Rinehart & Jessica’s Engagement Shoot

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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.

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Rinehart & Jessica Engagement Shoot Teaser

Engagement Shoot San Juan Capistrano

Yesterday I spent a rainy afternoon with Rinehart and Jessica in San Juan Capistrano, literally dodging the rain drops at times. Here is a sneak peek.

Engagement Shoot San Juan Capistrano

A Kiss Reflected

 

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Ross & Catherine’s Engagement Shoot

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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.

 

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Ross & Catherine’s Engagement Shoot – Teaser

Ross and Catherine

The plan was to raid the San Juan Capistrano Mission and do an engagement shoot, but were deterred when they were onto us, and demanded much more than we were willing to part with. Fortunately, San Juan Capistrano’s charm more than made up the difference. Here is a sneak peak.

Ross and Catherine

Ross and Catherine

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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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