January 26, 2012

Andy & Karen- Rustic Fullerton Wedding

Dear Reader,

Remember Andy & Karen?  Well this past Saturday was their wedding.  If you live in Southern California, remember how it was pouring rain Saturday morning.  Yeah, me too.  I had checked the weather the day before and it said Saturday- Chance of rain… 100%.  That’s a lot of percent.  It might as well have said 110% but that would be ridiculous because 100% is all there is.  My friend Heidi hates it when people say that they’re committed to something 110% because that’s impossible.  Heidi, here is my effort to put a stop to this world-wide phenomenon. 🙂

But back to Saturday.

The rain woke me up at 5:00 am, so I started to pray.  Both the ceremony and reception were indoors, so I prayed this:             “Dear God.  I only need a little dry spell during the day.  From about 1:30 to 3:00 would be perfect.  It doesn’t even need to be sunny, just as long as it’s mostly dry.  I know from experience that you can do this, so I just trust You that this is gonna be a great day!”  Then I fell back asleep.  A few hours later, when I was sitting in bed, drinking my tea and preparing myself for the day, the rain stopped.  I made note of that and when back to what I was doing, thinking that if I got too excited it would start raining again.  Epic display of faith, huh?  A few minutes later the sun started peeping in and out from behind the clouds.  I looked over to the window and smirked, “Lord, you’re gonna give us sun, aren’t you?”  So all of you other photographers that had weddings that day, that was a pretty little package wrapped up for us and signed, “Love, God.”  My friend Jess would call that a “little Jesus hug.”  Mmmmm hmmmmm.

My new friend Nellie from Pleasant Surprise Events did an amazing job coordinating the entire day.  Check out these cool details put together by Nellie and her team as well as Karen and her friends.  Because Karen & Andy are avid backpackers, they had a rustic theme using lots of wood.

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Karen & her friend made all of the candied apples themselves!  And the sticks in the apples are from the apple tree in Nellie’s backyard!

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I love these images of Andy that Chris, my second shooter, caught.  These are SOOOO Andy!  You excited, Andy? 🙂

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How cute is this?  It’s just like Woody’s boot from Toy Story.  They walked down the aisle to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.  So cute!

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And now for the beautiful bride.  See that light?  Jesus hug!

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Karen, I’m glad you think I’m funny!  You look amazing!

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Now for my favorite moment of a wedding day!  The first look.  Just so happened to find a log cabin.  In Fullerton.  Awesome.

Andy, I love the pure joy in your eyes.

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I love how silly you two are together.

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Does anyone else see that ” I LOVE U”  behind them?  I didn’t see that until I was editing the photos.  Jesus hug!

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Perfection.

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Anyone who says that the first look takes away from this moment…. check out the looks on their faces.

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Six years in the making.  Doug, our pastor, said that that was the loudest hoop and holler he’d ever heard at a wedding!  Even before the kiss!

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Adorable.

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Karen, I LOVE this photo.  This is totally something I would do.

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So much emotion.  You two are so loved.

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Our church recently put up some magic lights, so you know we had to get a photo.

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: First Evangelical Free Church Fullerton

Catering: The Well

Coordination: Pleasant Surprise Events

Cake: Amazing Cakes

Flowers: M’s Flowers

Hair: Unity Salon

Make up: Amy Niles

  1. Kim

    January 26th, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Yay Andy and Karen!!! I just LOVE the rustic touches at the wedding. LOVE. I just can’t believe how perfectly the cake fits in with the theme also! The flowers are gorgeous too! LOVE it all!
    Yay again for Andy and Karen! Congratulations you guys!

  2. Jess

    January 26th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Jen-
    These are beautiful! The log cabin, the Mrs. & Mrs. Forks and I’m sorry, but “Andy” on the bottom of her shoe- you really captured the details that this bride and groom put into their day so beautifully!!! The photography is absolutely amazing! They are so lucky to have had you!!! Great job!

  3. Nellie Mun

    January 26th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    How many times can I say “you’re awesome!” – not enough. You captured Karen and Andy at their most beautiful, most in love, at the beginning of their “Mr. & Mrs”. Loved working with you and look forward to working with you again!

  4. Heidi

    January 28th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    What a beautiful day, congrats Karen and Andy!! I love how many great details you had, but most of all I love how happy you look! Jen, it looks like you gave 110%, as usual. 😉

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