Nia and Daniel’s wedding was a simple yet elegant affair on a warm Sacramento early May day. I was referred to Nia for this wedding by the DJ, Sounds To Go, which underscores how important it is to network in this industry and build relationships with other vendors because you never know when it can result in a job.
Among wedding professionals, there is often a bias against backyard weddings, but I have done several this year and they have all been in gorgeous backyards and this one is no exception. It provided the perfect backdrop for this wedding. When I arrived Nia and her family were incredibly welcoming and introduced me to all of the major family members and wedding party. Upon arriving, I was able to get some great detail shots of the location and some of the details of the setup.
Since Nia did not require photos of her getting ready, I right away started shooting the groomsmen. We took some great posed shots. Daniel sure has some great guys supporting him.
After finishing up with the guys portraits, the girls were ready to go so we took some nice shots of Nia and her bridesmaids and the flower girl.
The ceremony started on schedule and was short and sweet with the traditional entrance of the bridesmaids and bride, vows, ring exchange and kiss.
Following the ceremony, we took some nice posed photos of the bridal party all together as well as one picture of all the guests. It’s always a challenge to make sure I can see everyone in these kind of photos but I think this one turned out pretty good! This was a fun group too, and they did a pretty cool silly picture!
The bridal party then made their grand entrance to start the reception portion of the evening’s festivities. There was a great dinner, socializing and some great speeches. I hear many wedding speeches every year, but the speeches from this wedding will stick with me for a long time. The best man (the bride’s brother) spoke about how he first realized Daniel and his sister were dating. Before dating his sister, he had only known Daniel as part of a rival baseball team who had just recently beat his team in the championships. You can imagine his surprise when he opened the door to his home one day and found Daniel sitting on the couch with Nia. The other speech that sticks out in my mind came from Nia’s step father. He talked about how he had always wanted a daughter and was delighted when Nia entered his life and filled that role. His words were so heart-felt and touching, I could tell that he meant it from the deepest of his soul.
After the speeches, the couple shared a precious first dance with each other and then with their parents. And that’s about the time my work day finished. Nia was so thoughtful and wrote me a nice card that she sent me home with (and a little something extra), which is always appreciated for me and my team. What a great May wedding to remember!