Joey and Marileen have been such dear friends for quite some time. But they’ve known each other for even longer than I’ve known each of them. These two grew up in the same church family and have known each other since childhood. Little did they know that the person they were chasing around the playground would one day turn out to be their future spouse. When they started dating my husband and I were so beyond excited for the two of them, but not nearly as excited as we were when we saw their announcement that they were engaged. Joey and Marileen, taking your engagement photos was such a privilege for me and I can not wait til your big day!
I shot Justin and Rebecca’s engagement photographs at the Japanese Gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The joy that this couple brought combined with the absolute peacefulness and serenity in the gardens made for one stellar engagement session. I literally can not wait to photograph this couple’s garden wedding this weekend. Justin and Rebecca, thank you so much for allowing me the honor of capturing your love for one another!
One of the things that I absolutely love about being a portrait photographer is the people I have the honor of meeting through this little business of mine. Stephanie and Jeison have known each other for years and are actually high school sweet hearts. They’ve been through so much of their lives together- the homecoming football games, the proms, the first day of college as well as their college graduations. Their relationship is one of simply enjoying and choosing the other’s company- a friendship that can only come from years of being together. On a sunny summer afternoon we escaped to the forest where I photographed these two hugging and snuggling under huge pine trees. There was not a soul near us that day and it was truly special to observe the kindness and the authenticity of Stephanie and Jeison’s relationship. These two get married tomorrow, and words can not express how thoroughly excited I am to capture their big day.
Ross and Brianne were wed on a beautiful spring afternoon in March. Surrounded by friends and family these two committed their lives to one another and words can’t express what an honor it was to capture this special and holy occasion. This was truly a quintessential spring wedding complete with beautiful fresh flowers, little faux butterflies lovingly attached to each centerpiece, and the prettiest purple bridesmaid dresses. The whole day seemed to come together flawlessly- even the surprise that the couple recieved when they saw that Ross’s dear friends strung hundreds of twinkly lights up inside the chapel where they would begin their life as husband and wife. But more important than all of these details was the love I witnessed between these two very special people. The moment that pretty much summed up their relationship to me was when Ross took the mic at the reception to deliver a quick speech. Most couples will generally say a huge thank you to their guests for attending; however Ross went one step further. He admitted that he never really knew much about weddings- all of the time, prep, and planning that went into everything. He stood up there and publicly acknowledged Brianne for all of the hard work that she put into planning their special day. He could have easily glanced over her efforts and just thanked the audience. But he intentionally chose to recognize his wife in front of all of their family and friends. The look that was on Brianne’s face as she locked eyes with her groom during his speech was one of utmost respect and deeply sincere love. Ross and Brianne, I wish you a lifetime of happiness, laughter, love, and blessings. Thank you so much for inviting me to witness and capture your big day.
A HUGE shout out to Bridgette Ambrose Photography for second shooting for me! …