I told you there were would be more from the new 2013 Ceremony Magazine. I was happy to be working with Kathleen at Villa Montalvo again this year along side of floral designer Karen of Huckleberry Karen Designs. Her pastel palettes looked wonderful with the surroundings at Villa Montalvo Arts. My favorite was the simplicity of the lace, burlap, and baby’s breath. The linens for the shoot were from Wildflower linens. They always have amazing things to choose from. I hope these things give you a little inspiration for your big day.
These two walked in to my office and it was an instant connection. I had so much fun learning about their wedding plans, their families, favorite t.v. shows, and of course their love story. I love finding out how people meet. Their story starts at elementary school. They both attended the same school and Fernando was a year ahead of Ellen. They never talked to each other even though he remembered her, she didn’t remember him.
He moved away and it wasn’t for years til he graduated from high school did their lives intersect again. This time they actually did a “Hi” face to face but nothing really went from there except an occasional my space connecection. As time went by, Ellen took a film class in college where she reconnected with a friend from middle school. This person told her I have a guy friend you should hang out with, you guys would get along great. You guessed it, it was Fernando. After returning to California from New York and a couple of messages via my space they started hanging out. What I love about this part of the story (must be my romantic side) is that they didn’t start out dating. They really started a friendship. Fernando would get off work late and the two of them would talk in to the wee hours of the morning. Ellen shared they would star gaze for hours and just talk. Eventually, it was a smooth transition and they just became a couple. It reminds me of the old saying two ships in the night but they finally connected. In fact, they don’t even remember an official day when they became a couple it just kind of happened.
Well after spending the day with them, photographing them, and learning more about these two people who are truly opposites, they just compliment each other. They just have a real natural ease with each other and I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding and documenting just another chapter in their story. The last couple of photos were taken at the school where their lives first intertwined and I believe where the journey all started. If you love their photos or their story leave them a little love below to let them know you stopped by. I’m sure they can’t wait to hear from you. Enjoy!
Oh say can you see…….. the fun and beauty you can have with a red, white, and blue theme. This idea was something that popped in to my head a while back and I was so happy that we were able to pull it off in such a short time. Nothing screams summer then the colors of the flag and all of the fun that summer brings. We had a wonderful time putting this together quickly and as with any shoot with the fabulous Tia there is always an adventure. Our favorite this time was the naked guy sleeping below the deck of the boat that we photographed on. I think he may of forgotten we were coming but it sure made for a very interesting afternoon. He was so sound asleep he didn’t even know we were there until we were already packing up. The best part is he said ” I thought you guys were gonna use the boat?” and I replied “we just finished!” But good ole Tia couldn’t resist “yelling nice butt!”. Jeff (the naked guy) just shoot his head and laughed.
A special thank you to Rachel at Sweet Tooth Confections for the sweets and whimsical cake and to the girls at RBK Creations for creating such fun accessories at a drop of a hat. Your button bouquet, boutonniere, shoe clips, and windmills just worked perfectly in to the look we wanted and enhanced it greatly! Last a special shout out to JE Models in San Francisco and Cast Images Talent Agency in Sacramento for helping us find beautiful talent for this last minute inspiration.
Last we were so thankful to Amanda at Ruffled Blog for hosting this shoot of love we created. To see more please check out her wonderful blog on wedding inspiration.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day.