Jon and Charissa

What is there to say about Jon and Charissa? They are both the nicest and mostly Godly couple that I have ever met in my lifetime. I was contacted by a mutual friend about shooting their wedding in San Francisco, CA. I agreed and after a couple of weeks of texting back and forth we hopped on a Face Time call. I knew right then and there how awesome this couple was and after i hung up, I got super excited to fly out and meet them and be apart of their big day. 

The day had finally arrived. I flew into San Francisco and when I arrived at the hotel where the two of them were getting ready, they both immediately welcomed me and said how happy they were that I was able to fly out and shoot their wedding. I've never felt so welcomed to be at a wedding as much as I was at theirs. 

The venue was set in the red wood part of San Francisco and it made for such a pretty back drop. We were all able to drive around a little bit and explore the different scenes that San Francisco had to offer. I was blown away with how beautiful one place could actually be. 

The big thing that I want to talk about here though, is the ceremony. I have never ever in my life witnessed a ceremony quite like theirs. Before Charissa walked the aisle, Jon took an opportunity to share their love story with everyone and started talking about the Lord and basically turned it into a message. It was so cool to see. Once when Charissa came down the aisle their pastor, Francis Chan started preaching the Gospel as well. 

Jon and Charissa decided to do a foot washing ceremony in front of all of their family and friends and it showed just how humble and selfless they both really were. They wanted to tell everyone that no matter what happens in their life, they will be there for each other. They then preceded directly into communion and then had all of the pastors come up to the front and lay hands on the two of them and pray that their marriage would be blessed. 

The rest of the day was filled with joyful laughter and tears as they talked to all of their family members. The day ended with a little bit of dancing and then a sparkler exit which is just the coolest way to leave a wedding. 

Will and Michelle Friend

"I will follow you into the dark" - Death Cab For Cutie

Will and Michelle were just a wonderful couple. They were unfortunately the victim of losing their wedding photographer just a month before the wedding date. They found me through a mutual friend and the rest is history! I went over to their house for a interview and the moment I met them, I knew that they were going to be a delight to shoot.

The wedding was at a beautiful location in Bouder, Co. It was during the fall season so the trees and leaves were turning orange, red and yellow. You couldn't ask for a better time for a wedding in the mountains. My second shooter and I arrived to the venue a little bit earlier so that we could capture photos of the location and different details that we wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.

Once when Michelle arrived on scene, I saw just how calm she was on her wedding day. I have never seen a bride more relaxed and level headed than Michelle! I was so amazed. She just went with the flow and enjoyed her wedding day rather than stressing about it and freaking out like most brides do.

The ceremony started and I have to say that it was absolutely beautiful. As will has a Jewish background they decided to add some elements of the Jewish tradition into their ceremony. It was complete with drinking of the wine and even the stomping on the glass right before the exit.

The reception was so much fun! The food was served, toasts were given and then the dancing broke out. It was a celebration of love.

Nethaniel and Katy Christian

"LOVE ALONE IS WORTH THE FIGHT! - SWITCHFOOT"

Thanael and Katy are just a wonderful and cute couple. I have known Nathanael for over a year now. He was one of the first people I met here in Colorado. We would go on adventures together with mutual friends all the time. When I first met Nathanael and Katy, however, they were just dating. It was a few months later when they got engaged and decided to tie the knot. I was thrilled and honored to be asked to shoot their wedding.

Thanael has been a photography buddy of mine for a while, so I knew exactly the kind of style that he liked. It was also very helpful that he knew how to pose him and his new bride as well exactly where to stand in accordance with the sun. However, because he was a photographer as well, I knew that I had to go above and beyond to make his wedding photos superb.

The wedding was absolutely beautiful! Thanael and Katy both work at a Bible School up in Estes Park called Raven Crest, so they decided to have the wedding there. If you have never been to Estes Park in Colorado before then you are in for a treat if you ever get the chance to go and visit! The first time I went up there it took my breath away. As you drive in you can see huge mountains surrounding you. There are giant Elk walking around as well. The downtown is filled with antique mountain shops, restaurants, candy shops and ice cream shops. The pizza up there is amazing as well! Just a short drive from the downtown is the Rocky Mountain National Park. For a fee of about 20$ you can get access to the park and all of the beauty that it has to offer. If you go during the fall, then you will be greeted with trees of orange and yellow. My favorite time to go is definitely during the changing of the trees.

The wedding was just great! The ceremony included worship and a foot washing ceremony. Katy and her family were missionaries in Pakistan so the foot washing was a nod to the traditions of their culture. Right after the ceremony it started raining and lighting. We had to move the reception inside, but that did not stop anyone from dancing and having a good time!

One of my favorite parts of this wedding was the rooms that were available and the way that the light fell inside of them. I walked into the grooms room and saw a red chair and a book case. I decided to move the red chair in front of the book case and have the groom get on his shoes. The lighting was just phenomenal. I was able to get this perfect side lighting that just made everything look more moody and masculine. All of the wood outside and the way the shadows fell on it gave this wedding a very mountainy look. This has probably been one of my favorite weddings to shoot thus far!

Josh and Joy

"I know where I wanna be, I'll Live like I know what I mean, Won't let anybody tell me any different Because I need to follow my dream" - Shadow of Whales

Josh Flores has been one of my good buddies for the longest time. I spent my high school days in Austin, Texas and that was where I met Josh. I started attending a new church with my family and my brother and I went to the high-school group that met during the week. I started making friends there and through them I heard that there was a alternative rock band that came out of the church called Invisible Target. I was invited to some of their shows so I went. When I first heard these guys play i thought, man they are good! Back at the church I met the lead singer of the band, Josh Flores. We talked for a while and really hit it off. After a couple weeks of hanging out, Josh asked me to join his band as a bassist because their old one was leaving for the military. I played guitar but never picked up a bass before in my life. I agreed to his offer and immediately went out to buy my very own bass. Josh taught me how to play and within weeks I was learning their songs. Before I knew it, I had my very first show with them. It was a high-school battle of the bands with about 500 in attendance. I was extremely nervous, but Josh helped to calm me down. We played our show and after our last song we were met with the crowd chanting, "encore! encore!". It really was one of the best moments of my life. I stayed with the band for a while longer and even played SXSW in Austin twice! Unfortunately however, I moved with my family back to California and had to call it quits with the band.

Josh and his brother Caleb restarted the band under a name called Shadow of Whales. They added new members and are currently doing great! You can check them out on Itunes, Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music!

When I got a call from Josh saying that he had found the one he wants to marry and that he had just gotten engaged, I was super excited! I didn't know his fiance Joy, but I knew that she would be great. He then asked me if I would shoot their wedding back in Texas and immediately I agreed! I flew out there a week beforehand and got to hang out with my old band mates and do whatever stupid stuff we used to do before I left. It was a great time of catching up and reminiscing about the good old days where we would drive days in a run down van just to get to our next gig.

The day of the wedding came and that was where I first met Joy. Immediately I knew that Josh and Joy would make the greatest couple the world has ever seen. I came to find out that Joy was also a wedding photographer. That was when I started getting nervous!  I knew that I had to just nail it with their photos and that I couldn't mess anything up otherwise she would definitely notice.

The ceremony came and right when it had started it started raining! Flashes of lightning flew through the sky so we had to put it on pause until it stopped. Just a few minutes later however, the rain lightened up and we were able to continue. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, but right after the family photos, it started pouring rain! This time it did not stop until almost an hour later. We were able to continue with everything just fine and by the end of it we realized that a little rain couldn't stop love.