I was contacted by the fabulous Janine who was planning her parent’s surprise vow renewal in Newport Beach.
Mom and Dad flew in from the east cost, Janine flew in from the middle of the country and the rest of the family was
fortunate enough to drive up from just south of Orange County.
Dad didn’t seem like such a happy camper to be dressed in a suit for family pictures on the beach, but he was a trooper
and hung tight with me and the family while the gentle waves rushed over his toes.
The game plan was to photograph the family as a whole under the Newport Pier. Check.
Next I was to steal away Mom and Dad to another spot, while everyone else quickly set up an aisle for the ceremony. (Which
by the way, Janine herself performed!)
Dad was NOT thrilled with me leading them through the mass amount of people on the beach, to a spot that I declared
to be the best spot on the whole beach for some portraits! He looked at me side eyed, and humored me for as long as
he could. Check.
As we walked back to our spot under the pier, Mom and Dad slowly took in the aisle, the small altar, the wedding
bouquet, the boutonniere and vows that were handed to them.
It was so wonderful to see such love surrounding Mom and Dad! Even people walking by
stopped and watched the ceremony. I was honored to capture such a wonderful surprise!