I excitedly sent an email as I couldn't wait to meet these soon to be husbands in person.
I received a reply.
One infused with a bit of worry, with a positive, but real outlook.
When I read the email, a heaviness overcame my entire being.
You see, these grooms are from and live in Houston.
Their lives, directly, intimately impacted by hurricane Harvey.
Oh my goodness.
This is real, so very real.
Although safe, their lives, their plans being altered,
their elopement, just days away
while the flights kept getting pushed later and later.
As I read the various emails, all I kept repeating was, "Love and light, love and light.
Please send them love and light so they will arrive safely. Love and light."
This, this very intention setting, this very mantra as you will,
carried a vibration, sending a message into the universe.
One of positivity, one of strength, one of protection.
I excitedly opened my email on Thursday morning with the joyous news
that they were safely getting on a plane that evening,
going to make it in time to pick up their marriage license on Friday morning
and most importantly, the two of them, their closest friends and family
would all safely the moments of their elopement.
Their love for one another was so calmly blissful.
Their excitement to be husbands, radiated across their faces.
The honor of documenting this monumental time in their lives
leaves me with infinite gratitude, infinite joy.
It now serves as another reminder of the power of the universe and its influence on our very existence. What's meant to be, will be!
Congratulations Neil and Joe!
It was beyond an honor witnessing and documenting the magic you two are! ⠀
Coordination : Always Flawless Productions ⠀
Ceremony : Bethel Nathan⠀
Location : St. Francis Chapel, Balboa Park - San Diego
As they were twirling in one another's arms,
the sun slowly started to peak through the palm trees. T
he last minutes of light were upon us.
Their first dance continued, my excitement heightened.
One more dance and then we would be down on the sand,
just in time for the final moments of the sunset.
I asked, "Just beach?" Carly said, "Yes." I said, "Let's go!"
Heels off, we ventured down to the sand as fast as we could.
The spot, just close enough to the water without any bit of panic (me, that is),
just the perfect angle to witness their connection,
their love and their admiration of the incredibly gorgeous sunset to an already euphorically perfect day!
I truly believe we, as individuals,
define what perfection is,
what it looks like,
how it feels,
taste and textures that coincide those very sensations. A
s these two shared their thank-you's throughout dinner,
their gratitude resinated in that of having this,
that of their dream wedding come to life.
Come perfectly to life.
Carly and Dave, your enduring love is truly inspiring.
The connection that you two share, that I so gratefully got to experience, is truly unique.
Thank you for the honor of witnessing, documenting and taking part in your perfectly special day! ⠀
Coordinator : Confetti Skies ⠀
Florals : Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning⠀
Photography : Ashley Strong Photography
DJ : Dj Eddy Gonzalez ⠀
Venue : Ole Hanson Beach Club - 24 Carrots Catering + Events ⠀
Bakery : Simply Sweet Cakery ⠀
Officiant : Chris Hendricks ⠀
Make-Up / Hair : Design Visage ⠀
"We have to do this, can we build this into the timeline, please?"
I giggled to myself.
Wrote back and said, "Of course. I'll add it to the timeline and then send you the updated one in the next couple days."
Timing was getting tight, we were just minutes from needing to jump in the car and head to the ceremony site.
She said, "We must do it."
And so, it was arranged.
McCall patiently waited, tucked on the side of a very large beautiful tree,
his back side, slightly exposed.
She rounded the corner, stopped as tears began to flow from her eyes.
She slowly walked towards him, immediately grabbed his hand.
More tears began to flow.
One another, still hidden from each other.
All the was touching, their hands.
"I am so happy. This is what I wanted. You and me. I am so happy."
I sat back, took depth breaths and just kept documenting time capsule after time capsule.
Their connection was immediately apparent!
One of the many commitments to my clients is to maintain awareness within the present moment,
to be fully committed to that at hand.
Although this is extremely important for all sessions,
it's especially important for weddings as these euphoric days move so quickly.
Sometimes, okay, a lot of the time, timelines get off course due to the bliss that is present.
My goodness is it understandably so!
Through the amount of preparation with my clients, I gain a really good understanding of the most important and desired moments throughout their special day and with this,
I can ensure enough time, space and awareness of the present moment to document the most desired time capsules, regardless of where the timeline is!
I share this, to remind those future brides that timing can get tight,
the timelines will shift, but with the right team of professionals, your desired moments will always be documented in the best possible light!
Jessica and McCall, thank you for the honor, the trust, the gained friendship!
I am ever grateful!
Hair : Kelly Dawn Stylist ⠀⠀
Make-up : Make up by Kandice ⠀⠀
Videography : Audrey Alba Films ⠀⠀
Ceremony : #sunsetcliffs ⠀⠀
Reception : Bali Hai Restaurant ⠀⠀
Florals : Studio Fleurish ⠀⠀
Dress : Rk Bridal ⠀⠀
Shoes : Badgley Mischka ⠀⠀
Coordination : Jaqueline Gatti with Sweet Blossom Weddings
I've often been asked, "Who are your ideal clients?"