This is part two of Emma and John's incredible wedding weekend. Part one is available here.
It was a gorgeously sunny day at Piedra Blanco Rancho on the Hearst Ranch property. The day began with Emma getting ready at the stately Senator's House and John nearby in the rustic ranch house. Surrounded by friends and family, the air was full of excitement and anticipation. Emma dressed in a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown that was customized to be reminiscent of Alexander McQueen and it was spot on. We were blown away with how stunning she looked. John dressed in a sleek Tom Ford tuxedo and when they met for their first look in a dramatically lit warehouse, they made a remarkably handsome couple.
At the ceremony site, Emma and John each had their own tent where they relaxed with family and friends and waited as guests arrived via shuttle. Set on top of a mountain with canyon views to the East and ocean views to the West, the scene was nothing short of picturesque. The ceremony made it so evident how in love these two are and the comfort they have between them and their families. There were many emotional moments, tears of joy, and even heartfelt laughter. It was such a pleasure to witness and photograph.
We are suckers for beautiful trees so just before making their entrance into the reception, we placed Emma and John in front of a grand oak tree with the sun setting through the branches. It was magical and even now they are some of our all-time favorite portraits.
The reception was held at the Dairy Barn which was exquisitely decorated with moss dripping from the rafters and flowers that seemed to be everywhere. The toasts were heartfelt with that given by Emma's father even bringing us to tears. The dancing was epic was an incredible live band and some extraordinary back bends by Emma!
To wrap up the night, Emma and John had a surprise for their guests. They had a custom laser show (even featuring their dog Lola!) that was a complete immersion experience with bubbles, a fog machine, and music that turned it into an outdoor dance party! It was incredible and like nothing we've ever experienced!
This was honestly a wedding that dreams are made of and so much fun to photograph. Their friends and family were full of joy and so open and welcoming to us that we truly felt a part of the festivities. It was impeccable and set in the most gorgeous location, but most importantly, it had and incredible and completely devoted couple at the center of it all. Emma and John, we were honored to photograph your wedding and wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happiness. Much love to you both!