Amanda and Josh are a vivacious and fun-loving couple who have a passion for life and one another! Photographing their engagement session was a blast! Amanda had three gorgeous outfits planned out, and we even hit up three different beach locations in Laguna! Our first stop was one of the coves by Laguna State Beach where we adventured onto some rocks to get some unique vantage points. Next we traveled over by the Montage Laguna Beach to Treasure Island Cove. We wandered around on the tide pools and under the archway that graces that beautiful beach. Our last stop was Victoria Beach! With it's famed Pirate Tower, Victoria beach is a true treasure in SoCal. I loved photographing the uniqueness of this beach, and the red dress Amanda choice made a statement all on it's own! It was a wonderful engagement session full of laughter and fun, and I am very excited for their wedding this summer!
Before working with Gillian and Jordan, I didn't know if I would meet a couple who both would be as crazy as I am about spending all day out exploring and taking photos! We started out this beautiful day in Yosemite National Park by meeting up at 6:30am to have a first look by 7:00am at a beautiful bridge outside the Yosemite Majestic Hotel. Gillian looked stunning, and had even done her own hair and makeup starting at 3am! They exchanged their personal vows together by the river, wanting the moment to be just with the two of them before the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment in the midst of a stunning view! After this exchange, we made sure to hit some of the highlight spots such as Yosemite Falls and the Tunnel View before the crowds came out in full force. Then it was time to head up to Glacier Point for the ceremony! Up above the valley, we had a gorgeous view of Half Dome and the roaring waterfalls! Gillian and Jordan's family and a few close friends gathered with them to witness and celebrate their ceremony. There were 20 people in all, and I was closely acquainted with half of them as Gillian was the youngest of three, all of whom got married one year after the other, and for whose weddings I was the photographer! It all started with the eldest, Tiffany and her husband, Mike, followed by the middle, Sean and his wife, Caitlin, and now it was Gillian and Jordan! I loved having all of them together again, and loved being a part of another special day for this amazing family! They are not only clients, but they have welcomed me into their family, and I love them all so very much!
After the ceremony we took more photos at Glacier Point then went back down to hit up a few additional locations in Yosemite Valley. We had been going for 7 solid hours already jumping from place to place, so we decided to take a break and regroup at the Yosemite Majestic Hotel. When we met back up, we took some photos around the hotel, and started the reception! Food, drinks, toasts, and the traditional dances all commenced, and it was a fun and intimate reception! We even took a little bit of time at sunset to take some group photos and a few additional photos of Gillian and Jordan! At the end of the day we had spent 14 hours running around Yosemite, and Gillian and Jordan were still smiling by the end of it! I was amazed as usually I am the one holding back because I don't want to wear my clients out, but these two were right there with me the whole time! And it was a joy to spend the day with Gillian and Jordan who were so happy to be together out in a place they loved so much! Jordan had grown up going to Yosemite, and now it will always be a very special place for them together. Here in Yosemite National Park they vowed to love and cherish one another and to be partners always! And may they live happily as adventurers for ever after!
At the end of the year it is good to look back on all you have done, and where you have been! I was blessed to be able to travel all over California from San Diego to Yosemite to San Francisco to the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara and many places in between! Each place had it's own beauty, and each place was made wonderful by the amazing couples that chose that spot for their wedding day! I was lucky enough to be chosen as their photographer, and to be able to document each of their unique love stories! What I love most is capturing their stories in a way that shows the beauty and love they have together! 2017 was a great year filled with many wonderful and adventurous couples, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 has to bring!