Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Ware!
Monthly Archives: May 2010
The power of Craigslist is… well, very powerful. It was Craigslist (and kismet?) which, several years ago, facilitated me to sign up for a book group. It met monthly, the reading list was intriguing, and it seemed like a good way to meet new people with something intelligent to say. The Craigslist gods were smiling upon me again when they also led Kelly to the same book group. In time, a core few of us not only expanded the number of books on our shelves, but also became good friends.
Since those book group days, Kelly has left the book group, lived abroad, moved home, applied for schools, and moved back to San Diego. During all that transition, two things remained constant: Her ability to keep in touch with her friends (hello Facebook!) and her love for Matthew. I hadn’t met Matthew before he proposed, but I heard his name constantly woven into Kelly’s stories about her everyday life. And when I met him, and saw the two of them together, I understood why he is an integral part of her… their togetherness is so easy and fluid, almost as if it were simply meant to be.
When they began planning their wedding, Matthew + Kelly were insistent on one thing – that everyone invited to the wedding be their friends… including “vendors.” So when Kelly called and asked if I would be interested in meeting with them about their wedding photography, I was thrilled to be invited to participate in an event as warm and intimate as theirs will be.
We started the session with a beer at True North, spent the afternoon in Golden Hill (yes, I was in heaven!) and finished at the Spruce Street Bridge. In the midst of all this, there were a smattering of polaroids to commemorate the event. It was indeed magical.
Thank you Matthew + Kelly, for allowing me to share a beautiful afternoon with you in one of my favorite neighborhoods. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your kindnesses, and allowing me to shoot well after dark. I can’t wait for your wedding in July nor can I wait to work with this guy!
From the first time I met Mickey + Michelle, I knew their marriage wasn’t an ‘if,’ but a ‘when.’ They are one of those couples who fit so perfectly together that you can’t imagine a time when they were ever apart. Their wedding was a day when their family and friends were finally able to come together and celebrate the love that had been growing since the first time their worlds collided.
The morning of their wedding, I was absolutely giddy. Not only was I going to be spending my time with an amazing couple, but since they are both close friends of my family, I was also going to be photographing my brother, his wife and their children as members of the bridal party!
The ceremony was at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach, where the bride and groom met. The reception was at The Island Palms Hotel & Marina in San Diego. And of course, second shooting with me was the always-fabulous, Helene Cornell.
And because I had so many favorites, here is the slideshow!
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” -Washington Irving
It seems that when a family is made up of only two individuals, it’s them against the world. As long as they have each other, everything will always be okay. The bond that Nicole and Gabriel have embodies that. Although Gabriel is 100% rambunctious, spirited boy, anyone can see that is mom is his best friend. And when talking to Nicole, one only has to look at her glowing face to see how proud she is of her son. It was such a joy to spend a windy, beach-y, afternoon with these two, playing, laughing and bearing witness to their amazing relationship.