This is Julie and Rory, and this is one of my favorite moments from their wedding. Guests were arriving, the ceremony was to start in a few minutes, things were (as they usually are) running a bit behind schedule, and Julie and Rory hadn’t had their first look yet. Behind the EJ Roberts Mansion, over a wall from where the ceremony would be taking place, is an aptly named “Secret Garden”, and it was there that Julie and Rory saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. And as soon as they saw each other, all the stress and worry and hurry-up-and-waiting disappeared, and they interlocked their hands and just looked at each other, smiling. And nothing else mattered. I loved that.
Besides the Secret Garden, the Roberts Mansion is cool because there are lots of cool places for portraits, both indoors and out. Julie, who is a photographer herself, was particularly interested that we take advantage of those locations. (And one nice parenthetical bonus about working with couples who are in the military [Navy, in this case], is that their posture is outstanding.)
Another cool moment. While Julie was walking down the aisle with her dad, one of the grandmothers, who was sitting right next to me, said, in almost a gasp, “Oh, what a beautiful bride!” When I looked over at her, she had her hand over her mouth and her eyes closed. You can look for that image in this gallery of photographs from Julie and Rory’s wedding, located at this link. Those are the little moments I love. As I’ve said many times, I consider myself very privileged at the weddings I shoot. I got to see one of the most important days in Julie and Rory’s lives, and I got to see it from the front row.
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