Even more meaningful and beautiful than all the pretty details and the stunning location was the way the newlyweds laughed with each other…being themselves and absolutely enjoying the best day of their lives.
So while Trista had an idea of who he was, Luke had no idea she existed until he showed up to help the family brand one day and saw her for the first time. They laughed as they told me how, when the work was done and everyone was loaded and ready to head back to the house, Trista’s sister not-so-subtly rigged it so they were left riding together in the same pickup.
It felt a touch ironic that a New Mexican photographer was headed to Florida to shoot at the Santa Fe River Ranch, but that also means I know that Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish. And I think those two words are truly a wonderful way to describe the foundation of Steven & Tori’s love for each other.
They'd tried everything but the CD wouldn't read. So instead of snuggling on the couch reliving happy memories, they'd spent the next two hours tearing their house apart looking for their "back-up"...but she said the honest truth was they couldn't even remember if they HAD actually ever made a backup.
Sam had threatened to “fake propose” a few times before actually popping the question, so when he got down on one knee Lydia wasn’t convinced. But he’d picked up the ring earlier that day and simply could not wait any longer to REALLY ask the girl he could imagine a lifetime with to be his bride.
Jake had bought a ring and was keeping it under the backseat of his pickup. And one fine Tuesday he was headed home from a neighboring town where he'd picked up some seed and decided, (his words), "Today is as good as any." So when he got home he went into the house where Lisa was folding laundry on the couch and mentioned that he need her to go pick up a horse for him. While she was getting her purse ready he dropped to one knee. A few minutes later Lisa was following her brand-new-fiance as he drove a tractor down the road...trying to get a good picture of her ring while driving a truck and trailer to go pick up a horse.
A LOT of people WANT to be a traveling photographer but very few have actually booked paying destination clients. I get asked almost daily through social media, emails and phone calls..."What's your secret to becoming a traveling photographer?"
Redden knew he'd found the one and last fall took her back to a friends ranch in Wyoming where they rode out horseback to the top of a bluff. Meg was perfectly content to enjoy the beautiful view from the back of her horse and totally didn't understand why Redden kept insisting she get down. Once he talked her down off her horse, he popped the question, and she said yes to forever with him!
A friend once told me "You can't swing a cat without hitting a photographer! There are so many!"
And they are INCREDIBLE, legit, bad-to-the-bone, crazy skilled photographers. You really can’t go wrong if you hire anyone who is an experienced professional.
So how in the world do you ever decide WHICH photographer when there are 47 million to choose from?
Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years....
Years before, when she accepted a random facebook-friend request from a “decent looking guy,” Tori didn’t realize their lives had been so interconnected since their childhood. They’d grown up in the same area and Steven remembered seeing her playing with toads as a little girl and thought her hair looked like an upside-down mop.