They Did! ~ Mike & Kelly [Shell Beach Wedding]

It’s rare that I find myself without my camera and today was no exception. This is what reminds me that I am blessed to do what I love and love what I do.

Mike and Kelly Smiling

It was a perfect central coast day that brought the locals and tourists alike out for the 4th of July holiday. My family and I were out with our best friends taking in the ocean air and the day off together when we inadvertently became witnesses to a couple saying their vows beside us on a cliff in Shell Beach. We sat in a gazebo on the cliff playing our game of UNO and dining on our picnic lunch when I had the chance to meet Mike and Kelly. Noticing that they did not have any guests with them except for the pastor and his wife, I offered my photography services to them and they accepted. It was a very impromptu moment for me but a very intentional moment for them and I was honored that they allowed me to peek in on their day together.

Mike and Kelly wanted to get married without the wedding chaos that can often unfold. They told their friends and family that they’d be getting married and would touch base with them when they were back home. True to their word, they kept it focused on their vows and I’m happy to say that Mike and Kelly are Married! Congratulations you guys and thank you for trusting a complete stranger like me to capture this forever moment in your life!

Mike and Kelly laughing during the ceremony

Exchanging of rings

Smiling before saying I do

First picture as a married couple

Shell Beach Wedding

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Anonymous What a blessing for that couple to have you guys there to capture these wonderful images of their wedding. You have a great gift and it was able to touch two strangers lives that I am sure will be forever grateful to you. I admire your great work and I look forward to seeing more to come. 🙂

Carrie HahnJuly 16, 2008 – 12:22 am

Anonymous I can’t beleive they did!!

I just wanted to give thanks for taking the time to catch this new beginning on film! I am the daughter of the bride and I am on the east coast so I do appreciate you posting these awesome pictures for everyone to see! LoVe you Guys!

Love,CaSeJuly 17, 2008 – 7:30 am

Amy The family would like to Thank you from the bottom of our hearts how much we appreciate the special moments you were able to capture on their special day.
They are a beautiful couple and you couldn’t have done a better job in showing us the happiness and love.
Your kindness is probably one of the best wedding gifts they could have received.
Again Thank You so much and God Bless

From the Big SisterSeptember 15, 2009 – 3:46 pm

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