this is another in a long line of very special days for me, individually. pete has been a good friend of mine for a number of years now. so, as i’ve said before, when friends or family hire me to document one of the most important days of their life, i do not take that responsibility lightly. i had only met his bride-to-be, kk, one time before their wedding. it was another feather in my cap that she still had faith in my position with their wedding day after seeing some of my karaoke on that one first impression night. (though, really, truth be told, nobody does prince’s purple rain anything close to what i do with it!)
their wedding day turned out to be an absolutely beautiful southern california day. some of you may be thinking: “is there any other kind?”… to which i would point you kindly in the direction of my last wedding post that went to show how unpredictable the weather here was this year. a lovely day at a seriously gorgeous location, filled with some fantastic people who loved them dearly. and what’s not to love? these two are remarkable souls…to say the least.
without further ado, we began the day at the jaw-dropping hotel la jolla:
there was some awesome teamwork taking place with kk and her bridesmaids while getting ready:
pete and his groomsmen were right next door and left for the venue just before the girls headed out. i sent my second photographer, larissa, out to work with them while i stayed with kk and the ladies.
as we all finally arrived at the martin johnson house (which is a glorious venue, by the way), things got into motion rather quickly.
we were right on time, but on the clock as we headed just down to the beach for their romantic post-ceremony photos.
i no longer try to coerce people to jump… but when people wanna jump, like david lee roth said: they might as well jump!
we raced back up to the venue and the couple immediately started to mix in with all of their guests before dinner began.
as the sun headed down toward that magical moment, i nudged the couple out for a couple more minutes of photos:
their cake(s)??? just…wow.
after the very love-filled and emotional parent dances, a lot of the guests really left it all out on the dancefloor as the night continued.
to the breathtaking couple: thanks again for hiring me for your big day…not only was it a very large privilege to me to be the one photographing your wedding day, but it was a day i will not soon forget. as you were both so beloved by your guests and family members there, i could never have expected such a truly spectacular day to unfold for you both, as it did. i wish you both the most sincere best wishes for your future days and months and years ahead of you. i am proud to be your friend and cannot wait to see where your now joined road leads.
venue: martin johnson house, scripps institution of oceanography, ucsd, san diego, ca
coordination: jacob of bts catering & events
cake: the french gourmet, san diego
floral arrangements: jayne freitag (mother of the bride)
music: casey turner
dj: andrew nast