Saturday, October 23, 2010

douglas + elise {ripon, ca wedding photographer}

Last month (almost exactly a month ago, actually!) I had the honor of shooting a beautiful wedding for an anointed, loving, wonderful couple.  Elise & her family were like a second family to Dathan & I when we lived in Modesto, so Elise was more like a little sister.  It's hard to believe she is grown up and married now!

She was literally one of the most stunning brides I have ever seen.  Her hair & makeup were perfect, and her dress was not only stellar, but partially made by her mom!  I have SO many pictures I love from the wedding and I had a hard time choosing, so you all will get a special treat this time :)
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I loved the colors of the bridesmaids dresses & the flowers.  Gorgeous.
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The guys were all a LOT of fun.  They had me cracking up all day!
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The ceremony was so touching & sweet.  Douglas & Elise love the Lord so much & decided that, starting at their wedding ceremony, they would honor Him together.  Towards the end of the ceremony, after they were pronounced husband & wife but before they kissed, they washed each others feet.  There was such a sweet Spirit of the Lord in there!
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After the ceremony we took some group shots... they were all so much fun!
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And then the ice cream truck started driving down the street.  One of the groomsmen said we should get some ice cream so we chased the truck down & asked the ice cream man if he would let us take some pictures (of course we did buy some ice cream).  He was such a good sport & the pictures turned out so cute!
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I am IN.LOVE. with these next photos.  They are such a beautiful couple & they took amazing photos together.  I can't pick just one favorite!
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Awesome shoes.  Beautiful flowers.  Amazing rings.
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The reception was held near a vineyard in Manteca.  Elise's cousin is a gourmet chef who catered and made the cake, and everything was delicious.  The decorations were simple yet elegant, and everything flowed together so beautifully.
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They had a photo booth there and it was so much fun!  All the guests got to take pictures in it and two strips of the (4) pictures were printed out.  One was to keep as a favor and the other was glued into a scrapbook where the guests were able to sign under their picture.  Elise & Doug were presented with the scrapbook at the end of the night.  I was able to sneak in and get a couple shots of the happy couple using the photo booth.
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They are just such a happy, cute couple!
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Elise & Doug- I am SO excited to see what God has planned for the two of you together.  He is going to honor your hearts for putting Him first, & use both of you in such amazing ways.  You will inspire & encourage other couples by the way you live your marriage & love each other.  I am SO happy for you guys!  Congrats!!

Be blessed!
~ES :)

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