I got to hang out with these two so many times over the course of the year before their big day! I shot their first engagement session in Laguna Beach, but unfortunately traffic held them back and we missed all of the good sunset shots. We met up for round two of engagement photos at Kimberly Crest in Redlands and got some amazing fairy tale portraits there and in the surrounding Prospect Park. Then I met up with them a week before their wedding for their Thai ceremony at a temple where monks performed their ceremony in front of a small group of family. Then the big day was upon us! I arrived at the Scripps Inn Hotel in La Jolla to start taking Danica's getting ready portraits, while my second shooter Christine met up with Pete and the fellas a block away at the Cuvier Club to do the same. It was a perfect day with temperature in the low 80's and a cool breeze. There wasn't a single cloud in the perfectly blue sky. The ceremony took place at Cuvier Park, which was literally across the street from Scripps Inn. The ceremony was short and sweet, and the highlight for me was when Danica told Pete in her vows that she would always watch Star Wars with him whenever he wanted. We took some awesome bridal party shots on the cliffs and bluffs right behind the ceremony site, and the best man Jason Robbins became my dress throwing assistant to add some flair to the romantic photos. From there it was on to dinner and dancing at the Cuvier club. It was a small and intimate crowd of close family and friends, and the meal was an amazing combination of fish and prime rib with a special sauce on top of a bed of mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. There were also some amazing chicken and pesto sliders during cocktail hour that I had to sample! I snuck Pete and Danica away for a few sunset photos on the rocks, and ended up getting them both wet from the splash of a huge rogue wave! It was so much fun, and they were great sports about it. After a quick makeup and hair touch-up we were back to dancing and entertainment at the Cuvier Club. The grand exit was with glow-sticks, and the couple drove off in a Mustang (which had cans hanging from the back, but they had to be tucked away because of a noise ordinance....too bad).
All in all it was a perfect day and I love how the pictures came out. It was my first opportunity to test out my new 5dMarkIV camera, and it performed above and beyond my expectations. Congrats to Pete and Danica...here is a first look at the big day!!