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Butterfly Kisses (A video)

Being that wedding season is fast approaching, I saw this video that touched my heart today and thought I would share.

A bride’s father passed away of pancreatic cancer earlier that year and so for the Father-Daughter dance, her brother Mark re-recorded the song, “Butterfly Kisses” and the men in her life all took turns dancing with her. I cry every time I photograph a father daughter dance and so of course by the first 5 seconds of the video, I found tears streaming down my face. Simply beautiful.

A Terranea Wedding: Erika & Todd

The bar was crowded and dark as she wiped the condensation that was dripping from her hand on her skirt. She smiled as she made her way to her friend who was excited to introduce Erika to her brother, Todd. Erika smiled her trademark smile. They talked, they danced, they laughed, they flirted. He asked if he could kiss her. She said “No way!”

They exchanged numbers and he went back home to San Francisco. And stayed in contacted and became friends. She went to visit him a few times and soon they were inseparable. Thousands of miles separated them, yet they continued their long distance romance and when she finally graduated last year, she took a chance and moved out to be with him. On their one year anniversary, while a fire crackled in the fireplace in their room in Lake Tahoe, he surprised her with a poem he wrote for her and asked her to marry him.

On a perfect day with miles and miles of the beautiful Pacific Ocean behind them at the breathtaking Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Erika and Todd exchanged their vows amongst family and friends…and she smiled her trademark smile.

Thank you Erika and Todd for choosing me to document your special day!

Thanks also to Kerry Pulverman of deLuxe Events, Jenni from Little Hill Floral Designs, Ryan from One+One Cinema, and Danielle from Fusion Linens.   It makes for such a fun day to work with such amazing vendors!

 Additional Photography by: Michelle from CoCo Gallery

Love the coral hidden in the bridal bouquet!The first look…Not a shot I normally would do, but I can definitely see this shot as someone’s cover photo on Facebook…I always suggest to my grooms that when they are allowed to kiss the bride for the first time, they need to do it right by taking their sweet time (and it gets me time to get great shots–see above). After their first kiss, the groom looks straight at me and makes sure he did it correctly:)To. Die. For.During the Best Man Speech, one of the Groomsmen was asked to do an interpretive dance.

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