Last weekend I cruised down to San Juan Capistrano to shoot Rinehart and Jessica’s engagement session. The sky was just about ready to unload it’s bounty of rain the entire 2 1/2 hour drive there, so on the way, I began thinking of creative ways to use the weather to my advantage. When we finally met, the rain was coming down steadily, and would intermittently stop, then start again. Secretly, I was hoping it would rain, mostly because I love a good challenge, and shooting in these conditions was just that. In Southern California we don’t get too much rain, so when it happens, I’m always eager to be out in it. Here now, is the engagement session, in pictures.
I mentioned in the teaser that we had to walk away from the mission in San Juan Capistrano because they were let onto the fact we were about to do a photoshoot. Luckily before the shoot, I did some scouting around the area, and found some great places to have our session, including the Regency Cinema, the Amtrak Depot, and around the historic district.
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.
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.
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.