Jonna and Lisa had their ceremony at the Japanese Tea Gardens planned before July 26th, when same-sex marriage was legalized across the nation, and they did their research when it came to LGBTQ inclusive wedding photographers. Fast forward to their wedding day, same-sex marriage now being fully legalized, it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've had the honor of photographing. While all wedding have an atmosphere of love and support, there was something extra special about this wedding.
Lisa arrived first with her two children, dressed in classy black and white and we took a few family portraits with her side of the family. The final touches were being set up in the pavilion where their ceremony and reception were held, such an intimate setting! White table cloths, black chairs and napkins, gorgeous centerpieces. I snuck inside to look at the cake, and cupcakes, which were decorated with cherry blossoms. Meanwhile, cocktail hour was getting underway as all the guests were arriving and Lisa was mingling with them. Jonna arrived right before the ceremony, ready to walk up the aisle to her wife! Their wedding ceremony was quite informal and had some Buddhist and interfaith influences.
Throughout the evening, Joe Caruso, a local jazz singer, kept the atmosphere warm and inviting. I was truly impressed with the professional look and sound of him and his band. Jonna and Lisa had their first dance, Jonna danced with her father, and it wasn't long before the rest of the guests join them. Even the children couldn't resist the music. The wine and beer flowed, the cake cutting was so much fun as Jonna couldn't resist getting a little bit on the edge of Lisa's mouth, and the night was one that no one, including myself, wanted to end. Jonna and Lisa left via limo as we all wished them the best!