Everyone has a story right? And many times those stories have a lot of twists and turns. Well allow me to introduce you to Maria and Jerry. These two originally met just after High School, and they did not get along at all. Fast forward five years and Jerry is at a baseball game at Petco Park with his buddies. And wouldn’t you know it, but Maria was there with her friends just a few rows away. Well, they exchanged phone numbers that night, and had a date a week later. Jerry remembered that she liked horses, so he made it a horseback riding date. Well, that pretty much won Maria’s heart, and they were married a year later. Now here comes one of the bends in the road. Jerry was married previously, but his wife passed away from cancer just 2 years earlier. And they had a son named Austin. So when Maria came along she had to decide whether she wanted to be a Mom or not. And of course she said “Yes”. So they included Austin in the ceremony. During the ceremony Maria read a letter to Austin committing to be his Mommy. And yes, not a dry eye in the house.
Now we get to the OK Corral part. Well, as we know, Maria loves horses, and Jerry had heard of a place in Jamul known as The Bradford Ranch, so they decided to check it out. They loved it and decided to have their wedding there. At The Bradford ranch there are these cute cottages for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. And the property has a beautiful place for a ceremony. Yet what was most interesting was that the reception was in a horse corral. And as you can see the ground was lined with hay which glistened quite well when my flash fell upon it. (Photographers note: since we were outside, and the lighting was just a few strings of market lights, there was virtually no ambient light. In other words it was real dark. when the reception is in a hotel room, or any room a photographer can bounce his light off the ceiling or the walls. In this case the light from the flash has nothing to bounce off of, so it does very little but light the subject. So I set up 2 remote control flash units on 15 foot light stands, and had a third flash on my camera. Without this you would mostly only see just the subject and nothing else.) By the way, the tables and chairs were provided by Farm Tables and More. And, as you might be able to see, the tables were made of Mahogany, and I think the chairs also, which made for the perfect accent!
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