I first met Kris via email when she reached out following my return from my website relaunch with Go Live HQ in California, back in 2014. She and Brendan wanted to know if we would be willing to travel to California to capture their wedding day. I was immediately giddy, and told Teddy, then we scheduled a Skype call with the two of them. It was INSTANT chemistry, and we were so thrilled that they had chosen us to capture their day.
These two right here, are such genuine, thoughtful, sweet, kind, wonderful and beautiful souls. To give you one example, if you follow along with our lives, you will know that our dog William had had a bad accident last summer, and these two sent us a very special care package just for him, it was so unexpected and made us feel very loved.
Teddy and I recently attended an Erich McVey wedding photography workshop in California, it was very last minute and we were so shocked that we were able to attend. We took this opportunity to meet Kris and B face to face, and take their engagement portraits. Our time frame was tight, but we had to make it happen. So, they hopped in the car and drove for HOURS up the California coastline from Half Moon Bay just to spend the evening with us on Navarro Beach, bonding, laughing, drinking champagne, and taking photographs.
While we waited for them to get there, I foraged for some flowers earlier in the day to make the bouquet for Kris. I saw these beautiful poppies all over the place (the lady at the cottages where we were staying called them fried egg poppies). The best stash was in someone’s front yard, so I decided it was best to ask if I could pick some before I just took them. I walked up to the house, knocked on the door and asked, the gentleman who lived there was really nice, and revealed that his house was a former brothel, not his though (HA!). I tied the flowers together with silk Frou Frou Chic ribbon that was gifted to me from the workshop; so amazing!
It was an amazing experience, and it felt like we were reuniting with old friends that we had known all our lives. We had a little late start, but we went until long after the sun went down. Thank goodness for digital sensor capabilities!
The night ended with us all driving further up Highway 1 to Mendocino (known as $pendocino by the locals, because it literally is the only place for many miles to buy anything, including fuel) to the only place that was open. It was there, that we ate burgers, drank some beer and sealed our friendship for life.
We were feeling really creative for this session, and were so happy that Kris and B just went with everything we suggested. The countdown is now on to our Thanksgiving weekend, when we will be documenting their wedding day, and getting to know their families and friends.