I created that title because I felt that you might need a little frame of reference. And what I really wanted was to get a shot of the Bride & Groom on top of one of America’s great nuclear powered submarines…uhhhh, but these big men with guns said no.
So this couple thought that they would never get married. Either the Groom, Lawrence, was out of the country, or the Bride, Alicia, was handling a family crisis. The latest being the passing of her Dad. So it was an emotional day when the stars finally aligned. So the Bride’s brother is in the Air Force, which gave the couple the opportunity to utilize this facility on the Navy base for a very low price. This is one of the great things that our Government does for out Military. And this is just my experience in SoCal. I have photographed Weddings on the Marine base at Camp Pendleton, and at a variety of Navy bases around San Diego, and I hear this same opportunity for enlisted folks.
Getting back to the B&G, the groom proposed at the historic Point Loma Lighthouse (sorry, no info from me, just google it.) So, hence the reason for the images at the Lighthouse. Unfortunately we were short on time, especially since the Bride was late (surprise?..;-)..). So we had to scurry from spot to spot that Alicia wanted pictures at. So here’s the issue for me….we have a tight schedule already, we get a late start, then we are at a popular tourist site on a sunday. And the sun was still high in the sky, which makes portrait photography challenging. And there were dozens of tourist, so in addition to all the other factors, I had to find a shot without tourist in it (yeah right). But we pulled it off, and then the Bride went in to her comedy routine, as witnessed by the “hitch-hiker” shot.
So now was the time for some real emotion. It was just months ago that Alicia was planning on having her father walk her down the aisle. But he became ill, and died very suddenly. So her brother and her nephew walked her down the aisle. The ceremony was to be very simple when a Disney Cruise ship decided to visit. I was amazed by it’s proportions. It felt like I was watching a real Dinosaur pass by.
So, all in all, these two are good people, and I was blessed to be able to take their Wedding pictures.