Cheers to love, laughter and happily ever after for
Madelaine and Scott
May 28th, 2016
I am so excited to share my experience from Madelaine and Scott’s commune wedding. I got a call from Scott one day that they are looking for a photographer for their wedding. It’s not very common to get a request by the groom. He sounded pretty excited about it and of course he was getting married to the love of his life.
Since they live away from me in Santa Cruz we had our first face to face meeting over a skype video call. We clicked right away. Of course we did. We all used to live on the L train line in New York and we have a lot of life experience to share with. Who knows maybe we had bumped into each other in the subway without knowing it.
S+M’s story is a destiny. Both newlyweds are from California, whose lives came across at a bar in Brooklyn, NY. However, as it says the home is where your heart is. They moved back to the ocean side of beautiful California in the city of Santa Cruz where they settled down. Cuba was the place where Scott proposed to Madelaine at Las Jardines de la Reina. This is how their journey began with planning their wedding party at Madelaine’s family house - The Commune at La Selva Beach.
S+M are one of the sweetest couples I have had the chance to meet and photographed. They wanted a simple outdoor wedding in a location closest to their hearts. And they wanted a big wedding where they can enjoy as much time as possible with all their family and friends. The Commune was the the perfect place for their wedding day. They chose Memorial Day Weekend for their wedding date, so the guests can fully experience the wedding weekend at La Selva Beach.
M+S decided to do have their photos and the formal photos made before the ceremony. The first look was the perfect way to start it!
Can't say no to a dog in a photo especially with a name Porkchop.
Photo of all the three families living at The Commune.
DIY wedding table decoration for an outdoor reception.
All 208 name tags were hand written.
All the catering was handled by Oak and Rye Pizza. The woodfire pizza oven was one of the dining attractions at the wedding.
While waiting for the ceremony to start Madelaine was enjoying drink and talk with her friends.
The boys and girls houses were accross each other. Capturing lots of candid shots was the must at the wedding, so much was going on around it!
...and there was plenty of fun for the kids too around The Commune! And here comes the beautiful bride... I thought I was the only photographer at the wedding. I always try to capture the face of the groom when his wife to be very soon is walking the aisle. It's one of the must have photos for the wedding album. You never know who else will be inside the frame. and tears are rolling over her face from happiness and emotions..
You know what love means when his eyes are shining so much. Funny and real stories are the best during the wedding vows!
and sometimes some of the sweetest guests fall asleep during those speeches.. Madelaine and Scott ceremony was under a big oak tree where she used to play there as a free spirited child surrounded by vegetable farms and the golden hour of the warm Californian sunset.
It calls sister's love...
The ring bearers... so cute and so little and so in style...It's the image when the bride gives a kiss to the youngest at the wedding. Oh, darling.. they are so adorable!
and the first kiss...
There were lots of wine and champagne and an oyster bar by Bill the Oyster Man. Guests were enjoying the nice outdoor weather, mingling with each other.
All 20 cakes were homed backed
Thank you M+S for sharing this joyful day with you! Cheers!