Their wedding was epic. All the regular adjectives (beautiful, gorgeous, emotional, exciting… etc.) apply with fervor. But here they apply in a different sort of way. Barb and Don have been through the ups and downs of life in a way few couples who are just getting married have. And on their wedding day, as I woke up and drove out to Livermore I felt like everything about the day had been created for them. The deep blue sky, the rich olive trees, and the roses growing through the grounds of the immaculate Purple Orchid Inn were all were saying in unison… “we are alive to celebrate this couple, join us!” And the people did! For me this was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve ever shot. Don and Barbara have, over the course of the last 6-8 months after I met them become my friends, and I was moved by their wedding and the tenderness with which they obviously love each other. Rarely, if ever do I cry at a wedding, since I’m so intent on shooting and my mind is running a mile a minute. But I think I cried twice on this day, once during the ceremony, and then again during the best man’s toast. And I wasn’t the only one.
While they could have been married anywhere in the Bay Area, and many of their friends drove in from San Francisco, they chose to get married ten minutes from their house. Livermore is a rich wine country, but it also has some beautiful orchards, and the Purple Orchid Inn is nestled at the foothills of some olive trees which were dripping with ripe olives. I love the burnt summer grass and juxtaposed with the flower gardens. Personally every six months or so I feel like I take my photography to the next level. I’m not sure what exactly happens, but all of a sudden things I’ve been working on fall into place, and bam! I’m struck by how excited I am about the images I just captured. I feel this wedding, along with the one I shot a couple days ago (which is soon to come) was one of those turning point weddings, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.