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Shelby & Kevin’s Best Day Ever at Bates Nut Farm

Monday, February 9th, 2015

A sign greeted their guest with a list of dates that marked the progression of their love story: “11/07–We Met,” “2/08–Fell in Love,” “1/03/15–Mr. & Mrs.”  What’s impossible to put on any list, though, is the moments in between, the smaller but equally important milestones that are difficult to sum up in a few words: Kevin becoming a part of Shelby’s family and like a son to Shelby’s father, Shelby’s support of Kevin on his journey to become a Navy Seal, Kevin being a rock of support for Shelby through family illnesses. It’s the long road they’ve traveled together, over seven years filled with many joys and a few struggles, that brought Shelby & Kevin to their wedding day at Bates Nut Farm.

Shelby and Kevin’s journey began when they met as high school students; they shared a love of the water and the outdoors in general. He drove a lifted truck, which Shelby’s protective older sisters weren’t too keen on. But when Shelby got Kevin a job where she and her sister also worked, Kevin started to prove himself as a loyal and dedicated young man. Shelby & Kevin both came from loving families but had very different stories. Kevin’s mother Tori was a single-mom for most of Kevin’s life, while Shelby’s parents Janie & Mike had been married for decades. Shelby’s dad took Kevin under his wing. They became like family.

Not all grooms allow themselves to become emotional during their wedding ceremony. In Kevin’s line of work as a Seal, where he is regularly tasked with great challenges under extreme stress, he no doubt has to hold back his emotions. But with Shelby, there is no holding back for Kevin. There is no holding back for either of them. The intensity and depth with which they love each other is evident in every moment, every touch, each gaze. Their bond runs deep. And now officially, they are family.

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Shelby & Kevin, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph the culmination of your love story, your wedding, your Best Day Ever. Shelby, it means so much to me to have been able to see you as a beautiful bride, so filled with love, excitement, and laughter. Kevin, I wish a safe deployment for you and your team. It was clear on your wedding day that that no one could treasure Shelby more than you. I know it will be a challenge for you both to be apart, but your special bond will keep your hearts connected even thousands of miles away. Best wishes to you both on a joyous and loving marriage.

Vendors:
Venue: Bates Nut Farm / Coordination: Tammy Coleman of Maggie Tyler Events / Hair & Makeup: King Cardoza Studio /Catering: New Life Culinary Creations / Flowers : Anna’s Flowers / Cake & Cupcakes: Jenns Cake Couture  / Videographer: Garvin Ha / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

Chelsey & Brenden’s Warm Winter Wedding at Pine Hills Lodge

Monday, January 26th, 2015

I met Chelsey & Brenden two years ago when I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session. Chelsey had recently applied to nursing school, and was anxiously waiting on her admission status so she and Brenden could begin to plan their wedding. They weren’t sure exactly when they would become husband and wife, but they knew they did indeed want to spend their lives together. Their engagement session holds a special place in my heart because it was the first session I photographed after the birth of my baby. Our original date had to be moved because the roads were blocked to Julian, the quaint town where both their engagement session and wedding took place. A new date was set and the planets must have all aligned that day because the roads were clear and a blanket of perfect white snow covered the town and surrounding landscape. I remember the playful exchanges between them, the way Brenden tenderly helped Chelsey through the icy streets, and the warm embraces amidst the chilly air.

Two years later, it was clear their bond had grown even deeper. It was in each interaction, each touch, each smile and gaze. It was in Brenden’s redirection of all attention to Chelsey; it was in Chelsey’s tears of joy as she saw him the first time in her wedding gown. It was the longing in their eyes during their ceremony and their eager anticipation to become husband and wife. In the speeches from their family and friends, there was laughter, life, delight, and so much raw emotion celebrating their love. It was clear to each wedding guest, Chelsey and Brenden fit together like a hand and glove.

They planned every detail of their wedding themselves and executed each one beautifully. They created a magical day for themselves, their family and friends in the woods of Julian at the gorgeous Pine Hills Lodge. And they did it all together. It was an intimate and tender celebration that represented them utterly and completely. It was perfect.

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Chelsey & Brenden, thank you for the honor of photographing the perfect celebration of your love and the start to your incredible marriage. I know as the days grown long and the years pass by, your bond will only deepen.   Cheers to a life of love, warmth, and winter adventures.

Vendors:
Venue: Pine Hills Lodge / DJ: ENV Productions, Inc. / Cake: Swedish Royal Bakery / Hair: Nicole Klemetsrud / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Root / Dress: Allure Bridals / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

Just One Look: Shelby & Kevin at Bates Nut Farm

Monday, January 5th, 2015

This is a very special wedding, for so many reasons. One of which is that beautiful Shelby is my former student. I can’t wait to share her and Kevin’s story with you.

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See more previews on my Facebook page.

Just One Look: Chelsey & Brenden at Pine Hills Lodge

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Just in time for the holidays…a magical preview. Congratulations to Chelsey & Brenden!

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See more previews on my Facebook page.

Stephanie & Ting Begin Their Great Adventure, The Martin Johnson House

Monday, October 20th, 2014

They locked eyes across their work desks and fate was sealed; Stephanie & Ting began their adventure in the same office as co-workers, then grew to be friends, and later, loves.  They traversed the globe and traveled the world together, always comforted by the feeling of home they found in each other. Ting’s infectious laughter and kindness, Stephanie’s magnetic charm and groundedness, they fit together like a hand in glove.

Their wedding day marked the start of another adventure where they became husband and wife, and soon another adventure will begin… parenthood, perhaps Stephanie & Ting’s greatest adventure of all.

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A huge thanks to my second photographer, Sheri, who captured these incredible shots of Ting, as well as many other photos from this wedding.
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Stephanie is such a beauty:
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The Martin Johnson House, always a gorgeous venue, was marked with blue skies and incredible weather on Stephanie & Ting’s wedding day.
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A ceremony filled with so many happy faces. With wistful gazes, laughter, a tear or two, and (my favorite) a little wiggle and a wink, Stephanie & Ting said “I do!”
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Probably one of my personal favorite sets of bride & grooms portraits of all time. When the stars line up perfectly, magic can happen.
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Classic reception details with a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure:
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And a perfect day punctuated by perfect timing: Stephanie & Ting’s grand entrance coincided with a an epic sunset.
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Um, the cutest:
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A little twist on tradition that was just right: the bride & groom both dance with their moms. Super sweet.
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Stephanie & Ting’s tender first dance was a kickoff to an epic dance party. They’ve got some moves!
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Stephanie & Ting, thank you so much for inviting me into your lives and giving me the honor of photographing your wedding. You are one of the kindest, most welcoming, and spirited couples I have had the pleasure to know. A gigantic congratulations on your baby, and your journey together. May your adventures never end. I am sure they never will.

Vendors:
Coordination: Joy Culture Events / Venue: Martin Johnson House / Catering: Carriage Trade Catering & Company / DJ: Irwin Alcantara / Florist: La Belle Bloom / Floral Arch: Arch de Belle / Officiant: Reginald Partlow / Makeup Artist & Hair: Shonna Armonio / Cake: Alannah Estrada / Cupcakes: Sprinkles / Transportation: Coastal Transportation / Assistant Photographer: Sheri Berg

 

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