I still remember the day Carolyn first texted me photos while she was trying on wedding dresses. I remember the overwhelming sense of love and thoughtfulness I felt when she sent the first care package while I was pregnant (a box full of my favorite treats, #cheezits&sourpatchkids), and the second package right before Phoenix was born (the cutest fox romper and matching burp cloths, #deathbycuteness), and then a box of cookies 2 weeks before her wedding (from her favorite bakery in Soho, #isthisreallife?).
For 18 months, we have emailed back and forth about wedding planning and life. Last weekend, I finally got to hug these guys in REAL LIFE. And their wedding was everything we dreamed it to be - Carolyn's dress was a masterpiece, their families practically adopted me as their own, their vows were beautifully written, their celebration mode was on point, and their love was ridiculously photogenic.
I could blubber on forever about how much I have come to adore this pair. But instead, I invite you to relive their wedding day me with...
Carolyn first emailed me in January of 2016. Over the past year and a half, we have exchanged over 100 emails and text messages, she sent me a care package when I was pregnant, and then again when Phoenix was born. But it wasn't until Thursday of last week that I finally got to see this couple face to face. And the reunion was everything I dreamed it would be - complete with slow running from across the wedding venue (mostly because Carolyn's shoes wouldn't allow her to walk any faster).
I know I've said it a million times, but it's true so I'll say it again: I book the most AMAZING couples. I am so blessed to have met these two and captured their wedding just a few short days after we got together for their engagement shoot (so stay tuned for that beautiful-ness).
I knew going into Rahul & Alexia's wedding that I was in for some serious feels. You see, the day after I met up with them for their engagement shoot, Alexia's family suffered the unexpected, tragic, and life-altering loss of her sister. I had connected with these two on a really incredible level, so this news hit me hard (as my family has been through a similar hell in the last couple years). Fast forward 4 months to their wedding day, where emotion and family ties ran thick and Natalia's spirit roamed free. She flaunted her style through the bridesmaids, who wore her headbands. She clearly touched a great many lives, as proven through Alexia's vows which didn't leave a dry eye in the place (including my own).
Marriage is a great many things. You don't know what "for better or worse" means until you've held each other through the "worse". And witnessing the intense and divine love these two have for one another reminded me what true marriage looks like -- all while they had been married for less than 24 hours.
Rahul & Alexia partook of two different wedding ceremonies - complete with wardrobe changes, sacred Indian rituals, and a 1st timer who nailed her officiant debut. I could probably write a novel on how inspired I am by this couple. But I will stop and let the pictures do the talking.
I rarely get to meet my couples before they sign on the dotted line, securing me as the official documenter of their wedding day. And as I stood outside the Carmel Mission, waiting for Rahul and Alexia, with no clue what they looked like, I realized that THAT is kind of amazing. People book me based on vibes felt through emails and phone calls, and those vibes have been correct 100% of the time. Never have I met with a couple for their engagement shoot and thought, "Nope. We were wrong. The vibes failed us." Instead, I manage to book kindred spirits - good-hearted, kind people who value storytelling and genuine emotion (and a sense of humor to boot). These two were no exception.