Let me start right up front with this: I have never been to a wedding as a guest or as a photographer that was so full of kindness and love. Really!
We had only communicated via email prior to their wedding day, but as soon as I met each of these beautiful people it was warmth and friendliness. They were coming from Arizona for a destination wedding and the excitement for everything from the place to their friends and family to each other was almost touchable.
I met for the first time them as they were about to have their first look. As Lisa got out of her sister's car she came up to me, gave me a hug and handed me a beautiful pair of ear rings she had made - they matched with the various ones she had made for her brides maids and some of her very special friends. So, I started my wonderful day with them with a heart of gratitude and taking a moment to change my ear rings!
Lisa was stunning - everything was dripping in elegant simplicity, from her dress to her hair to her flowers. I've said it before, but I'm saying it again as whole heartedly as I can - Loved the succulents! In her hair, on the tables, for the bouquets! All put together by her brides maid Laura in a stunning way!
Then it was right out onto the golf course for some fun couple photos - Lisa scheduled a full hour for these couple photos, and I cannot tell you how much that paid off. Allowed us to travel around the golf course to capture the mountain views that Lisa expressed were so important to her.
As I keep saying, LOVE the succulents!
These two have lived some pretty exciting and meaningful lives so far as evidenced by how they met - in the Peace Corps. But it gets better. They met in Zambia when she arrived for her 2 year commitment and he only had 2 weeks left on his commitment. That was 9 years ago. According the the various speeches at the reception, it was not easy to get Lisa to settle down in one place with one guy as she took the commitment to be his girlfriend very serious - sought the counsel of the many wise people who have come into her life over the years to determine if she was ready to balance a beautiful relationship with all the work she was doing to be kind and caring towards the world. But Rich was persistent and persuasive and successful!
With that background, it is no surprise they have many many friends - as mentioned above, a kind group of people for sure! 9 attendants on a side, and it was fabulous!
Their families (below) were beautiful as well as wonderful in every way. You will never find two sisters as close and loving as Lisa and Linsey! It was a thrill to be around them!
Because Lisa was so generous with her schedule, we had the time to go back out around the golf course and play in a field of grass with more of those beautiful mountains as a back drop.
Lisa's dad passed away a couple years ago, so her mom walked her down the isle - a brave and beautiful gesture. Lisa's father was sorely missed, but well honored and remembered throughout the day.
To mark the merging of these two families, both Rich's parents and Lisa's mom began the ceremony by pouring sands to mix together and signify a new, fresh and beautiful unity among them all.
That man was one happy dude! He was so excited to be married to Lisa - and it is easy to imagine why!
And then the partying began!
Lisa and Rich, you bring a light and joy to the world that shines across the boundaries of states and countries! You touch people in an amazing way! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!