Tommy and Emily, affectionately known as Tomily, brought their friends and family down to the cliffside town of Montara, CA to share in their intimate wedding. Nothing quite like having the soothing sounds of waves and the smell of sea breeze to accompany your wedding.
I started my day with Tommy as he got ready with his friends and family at the La Costanera restaurant in their upstairs area. His side of the family was on hand, so I was able to get some candid moments they got to share with Tommy while he was getting ready. When the guys were ready, we went downstairs and stuffed them all 11 of Tommy’s ‘groomsbros’ onto a couch for a shoot.
The beautiful restaurant space would later be turned into a classy reception area while the outdoor balcony area would be the setting for their ceremony.
Emily and her girls got ready at the Villa Montara Seaside Retreat just a few minutes down the road. This stunning seaside home was a breathtaking combination of glass, driftwood, and concrete across a minimalist white interior. There was not one bad angle and was a perfect background for Emily to share in some special moments with her closest friends. I met up with Emily just in time for the finishing touches on her hair and make up. She put on her a dress with her mom and sister in a master bedroom that would easily (and probably has) grace the pages of Architectural Digest. Her 17 ‘bridesmates’ chatted away and eagerly awaited for Emily to step out in her dress. I knew the shots I wanted to get and captured it exactly as envisioned when Emily stepped out to wide-eyed looks of adoration from her ladies. When they finally settled down, we took advantage of the incredible lighting and the interior space to do some candid and posed shots before taking it outside to get more shots of the girls.
Back at La Costanera, guests started arriving to a life-sized poster board of the couple to greet them. White sunglasses with Tomily’s spirit animals printed on them were considerately provided for all the guests so they could they wouldn’t be blinded by the sun during the ceremony. Beneath a flower adorned chuppah, the couple wedded in a light-hearted ceremony with both the bride and groom shedding tears of joy during their vows.
Following the ceremony, the couple and I went back to the Villa Montara for a shoot in and around the property, because really, you could not waste any opportunities to shoot there (Puff Daddy even shot a music video here once). When all was said and done, we enjoyed the wonderful Peruvian cuisine of La Costanera and friends and family danced the night away.