It was such an honor and a true pleasure to photograph Brittany and Jordan getting married this year in Monterey. Brittany got ready for her wedding in the beautiful Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey (make up and hair by Kim Larson Bridal). As I watched her get ready, happiness was exuding from her. My second time photographing these two in Monterey, I know their love for each other runs deep and I can now attest to the feeling of “I JUST CANT WAIT TO GET MARRIED!” It was her day. She was going to walk down the aisle at the Mayflower Presbyterian Church in Monterey to marry her military chaplain. Goosebumps.
She was calm, anxious, looking stunning and just glowing. We hung her mother’s dress, now Brittany’s; a stunning long sleeved gown with lace details from collar to back with a sweetheart neckline and the perfect amount of subtle beading. Her bridesmaids laughed and cried as they reminisced of memories they’ve all shared with Brittany as she’s grown into the young woman she is now. Emotion’s were running high as we headed to the church where Jordan and his fella’s were just arriving.
Jordan is a kind hearted and humble man. I’m not sure if he admitted to being nervous, but as being someone who watches people to anticipate reactions and emotions, I could tell he had a small bundle of nerves. But I could also tell how excited he was to marry this woman in front of all of his family and friends who had traveled from Kansas, a known state around these blog-parts (Zach’s home state!). As he dressed in his ivory-white suit, a tribute to what his father wore on his wedding day, Jordan smiled brightly and excitedly. I was so excited to see these two finally marry. Swoon.
And so they did! At the Mayflower Presbyterian Church in Monterey, the church Brittany grew up in, they held their beautiful wedding ceremony with guests from Kansas watching over iPad’s, their dog Bri acting as a ring bearer, and a ceremonial releasing of dove’s after they had been married outside of the church. We then headed to Lover’s Point to photograph family portraits and to capture the newlyweds! Soon after, we made our way to the GORGEOUS Monterey Memory Garden State Park in downtown Monterey. Swoon again. These gardens were full of vibrant and lush plants, which accented their purple themed-garden perfectly.
Like I said, I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to tell their story through photographs and on this blog. I’m so excited to watch them grow in their future and wish you both ALL the best in the world!! XOXO