Elena was the girl in middle school that every boy had a crush on and every girl wanted to be friends with. She was a grade above me when we met in our school's video production class -- her lively energy and friendly smile won over everyone around her. I was so stoked when she was a bridesmaid at a wedding I filmed last year and even more excited when she asked me to photograph AND film her wedding. A few weeks later, we sat on her living room floor surrounded by (literally, like, seven) dogs and sorted through all of the details.
Fun Fact: One of my favorite bonuses I get from shooting weddings is befriending awesome family members. I've had some awesome moms over the years and absolutely love keeping up with them on Facebook. Elena's mom, Jo Marie, joined us at our first meeting and within minutes, we realized we were neighbors in Palos Verdes. Now I get to run into her pretty face all around town!
During a visit to her parent's house in Palos Verdes, we got together for their engagement session. Finally, I meet this quiet, tattooed guy whose smile is uncontrollable when he glances over at his fiance. Purely being in their presence is enough to believe in soul mates.
Their big day was spent at Calamigos Ranch in beautiful Malibu, California in August. Elena could not look more stunning in her backless, long-sleeved lace gown. The lush grounds were a perfect setting for this nature-inspired wedding. Succulents, cascading florals and raw woods filled the glass walled room and set the scene for the magical day that was about to unfold.
Truly, there wasn't a dry eye in the house as Elena walked down the aisle toward Alan. The happiness and joy overflowed into the night as some of the most heartfelt speeches I've heard were spoken at their dinner. Guests made their way to the dance floor and partied the night away. One last magical moment was spent underneath the lights before the two took off on their honeymoon.
This wedding was an honor to be able to photograph and I am so happy that I get to call clients like Elena and Alan my friends. I look forward to sharing their film and reminding everyone once more of that magic in the air on their wedding day.