My Best Friend’s Wedding

When my best friend Kim called me to tell me she was engaged, one of the first things we talked about – after squeeing into the phone for five minutes – was who her bridesmaids were going to be. Kim and I have known each other since we were 12 (I’d appreciate it if you didn’t ask me how long ago that was!) and talked about being in each other’s weddings well before either of us were even close to being married.

Kim was the maid of honor at my wedding and I was looking forward to being a bridesmaid in hers. As our conversation progressed, the topic of wedding photography came up and Kim said to me, “Can’t you be a bridesmaid and the photographer at the same time? I don’t want anyone else to shoot my wedding!”

While I appreciated the gesture, I had been gearing up to be a bridesmaid in this particular wedding since I was 12 and there was no way I was going to work it as well! Normally I absolutely love shooting friends’ weddings because it allows me to really be a part of the day, but this is the one friend’s wedding I did not want to photograph. So, I plainly answered Kim’s question with a simple, “Um, no.”

So, we agreed that she would hire another photographer and I would just enjoy the day as a best friend and bridesmaid. Mark Leonard was hired as the photographer for the day. It was an interesting feeling not walking around at a wedding with all of my camera gear strapped to me, but I managed. ;) And, I have to admit I did have my camera nearby most of the day and captured a few moments. I am used to seeing the world through my lens, after all, so it wouldn’t have felt right to go the entire day without making any images at all.

So, here’s the wedding of Kim and Johnny as seen through the eye of a bridesmaid. Kim and Johnny, I love you both so much and cannot be happier that you’re on this lifetime journey together. Kim, you are my oldest and dearest friend and I don’t know where I would be without you. Johnny, thank you for taking care of her so well.

Love,

*ME*

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Love these shots of Kim’s sister and brother (who are, for all intents and purposes MY brother and sister) getting ready.

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And how beautiful is my best friend? Right?!

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orange county wedding photography

This shot of Kim’s grandpa seeing her in her dress for the first time brings tears to my eyes every time. Kim and her grandpa have a very special relationship so I know how amazing this moment was.

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This adorable little guy is Kim and Johnny’s nephew, Lyndon. He is the most smiley baby ever, I loved him!

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Lyndon looked quite dashing in his kilt. Here he is with his proud grandma Linda and aunt Kimmy.

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I was kicking back watching Mark take some portraits of Kim when I caught her mom watching them and fighting back tears. That’s her baby girl in a wedding dress, about to get married!  Such a beautiful moment that I don’t think Kim was even aware happened.

orange county wedding photographyKim wrote her vows out on a pad of paper she found at the hotel. I don’t know why I think this is so awesome, but I do.

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orange county wedding photography

From the sneak peek…

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And probably my favorite image from the day…

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And look! I don’t have any photos from the ceremony because I was in it! Weird. The reception got under way and the normally subdued Johnny got a little, um, freaky with it.

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And Kim wasn’t exactly a wallflower…

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orange county wedding photography

So there you have it, my best friend’s wedding. It was a truly great day.

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  • Jill - Great pictures! for not being the official wedding photographer you really did capture some wonderful moments.

  • Jennifer - great pics Heidi!!

  • Shawn Kloster - That looks like it was so much FUN! Very cool!

  • Linda - Hi Heidi
    The photos are great so much clearer than what we have at the moment. You have captured some special moments. Thankyou for sending me them. It was great to meet you and Chris you are very nice people. Look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future.
    Linda

  • JEAN LEVERS - Heidi you did a awsome job on the photos you took as always. I still think I would make a good assistant for you like I did for Kim’s pictures you took at your mom’s house HEE HEE!! Thanks for being such a wonderful friend to my daughter all these years and being a part of our family, we all love you very much. Your #2 mom….(by the way I did cry when I saw my dad looking at her!)(and yes I did cry when I was looking at Kim in the little chapel YOUR HEART IS RIGHT THERE!!!!LOVE YOU

  • mary - you are right, she is so beautiful. i love love love the kilts and the plaid shoes. oh man, so awesome. great shots!

  • Janelle - You are so awesome!!

  • Tara Murray - Great photos…you are so talented!! Thanks for sharing these!

  • Karen McCaffrey (Johnnys Big Sister) - Absolutely fantastic pictures!! You are very gifted!! Your pictures have captured special and emotional moments. Thanks for emailing me the links to see all the happy faces! Karen & Alan

  • Jenny Liu - Your favorite shot is my favorite one too ! How were you able to be a part of the wedding and yet still manage to take photos ?! definitely talented ! So many beautiful moments! I bet she hugged you real tight after she saw these photos !

  • Kim - Has anyone ever told you how truly talented you are? Well you are, and I am very proud to call you my best friend. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you always and forever!

    Love,
    *ME*

  • Alicia - These photos are awesome! I love Kim’s wedding shoes!

  • Paige Green - I love it!
    best … kilt… ever!

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