If I could have a do-over for my own wedding, I would definitely go with destination. Not like let’s fly half way across the world to Bali destination, but I’d opt for weekend getaway. Just a few hour’s drive, where guests think of it as a nice little vacation, and we’re able to spend the entire weekend together instead of just a few hours.
This wedding that I shot in breathtaking, Paso Robles was exactly that.
Three amazing days filled with everything that makes life a beautiful thing:
love, laughter, food, drink, picturesque scenery, friends and family.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Central California, even if you’re not a big fan of wine tasting, do it for the spectacular oak trees.
It was important for Jessica & Ashley to stay in a house with the rest of their family. They wanted the entire weekend to be filled with memories, not just the wedding day.
This house was UN.BEE.LEAVE.ABLE. With countless bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen that would make even Martha Stewart jealous, a view of the vineyards from every room, tennis courts, a pool and a two story guest house, this plantation house was a photographer’s dream.
The picture above doesn’t do it justice at all.
Ashley (a.k.a. Superwoman) is the least typical bride I’ve ever known.
When I shot their engagement session she wanted to be done after five minutes.
She laughed at me when I took pictures of her getting her make up done.
She’s thought it was silly that I wanted to photograph her shoes. Yeah, I did it anyway.
Anyone that can rock five inch heels on her wedding day needs proof.
Jessica, on the other hand was happy if I documented the crumbs on her sandwich plate. I loved it!
oh, hello gorgeous.
Their first look was shot on this to-die-for 5,000 square foot wrap around porch.
When friends ask me if I would document their wedding because they believe I will be the best one for the job, it’s the greatest compliment I can ask for. Jessica and Ashley are not only an amazing couple, but very dear friends. They were concerned about asking me to be their photographer because they wanted me to enjoy myself as a guest. I explained I could do both. I promised to take off my photography hat and let my second shooter take over once the toasts were done. But until then, I got to capture moments like this. Best of both worlds in my book.
Have I explained how much I adore first looks?
Introducing, Ms. Charlie. The cutest flower girl I ever did see.
The wedding took place at the breathtaking Still Water’s Vineyards.
Jessica is a writer. Ashley should be too. They both wrote some of the most heart warming vows I’ve ever heard. Trying to capture them and wipe away my tears was quite a task.
Jessica’s brother, Michael officiated the wedding.
I felt like I was photographing a stylized shoot. The golden hour light, the picturesque vineyard, two stunning brides.
Everything was so dreamy.
I remember having dinner with Jessica at George’s Greek Cafe almost a decade ago. We were sitting on the patio, enjoying great wine and conversation (standard procedure) and she told me she met the most incredible woman. Her eyes lit up as she described Ashley and how much she brought into Jessica’s life. How much they had in common and how she’s never felt this way before. I couldn’t wait to meet this woman that made my friend feel so special.
Shortly after, I did, and Ashley was everything Jessica had told me, and more. They go together like peas and carrots, Jenny. (Forrest Gump reference y’all)
They have one of the most amazing relationships.
To know that these two people share something so organic, so magical, and can finally make it legal, is an absolutely beautiful thing.
Velvet Alley Events did an great job coordinating this incredibly romantic wedding.
Thomas Hill Organics catered the amazing food.
The centerpieces and bouquets were designed by the lovely Flowers by Kim.
The delicious desserts were made by Clementine’s Cupcakes.
More heartfelt speeches. More laughs and tears. And laughter turning into tears.
peek a boo…. I see you…
and this is why candids are my very favorite.
Their wedding song was Phillip Phillips, “Gone, Gone, Gone”. If you haven’t heard this song, do it. NOW.
See? I did finally take off my photography hat! What a spectacular weekend!!
Thank you so much, Jess and Ash. For believing in me to be able to capture the incredible love you both share for one another. I love you both dearly.
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