Weather forecast on the day of the wedding: Severe snow storm!!!

Seriously?

I’m already up in the mountain and all of these negative thoughts were running through my head. Things like, why didn’t I buy tire chains? Where am I going to shoot their portraits in this snowstorm? What if I get stuck somewhere and can’t contact anyone? Will my body freeze over? Will I ever be found? I know, dramatic right?

The wedding day arrived and I shot through the getting ready portion of the morning. Luckily, the skies were calm but cloudy. I couldn’t stop myself from constantly checking the weather report on my phone. It was predicted for this storm to arrive around noon and those thoughts were constantly running through my mind. By then, we were in church and the hours had already passed noon. Loida and Neil sealed their first kiss signifying the end of their single lives into married life. I’m still feeling anxious to see what the weather was like outside, trying to figure out the worst case scenario. As I walked backwards up the aisle towards the exit while shooting through my camera, we were greeted outside with snow flakes gently falling from the sky. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was beautiful! I was relieved and enjoyed that amazing moment with Loida and Neil.

To experience the joy and happiness outside with the newlyweds was something I’ll never forget in all of my wedding photography career. It was as if they hired someone to stand on the roof with a snow machine. The timing was perfect. We managed to somewhat shoot their wedding party photos in the valley below, but was confronted with cold, strong high winds signifying the arrival of bad weather. We eventually finished our portraits in a different location protected by tall majestic trees. Eventually, the snow storm finally arrived but by then, we were already inside for their reception which sits at 8900 ft at Mccoy Station in Mammoth Mountain.

It all came together perfectly. No one was trapped in the snow and we were all celebrating the night away, safe, and sound. Loida and Neil’s wedding weekend was definitely an adventure for all the guests and vendors that helped made their wedding weekend an unforgettable experience! Their hashtag / website couldn’t have been a better choice #NeilandLoidaVentureForth . Congratulations Loida and Neil and cheers to many more adventures in life!

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Stationery Design: Andrew Ibanez // Cake Design: Mountain Cakery // Florists: Red Lily Floral Design Wedding Coordination: Greenfox Events // Videography:Colour Craft Media // DJ: Spencer Myers // Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church // Reception: McCoy Station Mammoth Mountain // Shuttle: MAWS Transportation // Photo Booth: Ryan Ramos // Hair & Make-Up: Eric Torppe & David // Ceremony Music: Christine Richard & Richard Hihn // Officiant: Father Jorge

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  • Lynn Watts - Thanks Loida and Neil for inviting me to witness your big day

Corina, Matt and the family have collectively brought over many souvenirs / trinkets traveling from mexico to south america. You can see this influence in the the decor of their wedding details and I tell you, It came together beautifully! What was even more meaningful on this day is Corina having the chance to marry Matt in the house she grew up in. It was a family affair to get the backyard up and beautified for the wedding. Everyone did such an amazing job, it felt like I was shooting a wedding venue. There is so much more to say about the awesome events through out the day. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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I’ve had the privilege to shoot some beautiful stationary design for Shannon & Jay of Parallel-Play. They’re an amazing husband wife design team based out of Los Angeles and recently launched a new site dedicated to Wedding  Stationery & Event Design appropriately named Parallelogram, an extension to their already awesome design company!

For those who are planning an event, whether it be your wedding, 1st birthdays, etc etc and would like something that is custom designed just for you. This is the answer my friends!!

Check out their website  <>> http://parallelogram.squarespace.com <<>

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stationary design

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The mountains are calling and they’re yelling “Look at Me, Look at Me!!!” Life moves so fast, it feels like the year passes by with the blink of the eye. I may or may not come across a site like this ever again but over the years, I’ve learned to slow my thoughts, to truly experience these present moments in life and really appreciate what is in front of me. Constantly thinking of what needs to be done or worrying about something that may never happen only distracts you from experiencing these simple beautiful things in life.  I try to take random moments to close my eyes, take a deep breathe and tell myself “My life isn’t perfect, but I’m thankful for everything I have.”  It feels amazing, try it!

 

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Really exciting to see my images in current issue of Ceremony Magazine! It was an honor to work alongside these amazing vendors below who made Regina & Jason’s wedding day into an unforgettable experience!

Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Caterer: 24 Carrots // PhotoBooth: Shutterbooth // Coordinator: Lisa Simpson // Videographer: Kroh Media // Florist: Flowers By Cina // Lighting: Rancho Las Lomas // Equipment rentals: Rancho Las Lomas & 24 Carrots // Hair/Makeup: Design Visage // Bride’s Dress: Ferndales //Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal // Dj: Eclectique DJ Service

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