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Kelly & Joel ~ Married!!! ~ {The Mountain Winery, Saratoga}

I never really considered myself an emotional person.  That is, until recently.  Something about being 30 has weakened my strength to hold back the flood gates.  It is not unusual for me to get that choked up feeling when the bride is walking down the aisle with her father.  I dreamed of my father walking me down the aisle my whole life and when it actually happened the moment couldn’t have been more perfect.  Kelly and Joel’s wedding however, brought out a whole new level of emotions for me that I have yet to display at a wedding.  I am not ashamed of it.  The amazing, pure, unconditional love that I witnessed throughout the day was such a blessing to be a part of.  The way Joel looks at Kelly and even speaks about her when she is not around should be the standard for what every woman deserves.  I wasn’t going into the “getting ready” shots expecting to cry.  But when Van from Ocean Blue Videography took a few minutes to ask Kelly what she loved about Joel the tears came.  Kelly was crying and I was in the corner of the room hiding my tears as she poured out her love for Joel.  I go

t to experience that same love all over again when Van asked Joel the same questions in his hotel room.  This time was the same, only Van was tearing up behind her video camera.  It was such a beautiful thing to experience and I know everyone who got to be there for those moments will always cherish them.  This is why I love my job.  I get to relive every couple’s unique and very special love story.

I have known Kelly since college.  She was a year ahead of me in school, but I remember always admiring her confidence, poise, and beauty.  I knew Kelly was going to make a gorgeous bride, but when I saw her for the first time in her dress I don’t think the word ‘gorgeous’ could have done her justice.  It is no wonder that tears came when Joel saw her for the first time walking down the aisle.  Congratulations Kelly and Joel!   And if you ever need a side gig, you could be bride and groom models!  Thanks again for giving me the great honor to capture your wedding day!

P.S.  If you have have the option to get a smoke machine for the dancing at your wedding, Do It!  That reception was AWESOME!

A special thanks to Wade, my second shooter, for all his awesome shots, taking care of the guys, and having an extra flash when mine broke right before the grand entrance!  I am now the proud owner of a backup flash!

Right before the kiss the minister said, “Joel, set the standard for how every woman should be kissed! You may kiss your bride!”  He nailed it!;)

Their wedding was at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga!  Beautiful venue with amazing views of the valley below!

Flowers and Cakes by Mimi at Flower Flour in Willow Glen

Kelly Surprised Joel with this Groom’s cake: an exact replica of his sweet baby that he lost in a fire.

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