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wedding at the carmel mission & santa lucia preserve, part 1

09.21.2010
I love my job. I really do. I think it's an honor and a privilege to be trusted by so many wonderful couples to artfully document one of the most important days of their lives. I have a passion for photography and a passion for people. I feel so blessed to be able to do something I love for a living and I am grateful that my clients trust me and respect what I do. I love showing up at weddings as if I were an old friend with a fancy camera and I appreciate when my clients and their families welcome me in with open arms and let me do my thing. And "my thing" is capturing relaxed portraits, amazing details and real moments. Weddings are once in a lifetime events, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I take a lot of pride in my work and hopefully it shows.

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing celebration of love. I can't get over what an amazing day it was. It was as close to a perfect wedding as I've ever shot. The venues were incredible, the weather was gorgeous, the couple was quite photogenic not to mention how wonderful they are together, the families were so warm and hospitable, the bridesmaids were smokin' hot, the groomsmen were hilarious, the details were amazing, the wedding planners were on it, the band was awesome, and I had my best friend Joe Photo along to help me shoot! Can you say sample album? I can! I'll also b submitting these images (and more) to Two Bright Lights in hopes to have this wedding published.

People often ask me where my favorite venues to shoot weddings are. I usually reply with the Vatican, and Lake Como, but my absolute favorite place to shoot in the US is at the Santa Lucia Preserve. It's over 20,000 acres near Carmel and Big Sur, and it's basically their own private national park. I want to retire there one day, but the house start around 5 million, so I need to shoot a few more weddings (I appreciate your referrals!). I've shot at the Preserve twice before, back in 2008 and 2009.

This wedding was different though. Instead of having their wedding in the redwood grove, they had their ceremony at the Carmel Mission and then came back to the Preserve for the reception. The Carmel Mission is one of the most gorgeous churches I've ever shot in and the grounds surrounding the Mission are spectacular.

Here's are some of my favorite images so far. Please vote for your favorites and leave a comment. I appreciate your feedback:

This was the view right outside of my room at the Ranch House. When I woke up to this I knew it was going to be a great day:

The bride's shoes from Badgley Mischka deserved their very own photo shoot:



The gown is by Romona Keveza and it looks like it was made specifically for this bride:


The bride and the bridesmaids got ready in a house the family rented just a mile or two away from the hacienda.



The flowers were done by Kim England of Fleurs du Soleil


These two saw each other before the wedding and the groom presented the bride with her bouquet in front of the hacienda:

Hello ladies!

These guys were a crack up, and as you can tell, the gentle second from the right is a professional model:

Inside the hacienda:

The Carmel Mission is incredible:

Even the flower girl was rockin' the poses:

I love this portrait of the groom's grandfather:

Anxiously waiting:

Here comes the bride:

Dad looks quite proud eh?

I staked out a seat in the 3rd row. This place was too incredible to shoot from the back of the church. I believe in asking for forgiveness than permission, but the church lady never even said a word. Whew!



The bride was simply stunning. So beautiful inside and out!:


I want to thank Adriana and her crew from Barbara Llwellyn Catering and Event Planning for making everything run so smoothly. They were a pleasure to work with. I also want to thank Jen from the Santa Lucia Preserve for taking good care of us as well.

Click here to see part 2 of this amazing wedding!

(By the way, Joe Photo finally joined Twitter, so follow him and follow me too if you aren't already).
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