“Can’t wait to spend the day with you :)” text Kristina to me, along with a picture message of the backyard reception chairs that were being set up. The feeling was mutual.
I absolutely fell in love with Kristina and Tim when I shot their engagement session at L’Auberge de Sedona, you know the fishing couple that you all drooled over? After our time together we had brunch at the resort where I was able to hear their story, about how they met, how they fell in love, and shared my love life.
Allow me to rewind a bit, even before their engagement session.
I had just started dating Mr. Wonderful/Benjamin/my fiance and it was maybe our second or third date when he was getting his hair cut. He mentioned having a date, and girls being girls, they wanted to know the dish. He mentioned my name, and his stylist immediately told her little sister Kristina about me. Kristina was looking for a photographer and apparently was still looking. Then her planner Sandy from In Awe Weddings sent me an email asking if I could come in and meet Kristina.
We met, but I still had not known how she heard about me until after Kristina booked me and sent me an email mentioning Benjamin. I then asked Benjamin, um, do you get your hair cut at Rolf’s? In which he replied, yes, he did. And then the pieces of the puzzle fit. Benjamin is in sales, so it’s no surprise he sold me. And, I’m incredibly grateful that he did because had he not, I wouldn’t have been able to meet this precious couple.
Back to Kristina and Tim. As soon as I arrived Kristina wanted to talk about my wedding. Not to steal anyone’s thunder, especially one of my bride’s on her wedding day, I wanted to bring the attention back to her, but she was more concerned about me. That’s just how selfless Kristina is, she’s one of the most joyful, positive brides I may have ever met. And, after the ceremony she immediately told Tim, “She’s engaged!” That’s just how adorable they are. Tim, you were right, you did have a good feeling about this one. I’m excited for you to meet him at our reception.
Thank you for trusting me with your big day. Thank you for your amazing spirit, your wonderful friendship, and being such a joy to my life. Gallagher had an amazing time, too. *wink* I hope you both enjoyed Fiji. Welcome home, newlyweds. Lots of love to you both. We need to do a double date, for sure.
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Boots were in place of Tim’s father who passed away when he was a teenager. I loved that touch.
That’s a pretty good looking bridal party if I do say so myself. Victoria (Benjamin’s hairstylist) is the second in from the right.
The flower girls loved watching the first dance.
The father daughter dance included three beautiful daughters.
Wedding and event planner: In Awe Weddings & Events / Ceremony & reception location: Bride’s parents home / Ceremony Music & reception DJ: Jamie Garcia / Catering & dessert table: Santa Barbara Catering / Linens: Special Events Linens / Rentals: Pro Em / Bride’s Dress: Amsale / Bridesmaid dresses: Bella / Florist: The Flower Studio / Videographer: Shoot Me Films / Invitations: Signatures / Hair: Victoria Lundeen / Restrooms: Pretty Potty / Second shooter: Amy Gallagher / Assistant & third shooter: Tabitha Peterson
Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 35mm f/1.4L / 85 f/1.8EF / 100mm f/2.8EF / 70-200mm f/2.8EF / Speedlight 580 EXII + 480 EXII / Radio Popper JrX System + RP Cube / Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud / UNDFIND One Bag + Bloom Theory Strap / Hufa Lens Cap Clip + Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket / Lowe Pro Roller x100
Diana Elizabeth closed out 2011 with this wedding. It was wedding No. 10 for the season, and she feels incredibly blessed beyond belief to have captured the wedding days, couples, and moments that she has. What a great year!