Sarah and Nick’s outdoor wedding in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, will always hold a special place in my heart. I grew up living next door to the bride, so when I was asked to photograph her special day, it was a no-brainer.

I enjoyed my time in sunny California all weekend long, capturing candid moments at not only the wedding ceremony, but the groom’s dinner and the morning of, too. Put simply, this couple is amazing. Their pure, genuine love for each other shines as brightly as the California sun, and it was easy to capture from behind the lens. These two, and all their friends and family members, know how to have fun! Sarah and Nick’s guests were welcoming, energetic, and great to be around. Between the giant chess pieces, bright red tablecloths, ping pong tables, flannel, and the cowboy hats, this wedding weekend is one I’ll never forget.

It was fun to escape Minnesota and experience a wedding that is truly one of a kind. Sarah and Nick were made for each other, and I am lucky to have been a part of their special day. They remind me why I do what I do: To capture the energy, excitement, and deep commitment that exists between two people in love. I am excited to continue photographing moments like these throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned!

WeddingAlice Fahey