Amanda & Matt are a very special couple. I actually know Matt through an old friend of mine. When I was a teenager, I used to do scholarship beauty pageants with the Miss America organization, believe it or not. It was a great experience for me as a teenager, and I met many awesome people through the pageant circuit. Anyway, I was pretty into it between ages 15-18 and after my first pageant I got a pageant coach, and her name was Kristi. She was such an amazing role model for me throughout my time with pageants and she really helped me come out of my shell in a lot of ways. Our families became close during the years we connected over all the pageantry. Matt is Kristi’s brother. So when I was asked to shoot Matt and his wife Amanda’s wedding celebration, I was honored. It was such an honor to know that their family has been following my work and my progress over the years and that they now felt they could trust me with capturing such an important day.
After shooting some lovely getting ready portraits and details at the hotel, I headed to 8 Chains Winery to prepare for the ceremony. I love the modern, yet rustic feel to this venue. So the schedule for this wedding was tight. The sun was setting at 7pm, and I knew that after Amanda & Matt walked down the aisle, I would need to grab them right away for portraits. The only thing Amanda wanted was sunset portraits. She was so very sweet to me throughout the entire wedding process, and I was not about to let her down. So the ceremony was starting late, and I was genuinely worried that we’d run out of light. But then fortunately the officiant was very efficient, and the ceremony was very fast. By the time we finally got into the vines the sun had dipped behind the trees, but….the last minute sunset light never disappoints. As I found myself smiling through my viewfinder, I felt confident I was getting the portraits that his beautiful couple deserves. Amanda & Matt have an adorable daughter, Madison. They were married over a year ago, so this celebration was more of a vow renewal. I just love how special Madison is to this family. They care for her so much, and they deserve beautiful images to commemorate this season of their lives.
As we finished up the portraits I turned my camera around to show Amanda one of the shots I had gotten, and she squeezed my arm, smiled and said “Oh my God, I love it!” It’s moments just like that that I live for. :). After a successful round of last minute sunset portraits, a delicious Greek dinner followed complete with lots of dancing, drinking, and a damn good time. Amanda & Matt I hope you LOVE these photos and that they bring you joy for many years 🙂
I’d like to thank all the vendors who helped make this day possible, and most of all my awesome second shooter Camille. You’ll see a few of her shots sprinkled throughout this post 🙂