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Just in case you're wondering, who is Terra? What makes her tick? Okay, you're probably not wondering all that, but still I'd like to let you know that for me photography has led me to the best career ever. I feel so blessed to have been let into such intimate moments of peoples lives, to have the power to cause them to shed tears of joy, to have been hugged by so very many of them, it's beyond words. So although (of course) I love photography, what really drives me are the moments the camera records, and the drive to catch more than an image, but the texture of your skin, the way even the air felt that day. I hope, in the end, my images live up the reality. Please enjoy.
Amy wanted something special for her and Bret’s engagement session. Or should I say, a carrot and a stick? Hence… (drumroll please!) BASEBALL! I myself have been known to bride future grooms with promises of ice cream or beer, whichever they’re more fond of. However I have to say, Amy’s idea pretty much kicks my ideas butt. Afterward we headed over to the Sunset side of town. Otherwise know as, um, the Sunset? If you’re not familiar with the city, then I have to tell you, it’s where most of the families live.
I heart San Francisco.
I heart Amy and Bret. Can’t wait for their fantastic wedding in October! See you soon guys!
These two had an amazing wedding that was not only pulled off from across the country, New York, but also had so many amazing touches from their family that it was beyond special. Just to give you an idea:
Their wedding cake was made by the groom’s mother who decorated it with help from the best man’s wife.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were made by a friend of the bride (amazing huh???).
The ceremony dress was purchased in the states but altered in the Phillipines by a family friend. Karla’s aunts were visiting the Phillipines at the time the alterations were completed, so they took it home with them to Canada. At that time Karla, Rustin, and her mother made the trip up to pick it up. I think it’s really sweet how very much their family was involved!
Another family friend made the bride’s bouquet, but didn’t stop there. She taught them how to make the centerpieces, decorative flower arrangements, and bouquets for the bridesmaids! I have to admit this is a talent I sincerely admire as when I put a bunch of flowers together it really looks like I, or a small child, did it. That’s not fair though as I’ve seen small children put together miniature bouquets much easier and prettier than mine.
When looking through the photos please take note of one of my favorite elements: The tissue pom-poms. Those, along with all of the other decorations, seating cards, favor boxes, petal cones, etc., were done by Rustin’s talented aunt.
Karla and Rustin are such an easy going smiley couple. I loved photographing their day and hearing about their kitty’s during the planning process. I have two kitties of my own, so, yeah. I’m a total sucker. I loved the fact that their cats made a debut at the ceremony as well with pictures of them placed on the tables. Weddings are a love affair, and the details always reveal how very much that is true.
You may remember this awesome couple from their equally awesome engagement session. Sergio was the first future groom to completely and totally amaze me with his jumping skills. Since then others have risen to the challenge and I think it’s all due to him utterly raising the bar.
This is one of those weddings where I’m going to end up going on and on, so be forewarned!
The first time I saw Andrea she was helping out with makeup and hair for a magazine spread I was shooting and I thought, “Who’s that cute girl?? She has awesome hair!!”. That may sound dorky, but it’s also true. I tend to notice everything. Hair, makeup, clothes, jewelry, everything. I don’t think I’d say I’m a slave to fashion so much as I am an ardent admirer of all things beautiful no matter where they may be found. And women? Well, naturally being women, tend to be the most abundant pretty things on the planet. If you have any questions regarding that please refer to my closet stuffed to the brim with a million of my own whimsies.
The second time I met Andrea she was with Sergio interviewing me as their potential photographer. They had both just come from work and were so completely laid back. Andrea was in scrubs and I thought, oh please please pick me.
I’m glad they did. From the amazing centerpieces, to Sergio’s infectious smile the day of his wedding, and Andrea’s utterly precious nerves as she prepared, it was a beautiful day.
Right before she got dressed Sergio gave her a gift bag filled with three things. One, twix, because that’s her absolute fave. The second, a pair of warm socks in case her feet got even the teeniest chilly. The last? A note that said simply, ‘I miss you’.
Cute right? I have the best job ever. Thank you to Sergio and Andrea for allowing me to be their on one of the biggest days in your life together.