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my brother’s wedding | Destination Gay Wedding on Coronado Island

I’m retired from photographing weddings. It was the way in which I cut my teeth learning photography. I’m grateful for the experience because I’m rarely rattled at a shoot…ever.

This, however, was my final wedding. (If I keep saying that, maybe it’ll be true;)

My brother’s. And, it was on Coronado Island at a beautiful venue. I celebrated my own anniversary at the Marriott on Coronado Island last year. I love not needing a car. The wedding weekend was so beautiful that I had the fleeting thought that maybe I’d do more weddings if the climate and ambiance was so beautiful. Mostly, I’ve photographed weddings in Texas, which means that 6 months out of the year, I’m sweating and getting a sunburn. I don’t have a fitbit because I obsess easily about well, everything, but I’d guess I walked 5 miles to and fro the groom’s hotel rooms which were on opposite sides of the complex. People ask me often if I’m from San Diego because my brothers and father all live there. For different reasons, they’ve all landed there over the past few years, and I’m fortunate to visit frequently.

This was my first time traveling with a baby. And, well, I can remember the days when I used to pack…drunk…a couple hours before a flight. I began packing for this trip on Sunday. We left on Friday. With one of those rolling carts you rent at the airport, full of luggage – everything from camera equipment to a bassinet. You’ll see one photo of the top of his head. He slept through the ceremony and spent most of the weekend in the hotel because well, Texas born babies don’t understand how to switch over to California time.

What memories we made!

I loved this rehearsal dinner spot. Monello in Little Italy. So fresh and good!

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I took a yoga class the morning of the wedding, and I’m glad I did because man, I got my steps in.
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I pretty much forced my brother to do a first look. And, can’t you see why?!
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I was relieved to find out that a funny guest had these made – and not my vain brother. Haha.
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Special thanks to my wife who second shot for me. She’s my favorite second shooter and I trust her implicitly, which means I was able to shoot more film than I normally would at a wedding. And, of course, film holds up well in southern California high sunshine.

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There were a number of toasts. But, my favorite moment of the reception was when my new bonus brother danced with his mom. Isn’t she adorable?
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And then, of course, my mom whom I don’t mention much. I am the oldest child and have never liked to share. She epitomizes the proud mother always. She loves us so much.

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I knew my brother would begin to drink and dance…we joke that our little boy better not get his dance moves from Uncle Zach…and suddenly, he wouldn’t want to do any photos. But, when I photograph weddings – which is rare because this was my last one – I always try to steal the bride and groom…or in this case, the grooms…away for a few minutes. On your wedding day, you should have fun and remember why you’re there.

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And, I mean, it was a full moon, which is second only to sunsets in my favorite subject to photograph.

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And they ended up using this image for their holiday card. Aren’t they cute? (Trust your wedding photographer).

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I cherish the photographs I have from my own wedding. It’s a day I want to remember for the rest of my life. I’m grateful for the photography skills I’ve garnered through the years. And never have I been more grateful than to utilize these skills to be of service to my family and friends. So, unless we share a gene pool or I’ve coined you as my chosen family or you’re getting married in Fiji or somewhere comparable (and my growing entourage can join me…with all of our luggage), this was my final wedding. And, it was one of my all time favorites.

he’s her lobster | fort worth wedding photography

I asked these two what there expectations were for their wedding photography, and they said, “Our engagement pictures speak for themselves.” Working with these two from start to finish was smooth and easy. These two have serious chemistry. And, wow on the night before at their rehearsal dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s, it was clear how much their friends love and adore them. Cheers to a lifetime of happiness, Julia & Tim.

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Remember that Friends reference: “He’s her lobster.” Well, Tim is Julia’s lobster.
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University Christian Church is serious about the sanctity of marriage. Many thanks to my team up in the balcony who were second and third shooting.
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Love all the house party girls and the cutest wedding party you ever did see.
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I always like to carve out a few minutes between the wedding and the reception for the couple. How grounding before you party with hundreds of your closest friends!
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Big thanks to Jennifer Elmore for these detail shots while I was with the bride and groom.

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Y’all, the matron of honor and the groom both sang! So heartwarming.
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The bride and groom are longtime friends and fans of the cover band, Poo Live Crew. And they brought the party!
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I had a few friends at the wedding, so we took a selfie. I have as much fun as the guests…

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wedding venue : University Christian Church

reception : Ridglea Country Club

florist : Mike Harrison  |  Party Designs & Productions

cake : Wonderful Cakes by Jose Munoz

band : Poo Live Crew

hair : Molly at Goldwaves

makeup : Courtney Moore

winery wedding | Walla Walla, Washington destination wedding

I’d not heard of Walla Walla, Washington until this couple asked me to travel to photograph their wedding. It’s a region close to their wine loving hearts. Just a few hours east of Portland, the drive along the Columbia River was absolutely stunning. Maybe someday I’ll blog the photos from that journey. And the town has as much charm as Napa. A must see for wine lovers. This couple has been together for nearly nine years. They waited for their kids to grow up to marry. What fun! And their kids are super sweet and supportive. They’ll celebrate their nuptials in their hometown in less than a couple weeks.

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a courthouse wedding | fort worth elopement

They contacted me to take some photos at the Fort Worth Water Gardens – after they eloped. And, I was happy to oblige, but I confessed, “I’ve always wanted to photograph a courthouse wedding.” They agreed, and I was so grateful. I don’t think I slept much the night before. The Fort Worth Courthouse is so beautiful, inside and out – as are these two. She’s a Lululemon yogini. He’s a crossfitting litigator. They met by chance – or was it divine design? – in Dallas. Together, they recently moved to the Fort. And on a beautiful Friday morning, they married, with me as their witness. What a dream!

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moondance : a ranch engagement | fort worth wedding photographer

I get a bad rap from my friends about my obsession with Van Morrison. I just love his songs – like all of them…even the obscure ones you’ve never heard. And as I was editing this stunning ranch engagement, I thought of the song, “Moondance.” Many of my yoga friends follow the astrology patterns and moon phases with fervor. I’m more apt to stay up all night writing or editing photos and then realize as dawn breaks, “Oh, it’s a full moon…that explains it.”

We had to reschedule this shoot a couple times due to the weather, but I’m so glad we got the day we did. That light. That moon. This beautiful couple. All of it alchemized to create some amazing art.

He’s a 5th grade teacher. Isn’t that cute? And anybody who’s spent any stretch of time in a public school, hospital, institution of any sort knows that the crazies come out to play on a full moon. What a blessing to spend an evening with these two – who are anything but crazy…except in love. They’ll marry in June. Clearly, the dogs are excited. And I can’t wait.

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