Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekend Mountain Wedding: an Abandoned House and an Open Field

They come few and far between. Those moments when your family and friends are healthy... happy. When you can see everything in life for the blessing that it is- rather than the job, errand, or line on the To Do list that's calling. When life is, in it's purest form, good.

This was one of those moments.



Kissing my new husband in a field of weeds...Underneath competing rain clouds and sunshineIt was perfect.I'm so in love with this man!Our photographers were drawn to this house for our pictures. We would have never taken pictures in the field otherwise. We were just driving down the road looking for anything that caught our eye, and gave us inspiration. And that's when we stumbled across her- vacant and boarded up. So we decided to give her some love and play house in the front.Being intimate in front of a photographer can be daunting. I know that during our engagement session I felt awkward 99% of the time. Passerbyers looking at me. Lens up in my face. I was making faces I didn't even know existed... and not in a good way :). But on the day of our wedding, it didn't matter anymore. I only was focused on my new husband, and I felt so incredibly peaceful...in love...and happy.This was one of those moments.



Shown with Grace Bridal Hair Fascinator


Miss Something? Catch up here:

Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 2
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1Weekend Mountain Wedding: It's All Relative
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Whole Lot of Love
Weekend Mountain Wedding: We Say I Do!!!
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Walk Beneath the Pines
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Procession of Little Black Dresses
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Clock Strikes Two
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Dress Comes On
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy Men at Dreamland
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Time to Get Beautified
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Morning Time
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy vs. Not Fancy at the Rehearsal
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Day Before
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen

All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 2

The day was cold. The love was warm. And we were there, eating it all up. Let's continue

Last I left off, we were goofing off with our wedding party on the bridge. But that was from pretty far away. Now let's get up close and personal.

Mr. Espresso's "Album Cover", as he calls it :)

The guys were having a pretty good time showing off for the photographers. Case in point, my brother with "the point."My poor girls on the other hand were FREEZING!!! Temps in the low 40's, additional wind chill, and little black dresses... not the best combination. But they were wonderful and stuck it out. Every time the photographers stopped shooting they all ran into a group huddle for warmth.Then there was a shoe face off between the bridesmaids and groomsmen:And then the boys broke out the poses. Mr E., my sexy surfer husband, breakin out the ShakaBoys being Boys



And the aftermath. The mister loves this shot because of his "Joker" stanceMeanwhile on the other side of the bridge, us girls were taking some pictures of our own...And then we all ran back into a huddle for some "warm" pictures :)In the midst of the shoot, our photographer accidentally dropped something under the bridge. Not to worry, groomsmen apparently are trained for this type of situation.After the excitement of the jump and the retrieval of goods, we went to individual shots with each member of our wedding party. There's 14 of these babies, so I'll just show you the two we took with Mr's Espresso's brother and sister.And then it was time for "us". Here are a couple we took on the bridge.And then it was time to leave for our next backdrop... the one just for us. As we were walking back to the car, our photographer threw her coat on me to keep me from turning blue :)... and then snapped this candid photo of my new husband and I reveling in the day
Up Next: Our Pictures :)

Miss Something? Catch up Here:

Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1 Weekend Mountain Wedding: It's All Relative
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Whole Lot of Love
Weekend Mountain Wedding: We Say I Do!!!
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Walk Beneath the Pines
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Procession of Little Black Dresses
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Clock Strikes Two
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Dress Comes On
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy Men at Dreamland
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Time to Get Beautified
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Morning Time
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy vs. Not Fancy at the Rehearsal
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Day Before Weekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen
All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend. We're having a garage sale on Saturday and then pumpkin & apple picking on Sunday.

Image from Flickr

Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Bridge, Part 1

When Sandie and Ryel arrived that morning, I asked them if they wouldn't mind caravanning down to the lake for our wedding party portraits. I wanted a different setting than the family ones. They both were as eager about the idea as I was. So while the guests were enjoying the cocktail hour, we all jumped in a a few different cars and drove down to Big Bear Lake.

Because I knew I'd also be STARVING by this point, I had asked our caterer to package up some of the appetizers for all of us to eat. Here, the hubs and I snacking on some chicken skewers on the drive down.
After we had curbed our hunger, we started doing a little kissing in the backseat... I can't resist this man I tell you
But we were quickly caught by our photographers who started snapping away :)
Playing with our new rings :)
After driving around a few points on the lake, we decided that the bridge would probably be the best place for the photos. So we all jumped out and started munching on some appetizers of chicken skewers with peanut sauce, smoked salmon bruschetta, and other yummy treats.



So once we were all full, we headed across the bridge and started with our group photos.Some we did regular: Smiling politelyBut the rest we just had fun with...
Next week: The Bridge Part 2 and more

Miss Something? Catch up Here:

Weekend Mountain Wedding: It's All Relative
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Whole Lot of Love
Weekend Mountain Wedding: We Say I Do!!!
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Walk Beneath the Pines
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Procession of Little Black Dresses
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Clock Strikes Two
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Dress Comes On
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy Men at Dreamland
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Time to Get Beautified
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Morning Time
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy vs. Not Fancy at the Rehearsal
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Day Before Weekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen
All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Weekend Mountain Wedding: It's All Relative

Family photos... we love them. I grew up with 2 parents who were passionate about photography, and who in turn, passed their love onto me. Mr. Espresso has since become enthralled as well- and so we knew we wanted tons of photos on our wedding day... especially with our new families.

Here we are with Mr. Espresso's family. All family portraits were taken in front of the bed & breakfast.Three very important men in my life: my brother, my dad, and Mr. Espresso. While in between houses, Mr. E actually lived with my dad and brother for a while, which has made them all very close.
Us with Mama EspressoAnd with my Step Dad.With my Papa and Grandma Chicken. Growing up, one grandma had chickens and one had cows, so I named them accordingly. I later learned to stop calling my other grandma, "Grandma Cow" however :), but I have never stopped calling this one Grandma Chicken. Me and my mama. Mr. Espresso and I each took individual photos with our parents as well. I'll just show you a coupleMe and my cute ol dadI think this is the only serious family photo we have, but I totally love it. Mr. Espresso looks so much like both of his parentsAnd then we come to some sibling pics...This last is one of my favorites from the entire day. Having this picture with both of our brothers and sisters means so much to us, especially since my brother is now living in Montana. This is the first and only we have like this.
Do you have a planned out list of all the family portraits you want? Are you going to wing it like us?
Miss Something? Catch up Here:
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Whole Lot of Love
Weekend Mountain Wedding: We Say I Do!!!
Weekend Mountain Wedding: A Walk Beneath the Pines
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Procession of Little Black Dresses
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Clock Strikes Two
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Dress Comes On
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy Men at Dreamland
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Time to Get Beautified
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Morning Time
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Fancy vs. Not Fancy at the Rehearsal
Weekend Mountain Wedding: The Day Before
Weekend Mountain Wedding: Proof That It Did In Fact Happen

All photos by the amazingly talented Sandra Salisbury