Another Happy (and relatively stress-free) Wedding…


Who would have thought there would be two relatively stress-free weddings in a row? I sincerely hope this is a trend away from the over-the-top, expensive “events” that have been part of the last couple of decades. I like the idea of having fun, casual, friendly weddings that don’t send the couple (or their parents) into debt.

On October 12, I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of a young woman I have known since she was four years old. She was my niece’s first BFF when they were preschool age. Now these two are both lovely young women embarking on different but awesome paths in their lives.


This particular wedding was held on a Monday. Many may ask why? It turns out it was the fourth anniversary of the couple, Ashley and Ryan, declaring their love for each other, next to Lifeguard Tower #9 in Huntington Beach. So both the date and location had symbolism: the ceremony was held next to Lifeguard Tower #9 in the late afternoon, providing some great sunset shots.


What kept it stress free, from my perspective, was simplicity. They kept the ceremony about the marriage, enlisting family and close friends for the details. They weren’t trying to make it an over-the-top event, but a simple declaration of their love and commitment to each other.

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I really hope this is a trend away from elaborate weddings. Or maybe I’m just lucky in connecting with couples like this. I like it.

Cheers to Ashley and Ryan! I wish you many decades of happiness together.     IMG_3105

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