I can’t say enough good things about this destination wedding we shot in Central California this past summer. Coming from the previous wedding’s beautiful, but most humid shoot ever to 70s degree weather all day and night along Pismo Beach was absolutely amazing.
I got to meet Irene for the first time in her respective hotel rooms at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. I got to meet a few of her friends and family along with her & Barry’s precious son, Henli. Turns out Barry happens to be a fellow UC Irvine alumni and we were reminiscing about our college days with such a weird mascot as the anteater.
The ceremony was overlooking the pristine water on such a beautiful day as they read their beautiful vows to each other and went right into the cocktail hour on the nearby lawn. After some photos with the two, there were some introductory toasts and back onto the lawn for their first dance. I loved how the rest of the night took place on this lawn and how carefree everyone was. Such a pure and intimate celebration with LOTS of dancing, especially from Henli.
We were able to sneak Barry & Irene away into a nearby bluff for some sunset photos, after Barry changed into some comfortable and dress shorts (very cool choice!) Again, pure magic with these two as they watched the sunset and were just themselves and soaked up the night.
It had felt like a long time since we were able to cover a reception outside and it was such a plus to do so in an amazing location. It was my first wedding away from our new home in Maryland, and it acted like a nice break from all the moving and transition, even though I had been flying a lot already from West Coast to East Coast. So thankful Irene & Barry found me to capture their special union together in such a beautiful and intimate destination wedding.
The moment I stepped into Tara & Chris’ hotel suite in Richmond, Virginia, it felt like such a safe space. Tara & Chris were so welcoming, surrounded by their children, and I think 6(?) dachsunds! Mommy & Daddy dachsund with their 4 children puppies. It was a whole family affair!
We arrived at Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro, a small farm/restaurant with the ceremony setup right next to the restaurant and under some trees where there was just enough sunlight cascading down, that it created such beautiful light – especially for Tara’s grand entrance into her ceremony with her son. Tomika Arnold Carter brought down the house with her rendition of Amazing Grace and a Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me”. Already, the Spirit was filling up this wedding! And that wasn’t just the first half. She definitely helped bring a soulful and beautiful spirit to this wedding.
After some nice sunset portraits, Tomika helped Tara & Chris with the bridal party jump right into an awesome celebration of the couple with a very lively Gospel song. The energy was on fire! The rest of the evening had a hilarious, yet heartfelt toast from the matron of honor, another powerhouse performance from Tomika for their first dance with Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” cake, bouquet, some traditional dances, and some real all-night dancing going on.
Did I mention how good the vendor meal, which was food from the restaurant, was? Lobster ravioli!
Despite this being one of the most humid weddings I’ve ever shot, the small and intimate feel throughout the day truly made it a joy to work, let alone being filled with God’s Spirit throughout the day! Every wedding we shoot is special and this continues to add to special experiences and feeling so honored to have captured these amazing moments for this couple and their family. Enjoy their Highlights edit, leave a comment, and watch their entire first dance as well above!
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!
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!