I'm in awe of the Indian Muslim traditions. They seem unfazed by time and distance from their mother country. Their family structure is incredibly strong. I'm privileged to be apart of this 3 day celebration, yes THREE DAYS!
What love looks like in 50 years xoxo ....She was busy being matriarch like any good Filipino woman, he was busy watching the warriors game. He acted like he was too cool for all this fuss. But I caught a moment when it was just the two, and their level of care and gentleness with each other moved me deeply. They never really had a wedding day. They signed papers, and he left for the service. He joked that he was forced to write letters. But no one can fake love when its year after year. I sorted out the precious letters they saved. Although I could not read tagalog. I could see that it was years of back and forth, birthday cards that read "to my wife." Christmas', valentine's, letters, notes, photos. Each letter just as tender as the next. Three kids later, countless grand children and great grand children, they are the king and queen of their own empire and they rule with love and grace.
It's not everyday one gets to document a more monumental day, then the day they got married. It was also an opportunity to give them the belated wedding they never had... Thus their welcome sign said, "we still do."
These handsome men were referred to me by a cool chick I met in the sauna at the gym. I liked her tattoos and wanted to photograph them. We've been friends ever since. So, when her friends (who are now my friends) decided to hire me literally days before their SF City hall wedding, I knew these laid back cats were just my type! What was more touching was to learn that Flo's parents would not make it from France, so photos would be all they'd ever have.
....Did I mention, I freaking love my job?
Telling their love story was easy, they brought thoughtful props and stylish outfits to boot! He is a Google guy by day but moonlights as a Wood furniture Craftsman by night. His furniture pieces are impeccable and the best thing is the signature "Made in California" You can find some of his pieces here: SL Furniture Studio . She is an Air force nurse. Her soft and sweet demeanor lies a strong and cultivated woman. I was in love with their style. When I asked her where she got the dress, he said "Ted Baker," they had me at "Ted."
Flower Crown by: Flower Story
Soft light rain drops kept coming that day in the desert. I help hoping for it to clear, but it wouldn't. It was about an hour later I decided to just let go and enjoy what comes of it. The results were unique and fantastic!
Thank you vendors//
Style: Amanda O'Shannessey www.amandaocreative.com
Sponsor: Little Film Lab www.littlefilmlab.com
Vingate Rentals: One True Love www.onetruelovevintage.com
Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride www.lovelybride.com
MUAH: Ruby Finch Salon www.rubyfinchsalon.com
Florals + Plants: Kim Wakasuki www.flowerstory.us
Letter Press: The Aerialist Press www.theaerialistpress.com
Cake: Pretty Please Bake Shop www.prettypleasesf.com