Lia & Darryl’s garden estate wedding
Lia and Darryl were married at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Marcos, California. We arrived a little early in order to get our bearings in this location because neither of us had shot there before. And what a treat! Even without all of the wedding decorations in place this venue is just filled with beautiful little touches – both indoors and out. Here are a few of the images I got before Lia arrived for hair and make-up.
I wasn’t able to join Dad when he shot Lia and Darryl’s engagement photos so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet them before we photographed their wedding day. From their engagement photos I could see that they were strikingly attractive: petite Lia with cute, short hair that highlights her big, beautiful eyes and Darryl with his sincere smile and wavy locks. But I didn’t really know anything else about them, which always makes for an interesting first-meeting.
At 11am Lia dashed past me from her car to the bridal suite, struggling to carry a huge garment bag, offering a quick “hi Julie” on her way in. I had to pick the pace up to a light jog in order to follow her around as she darted from place to place, preparing all of the carefully selected details of the day. So right off the bat it was clear that this woman had excellent taste, knew what she wanted, and was attentive to every last detail (a woman after my own heart).
As the day progressed I got to know Lia and Darryl just a little bit better. I learned that they have been together for quite some time, that they recently bought a house together, that the two of them had adopted little Christian, and that they had a great group of friends who were excited to be there with them to celebrate the their love. I also couldn’t help but notice that Lia was happiest and most relaxed when she was with Darryl. Together they are absolutely lovely and I feel lucky to have been able to photograph them.
The beautiful dress that filled that huge garment bag is by Demetrios Bride.
(I’ll try to get the name of the school and revise this post soon)