What we love about Andrew & Lisa…. Let me restart… One of the many things that we love about Andrew & Lisa is their commitment to Tradition, Love and the Future. Their wedding day was the perfect harmony of each of these values in their lives. Every moment of the day was a perfect mix of tradition and modern. The traditional ceremony was a wonderful way to kick off the day as the bride and groom paid homage to their family and faith in a cathedral that is steeped in history and tradition. The Mission San Buenaventura is awe inspiring and magnificent rivaled only by the bride Lisa. Lisa was stunning in an elegant V-neck wedding dress with a beautiful modern cut, she was a perfect match to Andrew’s more traditional (and definitely dapper tuxedo). As the ceremony ended just outside the massive doors of the Mission San Buenaventura was a joyful and vibrant Mariachi band that turned this traditional and eloquent ceremony into a vibrant high energy moment. What a fantastic way to exit a traditional service in the Mission to a lively mariachi band playing to the crowd and newlyweds. It certainly set the stage for the rest of the days festivities!
There are so many wonderful values about this couple that we love. One of our favorites is about Lisa: Lisa smiles a lot, like a lot, and we love that about her and when she smiles at Andrew that smile goes to another level. That already infectious smile beams for Andrew. When that smile reaches Andrew its pure joy, it’s clear that he would move mountains for Lisa. That is one of the many things we love about Andrew… his dedication to Lisa.
In perfect lock step with their traditional & modern theme the wedding party headed to Gerry Ranch for the reception and party. Gerry Ranch is such a beautiful backdrop to for this outdoor reception. In a break from tradition, Andrew & Lisa stepped away from the reception to be alone and share vows with one another on a hilltop between rows of blueberry bushes as the sun went down. As photographers we call this moment just before the sun disappears below the horizon, “the magic hour”. This truly was the fulfillment of that term. We see special moments all the time as professional wedding photographers but this really was a magical hour. Andrew & Lisa reading their heartfelt vows to one another with absolutely no one around in such a bucolic location as the sun dropped behind them… There really isn’t a better word than magical. It’s wonderful and humbling to be asked to capture a moment that is truly meant just for the two. And so we do our best to capture these moments as though we aren’t there. It takes sensitivity and understanding to know when to be part of a moment and when to step into the shadows so the two souls can just be together and take in the moment just for each other. That is one of the myriad values and skills that we have earned after nearly a thousand weddings. Such a wonderful memory of these two committing themselves to each other in this pastoral place.
The evening was a blast! Great memories were made by all and the party went on late into the evening under the harvest moon. This countryside outdoor reception nestled in an avocado grove was something out of a fairytale. We are so excited to share with you the moments we captured of Andrew & Lisa’s perfect day!