Friday, July 11, 2008

Tiffany + Alex | palm desert, ca

*sigh*... This wedding has a special meaning to me.

First you need to know that I did not meet Tiffany until her wedding day.
When she was shopping for wedding photographers, she found my site and made her decision. THEN she showed her father and from what I hear, he was surprised to see that he KNEW me.
You see, back in college I was an RA and as a part of the position, we were encouraged to take advantage of the counseling program so to better serve the students who would often grace our rooms for....you know... 'heart to hearts'. Tiffany's dad, Greg, was my counselor. Through our many hours of conversation in the counseling office, the sidewalks of campus, and the tables of the dining halls, Greg and I formed a wonderful relationship. He saw the depths of my heart, my passions and desires... he saw me cry, laugh, and lament.... and through it all, HE is the one who encouraged me to pursue photography. He gave me the courage to not care what others thought when I told them I didnt want to do what I went to school for, and he taught me to accept being a wildflower instead of a potted plant.
After college we lost touch and he had no idea I had taken his advice and followed my heart to THIS place, so you can imagine his surprise to find his daughter had sought me out to shoot her own wedding. small world 'eh?

so yes. shooting this wedding was special to me.




A snapshot of Tiffany and Alex's day...





two of my favorite moments from the day. 1. The flower girl went back down the isle to meet the bride. & 2. The father daughter dance.






I just loved this shot.







Off to pick wildflowers... ;)

15 comments:

Abigail Q said...

oh my darling you are steller!

Rodolfo Arpia said...

Beautiful and what a cool story!

Heaven's Eye Phtotography said...

This story doesn't surprise me one bit...but I bet it was a shocking moment for you at first. You draw in so much positive in this world and some of the coolest people are graced with your presence. I bet the dad was more then pleased to have you back in his life for such a special event. And you definitely came through and captured it with grace, elegance and such raw emotion. I love so many of them:) K

Jeremy Gilliam said...

Beautiful story, not to mention photographs.

Shannon Sewell said...

man, the world is a small place, huh? what a beautiful story, beautiful photographs... absolutely lovely ;)

~S

Nicole L. Rogers said...

Your photographs never cease to amaze me...I feel the emotion of the day in each one of them. You are an inspiration, my friend.

david & kimi baxter said...

you are one amazing wildflower!!! these images are absolutely amazing!!!! you blow me away every post!!

KyleBarnes said...

Oh how I love to see Gods hand in the lives of his people. This jasmin-esque post is fantastic! The imagry, the beauty and the joy in the story and the images BOTH put a huge smile on my face! Thanks Shy

Yuka photo art said...

I can not stop to say - I love how you use the light!!!!

heather smith said...

shyla, I was just thinking about you today for no reason at all...and I just wanted to say hello and I hope you are doing wonderfully, friend! You did an absolutely amazing job on this wedding...gorgeous! Be blessed!!!

Ryel j Photography said...

Such an awesome wedding! But when I went back up to read your entry I cried with happiness for you. I so glad that you pursued your dreams... and was able to meet your mentor/ encourager in this season of your art. You Rock girl!

Cait said...

Whoa. It's gorgeous. Great job, miss. You rock! You captured some of the most precious moments of a special day. Keep it up!

Anna Yu said...

what a story!!! the images are fantastic as usual, xoxoxooooos, my wildflower

jdzphotoblog said...

I found you from J* blog. Anyway, I just want to say that I love the story and absolutely adore that first image and then the last image of the bride. Amazing photos! :)

Erica Gibson said...

i just love that first shot its breathtaking!!

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