22 October 2009

A Forster Mansion Wedding - Michelle and Justin

the music stopped, the clinking of silverware against glass slowly rose & faded, and all eyes turned towards the center of the tent. licking cake from his fingers, he began to speak, sharing his heart with the guests of his wedding. he honored them and thanked them, for not just being part of such a special day for he & his bride, but for playing such an important role in their story. today would be like no other; today would be theirs - forever.

all was good in the world, or at least, under the stars at the forster mansion.

the ebb and flow of the entire day seemed to pour out rather effortlessly [much thanks to darcie from joyful weddings and events], which left me & my assistant the joyful task of capturing a handful of photographs that might honor michelle and justin's story.

there's not much more i feel i can say, but offer the sincerest thanks. michelle & justin, you gave me the greatest gift you possibly could when hiring me to photograph your wedding day; you put value on me. it is one thing to think wedding photography is near the top of the priority list during your wedding planning. and it is an entirely different thing to value the person behind the lens. seriously, i am humbled and so grateful. thanks for the invitation.

so, without further adieu, i give you mr. and mrs. justin fraley... 'til death do you part.
michelle & justin spent time to scout the area surrounding their venue, and hand picked where we would shoot the handful of portrait sessions scattered throughout the day. location #1 - the cemetery.

location #2 - an old barn in downtown san juan capistrano.


roger joined me, as my assistant for the day, and i found this little gem when i was sorting through his images.
the details were simple yet articulate, much like the words of ernest hemingway. flowers by tara wheaton with megan's garden.
during the ceremony, i couldn't resist highlighting michelle's ink. i think lincoln would like this one.
did i forget to mention how perfect the light is at the forster; combination open shade and backlight... yes please. oh, and the perfect couple, to boot.
after the ceremony, we took a quick jaunt down to los rios district in san juan [location #3] and these two are one of my favorite pairings.


cover shot! BOOYAH!!!

soft. stoic. perfect.
again, thank you, for being a rockin' couple with rad style and a genuine heart. out.

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  1. gorgeous gorgeous..seriously gorgeous! Love the 2 of the bride against the wall =)

  2. Love her tattoo. These are beautiful!

  3. So amazing! Love how soft , but at the same time totally edgy these pictres are. So great!

  4. Beautiful! Love them all!

  5. amazing, like always!!!! i love their style!

  6. Oh they are so beautiful!!!! I can feel the love!!! Stunning pics!!!!

  7. Ahh man, you rocked these SO hard!!
    Surf in Jan?

  8. these are fab! i love the one with her sitting and him standing....canvas worthy for sure!

  9. gooorgeous! love this couple! fabulous images!

  10. wow, this is amazing! i love the locations.

  11. These are so beautiful! My favorite is the "cover shot".

  12. Love love looooooove! Gorgeous couple and the shot of the guys in the cemetary.. awesome!

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  14. GREAT shots. Rog was right, 'totally' crushing on Justin.

  15. One of my faves to date...love the cemetery shot, so different! Also love her ink, Lincoln and I share a love of owls ;)

  16. wow. these are awesome - they look like scenes from a movie.

  17. Love Love Love! These totally rock!

  18. These are incredible Gabriel. I want to see ones from the reception! I was the girl with the Mark 2 that you and Roger messed with haha. I caught the bouquet. ;)

  19. awesome wedding + cemetary = win

  20. Sooo beauuutiful guys!!!! love this whole wedding, gabriel you captured them wonderfully!!! =) love love love it!

  21. Damn, these are so good. We should do a "Day After" shoot.

  22. I know EXACTLY where that white barn is...NO TRESPASSING! PRIVATE PROPERTY! haha

  23. Gorgeous work! I love the light, and am impressed that it was private property ;) i know from experience they can be sticklers in downtown san juan capistrano! lol

  24. LOVE this... Wonderfully captured.. and so pleased your value was noticed :) Talent + ..

  25. Gorgeous pictures! I would LOVE to know where the bride got her dress from. It is absolutely perfect!

  26. Lovely photographs!Plus, the wedding is so seasonal, gotta love it.

  27. These are totally rocking!! I LOVE them!

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