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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Michelle & Rashad {Walnut Creek, California Wedding Photography}

I had an absolute blast photographing Michelle & Rashad's wedding. 
I felt so privileged that they flew me from Santa Fe, New Mexico 
to photograph their wedding in Walnut Creek,California.

Michelle admitted to having "butterflies." 

What made it so special is the fact that I am related to Michelle. She is my cousin Steve's daughter and my Aunt Jane and Uncle Stuart's grand daughter. Not only was I excited to re-connect with family that I hadn't seen in awhile. I was also excited to photograph a wedding in California. A state that is near and dear to my heart. I was born in Oakland but raised in Wisconsin. We spent many summers visiting family in California when I was a kid. 

These were the comfortable shoes she planned to slip into for the dance.

Looking glam in the hotel lobby at Clarion.

Waiting for the ceremony to start.

Seeing her dad, my cousin Steve, for the first time in her dress!

Being chauffeured to the ceremony in the family Jaguar. 

The adorable flower girls. Being walked down the isle by her father.

There were lots of tears and laughter during the ceremony.

My mom and dad watching the ceremony.

I couldn't help turning the camera to my parents during the ceremony. This is my mom and dad. It was wonderful to see them too, they came from Wisconsin.

Michelle showing gratitude towards her grandfather, my uncle, for officiating the ceremony.

The girls in their gorgeous muted colors.

A portrait taken at the Elk's Lodge.

Michelle and Rashad don't actually hold hands, they hold "fingers" just like this.

Rashad's brother Nick giving a toast.

All eyes were on Nick during his toast.

My cousin Lisa and her bashful daughter Hailey! The happy couple dancing with  Michelle's brother Miles.

I love this shot of Rashad hugging cousin Hilary. There's a lot of love there!

The rings and parting "thank you" gifts.

I had the pleasure of having Monika Greenaway as my second photographer. Please visit her blog by clicking here.

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