The bride and groom, two of the most unique souls I've been honored to document.
Their commitment, is beautiful.
The love, felt by all those in the room.
Their sincerity, heighten.
Their gracefulness, perfection.
The week of the wedding, the weather forecast was not supportive.
It showed massive rain storms the entire week and day of the wedding.
With the wedding original to be outside the entire day, the bride took immediate action.
Within a matter of 24 hours, she found a new ceremony venue as the previous one didn't support weddings in the rain. And, moved her entire outside reception, inside.
She did so, with absolute grace, patience and love.
The day, as it always does, turned out exceptionally beautiful.
The sun was shining, the air was crisp, their skin, glistening with love everywhere.
As we walked into the lobby to meet her entire bridal party outside with her soon to be husband blindfolded next to the limo, she saw her reflection in the glass tours and tears began to run down her race. It was happening. It was all happening and her excitement just couldn't be contained.
The limo took them to Oak Canyon Nature Center where they shared their first look.
Justin stood patiently, scarf still wrapped around his eyes, Kim excitedly walked towards him.
She slowly took of the scarf, Justin turned around. His smile nearly glowing off his face, his eyes, they filled with subtle tears. The love, my was the love ever so strong.
The entire day was filled with an abundance of love and attention to detail!
Kim and Justin, your day was so romantically peaceful and inspirational.
Thank you for the honor of documenting your love! ⠀
This woman. Is PURE magic.
Life and the cycles that is transitions through is truly gratifyingly beautiful.
Years ago, I met this soul through being blessed by her yoga teachings and guided meditations.
Each and every time being in the role of the student while she taught, I was captivated, inspired, rejuvenated.
We connected over our love for life and South Africa of course as that's where she's from.
As life progresses, so does time.
And this time, our interactions have been shared with that of her life enhancing healing
and bringing her visions to life in the form of time capsules.
We spent a beautiful spring morning playing within nature, documenting her all around goddess beauty.
Belinda Pearl, you are truly such an inspiration. ⠀
Take a moment.
Take a breath.
The connection, it gives me goosebumps.
When documenting this moment, I made a conscious decision to have one main aspect in focus.
Were you able to locate that very aspect?
Take a closer look.... it's the crystal ball.
Doesn't it look like its glowing?
Well, with the connection of the sun hitting it at just the right angel, it appears to be that way.
These, these little moments, they bring great joy, great belief.
The belief in intertwined souls.
The belief in divine energy and the realities it brings.
The belief in collaborations, working together, bringing one souls vision into a reality.
This right here, is the culmination of glowing, great belief, connections, divine energy, love and light. ⠀
An intimate ceremony.
A destination wedding.
Two deeply in love souls expanding their commitment, deepening their unique union.
My goodness, does it all have my heart so full!
Life, the cycles in which is takes us, truly amazes me.
Years ago, I worked with this oh so very sweet and passionate bride
and used to hear about her long time boyfriend and how much she loved them!
I've watched their love expand as they had their beautiful little girl and then,
several months ago, I received a joyful message, one that shared their plans for their intimate ceremony in Santa Barbara and asked me to share my magic in documenting their exchange.
And my goodness, did I truly cherish getting to witness and document this very exchange!!
Michelle and Adam, you two were radiant!
Thank you for the honor, thank you for the very experience of getting to witness and document your love!
These two are just adorable.
Their love is so playfully sweet.
Their interactions, that of innerly-connected soulmates.
Their wedding, vibrantly sunny, radiant and filled with so much love!
Ahhhh, I just love getting to witness, experience, relive and vulnerably deliver wedding day portraits.
Did you catch onto the key word there? Vulnerably.
Yes, being a photographer is very vulnerable.
It is witnessing, experiencing, processing and documenting events,
in this case that of two very special souls' wedding day
and then sharing the very moments that they spend months and months planning.
Over the years of documenting so many unique souls, the greatest tools have been in being fully present, in the moment, in the experience with them and understanding that of their unique love.
As I do this, I can better document their life and love stories that have brought them to this very moment!
Brianna and Mike, thank you for the absolute honor of documenting your wedding day.
You two, your love and your silliness. It was all so wonderful to both witness and document.
Coordinator: One Fabulous Event
Photographer: Ashley Strong Photography
Videography: Kappel Imagery
DJ: DJ Hersch
Venue: Marina Village
Caterer: The Hamburger Factory Family Restaurant
Dessert Bar & Cake: V.G. Donut & Bakery
Bar Service: The Traveling Tavern
Photo Booth: Nine10 Photobooth Images
Florist: Four Seasons Florist
Rentals: San Diego Linens
Ah, this family, this location, their spirits, their smiles.
The love they share, the bond that is prevalent, the overall excitement for life.
My goodness was it ever so present throughout the dancing of the sun during this golden hour family session.
You see, the process of working with families, connecting with the youth involved is just magical.
Family sessions are anywhere from one to one and a half hours.
The options are endless.
If you have a specific location, perfect.
If you have a vision, but need assistance in finding the perfect location, just as perfect.
If you have outfits picked out, perfect.
If you need assistance here, just make is clear and I will happily help in coordinating your vibrant external expression of you!
As we expand during our session, it is my passion, my commitment in documenting your greatness.
The pureness, the love, the excitement, the subtle smiles, the connections.
Those moments, in which become frozen in time, a time capsule if you will, for you to always have.
To look back on, to smile with, to cherish.
To serve as a reminder, of that very moment, the time of being right there and right now.
My friends, community reading and seeing this, enjoy these vibrant time capsules.
To the Turner Family, you are absolutely beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your love and creating the opportunity for me to document your family.