When my dad asked if I would photograph his wedding, I said yes without hesitation. Then later I started thinking about exactly what this would be like. I would be at my dad’s wedding. Watching him get married. Being a part of this ceremony where he is just beaming and overjoyed, along with his new bride. And I cried. I couldn’t believe my sisters and I would actually would get to experience something like this. Then I started thinking about how I was going to have to experience all of those emotions with my camera in my hand, trying to capture each moment! That proved to be a bit of a challenge, trying to view everything just right through my tear-blurred eyes ;), but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Such a beautiful day, kissed by a few raindrops, and celebrated by family that love these two so deeply. They are quite amazing, and we couldn’t be more happier for them.
Really… could they be any more adorable??
This couple has a very touching story. She is a cancer survivor. He does great things in his community and with the Boy Scouts. Together, I have no doubt they will do amazing things and share a love with those around them even bigger than the love they share on their own.
I loved all the yummy colors! There was a citrus-y theme and it was so bright and cheery.
Melissa, you are simply gorgeous. And it was obvious that your dad is bursting with pride for you…
One of my favorites from the day…
The ceremony and reception was held at the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch near Visalia, CA. I love this ranch — it is seriously breathtaking and SO relaxing… It is not only a perfect place for weddings, they also have a bed and breakfast that you must check out if you are in the area.
Yes, I think these girls know how to have some fun.
Hello, lovely sunlight…
Such a gorgeous evening. Such an inspiring couple. Congratulations, Melissa and Thomas!
He is a special education teacher and football coach. She is a high school english teacher and knitting queen. He thought she had a boyfriend. But one Saturday night, they ran into each other on Facebook playing poker. He realized Saturday night poker playing on the internet must mean no boyfriend after all… and so it began. Then, true to their fun, spontaneous personalities, the two of them planned a surprise wedding — she showed up at her parents’ home full of family on Christmas Eve in a gorgeous wedding gown, ready for her brother to officially announce them as husband and wife! Now he makes her laugh, and she makes him get that look in his eyes… Kim and Dana, even after 6 months of marriage, your newlywed glow is far from disappearing.
These two kept me laughing… even in the 106 degree heat…
Kim, you are gorgeous.
Dana & Kim got engaged at Ficklin Vineyards, so they thought it would be perfect to do their shoot there. And they were right.
Thank you, Kim & Dana — you two are the best! I still smile every time I think of our afternoon together… it was so wonderful to meet you!!
This couple seriously was loads of fun. Continuous laughter, a gorgeous vineyard, and the love these newlyweds had for each other was just shining out of them… and I don’t mean from the perspiration in the 110 degree heat… I have so much more to say, but here is just one for now… and it speaks volumes, does it not?