistoga, California. Patty didn't have any children of her own... until she met Clarke who has 6 kids and 12 grandchildren. As you can imagine, they are his world. On Saturday, as Clarke and Patty said their vows, Patty gained more than just a man to love forever -- she gained an entire family. And at the reception she shared that when Clarke asked what she wanted for a wedding gift she replied that the gift of a family was the best gift she could imagine.
Patty and Clarke did things a little differently on their destination wedding weekend. Guests were led to believe they had already tied the knot in a private ceremony and that they were coming up to Napa to celebrate their union. On Friday night, a welcome dinner took place at this quaint restaurant out in the garden:
With 12 grandchildren in the mix, you can bet I got some cute photos of kids:
After enjoying cocktails and appetizers with their guests, Clarke and Patty mysteriously disappeared for about 15 minutes. When they resurfaced, they surprised their guests with a clothing change and an officiant in tow:
Everyone was pretty shocked and excited:
Right then and there, Patty and Clarke said their vows in front of their closest friends and family. The Colonel, their beloved family pet, was even among the witnesses:
Yay! It's official!!
After the ceremony, guests released butterflies. SO fun and pretty!!
After the surprise ceremony, guests sat down to enjoy the welcome dinner. But the celebration was only just beginning….
The next day, even more guests gathered, this time at Solage Calistoga, to celebrate Clarke and Patty. The day started with a little prep time. Patty's Prada shoes set the tone well:
I loved how family-centered the entire day was.
The groom was ready to celebrate:
And Patty looked gorgeous once again:
The Colonel went everywhere the bride and groom did, which I loved! He even had his own little doggie Tux:
Being that the celebration was a family affair, the kids were fully considered in all of the planning and fun:
Patty's friends surprised her with a fun new phone case:
And it couldn't have been a more gorgeous night and setting for a cocktail party:
The ballroom looked beautiful:
Such a fun night!
Congratulations Clarke & Patty!! Thank you for allowing me to capture your memorable weekend!
It was 1997 when they met for the first time on the middle school soccer field. Jess was smitten, and though it may not have been as obvious to Jay at the time... the fact that he got down on his knee to tie Jess's shoes before every practice, while Jess talked and giggled like middle school girls do, was pretty accurate foreshadowing.
After a middle school break up, a high school rekindle-and-fizzle, Jay and Jess got back together one more time as adults and for this gorgeous couple, the third time was a charm. Though this time, when Jay got down on his knee to ask her to marry him there were no shoes or shin guards and Jess didn't talk or giggle or say anything. For the first time she was speechless. After what seemed like decades Jay literally said, "Jess you have to say something". And that's when she said yes.
Saturday Jay and Jessica said their vows and I was SO honored to witness and document their love!! What an amazing day!
Jessica and her girls looked so cute in these robes she found on Etsy:
Jay was SO excited to marry his bride:
Next, we made our way to The Silverleaf Club, where the rest of the day's festivities took place. Jessica's bouquet of reds, oranges, yellows, and peach showed off the wedding colors chosen because fall is such a special time of year for Jay and Jessica -- it's when they first met, when they attended homecoming together, and when they finally got to live in the same city together.
How gorgeous is this bride!?
Jay and his "Aladdin good looks" -- as Jessica refers to them:
I love that these two chose to see each other before the ceremony -- we had so much time to get great portraits of them around the property. It was so great to see them take huge breaths and melt into each other upon seeing one another for the first time.
The bridal party:
I loved the program, and the signature cocktail provided as guests arrived before the ceremony was a great touch as well:
Jessica's dad was so proud to walk her down the aisle and give her away:
Jay and Jessica wrote their own vows and there wasn't a dry eye in the place, especially when the groom started crying!
Yay! Husband and wife!
The reception details were gorgeous:
What a beautiful location for an indoor/outdoor reception!
And can you imagine dancing the night away here?
The first dance:
The mother/son dance was so sweet and the father/daughter dance started out that way as well:
Then THIS happened:
haha -- best ever!!
Jess and her sorority friends serenaded Jay:
These two are so sweet together!
Congratulations Jay and Jessica!! I adore you and it was so much fun to document your wedding day!
Call me old fashioned, but sometimes I miss the days where I could identify my friends by the handwriting on a card or even by the sound of their voice on the phone. Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of text messaging and caller ID and have technology to thank for many of the friends I have made through blogging and other online platforms. But still, there is something to be said for the old fashioned note.
So when I meet people like Scott and Kelli, I'm a little envious. Their love didn't start with flirty texts or Facebook requests... it started on the last day of their junior year of high school over ten years ago. And when I asked what their favorite memory was of when they first started dating (something I ask all of my brides and grooms), they replied "Daily note passing in high school."
I can only imagine the treasure box that holds those early love letters and how fun it must be, on a lazy day or cozy evening, to pull out the box and read through them note by note. I only hope that in years to come when they do, there will be a photo from their wedding day shuffled in among them.