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It had been raining for the last few days throughout Bavaria and as I walked to the window and wiped my eyes from sleep, the early morning light showed a clear sky. “Thank goodness,” I thought. It was wedding day for Ralf and Anne, and none of us wanted to deal with the stereotypical unpredictable summer weather in Germany that day.

So…. I a little background for you…. I originally met Ralf in Canada when Betsy and I photographed our dear friends Jon and Gabriella’s Wedding in 2010. I met Anne in 2012 when Christopher and I were in Germany photographing Jasmin and Mike’s wedding. Flash forward to this summer, I had the opportunity once more to travel to Germany to photograph Ralf and Anne’s special day! And what a day it was! The weather held off, everything went without a hitch, and Ralf and Anne got to celebrate their love with all of their friends and family.

There’s really not much I can say about these two, except that I love them with my WHOLE HEART. I had a BLAST as your photographer and I felt so special to have been asked to document your wedding day. You were a dream to photograph and your sweet love made my heart SO happy! Here is how the day went…..

Gorgeous…. Simply Gorgeous, Anne.

The lovely flowers were done by the ever so talented Melanie Müller! Aren’t they so pretty? Loved this shot of the men trying to figure out the Boutonnière situation….

While I was with Anne, Christopher snagged this shot of Ralf. I love it so much!Another great shot from Christopher…. that guy is MONEY.Aw…. former groom/bestie Mike and Christopher.The traditional Keg opening by the groom…. messy business. Good thing he had that cute apron on!

To everyone who helped to make Ralf and Anne’s Wedding so wonderful, thank you. The love and dedication to these two was so apparent and was such a great example community at its finest. And to Ralf and Anne, may your marriage shine brightly the love Christ has for His church. May you always choose to pursue one another with fire and romance….. and may we meet again real soon (might I suggest somewhere tropical with a beach?). Love you more than you know and thank you for letting Christopher and I be a part of your day.

  • October 10, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Leonie Cappello - <3

  • October 10, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Ralf Leistner - Jaaaaaaa!!!!

  • October 10, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Rainer Kleinrensing - wonderful pictures!

  • October 10, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Simon Reh Bär - bäm baby!

  • October 12, 2013 - 8:06 am

    An Ne - It was such a pleasure and honor to have you here that day my friend!

  • October 12, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Michael Alber - Love it.

For a couple as wonderful as Travis and Mariel, I couldn’t have hoped for a more beautiful wedding day. Everyone was all smiles, and excitement was thick in the air. Mariel and the girls chattered away as they helped one another button dresses and fiddle with pearl necklaces…. Francis, Mariel’s mom, pinned heirlooms and things borrowed to Mariel’s dress…..and Kimberly Conners and her team bustled along putting the finishing touches on the ceremony and reception decor. The sun peeked through the summery cloud cover,  the soft sound of waves crashed on the beach below us, and delicious hints of that night’s culinary feast wafted in through the Spanish style windows. It was SUCH a perfect day. It was such a blessing to be surrounded with such wonderful people and to document this prayer covered day. Travis and Mariel…. the newest Mrs. and Mr. Chiang…. you were a dream to work with. It’s not every day that a bride and groom make sure I feel so appreciated, supported, and… included in your love story. And I am so thankful you asked me to document this amazing time in your lives. There were so many beautiful moments that day, but I wanted to share a few highlights of my own….

Special Thanks to Regis for 2nd shooting for me, to Christopher for 3rd shooting and assisting, and to all the amazing vendors who worked their magic to make Travis and Mariel’s day so great!

Venue: Casa Romantica

Coordinator/Event Designer: Kimberly Connors Events

Florist: Christina Perez

Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup

Videographer: Daniel Jones

Cake: It’s All About the Cake

Caterer: Iva Lee’s Catering

DJ: Vince Ramos

Harpist: Gretchen Sheets

Photo Booth: Nicole Samuels

Valet: Best Valet


Something I wish I was better at is allowing myself to fully be in the moment. So often I’m thinking a million miles a minute, planning ahead, remembering to-do lists, and making sure everything is running smoothly that I forget to feel and marinate in life. It’s hard to literally and metaphorically stop and smell the roses most days, and wedding days are no exception… if anything, it’s even harder. Something I noticed about Marcelo and Noemi’s wedding was how they both seemed to successfully remain “in the moment” all day long. They couldn’t stop smiling. They allowed themselves to cry and feel the emotion welling up within them, and they invited everyone present to join in it with them. Now, I typically cry at least a little bit every wedding because, let’s face it, I’m a big sap and weddings just get me. However, this wedding had me in tears long after the day was over and even as I edited through them, I found myself teary and my heart joyfully aching for these two newlyweds and their uber meaningful love story. So if you’re looking for a huge helping of warm fuzzies and possibly some sniffles, take a look at my favorites from the day Marcel and Noemi said “I do”….
They opted to not see each other before the wedding ceremony, but they really wanted to pray together before they walked down the aisle. So we found a corner where they could hold hands and pray with each other without seeing one another….. and what a special moment to be a part of. So thankful….

Marcelo and Noemi, your wedding was a dream to photograph and you two are some of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your wedding day, and to have be able to spend this time with you documenting your love story. Your love for Jesus seeped blessing out of every nook and cranny of your wedding planning, and it was a tremendous joy feeling His presence cover you on the happiest day of your life together. Thank you for choosing me to be your photographer and I can’t wait to see what you two will accomplish together.

Also, special thanks to all the amazing vendors involved, and my top notch 2nd shooter Amanda. Flawless wedding days are a team effort and I truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you!

Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Associate Photographer: Amanda Patrice

Coordinator/Event Design: Love.Anne.Joy Design + Events

Cake: Elegance on Display

Cupcake/Desserts: Casey’s Cupcakes

DJ: DJ Triune

Flowers: Jerri Disney Floral Design

Hair: Zayra

Makeup: Appolonia Burns

Rentals: Minted and Vintage

  • July 11, 2013 - 6:18 am

    Gabriela Salcido - Congratulations Noemi to you and your husband.. Your Wedding oks gorgeous. May God keep Blessing your marriage today and always. 😉