I didn't meed Ciara and Joseph until the day of their wedding. In fact, I had only corresponded with Joseph's mom, Susan. I have a lot of weddings where a parent will book but my interactions with Susan really struck a nerve in the best possible way. She explained to me, almost tearfully, how important photography was because Joseph is her only child and these photos will mean the world to their family. I immediately placed myself in her shoes imagining my son getting married someday. I couldn't help but watch her throughout the day- how she teared up as Ciara walked down the aisle, how she cried with Ciara as she recited her vows to Jospeh, Susan's only child, and how she beamed with joy every time her son beamed with joy. I thought to myself, "I hope he knows how lucky he is to have such a wonderful mother." - but I know he does, I could tell in the look on his face as he danced with her later in the afternoon.
Both Ciara and Joseph were full of love, up for anything, and fully focused on the most important aspect of their wedding day - their friends and family. Everyone ate delicious food, had amazing cupcakes, and danced.
Susan, thank you for finding me and allowing me to be a part of this special day.
I know it's hard to keep up with all of our moves along the west coast over the past 5 years, but this was my first wedding since moving back to California and I couldn't be happier! It was so great being able to email Jennifer and tell her that I no longer needed her travel fee. We moved to Silicon Valley and her wedding took place in Walnut Creek, less than an hour away. I rarely get the luxury of being able to drive to weddings, so it was quite nice and much easier than I'm used to! Jennifer and Arthur got married on a beautiful summer day at the Boundary Oak Golf Club. When I was researching the venue I saw that there was a gorgeous, ancient oak tree. It did not disappoint. One of the things I missed the most about California were the oak trees, golden rolling hills, and clear blue skies. So, it was quite fitting that I got to utilize all of those things in Jennifer and Arthur's wedding photos. We had a great time driving around in golf carts, dancing, and being goofy. I love when my couples trust me completely and can really let loose which is just what they did.
I met Jennifer initially through her sister, Alice. Alice and I are on a photography forum together and have been Facebook friends for a couple of years. I always find it very flattering when another photographer hires me or recommends me to a loved one. It was great to see the two sisters on Jennifer's wedding day. Alice is not only a tech extraordinaire (she's an engineer at Google) and great photographer but she also crafted the hundreds (thousands?!) of paper flowers that were used in the bouquets, centerpieces, place cards, decorations, and backdrop. It was a labor of love, that's for sure :)
Being a wedding photographer is a career that I truly feel so lucky to have. I am thankful for the people I meet and the moments that I get to witness. Thank you Jennifer and Arthur for welcoming me into your inner circle on your wedding day. You are perfect for one another in every way!