elegant wedding affair to remember | amy+ryan | morris chapel, stockton, ca | wine & roses, lodi, ca

I can't believe the 2012 wedding season has kicked off. And I was so happy to kick it off with Amy and Ryan's wedding. It was exactly a year to the date that Amy and Ryan contacted me to photograph their beautiful wedding. It was particularly meaningful, since Amy and Ryan's "First Look" was so emotional. (See "First Look" photos below.) As you may already know, a "first look" is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding. Ryan hadn't even turned to see his beautiful bride, and Amy was already tearing up. The day was filled with happy tears and lots of laughter. And then there was the speeches. There were so many great speeches, but Matt's (Ryan's brother and best man) speech took the cake...so colorful and full of brotherly love. Amy and Ryan, Thank you for welcoming me like an old friend and allowing me to capture your love, your memories! Your wedding was beautiful and I was honored to be a small part of the day you married your best friend. Enjoy! xoxo, Stacey

Amy's sweetie pie, Molly, stayed at her feet the whole time she was getting ready.

The very emotional "first look":

I am often asked if having the bride and groom see each other before the wedding takes away the moment the groom sees his bride walk down the aisle, and I can easily say no. But I think this photopretty much says it all...

Thank you to my amazing team, especially Jenna Hesse for all of your support and fabulous work! Love you! And all of the vendors who made the day so beautiful and amazing. Without you, I wouldn't have had so many opportunities to capture so many photos.