I love a man in a uniform

When I first met this couple, it came out that he was a Marine and stationed at Camp Pendelton. My first question was, "are you wearing your dress blues?" (coming soon, a blog post about lots of dress blues on Coronado Island-stay tuned.) The excitement I had to capture these two was there, and I wanted to make sure their day was perfectly documented. I was impressed by his enthusiasm for his work, and also his desire to serve his country. You see, sometimes I cry when I see men in uniforms sacrificing themselves, doing things so incredibly brave and selfless. Yes, I might have a soft spot for pilots especially, since my dad flew in WW2. I know a man, close to my heart who flew F-14 Tomcats and might tell a really good story about flying low into Libya in the dead of night...pretty positive he would die on that mission. These kind of men melt me. So when I met Heath and his bride to talk about their wedding, his bright blue eyes and his "yes m'am" might have sealed the deal. His darling, bubbly bride with a southern accent was his perfect companion, and I was happy to capture their most special day with my photography. They chose a rural venue in San Marcos, California complete with a big red barn and horses grazing in the background. They wanted it relaxed and fun, with all of their friends invited to share in the festivities, complete with world famous Phil's BBQ, plenty of beer and all the country music you can handle! Lets just say there was a lot of dancing...and red cups! The day was sweet and filled with family and dear friends who came to celebrate the love this couple has for one another. I find myself very engrossed when I am photographing a wedding, this one no different. I get very involved in whats happening in front of me. I am always in awe of the beauty of whats in my cameras view, and most often find myself smiling as I click.  Always a wonderful thing, as I know I captured something really rare and special. A day which will live on forever through my images. Its a beautiful thing. 

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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.