Paula & Phil: Married! - A Grand Island Mansion Wedding - Walnut Grove, CA
They say it can't be done..or maybe it shouldn't be done but I'm here to tell you one thing. I did it.
Well, not really. You see, this will be the first and only wedding of it's kind for me. For this wedding I had to rent a tux and give a toast. I had to be in some pictures and my 2 year old daughter Chloe was a flower girl. Yes, if you haven't guessed by now I was the best man and this was my brothers wedding... but I also was there as the photographer. Crazy, right? I coined a new term that I'm sure will not catch on...Best Man-ographer. *cricket chirps* Yeah, I don't think anyone laughed when I said it in my toast, either. =)
Truth be told I called in a favor from my good friend and fellow photographer Tiffany (from Tiffany Green Photography) and asked for her help. Somehow the idea was that I would photograph the wedding..except for the ceremony itself and any photos I was required to be in. That's where Tiffany would come in. Tiffany and I have shot 50+ weddings together so in theory it would be a piece of cake...
Everybody kept telling me to make sure I had fun and enjoyed myself but I don't think people realized THIS is how I enjoy myself the most at weddings. I simply wanted Paula & Phil to have some great photos and an amazingly fun and enjoyable wedding. I think both things were achieved. I got to watch them exchange their vows up close while also watching my daughter(and the other flower girls)in the front row chomping on "ring pops". LOL. Hey, it kept them quiet! I got to see all of our family that came from far and wide and I got to be a part of ALL of the days events..something most people don't get to do. Hey, enough about me.
Clearly I don't need to go into much detail about how I know Paula & Phil. This all started about a year ago when my brother told me he was going to propose but wasn't sure how to go about it. Me being the older brother(and the crazy photographer that I am) somehow came up with a way to be part of it and photograph it happening(which you can see HERE!) They were engaged on a Saturday, Christmas was on Sunday and on Monday no joke they had booked the Grand Island Mansion for their wedding. Paula was not messing around! Months of planning and here we are. They were married on November 9th, 2012 and I could not be happier for them.
So below are some favorites from their big day. Again a special thank you to Tiffany for helping make this day so special for them. Congratulations Paula & Phil! Enjoy~
They wrote notes to each other which they wanted to exchange and read in each others presence however they did not want to see each other until their "first look"..
And on to their "first look" moment. They opted to take this private moment to see each other for the first time so we would have an opportunity to take some photos outside before the sun went down...
Longest! Arms! Ever! No way Phil is gonna win this one..
And Joe gets the PARTY started!
As Hulk Hogan would say: BROTHERS!!
I have no idea what is going on here..
Congratulations Paula & Phil!!
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