This was one of those weddings, you guys. One that makes your soul happy and makes you thankful that you decided to become a wedding photographer. Helen and I became great friends over the course of planning her and Simon's elopement. They were planning a traditional wedding in England, where they live, but decided that what they really wanted was just to be together as a family so they decided to elope with their three year old little boy, Gabe. They loved the idea of getting married in Joshua Tree, California--which is totally unique in the world. Helen found a beautiful, custom home to get ready at and we picked out a spot within walking distance for the ceremony.
The day started with a peaceful excitement as Helen had her hair and make up done by Amy Clarke. Amy has such a sweet spirit and is so gifted with hair and make up so she was a perfect addition to the day. As Amy and I helped Helen into her dress we couldn't help but feel like honorary bridesmaids. Meanwhile, Simon and Gabe were getting ready in the room across the hall and Tim made sure Helen was out of view of the boys. Once they were ready, Simon and Gabe had some daddy-son time enjoying the desert outside.
The time came for the first look so Tim ushered Simon to the spot we had picked out and he waited for his beautiful bride to meet him. Helen was radiant. Everything was perfect and they greeted each other with huge smiles and giggles.
Once the ceremony began, Gabe and the officiant's little girl watched from their vantage point up in the rocks. It was such a sincere and intentional ceremony. That is what I loved most about this day--its intentionality. Each piece was chosen with care and each moment felt to the fullest. After the ceremony we trekked down to the cowboy hot tub on the property where Helen and Simon dipped their toes and reveled in their new status as husband and wife. We photographed them under the full moon amongst the Joshua Trees and all was right in the world.
Helen, Simon, and Gabe we love the three of you with our whole hearts. You have become friends and we couldn't be happier about it. Here are our favorite pictures from the day. And, no, I really couldn't narrow it down any more ;)