Amongst the mighty oaks

This darling girl is one who I photographed when she graduated from high school, not too long ago. Her mother and I are fast friends, from years and years ago, in the olden days when we drove mini vans, carried diaper bags and had darling little girls in tow. Fast forward a few decades and now they are grown up, getting married and having children of their own. Who would have thought this could happen so fast. The time has flown by. That said, I love these girls dearly, and their mother as well. A beautiful, gentle woman with a heart of gold. One of my favorite people of all time. So when it was this beauty's time to tie the knot with her lovely fiance, I was on board. These two kids had fire in their eyes for each other...wonderful to see this love so strong. They chose lavender as their color, and lots of beautiful lace to adorn the bride. Their marriage took place in the San Diego LDS temple on a beautiful Saturday morning, then afterwards a backyard reception held on a property adjacent to their home in Murrieta. Old oak trees and a spectacular view were part of the backdrop, and a stunning one I will say. Backyard weddings are my absolute favorite. There is something so special about celebrating outside on a balmy Southern California summer evening. This property is sprawling, with a long driveway, towering trees and peacocks who come to visit every afternoon for treats. The evening was topped off with all kinds of homemade desserts and an amazing red velvet wedding cake made by a close family friend. Lavender and purple flowers set in tin buckets adorned the tables draped in white, while a guest book filled with snapshots of guests were taped in to make a scrapbook documenting the night.  This was all about family and dear friends, and an intimate celebration of love and goodness on several levels, including old friendships reuniting to make a little girls dream come true. And indeed we made it happen...with a little help from my friends.