Christian and Dolores Salgado

There were many highlights to this day, including a reading of their love story from each perspective . . .  But back to the beginning . . . As I turned the bend on 101 towards Pismo, expecting bright blue skies – there before me was the thickest fog I had seen in ages. As a photographer, it made my day, being provided a gigantic softbox knowing that my bride and groom would not be dealing with harsh shadows and contrast from the bright sun. The setting was magical, complete with a gazebo decorated with flowing white material.

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Luis and Vaneza

Luis and Vaneza said their vows in a room full of friends and family from far and wide (as far as Germany!) After the ceremony they made their way to Shell Beach Dinosaur Caves Park in the coolest 58 Chevy for a photo session overlooking the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Then, on to the iconic Madonna Inn for a reception that included lots of dancing, toasts, and even a Mariachi Band. A highlight of the evening was when the mothers came forward and shared special words and prayers, along with a few tears.

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Laura and Daniel

Oh my gosh! I am so far behind since my computer died . . . and it took 2 weeks to get my new one. The good news – it is Bigger and Beefier and I now have 2 monitors. All the more I can get done better and faster!

Laura and Daniel flew out from back east – Laura grew up in this area and dreamed of a beach wedding. Now technically, this was not a wedding, but a renewal. They’ve been married for 4 years – but you would never know it! They were as giddy as a new bride and groom. I loved watching them interact with such joy, elation, and emotion.

The ceremony at The Cliffs in Pismo Beach, Ca. was quite short and I was only there for a couple of hours, but I came away with some awesome shots that I know they will treasure every time they look at them.

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Keith and Annike vows in Pismo

I only spent about 4 hours with Annike, Keith and their family and friends – but I left feeling like one of the group. The bride and groom are both full of life, full of love and full of fun – and they have a way of making everyone feel like they’re along for the ride! And I got to see Aaron and Cristin there, whose wedding I had shot almost two years ago – now with a darling little girl added to their family.

One of Annike’s best friends did her hair and make-up – they are two peas in a pod!

It’s a family affair – Annike’s cousin was their officiant.

BFFs!

The beautiful bride!

This couple not only love each other – they like each other.  They’ve known each other since kindergarten – went their separate ways after school – and then met each other again two years ago – Love at first sight, the second time around!

Next stop – the reception . . .
Refreshing make-up before the grand entrance – Keith is “helping”.

Big boys don’t cry — Not.  Keith is a big, tough looking guy with a soft heart.

Annike and her mother – mother daughter dance. Annike’s mom is very ill, and this dance was Very special for both of them.

Yes – I predict a long, happy, loving life together for Keith, Annike, and their kids.