I think I just about died the minute I saw Nicola ready to walk down the aisle with the flower crown of her dreams. For that matter, I think just about everyone else in her family who had a glimpse of her in that very moment did too. Nicola lived a very special dream that day she chose to wear a crown of flowers as a tribute to her late Aunt Grace who she’d grown up with. In a very recent dream she’d had with her in it, her aunt had lovingly approved of her wearing the very same flower crown. From that moment on, she decided she was going to remember her through what she wore on wedding day. This was a different kind of fashion statement than I had ever seen before. One that honors family above individualism, especially those who have gone before to pave the way.
On her grandfather’s beautiful Orange Hills estate overlooking the Orange valley, Godwin and Nicola were gracefully wedded underneath age old trees with close family and friends looking on. Each moment of the day was precious. Each moment was highly esteemed. I couldn’t help but realize how much these two know how to honor and love others well. It’s this kind of love that changes the world.
And then there was that moment when Godwin and Nicola walked down the aisle for the very first time as Mr. and Mrs….It was in the middle of a series of unrestrained hoops and hollers, from Godwin’s lungs (in true Pacific Islander fashion) that I knew their marriage was going to be an amazing one filled with love, lifelong happiness, and iced with passion.
At the end…family and friends alike lined up. Sparklers were lit. The two walked down the sparkler-lined exit tunnel slowly but surely taking each face in…hugging several along the way. They were overwhelmed with joy and gleamed with electricity and gladness. Then it happened. That final kiss. And then they were off.
Cheers to my adventure-loving rough and tumble brides & grooms who dare to walk down sparkler exit tunnels into their next season selflessly, barefoot and in style.
Thank you to my dear friend Christina for coming along and supporting me with your snaps this day! This was the first wedding I shot in both digital and film together. I wanted to push myself further and I am grateful for having achieved just that.
Floral Design: Taylor and Co // Officiant: Steven Jetton
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