A friend of mine referred Lourdes to me in 2013. She walked into the studio and instantly we were connected. I don't know, with some people it's just how it is. We talked in detail about the wedding, her groom, her family, and decided we were a good match.
Before the wedding, we've met up again, to go over the details that might've changed since we spoke last. Once again the connection was undeniable.
The day of the wedding, I found myself en route to her house. Good thing I gave myself an extra hour. Come to find out, the GPS persistently sends people to the wrong TOWN, when Lourdes's mother's address is being entered. Regardless, my assistant and I found the house in time, and proceeded to capture images. To my delight, some bridesmaids in Lourdes's bridal party I knew, which made it for a fun bridal party shoot. Later in the evening, I realized I knew some guests at the party as well, so the whole affair felt like a family get together, especially since a DJ (DJ Enrique Lopez) is a good friend of mine for the past two decades.
When I walked into the church I was a little apprehensive - I've never met the groom, how will he relate to me? But quickly scanning a group of devilishly good looking men dressed up to a "T" at the entrance, I knew which one was the groom. He was tall, dark and handsome and had the kindest eyes I've seen on anyone in a long time. Good fella.
The night was a mess, everything went in conflict with Lourdes's original planning, including the rain (" Lana it will NOT rain on my wedding!" is what she told me 2 weeks prior). But somehow, Lourdes and Richard were the epitome of self control, patience and acceptance. They went through the evening with so much grace, fun and love for all of their guests and each other, I couldn't be more proud to be their photographer. The night turned out to be perfect!
Let's talk about Lourdes's dress for a second. The girl won the lottery in good looks, no doubt. She could've flaunted whatever she wanted, instead her hairstyle, her dress, her shoes, jewelry and demeanor were nothing short of high class, and for that I absolutely adore this woman.
Throughout the process of choosing their images, I got to know Rich a little. These two....are so lovely together. I can't wait to photograph more of their celebrations and occasions.
Here is a little slideshow I put together for Rich and Lourdes to share with their friends and family near and far...