Bill and Vanessa aren’t just clients, they’re good friends. So when they asked me to shoot their big day, it was a BIG deal. But I wouldn’t be the only “friend-vendor” doing his part to make their day special — almost all the wedding vendors could be counted among their closest friends. Even friends without a wedding profession happily came together, volunteering to help with whatever they could, to make this event memorable.

The whole time, I couldn’t help thinking about weddings of yore, before the existence of any wedding-based professions, when your family, friends and neighbors came together to throw the couple a simple celebration. Born out of necessity, the act of giving by giving of yourself, with your own hands, still resonates with our moderns sensibilities as an act of utmost sincerity. Yet, today, in this pre-industrialized society we live, each area of wedding work has been differentiated, creating the specialized professions of catering, photography, floral design, confection, coordinating, etc., that we’ve come to know. While this specialization allows for more grandiose events, the communal and heart-felt aspects of a what used to be a whole village coming together  to unify two people in love may have diminished.

Not with this wedding! The large group of supporters, many coming from as far away as Bill’s origins in New Hampshire, helped throw Bill and Vanessa the shindig we all know they deserve; one that honors their unique character as individuals and a couple. As their wedding day was planned and carried out, special care was made in considering both Bill and Vanessa, as well as their new marriage built on love and respect. I couldn’t have been more happy to play my part in the larger “village” that came together to honor Bill and Vanessa.

I’d also like to thank Oliver of Oliver Henry Photography for second shooting this event with me – always a pleasure having his architectural eye and photog chops on a shoot!

So, without further adieu, the images!



Vendor love:

Venue:  Pala Mesa Resort, Fallbrook, CA

DJ: Sandra Ware

Florist: Black Lotus Design

Cake: Bo Cakes

sandra - June 5, 2014 - 11:27 pm

These photos are fabulous!!!! What a special day, so happy to have been a part of it! I especially love the last photo and can’t help but wonder what song I was playing at that moment 🙂

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