One of my favorite things as a wedding photographer is when a couple just enjoys being together. I didn't have to tell Clay and Amanda one thing about facial expressions...their emotion was real. So real that it even upstaged Dana Point, which is tough to do.
The Ocean Institute boasts full views of one of the most picturesque coves along the Southern California coast...and these guys were brave enough to venture down into the rocks, in heels, at high tide. Adventurous couples who really like each other, on a rocky ocean cove all day? My job doesn't get much better than that.
From the second I walked into the bridal suite, and the second I walked into the groomsmen's room, I knew that Jessica and Shawn weren't there for the mason jars. They could not have cared less about the centerpieces, the aisle runners, or even the dress (all beautiful, by the way); they were only there for each other. You could see it in how they looked at each other, and as someone who photographs an incredible amount of weddings per year, this was just so refreshing and gorgeous to see. I ended up just staying hours past my leave time to make sure I captured every beautiful moment of these two.
I absolutely love photographing weddings where the couple steals the spotlight. And with these two, even though they had their wedding in the most gorgeous location ever complete with blooming cherry trees, you got the feeling that they could've gotten married on the side of the road and they wouldn't have cared.
Plus, I swear in these photos, he just couldn't keep his eyes off of her all night. Congratulations to the beautiful Sean and Monique.
Couple - Gabe & Leighanna
Venue - Oviatt Penthouse, Los Angeles, CA
Karl's Note - The Coolest Couple in LA
"OK... I'm going to try to keep this brief, but there are so many wonderful, splendid things to say about Karl it is going to make this tough! I found Karl originally via Craigslist because my husband and I were having a tiny wedding ceremony (us, our two witnesses, and our
Sometimes the emotion in weddings can come from the places I least expect. I photographed this gorgeous wedding at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. It was one of five weddings that week (yes, I know, I need to raise my prices...but I'm just too nice), and I was expecting it to be a normal, beautiful wedding.
Both the bride and groom had children, and when families blend it can sometimes be especially beautiful, and sometimes tearful; although the last place I expected the tears to come from, was from the groom. He was a very nice man, very pleasant, and incredibly straight-forward and professional. His vows to the bride started very normally, and then about halfway through I started noticing that not only was the bride crying, but so was just about everyone in the place. Except for him. He seemed completely calm, and professional, when in an instant his eyes darted behind the bride to his daughter and the bride's daughters as they were all crying, and he lost it immediately. He turned away, and then turned back laughing out loud, pointing and saying it was all their fault. The break in the ceremony from heartfelt tears to the release of heartfelt laughter, stemming from the one man you did not expect to get emotional, was one of the most special and moving things I have ever witnessed at a wedding.
Sincere congratulations to Shawn and Melissa and your family, and thank you for letting me be a small part of the background at your perfect moment.