Bride Gets Ready {Napa Valley Wedding}

Posted on August 24, 2010

First off, I have never seen so much love and joy in one room. (Rebecca, your friends and family are awesome. They love you so much! But you already know that!) I arrived early. But not as early as the bride! She must have been running on pure adrenaline. And excitement. :) When I first saw her wedding dress, it took my breath away. The detail was incredible. The perfect mix of modern and vintage. Just beautiful. And the green shoes! Manolo Blahnik , of course. Even the bride’s maid’s shoes were stunning.

I love this photo of the the bride’s sister, Rachel.  I wonder what she was thinking in this moment.  I see a sister’s love and maybe a few memories flashing by in her mind.  I know they share a special bond.  And mom, Tami’s happiness filled the room.  The champagne was flowing.  The chatter, the excitement, the anticipation.  ;) It’s finally Rebecca’s wedding day!  In a few short hours, she will be marrying the man of her dreams.

And the hair and makeup?  Absolute perfection. It was so much fun watching the girls transform right before my eyes.  Brandyn and the gang were amazing. Funny thing…when Rebecca was looking for vendors in Napa, she asked me if I knew anyone up there.  The only one I knew was Sarah Lane. (A fantastic photographer! You should see her Senior Shots.  LOVE them!)  Anyway, Sarah recommended David Magna Workshop.  I didn’t know until I got there, that Rebecca’s mother in law also recommended them.  What a great group of people.  Definitely use them if you need hair and makeup.  (And I was so bummed I didn’t get to actually meet Sarah in person!  Next time I’m up there, I’ll make sure I have the time!)

There were also some bitter sweet moments.  To hear Rebecca’s mom tell stories of her growing up and as a little girl brought tears to my eyes.  It’s not always an easy thing, letting go of the little girl she once was.  But as Tami, said, she’s also gaining an amazing son-in-law.  And I love these moments.  Such beautiful memories.

Finally it was time.  The finishing touches were…finished.  The guests had arrived.   The officiant was in place.  The groom was waiting.  Now all that was left?  Rebecca, the gorgeous bride to walk down the aisle, meet her prince and live happily ever after.

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