Tina + Darren = Married!

Darren and Tina have a beautiful love story. They’re high school sweethearts, which is a beautiful thing on its own. But after high school he went to Princeton, she went to Brown. They spent their college careers four hours apart from each other but still managed to make it work. And it didn’t get easier from there. Darren eventually moved to Germany to play soccer and Tina ended up in Japan to teach. After some time, Darren ended up back in the States on the east coast for soccer and eventually Tina’s teaching stint in Japan ended and she also moved back to the States. But not anywhere near Darren. Oh, no. That would be far too easy. She ended up 3,000 miles away on the west coast. Of course.

But through all of those years hundreds and thousands of miles apart – even in different countries – Darren and Tina’s love for each other never dimmed, never failed, and now, finally for the first time since high school, they are together in both body and heart. I heard this story recounted in loved ones’ speeches during their wedding reception at Summit House in Fullerton. I hid my weepy face behind my camera so as not to embarrass myself, but I was truly touched by their story of devotion to each other.

Darren and Tina were referred to me by Jennifer and Joe. Joe and Darren are brothers. I get to spend time with this family again for their wedding in April and I’m beyond excited about it. Darren and Tina, you both have amazing family and friends and it was such a pleasure to enjoy the day with all of them. Thanks so much for letting me a part of it.

Here are just a few of my favorites from the day. I started out at Darren’s parents house where the guys were getting ready.

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I love these next shots of Darren and Joe helping each other with their ties. My grooms are kind and helpful like that. Obviously.

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I eventually headed over to the home of Tina’s parents.wedding dress and shoes

Tina and the girls were in the middle of hair and makeup when I arrived. Eugenia Chung did Tina’s hair and makeup and ensure she looked extra gorgeous.bride makeup wedding day

This next shot makes me smile. Tina was a little nervous and worried about running late. Her bridesmaids knew she needed to eat something and made an extra special plate for her. It made her laugh and I think it even relaxed her a little. Loved it.brides wedding day breakfastbride getting readybridesmaids zipping brides dressback of brides wedding gown

Tina and Darren chose to do a First Look before the ceremony. This was perfect because their ceremony would be ending just as the sun set so we wouldn’t have had time for portraits in the best light. Because of the First Look we were never rushed and we had plenty of time to get all of the romantic and family portraits we needed.

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  • V - Love their story! That’s so wonderful! And the pictures made me swoon!

  • Jane - awwww…. this looks sooo sweet! i love it :) great job, heidi!

  • Laurel - A true love story! Love it! Very sweet shots too, Heidi.

  • Shellie - Heidi, you truly know how to capture the moment! These pictures are like being there all over again. You’re an artist!

  • Janet - Wow… So beautiful! Couldnt, have been more Beautiful. Congratulations!

  • Debbie - Just gorgeous! These pictures are wonderful. Tina is a beauty! It was the best wedding ever.

  • Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography, Jennifer and Joe | Heidi Ryder Photography: The Blog - […] and family all day, since it was only a few months ago that I was shooting Joe’s brother Darren’s wedding! Joe and Jennifer’s families are absolutely wonderful and it was such a pleasure to see […]

  • Melisa Salvato - I hadn’t seen these …

    They are such beautiful photos of a beautiful couple!
    Best wishes to Cristina and Darren for 2015 and beyond.

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