This gorgeous couple had me from the moment they got in touch with me.  They’re decisive, clear, and absolutely crazy about each other.  It’s a second marriage for both of them, and they’ve both got pasts, hurts, plenty of experiences under their belts.  And even as those facts came through during the session, it was clear that finding each other had been the light.  Finding each other had been healing, and motivating, and cleansing.  They looked at each other with such gentleness and love, it was clear that they not only wanted to be there together, wrapped in a tight embrace, but that they’re making the decision to be together, forever, with gravity, intention, and joy.

I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this spring!

As we were leaving the park, this graceful beauty (below) swept into the lake nearby.  It lingered for a few minutes, just long enough for me to feel a wash of gratitude and light.  It’s a pretty good omen for their marriage, don’t you think?

From beginning to end, this wedding, which I second-shot with Sorella Muse Photography in Los Angeles, was all about joy and love and happiness.  The bride and groom were consistently so sweet, so appreciative, so loving — and not only with each other, but all of their guests and strangers they passed on the street.  It was a real treat just to be near these two on their big day.

It’s the kind of celebration that kind of knocks you over — I laughed — and occasionally cried tears of joy — through the whole event.

The entire day leading up to this absolutely beautiful engagement session, the weather was threatening to keep us out of the Denver Botanic Gardens.  There were dark clouds, occasional winds.  But we decided to just go for it.

As soon as we showed up, it started raining.  Of course.  At first just a sprinkle, but then a huge downpour.  Thankfully we’d ducked into the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, which basically looks and feels like a tropical jungle.  We spent the entire rainstorm exploring, and as soon as it let up and sun began peeking through the dark clouds, we got outside and spent the rest of the shoot wandering through the gorgeous outdoor gardens.

It’s no wonder that Yael and Max wanted their engagement shoot in those gardens.  The space reflects them so well: meticulously cared for, beautifully kept, absolutely lovely.  Ya and Max are such a sweet, joyful, loving couple.  Their love for each other runs so deep.  It was a delight to spend the afternoon with them.

 

One of the first things Melissa and Jay told me prior to their big day is that they did not want a typical wedding.  They made sure I knew it would not be by the book.  No cake cutting, no toasts.  The ceremony was reserved for family, a small, intimate gathering. Car-loads of friends arrived just in time for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Chukkar Farm is a family-owned farm and polo club in the midst of miles of lush green rolling Georgia hills.  On the way to the wedding site, I passed 19th Century family graveyards, and welcoming little benches tucked quietly under sprawling oak trees.  When I arrived at Chukkar, I was greeted by friendly horses coming right up to the fence, and the two farm dogs not far behind.  The place is loaded with antique horse trinkets and polo memorabilia.  The bar stools are made of old saddles, and the walls are covered with paintings of polo matches of yore.

It was, as is to be expected in Georgia in June, a muggy, thick summer day.  But Melissa, the gracious and happy bride, didn’t seem to notice.  Before she went in to put on her dress, she walked quickly around the grounds, making sure flowers, food and drinks found their perfect place.

Once she was dressed, and Jay had arrived, the two walked together around the property, sweetly reassuring each other that the day was all about fun and love, and gently leading a horse, their sidekick for portraits, out of the barn and down the hill to the bridge.

And the day was all about fun.  From top to bottom.  It was loving and genuine and so very tasty, and fun.

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