Rachael & Serigo’s Garden Wedding at The Homestead in Oak Glen, California

November 18, 2019

A Lovely Day

Rachael and Sergio’s wedding was to be filled with love and genuine friendships. What a beautiful day it was! The sun was shining onto the venue like a spotlight, wispy clouds cast light shadows on the ground, and a soft cool breeze brushed through your hair. Birds were singing and everyone was bustling around putting the last-minute touches to the details for Rachael and Sergio’s wedding at The Homestead, in Oak Glen, California.

 As my team and I walked around to photograph detailed shots from table settings to ceremony chairs, I noticed a section at the guest entrance. There were pictures of the bride and her late father. A space was made specifically for him on her wedding day. Towards the front of the ceremonial site, a chair with his photo and a sign reserving the seat for him. It was such a lovely way for a daughter to remember and honor her father on her wedding day.

 Memorable Mother-Daughter Dance

The most memorable memory I had at this wedding was the mother-daughter dance. It was such a special moment shared between the two. It was one of those moments where everyone froze in awe, with all eyes on the dance floor. Rachael selected the perfect song to accompany this dance, “The girl you think I am,” by Carrie Underwood, all in remembrance of her late father. There were no dry eyes in the room, including me. As I photographed Rachael and her mom, I saw over their shoulders, the groom, Sergio in between his friends as they comfort him while he, too, smiled with teary eyes watching his wife and mother-in-law in a loving embrace. I’m choking up as I write this because I still cannot get over how much you can feel the bride’s father’s presence on this day. It was such a beautiful way to remember and incorporate a love on into the wedding, and what an honor it was to be able to witness it.

 Thank you

Rachael, Sergio, capturing your wedding was one of the highlights of this year. I’m honored to be your photographer for your special day and I cannot wait to see how you two beautiful souls grow together. Thank you for letting me into your lives and I pray God’s light continue to guide you two in your marriage together!




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