What a lovely afternoon wedding for Erin and Erik at the Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion.
This sweet couple had one of the most memorable ceremonies. Their officiant did and said a couple of things that were different from the norm and that made me smile. First, he had Erin and Erik stand next-to one another, as opposed to facing each other, and then he stood beside them. From a photographer’s perspective, it meant that there are so many more connected moments of them together but I suspect that the reason for the positioning was more to do with some kind of symbolism around their roles within marriage.
The officiant also set-the-stage with a personal story about how he and his wife decided to take a tradition from her family and incorporate it into their own family life. Each night, before bed, everyone in the family had to put away 29 things – anything at all that needed tidying, whether or not it was theirs or they had left it out. With a family of 4 that meant that 100 things got tidied away every night and the family got to wake up to a cleaner and more organized house. Sounds good so far. But having a tidy house was not the officiant’s point (although I think many people with kids were taking note.) Instead what he said was that, on this their wedding day, Erin and Erik have a choice in what their marriage looks like. What they take from their parents, friends, and family, and what they choose to remake for themselves. It was a good reminder to go forward consciously, not only with love but also with intention, into a marriage that fits you uniquely.
After all the celebrations have died down, Erin is heading to Ireland to complete her Master’s degree in Art History, and Erik will be coming along to support her. What a great adventure to begin their time as husband and wife!
Photographer: Lisa Richmond for Sunflower Field Photography | Photographer’s Assistant: Derek Carroll | Venue: Sequoia Mansion | Music/DJ: Sierra Mobile Music – Steve Boutte | Floral Stylist: Camino Flower Shop | Cake Artist: Sugar Lillie Bakery | Staging and backdrop by Cocomont
I love this image (below, right) taken by Derek Carroll