MARRIED and 100% blissful! My good friends Vanessa and Adam, who are part of my neighborhood crowd in University Heights, are ridiculously in love and made it official with their San Diego boho wedding in her mom’s backyard, where they met a few years back. I was so stoked to be there to capture their explosive joy and uncontainable love.
Vanessa and Adam decided to get ready together, which I always just absolutely adore. I love how Vanessa described their vibe…
She was playing the part of gypsy pixie punk rocking goddess and Adam is very suitably a sophisticated garden gnome. Perfection!!
Nothing but giggles and joy all day long. These guys are so good like that. You can’t help but smile when you’re in their company. We actually met them on the patio at the hub of the neighborhood, Small Bar, and were instantly smitten with their positivity and warmth. Oh, if those tables could talk… quite the conversations about life, the universe, and everything that have taken place there!
Ready for your angel wings, buttercup??! Vanessa chose to create a unique wedding outfit that reflected her personality and brought in a little piece of many people in her life. She collected scarves from friends and family and combined them to create a skirt. Absolutely brilliant and heart-warming! I think that gives you a pretty good idea of the kind of soul she has! And thank goodness Super Woman was on the helpful crew for the day! Naturally, people with big hearts tend to be surrounded by others with big hearts. I like that a lot <3 3 <3 Adam helped Vanessa with the finishing touch to her ensemble… an aged ear of corn. Seems perfect as corn represents energy to do what is good and the actual good we can do—doing things that are loving and caring toward others. Well, if you know these two, you know that’s how they roll! Good work, team!!! Adam and Vanessa’s amazing custom-created rings that don’t contain stones, but rather petrified wood cut from the same piece. And those herbacious crowns are a perfect creation by Adam, who is a very talented landscape architect! Speaking of which… that’s how these two met! Adam was re-creating Vanessa’s mom’s backyard. This is the spot where Vanessa would come watch him work every opportunity she had. Seemed like a good spot to mark where this journey first began! Surrounded by whimsical scarves and gorgeous plants and greenery—just add a mad-in-love couple and VOILA!! Oh, Vanessa… you slay me!Good form, friend!
And what gypsy bohemian wedding would be complete without matching wedding tattoos?!!! Seriously adorbs. As lovely as Vanessa and Adam are together, it’s not just them. They’re creating a loving blended family and their kiddos are so great! When you have your wedding on Halloween weekend (and also Vanessa’s birthday!), all the guests are encouraged to wear costumes. YES. YES. YES. I even photographed in a costume!
Two of the three blind mice and one almost blind doctor there 😉 Vanessa is quite an artistic talent (besides being an awesome masseuse!!). She created a tree of life and hand-made all their programs. So pretty!And then this happened… Such a kick seeing all the creative costumes people donned to come celebrate these two!! And the two who made it truly legal and official… Eric and Lauren did a great job bringing these two together. And it begins…These crowns that Adam created smelled SOOOOOOO good! I especially loved the Sage! Yep, this pretty sums these two up! And this is one of those moments that seriously made me gasp behind my camera. Big big puffy hearts!!!! Never stop looking at each other this way, friends. Seriously. Pummeled by loads of potpourri and lost in their own world for a long, beautiful second. This moment makes my heart sing.And the next moment embracing the kiddos. One big happy family!! And immediately after being announced, just before the sun went down, they danced to Harvest Moon. A perfect end to a beautiful afternoon. Adam and Vanessa, congratulations! I am so honored to be in your circle of friends. You two share a love that is awesome to witness and share a special joy and love for life with everyone who surrounds you. I love you mucho and wish you a lifetime of wedded gypsy bliss! To Vanessa and Adam’s friends and family, be sure to sign their gallery guestbook to be the first to know about the image release and print specials.