Real Moments

The Groom's Father

We were at the Temecula Creek Inn, photographing a groom getting ready. He was nervous. And he couldn’t get his tie right. After asking his best man to help him, his father casually walked into the room, adjusting his own tie.

Living in southern California, I see this scenario fairly often. No shame. Wearing ties daily just isn’t as common here as it use to be.

But the truth is, it made for a really sweet moment. The groom’s father walked over, and without skipping a beat, he adjusted his son’s tie in the mirror and for just a brief moment they locked eyes.

In such a simple gesture, so much was said. They gave each other a quiet nod, and a beat later the dad simply said, “ready?”

I always say how much I love these little snippets. They are little glimpses that we see and experience between people. They are the small nods to great relationships, inside jokes, or a simple dad’s got your back kind of moment. We live for these little moments. We love to capture these moments. This is life.

The One Emotion that Brings Joy

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We begin every wedding nearly in the same way. Michael and I arrive to the starting venue (usually a hotel, house or wherever the bride and groom are getting ready) and we often go together to meet the bride and groom before we eventually split up to photograph them separately.

There is excitement in the air.

This is the beginning of the part I love. The getting ready part.

It’s not usually chaotic or filled with stress. Often times everyone is enjoying the process of getting hair and make-up done, sipping Champagne or spending quality time with the bride or groom. But the feeling is always there. It’s the feeling of anticipation.

I love anticipation. In fact, we all tend to love anticipation. It’s a powerful emotion that sends other emotions soaring. When we look forward to something, we tend to feel joy.

This feeling sets the tone for the day. It lays a foundation for what’s to come.

To us, it’s when a story begins to unfold and we get to tell it in our own special way, through our photography. And it always starts with this feeling of anticipation that we all collectively have for this bride and groom.

It’s also why I tell our brides and grooms to make room for it. Don’t rush this process of getting ready. Put it in your timeline. Or rather, allow us to put it in a timeline for you. Don’t skip over the getting ready part. It’s part of your story.