i seem to be quite the fortunate one in the weddings i get to be part of. vanessa and i have known each other for a great number of years. her stepdad is an amazing nature and wildlife photographer, you can see his work here if you like. Mike has had a booth at the Sawdust Festival for decades now, and when I used to work for family friends at their booth, at the age of 17 or thereabouts, a lot of the local Laguna kids loved to hang out and chat with me as they passed their time there during the summer. vanessa and her brother, vince, would hang out and talk with me a lot back then. anyway, very long story short, i have remained friends with her parents over all these years and could not have been happier when her mom told me she was engaged. fast forward a bit, and there i was, another wedding with an old friend… another wedding i was sure i would cry during. let’s just get into the photos, shall we?
one of vanessa’s cousins is currently deployed and unable to make the wedding. so, someone very industrious, blew up this photo of him to have him in attendance anyway. amazing!
vanessa and her brother are very close and she displayed one of the most selfless acts at a wedding i’ve seen from a bride yet. vince and his wife didn’t get to have a first dance at their recent wedding. so, vanessa carved out the time for them to share one, in front of so many family members and friends, at her own wedding. yeah…i cried during this part, too.
a few people showing off some pretty stellar moves at this wedding, i tell ya!
and, yes, the shot below is real. he did a real … um…. whatever you call this. some sort of back flippy thing. whatever it was, we all scored it a 10.0
to the end of a beautiful night. they are actually living out on the east coast, so they had this wedding out here for the west coast people and vanessa’s family members/friends and then they did it all over again on the east coast after that. now, that is what i call sharing the love. i was so happy to be there for even one of the two weddings. and to meet jordan and his family.
i wish you both, sincerely, the most amazing life journey together. from the stories i heard told at your wedding, and the way you both were with one another, i can tell there is no shortage of love between you both and i have no doubts that will sustain you throughout. thanks again for allowing me to be such a big part of your day. it was so fantastic to be there!