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Bryan & Rachel, Married : Lake Arrowhead Wedding

What a year it’s been.  I shot my last wedding of 2009 and it was our son Bryan’s wedding.  What a fabulous way to end a year of witnessing, capturing and sharing in love stories.  I knew Rachel was special when we first met after spending time with her family I found out why she is so special.  They are a loving, generous and gracious group of people.  Thank you Bravo family for your hospitality, love and for sharing Rachel with us.  I couldn’t imagine a better partner for Bryan and I am so happy for both of them.  Without further adieu here are some of my faves from the wedding, first up getting ready shots with Rachel:

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Bridal details

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I love the next image of Rachel in the car on the way to the Chapel

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The gorgeous girls

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The handsome guys

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The ceremony

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Oh, yum!  Look at the light streaming in the windows.

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The kiss, Bryan was a bit excited. :)

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As you might have noticed, the ceremony was in a beautiful chapel in the mountains, surrounded by tall pine trees and snow.  A pine tree was the perfect setting for the ring shot

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Some alone time with Bryan and Rachel

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Our lovely and amazing daughter-in-law

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I will close this post with some detail shots from the reception.  Rachel’s mom worked OVERTIME decorating the reception site and the chapel.  She even constructed the Chuppah that Bryan and Rachel stood under at the ceremony.  Everything she put her hand to was fabulous.  Thank you Heidi, you took the duties of Mother of the Bride to a whole new level. :) 

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Bryan and Rachel you two have blessed my heart.  I pray that you will have more happiness than you can measure.  Enjoy the rest of your Honeymoon.  Love and {big juicy hugs}!!!!

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Haley Ewing - January 21, 2010 - 9:52 am

Hello. I know my request is strange. But I am trying to find a wedding location for a wedding coming up in June. Do you mind telling me where this wedding was? I love the pictures too! You are true professional!

Janea - January 14, 2010 - 4:51 pm

WOW. God has truly blessed you with your talent! I pray I get to be half as good as you!

TERESA BROWNING - January 7, 2010 - 4:16 am

WOW!!! Hard to believe our Bryan is all grown up let alone married. They both look so happy, you should be very proud, you have done a superb job. Your pics are amazing, just like a fairy tale. Wish I could have seen it in person.

Kristen Johnson - December 28, 2009 - 8:37 am

Wow, Maria…most excellent photographers couldn’t have pulled off their own son’s wedding!!! But, I guess only you could capture it with such passion and emotion…wonderful!

cheryl - December 26, 2009 - 11:34 am

OMg that shot of the ceremony with the sun is to die for!!!!!!!!! So Happy for you and your family - al the best!!!!!!!!!!

Susan - December 24, 2009 - 8:55 pm

Maria, you have outdone yourself. These shots are truly amazing. My grandson looks so handsome and Rachel looks like a princess. May they have many happy and blesssed years together.

Michele Ryan - December 23, 2009 - 8:56 am

….just breath taking! Truly a beautiful wedding for such a beautiful family! Congratulations!

Rebekah - December 22, 2009 - 7:45 pm

Amazing pictures!!! :) You sons wedding must have been great.

Rebecca Ogles - December 22, 2009 - 7:42 pm

Maria, What can I say! You did a beautiful job, although I know there was extra love in this wedding. My nephew and his new wife had a gorgeous wedding and the pictures are truly inspiring. I must say that my favorite is the one with the sun beams coming through the chapel. Not to mention how gorgeous my nephew is. Congratulations.
Love, Becky

Your Sister - December 22, 2009 - 7:03 pm

As usual,you have raised the bar for yourself and hurdled high above it. Beautiful pics, Maria. Had to get a tissue when I saw my, (term of endearment I will not mention here out of respect for Bry ;-) )he was so handsome!I love how you always come up with a fresh and exciting way to photograph the rings and details that others miss.

Bryan and Rachel are a gorgeous couple and we wish them all of the happiness in the world.

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    I like to call things in my life that happen unexpectedly and turn into something wonderful “happy accidents”. I’ve had many happy accidents, meeting my husband, forgetting an ingredient in a recipe and discovering it tasted better without the ingredient, etc... Photography was another “happy accident". A friend needed someone to help shoot auto races, my husband volunteered me and bought me my first Digital SLR camera. Five years have passed since those first nights standing on a wall and trying my best to capture cars traveling 120 mph heading directly at me. It didn’t take me long before I wanted to learn how to operate the camera without guidance. My journey began and still continues. read more