I knew this intimate Santa Ynez wedding would be different because of the pandemic.
After meeting everyone, we were shown into a rustic cabin about 30 yards from the house where Ashley was getting ready. It served as the de facto “bridal suite”. The cabin was directly next to a creek with flowing water, an amazing setting. There was also a small road behind the suite which made for some incredible “first look” photos between the bride and groom.
The backyard was small, but cute and a few chairs and an awning had been setup for the ceremony. A family member had set their phone on the table so people not there could watch the wedding live. A technological, yet sentimental touch that reminded me of my family. You could hear everyone on the line clapping, laughing and crying – it seemed all at the same time. It really got me and as I snapped photos I started to tear up a bit.
After the ceremony, there was magnificent family conversation along with cake. I felt honored to be a part of this day, especially during the pandemic. We snapped some more photos by the barn, and then day was complete.