Having only met Katerina and Onur one month before their wedding date, we had one month to get really excited for their big day. They were both so sweet and so excited to get married, a perfect combination for us to tell the story of their wedding day! Like so many of our couples they really wanted to do something non traditional for their wedding ceremony. So, on a gorgeous California day we travelled up to the Montavlo Arts Center in Saratoga for their lunch wedding. The Montavlo Arts center’s grounds are a bit wild, with incredible statues and pillars, reminding us of romantic gardens somewhere in Europe. It was the perfect setting for Katerina and Orur’s intimate wedding.
There is nothing like getting outside and breathing some fresh air. Breaking away from the computer monitor, iPhone, iPad, TV, microwave, DVD player, and (insert any modern technological gadgetry you feel tethered to here) and soaking up some good old fashioned nature is good for the soul. Though we love shooting in cities all over the world, Megan and I are an outdoorsy duo, and we are always excited when one of our couples wants to get outside. Lisa and John met us for a session in Eaton Canyon, one of Pasadena’s great treasures. The light bounced around beautifully in a way that just begs to be photographed. We spent time chatting with these two about the big plans they have for the coming year and were particularly lured in by all of the crazy home renovations they’ve been working on. We are design junkies and can’t help but get excited about all that goes into making a house a home, especially at the beginning of a new marriage. So without further ado, I give you Lisa and John.
We were anticipating this wedding for such a long time. When we met Karly and Teal over Skype last fall, we instantly fell in love with their story. It is the kind of story that only takes place in Hollywood. These two met right before Teal left for the Peace Corps for 2 years. Instantly they knew there was something special between them, but Karly didn’t want to get hurt, knowing he was going to be in Africa for the next two years. So, naturally they spent a great deal of time together before he left, falling madly in love. Teal even admitted to proposing before he left, but Karly turned him down, saying I’ll marry you when you get back. Through heartache and tears, Teal left for Africa. While away, Teal was told that his heart was not there, he had left his heart in Texas. Five weeks later he arrived back in Austin to surprise Karly and stay for good.
There were so many things about their wedding day that made the day so personal to them. That Saturday in April was choses specifically to coincide with Karly’s parents’ wedding anniversary. The minister who married them also married Karly’s parents. Their vows took place under a gorgeous tree on Karly’s parent’s farm and they danced the night away under the stars.
These two have the kind of love that is so right, so beautiful and contagious. During the first moments of seeing each other on their wedding day there was not a dry eye…on either side of our cameras. Karly and Teal, it was amazing documenting your wedding day. Thank you for inspiring us! You two are incredible and it was an honor to tell the story of your relationship through our lenses. Thank you for sharing it with us!