Depending on how you’re feeling, you should look at Chris and Alana’s beautiful wedding centered a little North of Santa Barbara, ca and after you look at it, maybe lie down and think about it for a little bit. Check your instagram, stand back up and resume your day as normal. You’ll feel better. Promise.
Nate and I traveled up north of Santa Cruz for Lucian and Amelia’s wedding and encountered a billion happy surprises along the way, but none of them as amazing as Lucian, Amelia, and Bonny Doon where Teresa and the Castle House and Garden call home. It seems like Northern California’s best kept secret, but now . . . not so secret.
I talk about it all the time.
As Susan’s father started giving a toast, the entire forest became still, like nothing I’ve ever witnessed. A calm came into my heart that I’ll always remember. He was a special man and had me loving him as a person in our first conversation.
I walked away from this wedding feeling uplifted and changed in some way.
A couple weeks later Susan’s father unexpectedly passed away, a burden I share with Susan.
These are some of the most important photos I’ve ever taken, and I’m honored to have been there. I exercise the feelings and emotions from that day perfectly when I revisit these photos.
A note from Susan:
I’m sitting at home creating an album out of your amazing work, and I realized that I never wrote to tell you how precious and perfect these pictures are. I’ve had multiple people tell me they are the best wedding photos they have ever seen, and though I am a bit biased, I have to agree :).
But what makes them so special to me is how they completely captured the essence of everything that makes Micah and I an “Us”, especially our relationships with our family members. In the wake of losing my dad, these pictures take on a new complexity and are undoubtedly among my most precious possessions; I just wanted to let you know that. Thank you seems too simple a phrase to encompass the complexity of what I’m trying to convey, but hopefully you get the idea.
I hope all is well, blessings to you and yours this Christmas season!
Thank you Micah and Susan for opening your life to me. Please know that I love you and that we will always be connected through these moments.
An elongated hug to my friend Tyler for photographing this wedding with me.