It was the first time for us to shoot in Fallbrook which is in San Diego County. Based upon our drone footage, Los Willows Estate looks like a hidden treasure and it truly was! Beautiful scenery all around and we are happy that Kino & Greg trusted us to capture their beautiful day. They were actually married one year before on the same day we captured them on June 28th, 2019. They each got ready in their respective suites on site at the venue right before the beautiful first look happened next to the ceremony site. Despite having been technically married for one year, this did not stop their loving affection for each other as Kino surprised Greg with her beautiful dress and veil.

Once the ceremony began, the groom entered with his groomsmen on a cool red motorized car. Looked like a children’s toy car but for adults. Grooms definitely need to also have special entrances along with the brides! Kino crossed the little bridge and walked with her parents to Greg awaiting her and the ceremony officiated by their friend, commenced – a very hilarious ceremony. If I didn’t know any better, he could be a comedian which I complimented him on.

Soon after, they enjoyed a short boat ride along the man-made lake nearby and captured some of their adventure via drone. It’s not everyday your couple gets to enjoy a leisurely boat ride after their ceremony so you then take advantage and get some aerial shots!

Cocktail hour began and a fairly relaxed, yet fun reception commenced with some amazing choreography by Bella Ballroom Dance Studio for their first dance as well as the traditional toasts, cake cutting, bouquet toss, dancing, and further portrait sessions in and around the venue. It was a beautiful sunny summer day for Kino & Greg and such a joyous time where they can have all members of their families and close friends witness and celebrate their union. Thanks for allowing us to capture these precious moments on video and congrats again to you guys, all your animals, and future children!

 

 

Vendor Credits

Photography: Kristen Taylor & Co
Makeup & Hair: Elwynn + Cass
DJ: Budd Moyer
First Dance Choreography: Bella Ballroom Dance Studio
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I swear we have the nicest couples and Anne & Matt kept up this streak on their beautiful day in Potomac, VA. My second shooter was with Matt and his groomsmen at Trump Golf Club DC while I was with Anne in the nearby townhomes capturing details and them getting ready before the first look the Golf Club. We loved the setup of the first look as Anne approached Matt near the staircase in the lobby. Something about staircases that always exude that classic, elegant look and feel. Almost like those old Hollywood romantic films.

After their first look, they took some photos and we were informed early on that Trump would be in attendance at his golf club. The couple wanted to take advantage of this time to grab a photo op with the president as he was apparently down below us eating a meal. Secret service told us we couldn’t, but somehow through some pleading, were allowed to go down. I didn’t grab my tripod because I thought we had to be as inconspicuous as possible. We headed to the bar and Trump noticed the couple and congratulated them. I think someone asked for a photo and he was willing. Fortunately with the ability to shoot in 120 fps and without my tripod, I captured some steady footage while having to be hand held. It made the cut!

Soon after we headed to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church a few miles away and began the ceremony. I love Catholic churches because they are long enough where I can have enough time to get creative shots as well as appreciate the sounds and beauty of the images of God and Jesus. One bad thing about the Protestant Reformation was that most images in churches were forbidden! There is a loss of art in Protestant churches that the Catholics have, but I digress!

Love him or hate him, Trump has a really nice golf course and we were able to do some portrait sessions out on the course for some stunning shots.

After, we had to setup for the reception and capture a little bit of the cocktail hour. There were some awesome toasts which really carried the feel of their wedding film and can see how much God had a hand in their meeting and marriage. We were also treated to some amazing vendor meals courtesy of one of Anne’s family members. Golf club venues apparently are not known for great vendor meals, so I was thankful to scarf down my lobster roll!

The reception continued into the night with the traditional events, but a not so traditional electric type of guitar instrument that I’ve never seen before during the open dance floor time.

We were thrilled to have captured Anne & Matt’s exciting day and are honored as well. Thank you and congrats again to you guys!

Vendor Credits

Cake: Tivoli Gourmet

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I swear we have the nicest couples and Anne & Matt kept up this streak on their beautiful day in Potomac, VA. My second shooter was with Matt and his groomsmen at Trump Golf Club DC while I was with Anne in the nearby townhomes capturing details and them getting ready before the first look the Golf Club. We loved the setup of the first look as Anne approached Matt near the staircase in the lobby. Something about staircases that always exude that classic, elegant look and feel. Almost like those old Hollywood romantic films.

After their first look, they took some photos and we were informed early on that Trump would be in attendance at his golf club. The couple wanted to take advantage of this time to grab a photo op with the president as he was apparently down below us eating a meal. Secret service told us we couldn’t, but somehow through some pleading, were allowed to go down. I didn’t grab my tripod because I thought we had to be as inconspicuous as possible. We headed to the bar and Trump noticed the couple and congratulated them. I think someone asked for a photo and he was willing. Fortunately with the ability to shoot in 120 fps and without my tripod, I captured some steady footage while having to be hand held. It made the cut!

Soon after we headed to Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church a few miles away and began the ceremony. I love Catholic churches because they are long enough where I can have enough time to get creative shots as well as appreciate the sounds and beauty of the images of God and Jesus. One bad thing about the Protestant Reformation was that most images in churches were forbidden! There is a loss of art in Protestant churches that the Catholics have, but I digress!

Love him or hate him, Trump has a really nice golf course and we were able to do some portrait sessions out on the course for some stunning shots.

After, we had to setup for the reception and capture a little bit of the cocktail hour. There were some awesome toasts which really carried the feel of their wedding film and can see how much God had a hand in their meeting and marriage. We were also treated to some amazing vendor meals courtesy of one of Anne’s family members. Golf club venues apparently are not known for great vendor meals, so I was thankful to scarf down my lobster roll!

The reception continued into the night with the traditional events, but a not so traditional electric type of guitar instrument that I’ve never seen before during the open dance floor time.

We were thrilled to have captured Anne & Matt’s exciting day and are honored as well. Thank you and congrats again to you guys!

Vendor Credits

Cake: Tivoli Gourmet
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My most trusted second shooter was back in tow for this wedding – my wife, Susanna! For those of you who don’t know, she phased out of shooting because of back issues. She doesn’t shoot every wedding anymore with me, but whenever she does, it’s such a treat. It’s amazing how little communication is needed on my end since she knows me like the back of her hand. We weren’t technically back in Southern Maryland during this time, June 1, 2019, but it was great nonetheless to shoot in such a familiar area as Bowles Farm. We’ve shot one other wedding here at the venue, but visited as a family often.

Taylor & Brent’s beautiful day started at Taylor’s grandmother’s house in Valley Lee. We’ve only been back living in Southern Maryland for a few months now, but have been amazed at how many scenic places there are here in this small peninsula of Southern MD. Valley Lee was one of them and we loved the light entering Taylor’s grandmother’s house as Taylor was getting ready. It created some beautiful contrasts as she put on her dress from Today’s Bridal and as we got her details. Of course there were tears shed as mom was realizing her daughter was about to get married to Brent.

Once we arrived at Bowles Farm about 30 minutes north, we met Heather Miller who of course operates Hitched by Heather & Simply Hitched. A wedding planned by this team means complete trust, relief, and knowing we would be taken care of! After we covered a little bit of Brent getting ready at the farm, we were ready for the ceremony!

Guests arrived on a cool tractor/shuttle ride and sat under a beautiful large oak tree. As soon as the rest of the bridal party made their entrances, Taylor entered on a horse & carriage as horses are very dear to Taylor. These horses are the special Clydesdales horses from Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales. Majestic looking beauties!! Brent’s tears were heartfelt throughout her entrance and vows and their ceremony was so short and sweet.

The reception shortly followed with some great toasts as well as a special thank you speech from Brent as he thanked everyone for coming and missing his late father. I teared MULTIPLE times editing and felt very personal to me, despite my father still being alive.

I think everyone can appreciate a little country music, even if you are not a fan of it as the guests got down the rest of the night partying the night away. The day went without a hitch, and we were so happy to have partook in this awesome couple’s wedding day. Thanks again for having us and choosing us to capture your moments!

Enjoy the video above and leave a comment!!

Vendor Credits

Venue: Bowles Farm
Planning + Design: Simply Hitched
Photography: Melissa Barrick Photography
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