There is something SO magical about this location…and it wasn’t even the jetlag. I’m not kidding, I went from Australia to New Zealand, flew back to Los Angeles for three days JUST to shoot this wedding, then turned right back around and got on a flight back to Bali for Leslie and Sim’s Second destination wedding; a 5 day long Indian wedding. Needless to say, I had NO idea what day or time it was, but I do know that I would not have missed this wedding for the world! They are one of my favorite couples. Our engagement shoot that I posted earlier says it all. They are so fun, so happy and so in love…I knew it would be a beautiful day:)
So Ronda and I had a bizarre experience on the way over. Michael Jackson had JUST passed away and we were reading an article about him on the way up to the farmhouse, completely unaware that Neverland Ranch is next door to the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Right then, as were were reading about the ranch, we drove past a throng of people paying their respects and realized that that was THE Neverland Ranch!! We had to get out of our car, take a photo, steal a rose from his rose garden, and then rush to the wedding:) What can I say I am officially a groupie:) Alissa and Rich did a really cool thing and donated all of their flowers from the wedding the next day and brought them to the Neverland Gates and left them there….Oh Michael, you’ll be missed.
As predicted, this is one of my favorite weddings I have EVER shot. I was completely obsessed with Alissa’s Funky Dress and Vintage style that her gay designer created for her. Other highlights: her sister drew and created their Cotuba for them, her entire family walked her down the aisle, the vows brought tears to everyone’s eyes and then the sun sets to create these beautiful pastel colors that made our magical portrait shooting hour even MORE magical. They both sang to each other and had a choreographed dance for their first dance, which I had never seen before….and from that point the dancing NEVER stopped! It was actually out of control. Her gay friends were making out with everyone, even the Mother of the Bride!! Gotta love you Daveen!:) I know I seem to fall in love with my couples lately and they become my new BFFs, but seriously, I LOVE these guys and I hope that we will remain friends. They are such an inspiration to so many couples out there. They have been together for almost a decade and truly are best friends.