I have always had a thing for VW’s. My dad had a little white bug when I was growing up and there was something special about riding with him in it, windows down and a cool breeze hitting my face. @jonrussell_photographer has talked about getting a bus from time to time as a restoration project and after this wedding...well, I think we may have to do it!
I love words. I always have. They sit with me- kind works filling me up long after they are uttered and hurtful words eating at my heart, often times years later. It’s why, when life gets busy, I so often stop sharing on social media- not because I don’t have things to share, but far more important to me than the image are the words I share with it. I could throw a photo up and say “swoon!” - because let’s be honest...Christine is a swoon-worthy bride- but my love of words stops me, because more than showing you what she looks like, I want to show you her heart- how she was constantly worried that those around her had their needs met on her wedding day. I want you to know how her hands shook until they touched Ryan’s shoulder and how her eyes glistened when he turned around to see her for the first time. Christine is a radiant bride, but I want you to know that the beauty you see here radiates from within, touching all those blessed to know her.
It’s #nationalbossday - you guys, my boss can be the worst 😂 She pushes for long hours, is rarely kind in her self-critique, and often procrastinates deadlines. She puts business over family way too often and she can have unreasonable expectations. But I’m learning to love her despite these shortcomings because she is also working on building a life that exists beyond the confines of social media. She is providing for her family in huge and unexpected ways. She is loving people well and serving so many brilliant folks that most of those long work hours just fly by. This #entrepreneurlife isn’t easy, but it is a blessing. Shout out to all my peeps out there working hard to build a life that they love. I see you and I think you should celebrate just a little today, ‘cause your killing it!
We started the day with a forecast of 90% chance of rain and ended with a gorgeous golden hour glow. From start to finish Christine and Ryan shared a magical wedding day. @jonrussell_photographer even slow danced with me so you know there was something bewitching in the air! I think it must be the love these two share. It is infectious. Happy Day One of forever Mr. and Mrs. Ando!
10 years ago, Christine told me that if she ever got married she was having me photograph her wedding. Well, today’s the day and I am so honored that she didn’t change her mind. What a joy it is to be here in San Diego to celebrate with her and Ryan! Happy wedding day!
Can I please just photograph couples at the beach from now on? We are so thankful to have traded the desert sand for this soft beach sand for past week- we can’t wait to get these two married this weekend!
You know who that girl is over there? That’s Vacation Amber. She is lovely, and spontaneous, and up for any adventure. She’s rarely grumpy and lets go of her type A tendencies to over-plan, just going with the flow. She only comes around once or twice a year and she has been missed! Happy fall break y’all!
Emily’s mom had a vision of her daughter’s veil flying out the window of this ‘63 VW bus as they left for their reception. Mission accomplished!
These two favorites are getting married today at the base of the Chiricahua Mountains. It feels like we have been waiting for this day forever, but I am sure Emily & Aaron feel like it has flown by. Hey love birds, we’re coming for ya! Let’s get you two hitched! #AndTheEmmyGoestoMerv