I've photographed a lot of weddings this summer - and I'll admit, at times it has been a bit of a blur of brides, white dresses, flowers, ceremonies, toasts, cake, wine, champagne, bridesmaids, bouquets, ... but when I stop and think about each event individually it's easy to see that every wedding has a soul of it's own. No wedding is alike. It reminds me of that scene in Garden State where Natalie Portman says to Zach Braff : "I make a noise or I do something- that no one has ever done before. And then I can feel unique again even if it's only for like a second.....this could be your ONE CHANCE to do something totally original."
I often tell my brides at least once during the day to stop, look around, take a deep breath, and remember. Make an archived memory. I, of all people, know how fast a wedding can go- how quickly you get from getting the dress on to spinning around the dance floor in it. This moment, this group of people all together at this time, for this exact reason will never happen again- every wedding is unique and even though I have a handful of fall weddings I am already starting to look back on this summer and reflect on each and every love story I've been lucky to be a part of. Megan and Kevin's wedding at Thomas Fogarty in Woodside, CA is one I feel particularly blessed to have photographed as Megan has truly become a friend over the last couple of months. She drops by the house, we chat, catch up on the porch, share wedding planning tips, share wedding planning breakdowns, run into each other at Aqui's - I really feel like I've been right there with her during this whole process and am SO happy with how her photos turned out that it literally makes me giddy inside!
All their vendors are listed at the end of this post but I wanted to give a special shout out to Janece Shellooe and Amelia Thomas of Every Elegant Detail for a stellar job coordinating every last detail that Megan's heart desired!
Wedding Planner: Janece Shellooe and Amelia Thomas of Every Elegant Detail / Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery / Floral: Amy Burke Designs / Paper Designs: Rachel Hanson Designs / Catering: Componere Fine Catering / Linens and Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals / Farm Tables and Bar: Zephyr Tents / Cinematography: James Burkart for Studio MSV / Cake and Desserts: Icing on the Cake / Hair: Alli Dunnam from Envy Salon / Makeup: Denise Azzarello from Envy Salon / French Band: Duo Gadjo via Peter Rudolfi / DJ: Henry Kim from Big Fun DJ / Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter / Shoes: Bagdley Mischka / Megans dress accessories and hair accessories: Ashley Maxwell Designs / Bridesmaids dresses: Butter by Nadia / Bridesmaids accessories: Ashley Maxwell Designs