Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sara and Shawn's Wedding



Last week, it was my friend's Sara's birthday. That inspired me to hurry up and get a post on her beautiful wedding together.  (Happy belated birthday, Saritaaaaa!!!!). 

Sarita is my good friend from College (we shared a small room while at UCLA). Both Sara and her now husband Shawn are beautiful people with big hearts and it was just wonderful to be able to be there on their wedding day. I was only officially the photographer for the preparations, which was great so that I could catch up with our friends who I hadn't seen in many years. The ceremony and party were photographed by another photographer who seemed lovely (will post his name here later).

My husband, Dan and I (he worked as my assistant, so nice) arrived at Sarita's parent's sunny house in San Francisco sometime mid morning. Sarita was just as I thought she would be as a bride, beautiful, happy, teary... and hilarious! She doesn't stop telling jokes, even as things got  a little stressful (her veil and jewelry were lost). Her house was like a party with relatives and friends finishing up last touches, getting ready or just hanging out. A lot of very nice smiley people everywhere... and some delicious sushi take-away. It was a great morning.

Sarita and her bridesmaids were ready a little later than expected (which is always expected by photographers or anyone in the wedding world, but not brides :-)), but they had been really productive:  not only were the veil and jewelry troubles resolved but they also managed to add the cutest unplanned flower girl to the wedding party right before walking out.  By this time, my duties as a photographer were done, and I could just enjoy the beautiful ceremony and reception. (After getting dressed and attempting to do my hair and makeup in the 20 minute ride from her place to the reception! :-))

The wedding was just beautiful. The place was like a beautiful enchanted forest outdoors (I love California :-)). Sarita (who looked gorgeous) and wedding party walked in to some super-up-beat happy batucada (brazilian music, similar to samba).  Sara and shawn said their own vowels (not read, but just spontaneously said), which were beautiful and emotional.  There was a lot of color and some Latin American  details through out the wedding, especially from Peru (where Sara is from). It was lovely and a lot of fun.

Congratulations, Sara and Shawn!!!! May your life together be as lovely as your wedding day.

Happy Birthday, Sarita!




























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