A Carmel Valley Ranch wedding // Mary and Sam

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 Mary and Sam’s Carmel Valley Ranch wedding was all about their love for each other. Weddings come in all flavors, shapes, and sizes and each has it’s own story line for us to follow.  Of course, there are many subplots within the day and it’s up to us to find the most important micro-events within the overall day and focus on them. On this particular day however, on the most beautiful of fall days in Carmel Valley California, we found it difficult to take our eyes off of Sam and Mary.

Their devotion to each other, their union, and their faith gave the couple a magnetism and this was not a wedding where the two would be lost in the crowd.  We like to follow up with our wedding clients shortly after the wedding, when enough time has elapsed for them to reflect back on the day and give us their memories of the day, in their own words. As Mary and Sam lived apart before they were married, we asked what it was like now actually joining their lives on a day-to-day basis and this is what Mary said: “I didn’t think I’d every say this: the more I discover about Sam, the more I love him. I’m not kidding when I say that I love him more everyday.” Here’s Sam’s retort: “I’m just so surprised that Mary likes living with me.  I’ve loved her for a while now, and I enjoy relaxing in her presence.” Two giant-hearted, down-to-earth people joining their lives and loving every minute together;  that’s the crux of why we love doing what we do, gaining inspiration from inspiring couples. Sam surprised Mary by serenading her with one of their favorite songs mid-way through the reception and at that point – despite all of Sam’s nerves leading up to that moment and my lack of creativity in descriptive prose – there was a whole lot of love in that ballroom.