They followed the warm trail of candles while holding hands, meandering along the driveway towards the golden lights of the house up ahead. Soft music lingered in the air, dancing ever so lightly through the garden pathways and down the driveway, mingling with with the scent of lavender and cut grass. Sean leaned in for a kiss; Stephanie sighed with pure happiness. They had been so patient for this day to come and all of their friends and family were there to join in the celebration. Later, the sun would disappear behind the house and the beautiful ebb and flow of laughter would grow deeper. But for now, Sean took Stephanie in his arms and vowed to always love her more than he did on this day.
Sean and Stephanie's wedding brought so much joy to our hearts. They are two incredibly blessed people that are surrounded by a community of people that love them to death. It was truly inspiring to see the unbreakable bonds of friendship that exists between Sean and Steph's friends and family. Jeff and I can only hope to be surrounded by so many amazing people someday too!
Steph and Sean were married at the First Baptist Church in Old Town Pasadena, and they held the reception at the Stephanie's parents' amazing house in Montrose just a few miles away. Chris Clark of Extraordinary Events coordinated the day and we were blown away by the gorgeous event that he put together. But first, some favorite images...
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Sean and Steph chose to do a First Look, and it was such a sweet moment! It also gave us tons of time to get a bunch of fabulous portraits not only with Steph and Sean, but with the entire bridal party.
The flowers were done by Steph's wonderful family friends at Crescenta Valley Flower Mart. They turned out so classic and fresh. I loved them!
Sean and Stephanie made our job so easy. They weren't afraid to just love each other in front of our cameras. They were fantastic!
I love this portrait that Jeff grabbed of Sean. He's one handsome guy!
We found a perfect little nook in the church courtyard with some warm light and beautiful colors.
They're married! I love this series!
Steph's parents transformed their already beautiful backyard into a gorgeous garden reception, complete with hanging lanterns, three bars and buffets, seating for almost 300 people, and Stephanie's grandma's famous homemade tamales. Amazing!
But the place really came alive after the sun went down. If there's one thing I highly recommend, its to invest in beautiful lighting for your reception. Jeff grabbed this shot in the 30 minutes after the sun went down and captured all of the deep blues and purples in the twilight sky that our eye can't see naturally. So beautiful!
Since the toasts took place in almost complete darkness, they switched on an enormous flood light for the guests to see. Although it wasn't the most ideal lighting situation, I love that we got the opportunity to capture some really unique toast pictures. I love this one I caught of Stephanie's dad. Richard, you're my hero!
The beautiful first dance.
It was too dark to really see detailed facial expressions while we were shooting, so when I came across this image that I caught, I definitely teared up!
The rest of the night was a PARTAY! The dance floor was packed until 1am - that's the beauty of holding a reception in your own backyard, you get to leave whenever you want! A huge thank you goes to Sean's good friend Chris for keeping the party hopping all night. He was a fantastic DJ!
Sean and Stephanie: Jeff and I feel like better people just for knowing you two. Seriously. Thank you for your pure love for each other and for your willingness to love so many other people as well. Have a great time in Maui and we're totally down for a Villa barbecue at any time!