On the morning of Kelly and Jeff’s wedding, I woke up to gloomy skies that poured seemingly endless buckets of water as far as the eye could see, with no sign of stopping. Everyone knows it’s good luck for rain to fall on your wedding day, and I absolutely love rainy days. I just hoped Kelly and Jeff would feel the same way. I was so excited when Kelly greeted me that morning with, “It’s raining, which is good luck!” She had a smile on her face and she was ready to get married, rain or shine. I knew we were in for an amazing day.
They were married at Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula. Everyone was equipped with umbrellas and Kelly and Jeff told me in no uncertain terms that they were more than willing to brave the rain in order to get beautiful images of the two of them. It turned out they didn’t need to, because after the ceremony, literally the very minute after family portraits were finished, I turned around to see watch the clouds part and the sun shine down through grey skies. I was going to get to photograph this lovely couple in some of the most amazing light I’d ever seen. I jumped up and down and squealed a little bit. I was very excited.
Kelly and Jeff took great care to create a homespun wedding that was as fun as it was charming. It was a wonderful wedding that my second shooter, Jen Grant, and I had so much fun shooting. I was so honored to be a part of it! Thanks, Kelly and Jeff! You two are awesome! Special thanks to Mieko and Claudia from Kelly Zhang for making Kelly and her girls look absolutely gorgeous.
Kelly wanted a shot of her ring, her grandmother’s ring and her mother’s ring together. Three generations of wedding rings! I loved that.
Instead of going the traditional guest book route, Kelly and Jeff provided circles of cardstock and asked their guests to write a message on one. The circles will be turned into a Christmas garland that the couple will use to decorate their home during the holidays. I adored this idea and wish I’d thought of it myself!
The florals were provided by Kimberly’s Flowers in San Clemente. Kelly’s bouquet had gardenias in it so it smelled wonderful. It was adorned with a brooch that belonged to Kelly’s grandmother.
Instead of the usual floral centerpieces, Kelly and Jeff made yummy jam and stacked gingham-wrapped jars on each table, enough for each guest to take some home. Burlap sacks lined each table, which tied in well with the rustic feel of the venue.
Instead of cake, Kelly and Jeff served their guests cookies and milk. Brilliant. Also, the night before the wedding, Kelly baked cupcakes especially for Jeff. Yeah, I know, Kelly is my hero now, too. They are armadillo cupcakes, inspired by the armadillo groom’s cake from the movie Steel Magnolias. They were adorable.
And, as if homemade jam and milk and cookies weren’t enough of a treat, Kelly and Jeff also had chocolate boot shooters filled with port wine for all of their guests. So cute and different and everyone got to eat their shot glass. Bonus!
I’d like to thank the rainy weather for this next shot. Those clouds? Amazing.