But when somebody loves you
There’s nothing you can’t do
When somebody loves you
It’s easy to get through
When somebody loves you
The way I love you
–Alan Jackson, “When Somebody Loves You”
Once upon a time, there was a lady named Shirley, and a gentleman named George. They met at a Halloween party, and began dating and then got married. Fast forward: they now have 3 lovely grown daughters. One of these daughters, Michelle, also attended a Halloween party a few years ago. Guess what? She met a man there named Mike, and they began dating. And Michelle has followed in her parents’ footsteps, for she got engaged to Mike, and their wedding was this past weekend. So as you can see, Halloween holds a special significance in this family. Michelle even met her best friend (who was her maid of honor at the wedding) at a Halloween party 14 years ago! Anyone have The Monster Mash cued up?
So, here’s some of my favorite pictures of the day. Congrats, Mike & Michelle! Thank you so much for entrusting me with all of your important moments! For more of their story and details, read on after the pictures.
So, last year I was fortunate to photograph Justin & Jessica’s wedding, and that’s where I met Michelle & Mike, who were engaged at the time. Less than a year later, we did their engagements in Corona del Mar, and this past weekend, on Saturday, April 24th, 2010, I was honored to capture their big day! The ceremony was at St John’s Lutheran Church in old-town Orange, and it simply may have been one of the prettiest churches I’ve been in! Red brick exterior, huge stained-glass windows inside and a tall steeple that rang their bells for Michelle as she was about to walk down the aisle, to be accompanied by her dad. I admit — I got a little misty at the magnificence of it, yet they were simple, humble and proud in their chimes.
Michelle looked radiant, as elegant and classic as Marilyn Monroe with vintage 50’s-inspired red lipstick, heavy black cake liner (top lids only!) and thick, gorgeous dark lashes. Michelle has the same classic, well-defined bone structure of starlets past, and with her form-fitting dress (with halter strap added!), she looked as if she’d stepped out of a glamorous black-and-white movie.
After the ceremony, Michelle and Mike had a classic Rolls Royce Packard waiting outside for them, complete with a welcoming red carpet rolled out. After an appropriate amount of time for pictures, the classic car whisked them away to the ceremony at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA — and it turns out I’ve actually been a guest at a wedding of an old friend there many years ago — it looked just as great as it did XX number of years ago (XX left to be determined)! 😉 Michelle and Mike’s grand entrance led them into their first dance to Alan Jackson, graceful and smooth — again, they both had the air of classic elegance, making spins and dips look as if they were second nature.
I was so happy to have some time to chat with Justin & Jessica at Michelle & Mike’s wedding, too — they’re coming up on a one-year anniversary and they look as happy as can be! Justin’s family was also at Michelle & Mike’s wedding — their parents have been friends for years. This is the best type of wedding to be at: where I feel like we are ALL are old friends!
Oh, and did I mention Michelle has a incredibly gorgeous voice? She sang for the guests at the wedding, but she specifically sang to Mike… It felt like a private moment that we were all allowed to be a part of. To Mike, she sang, “When I Have Sung My Songs to You”, and at the end, walked up to him holding out her hand, which he took, and then he stood and hugged her. More sniffles (by me, at least!). It was a touching moment.
I have to add quick shout-outs to: Randy of Lake Forest Limousines (he looked sharp in an off-white suit and zoot/gangster-style wide-brimmed black hat — he fit right in with the classic car!); also to Richard Morales & Kelly DLux of Mystical Vibrations Entertainment (they were supa’-fly fun DJs who not only kept us in the loop of the schedule, but did an amazing job at keeping the pace of the reception lively and moving). Of course, I can’t forget an extra-special thank you to my good friend Amber Fox for tagging along and helping me shoot the day. She rocks!
Also, thanks to Amber for catching me in action… more than once, I whipped out my emergency makeup stash that I keep with me during weddings/photoshoots. As a trained makeup artist, I keep MAC’s Blot Powder (talc-free!) on me for a quick shine fix, lip gloss, an extra (clean!) tissue and eyeliner. Turns out I was able to help Michelle with touching up her makeup before pictures more than once! (Donna, my teacher and owner of Empire Academy in Costa Mesa would be so proud… look how I’m not touching the bride’s skin, except with one tiny little pinky finger to steady my hand; oils from your fingers WILL show up in images if you get them on the bride’s face! I’ll do a post down the line re: makeup and what to Do and Don’t! By the way — Donna’s school is THE BEST education you will get for business AND artistry combined, hands-down, anywhere! She’s completely business-savvy and so much of what I learned from her classes are things I’ve been able to take with me into the business-side of the photography world too! Thank you, Donna!) 🙂