Richard & Carrie at Forster Mansion

Tug of War

Richard and Carrie were married May 7, 2011 at the beautiful Forster Mansion in San Juan Capistrano, California. There were many surprises at this wedding, including a dog as the ring bearer. The entire wedding, and the celebration afterward was spectacular. Here now, is a small sample of that beautiful day.

The Dress

The Dress

The Grooms Cake

The Grooms Cake

Contemplation

Contemplation

Almost Ready

Almost Ready

Looking outward

Looking outward

Richard

Richard

Chatting before the big show

Chatting before the big show

Down the isle

Down the isle

The Kiss

The Kiss

The Bride and the Ring Bearer

The Bride and the Ring Bearer

Tug of War

Tug of War

First Dance

First Dance

Going for the Garter

Going for the Garter

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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

It seems as though the wedding dress has become an almost mythical artifact, treasured and saved, becoming heirlooms tucked away in a closet. It is the hope of a lot of brides their dress may get used by their daughter in another wedding in the distant future. If that is the case, why then did they not use their own mother’s dress. Maybe it has to do with the style and trends of the time, and the choice to forge your their own path, and choose their own dress.

The choices are endless when it comes to styles, leaving the bride bewildered by the process of deciding what she will be wearing as she walks down the isle. So much fuss has been made over choosing a dress, there is a reality show devoted to just that. I’m not sure if all brides are as emotionally charged about their dress choice, or if there is a bit of drama injected into the mix by TV producers trying to liven the show up.

I do know that on the day of the wedding, the bride will look stunning in what ever she chooses to wear. The dress gets partial credit, the rest goes to the glow of a beautiful woman about to be married. That kind of beauty is priceless. I don’t think it is the dress that makes a bride beautiful, but a beautiful bride that makes a dress stunning.

The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress

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Richard and Carrie – Teaser

The Ring Bear Prepared For Duty

This past Saturday, May 7, 2011, Richard and Carrie dedicated their lives to each other in a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Forster Mansion. They had a wonderful cast of characters in the bridal party, but this guy stole the show. Coming soon, a look at the wedding of Richard and Carrie.

The Ring Bear Prepared For Duty

The Ring Bear Prepared For Duty

Every Guy In This Photo Is a Dog

Every Guy In This Photo Is a Dog

 

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Ring Bearer Gets Swept Off His Feet

A wedding is full of magical moments. Especially when there are children involved. After a little tag playing with the ring bearer, Meghan catches him, and proceeds to give him a kiss. It was one of those impromptu moments that makes your heart melt. Well, it made my heart melt. I hope it makes your heart melt too.

Ring Bearer Gets Swept Off His Feet

Ring Bearer Gets Swept Off His Feet

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Forster Mansion Hosts the Wedding of Ian and Meghan

The sweet smell of flowers.

The beautiful Forster Mansion in San Juan Capistrano was the perfect place for Ian and Meghan to have their wedding ceremony and reception.

As Meghan was getting ready on one of the stately rooms with a team of makeup artists, hairstylists, family, and well wishers, Ian was getting prepared with a tight knit group of friends that made up the groomsmen. The air was filled with nervous anticipation, charged with emotions running high as the ceremony drew near.

Meghan's Dress

Meghan's Dress

Meghan's Dress

Meghan's Dress

Yes, they fit.

Yes, they fit.

The making of a bride - early stages

The making of a bride - early stages

Meanwhile, down the hall...

Meanwhile, down the hall...

Counting down the minutes

Counting down the minutes

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

It takes a village...

It takes a village...

Dad sneaks some video

Dad sneaks some video

Putting on the veil.

Putting on the veil.

Deep breath everybody, I think I'm ready.

Deep breath everybody, I think I'm ready.

Ian looks on nervously as everyone takes their places, and the ceremony begins…

Is this really happening?

Is this really happening?

Why is everyone looking at me?

Why is everyone looking at me?

Lets take a walk

Lets take a walk

Here we go

Here we go

The Fountain as Witness

The Fountain as Witness

Ian and Meghan

Ian and Meghan

Kissing the Bride

Kissing the Bride

Mr. and Mrs. Chessall

Mr. and Mrs. Chessall

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

During the cocktail hour, I took the couple aside to get some more intimate pictures of them. It also gave them a chance to take  a much needed break and relax a while before joining the festivities.

The sweet smell of flowers.

The sweet smell of flowers.

A relaxing moment.

A relaxing moment.

Meghan

Meghan

Us

Us

So, how was your day?

So, how was your day?

Forster Stairs

Forster Stairs

Kissing

Kissing

Ian and Meghan rejoin the party already in progress.

May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Chessall.

May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Chessall.

First Dance

First Dance

First Dance

First Dance

First Dance

First Dance

A father's love.

A father's love.

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

Healthy Competition

Healthy Competition

Last Dance Tonight

Last Dance Tonight

Your coach awaits

Your coach awaits

Untitled

Untitled

Bye Everyone

Bye Everyone

Just Married

Just Married

This closes the wedding of Ian and Meghan, and they start a new and exciting chapter in their lives in England. Thank you for the pleasure of being able to document this momentous occasion in your life.

[UPDATE] You can find even more pictures in the Gallery here: Ian and Meghan’s Wedding Gallery

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Ian and Meghan Just Married In San Juan Capistrano Teaser

Just Married

Last night was a glorious evening to have a wedding in San Juan Capistrano at the Forster Mansion. Ian and Meghan had a wonderful ceremony and reception. The festivities wound down shortly after they were chauffeured off in a 1939 Packard. So, for now, consider yourself teased.

Just Married

Ian and Meghan snuggle into their ride before being wisked off into the night.

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