I could not think of a better way to end my wedding season than with the Brodi-William’s family. I met Micah and Anastasia earlier this year and immediately felt like I’ve known them forever! Any wedding photographer would tell you that the key to amazing wedding photos begins with the connection between the couple and the photographer. I knew soon after our engagement session that we would be a perfect fit. Micah and ‘Stace’ are both easy-going people who do not need much more than each other to have a good time. The wedding took place at the historic Castle Green Hotel in Pasadena, California. It was a warm 89 degrees while the sun was setting perfectly behind the hotel. As game time approached, I found the perfect vantage point to catch all the action. While adjusting my camera lens, I witnessed one of the most touching moments as a photographer. Before Anastasia walked down the aisle, a beautiful portrait of Trecie was placed next to Micah’s father during the ceremony as a representation of her presence at her sons wedding.
Micah’s mother Trecie was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago and unfortunately was unable to attend her sons wedding this September. Although she was not physically present, Micah and Anastasia made sure that she was there in spirit. If that wasn’t touching enough, Micah put a twist on the traditional mother-son dance by dancing with each of his aunts and his younger sister. Afterwards, it was time for the father-daughter dance which included both of Stace’s fathers in a surprise trio dance-off complete with the robot. These moments set the tone for the rest of the nights dancing and laughter.
All in all, this was an amazing wedding! I laughed, I cried, and I even witnessed my first ever “Shmoney Dance” at a wedding (picture proof below). It’s couples like Micah and Anastasia that remind me why I fell in love with shooting weddings. Congratulations to you two! I am truly grateful to have met you both and even more fortunate enough to call you friends.
Ironically the Walk to Defeat ALS is this weekend. If you would like to help defeat ALS feel free to click this link and show your support for the cause! 😀