“Just another hot and windy Sunday afternoon in Tracy, CA” began photographer Nirav. “Showing Matt & Lynnae’s love for each other meant that they had to feel extremely comfortable in their location and with me so I decided to start the session at a place that they had spent a lot of time together and had lots of character which was Matt’s mother’s home/farm. The home included stables, a farm house, and several critters of all sorts. We took several shots there and once things felt right we moved out to the hills of Tracy with the intention of shooting with the giant windmills in the background. When we got, the security patrol was there to make sure those shots were not going to happen. The amount of wind up on hill was tremendous and I loved the movement of hair so we took the remainder of the shots there with a very simple backdrop. My favorite shots are ones that play on light and shadows. I wanted at least one dramatic silhouette shot which is when I spotted the power lines. After that, we all headed back to house and passed out from heat exhaustion.”
“Wind, hair, rock and roll…mixed in with a little luuuv. That’s what this shoot was all about. Matt and Lynnae are a fun, charismatic, dynamic, and beautiful couple. Matt and I go back to high school. We also share the same love for playing and recording music. Oh how I miss our jam sessions where we played everything from Tool, Rage Against the Machine (minus the ridiculous Tom Morello solos) and of course Alice in Chains. Now we both listen to Hanson…MMMbop. Lynnae is nothing less than the absolute coolest person on the planet. She knows how to rock out and have a good time. There is never a dull moment when we are hanging out. These two are a match made in guitar center. I just love it.”
Oooh I am so excited about Nathan & Marianna’s diy-fabulous New York wedding (although this is doing nothing to quench my desire to sign 2 weeks off and jet off to NYC!)
The couple got married at St. Luke’s Church and then had their reception at Sea Cliff Yacht Club. “Both are in the small one square mile town (22 miles from NYC) where I grew up in Long Island, NY” Marianna told me. The couple only splurged on the things that really mattered to them – one of them being the band that played their reception “This was probably the best splurge (and only) of the wedding. I highly recommend getting a live band, we had a great fun dancing ALL night long” the bride explained. “I thought we were just going to go the ipod shuffle route, but was convinced that the band makes the party and to have one. It was great advice, and is probably (most definitely) true.”
Marianna also put huge effort info her outfit to make it perfect for her – second best was not an option. She found her perfect dress, knew it was the one and went for it! Everything she wore had meaning and thought behind it.
“I am not sure who made my dress, I never even looked at the tag. I had to buy a dress off the rack since I had a minor dress problem in June. Strut bridal
is a plus sized bridal store, it was great and the owner is fabulous. If you live in Arizona (Phoenix) I highly recommend it. I had to have the whole thing completely tailored to fit since it was way too big. But I loved the dress upon first glance! I had all the train cut off, made it ankle length and added some serious sweet heart necklace. It was pretty much like making a custom dress. But really Strut bridal
comes highly recommended from me, I felt comfortable Ann (the owner) was extremely helpful. Words of advice even if a wedding isn’t your cup of tea don’t settle on a dress early in the game, it will come back to haunt you-even if you are hard to fit and dreading the dress process. Also go with who ever you feel comfortable with, even it is the groom!”