oh, hello there. this post is a perfect reunion for my blog with all of you. not only because i enjoyed this wedding day thoroughly… well let me just list the reasons, that might be easier. i’ve known this groom since the day he was born. literally. i visited him (and his parents, of course) the day he was born in the hospital. i played a part in his first ever spoken word (we won’t get into that very long story). i’ve known his father and his uncles and his father’s father for (this is going to hurt to do this math)… 30 years now. yep. 30. don’t think about that too long, okay? so, to say it was an honor to be a part of his wedding day, is a bit of an understatement. in my first email back to people who inquire about hiring me as a wedding photographer, i usually tell them how much i enjoy weddings and telling the story of that day… so on and so on. and i think most people may read that and think: “oh, man… here comes the spiel…”. but i really mean it. i am not ashamed (too much) to admit that i cry at a lot of the weddings i photograph. i definitely did at this one.
it’s so awesome to have this completely tangible and evidential proof of how life evolves and how some good people can come to be in this world. i can’t say i’ve witnessed much of dré’s life, but i’ve seen a good amount of what’s helped zac grow into the man that he is now. he is most definitely one of those people that makes everyone who’s been a part of his life very proud. it was clear to see that day that dré is in that same boat. i couldn’t have been happier to see all of the love that surrounds these two.
a sweet little moment with dré giving a first look of her gown to all of her bridesmaids, et al:
it was then onto the los rios district for the couple’s ‘first look’. not only did we find a cool little spot for it, they invited their bridal party and families to come and bear witness to that once-in-a-lifetime moment of the day.
the “let me see how you look” pirouette:
these two are the perfect compliment to one another in so many ways. being goofy and lighthearted is definitely one of those.
“cheesy laugh moment” completely perfected.
zac is a cramazing dancer. cramazing. should i go ahead and ™ that word right now? crazy and amazing rolled into one. so, you’ll see a little of that here… as much as one can make out from still photos.
i love this photo. i feel like i’ve always noticed a palpable admiration between these two cousins. i feel like this single moment captures that:
another one for the wall (if i do say so, myself)… unquestionable and complete love between father and son:
this was the brief moment during the cake cutting that you thought it may just be normal… sweet… mellow… sealed with a small kiss and a crowd of people who wanted more action to loudly boooooooooo the couple. this moment in this photo… and then, all of that changed:
did i only say zac is an amazing — oops… i mean cramazing dancer?! well… it’s kind of a rodarmel family thing. his sister is something to behold as well:
father and daughter burning their shoes up on the dance floor:
to not be outdone by other dancers in the family, here is another of zac’s uncles leaving it all out on the dancefloor:
a fantastic night… a beautiful wedding on a truly perfect day. zac and dré have mentored couples for a while now and it’s so clear to see why. they will continue to guide and serve as fated examples of love between two for a lifetime. i am so grateful to have been able to be there for their big day. i cannot even say how much i wish the best upon the two of you and your family in the years, decades and generations to come.