I looked at my calendar and thought, “Man, we need to get this thing rolling. She’s only got a few months until her wedding.” I called Angela up and the first words out of her mouth were, “I was just going to call you and schedule something.” I was glad we were on the same page, A few weeks later we met in Pinole for a laid back Sunday session. I think Rodel tried to re-schedule because the Niners were playing, but there was no turning back on this one, and besides, he could easily catch the second half, which is the better part of most games anyhow. We had a gorgeous day in the east bay, and you could feel the change in the air. Autumn had arrived. Definitely my favorite season.
The minute I met Paul, I liked him. Maybe because he dropped an F-Bomb after 5 minutes of talking. I have been known to have a salty mouth myself, and after living on a sailboat for a few years, you just sort of become a pirate. But I digress… Rachel. What’s not to like about Rachel? She’s sweet and kind, beautiful, and she drinks beer, nay, enjoys it, which is always a plus in a good woman. To think that Paul almost missed out on all this goodness because he waited like a month just to call her up gives me shivers. Thankfully, by the time he got the nerve up to call her, she was still available. In the end, these two (who I can assure you are made for each other) came together and got married on a damn fine day in September in Sonoma.
Rachel + Paul
I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. Mainly because it’s in my neighborhood, seeing as I live in Redwood City. I ride my bike on these backroads, and I love looking at all the Coastal Live Oak, hoping to stumble upon some chanterelle mushrooms in a leaf pile. I love the light that filters through the trees, the autumnal grass blanched a golden honey, and the way the wind whispers through the canopy when you sit somewhere in stillness. How could the day get any better? Well, both Melissa and Michael are uber chill people, along with both sides of the family. Heck, I even keep bees at their house. After our first meeting it came up (well, I always seem to be able to mention my bees in any conversation) and Melissa’s mom was interested in having a few hives on their property. So not only am I their photographer, I am also the family beekeeper! Does it get any better than that? I think not!
But enough foreplay. Let’s get to the wedding day, because it was amazing; filled with love and emotion like a good wedding should be. Enjoy!
Melissa + Michael