In early December 2012, my second cousin called to ask if I would photograph their secret ceremony on New Year’s Eve. I immediately agreed, but after I had hung up, I started to worry. I had never done a wedding on my own. The saving grace for me was that this would be more like an engagement session with a wedding ceremony attached to it. Morgan and Mike were incredibly laid back, and said that they would leave everything in my capable hands.
The day of the wedding was an overcast and chilly day, but we were all eager to get out there for the wedding. Morgan had her best friend Jeanna with her as her maid of honor (and official bag holder) and we walked from their apartment to Capitol Park, located right behind the California state capitol. We met up with the best man/officiate of the ceremony, Justin, and found a small little clearing surrounded by trees. After a very brief, but joyful ceremony we walked all around the park and outside of the capitol building to take photos for a wedding album to show friends and family. Since they had kept this wedding a complete secret from family (they called up parents on the way back to the apartment), they called up their stunned parents to tell them the great news. Lots of synchronized jumping, walking, and photo taking later, we walked back to get ready to celebrate the coming of 2013.
Being a part of this wedding was such a happy moment for me. To be able to photograph a newly married couple with the ease of a typical photo shoot was the perfect way for me to become comfortable with the idea of shooting a wedding. Congratulations to the happy couple, and I hope you and your families will enjoy these photographs for the years to come.