On Saturday, March 24th, I drove all the way to Malibu to a beautiful hillside estate to photograph the wedding of Marie Shanks and Michael McCreary. Marie and Michael live in Hawaii. So, the first time I actually met them was when I arrived on the property for the wedding. But, being from Hawaii, they were typically laid back and extremely easy-going the whole day through.
In fact, they had decided to do a First Look and to go a few miles up the coast to a spot on the beach that they had checked out a few days earlier. After Michael finished gushing at how beautiful Marie looked in her dress, they and their bridal party had a blast “modeling it up” on the beach for some fun shots. Marie was so game for some fun shots, she even ran down the edge of the water in her weddings and later laid right down in a bed of ice plants. Not to be outdone, Michael showed how tough he could look by stepping up on a barnacle-encrusted boulder for some shots — barefoot. Ouch! And, he was smiling the whole time!
Back to the estate and the small group of close friends and family watched as Michael smiled his biggest smile as Marie came down the aisle on the arm of her proud father. The ceremony was short, sweet, and tender and capped off by two very big kisses and a shower of bubbles from the guests. The reception was a simple informal buffet dinner with some heartfelt toasts from family members and from the groom himself.
Marie and Michael did request our Portrait Station photo booth, and they and the guests made good use of it during dinner. By the way, my son, Brandon, assisted on this wedding — handling the camera at the Portrait Station, and Erin was my second shooter on this day.
To view all of the images from this wedding, visit the couple’s online web gallery at www.pictage.com/1215457.
Congratulations Marie and Michael!