Arica and Jason’s Wedding took place at a gorgeous winery in Durham, California called Gale Vineyards on June 3rd, 2017. Surrounded by trees and nature, their whole day felt so private and intimate.
The day started out at Jason’s friend’s house where the guys were relaxing and hanging out, while the girls were getting ready at Arica’s friend’s house. There was such a peaceful presence as both Jason and Arica got ready for their big day.
Warning, grab your tissues. Throughout their dating relationship, Jason had kept a black book that he wrote down prayers for his future wife, and eventually, those prayers became more specifically for Arica. He wanted to take a few minutes on his wedding day to write his last entry into this special book before he would present it to Arica later that night as a gift to her. *Cue tears*. If that isn’t the most beautiful thing you’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is! It was truly so sweet to see this special piece of his heart in physical form for his future wife. (Arica, you found yourself such an amazing man who loves you deeply).
As we made our way to Gale Vinyards to prepare for their first look, you could feel the excitement in the air. As Jason and Arica stood back to back, waiting to see each other, they were so patient and you could see them taking in every single moment. Looking at their photos from their first look still makes me smile! Such a pure and beautiful moment that was shared between the two of them. There’s something so sweet that takes place during a first look when a Groom is able to see his Bride for the first time with no one else around. He has her all to himself, for just a few minutes, taking it all in.
As guests started to arrive, Arica relaxed with her girls inside while a group of guys took a few minutes to pray over and bless Jason. Their ceremony included a beautiful moment where the Bride and Groom took turns washing each other’s hands, symbolizing a fresh start, and showing complete vulnerability as they start their marriage journey together as husband and wife. Sealed with a kiss, they were officially announced as husband and wife, and everyone was off to party and celebrate with the newly wed couple!
One of my favorite moments during the day was when we got to sneak away for some stunning sunset photos. Throughout their dating life, one of their favorite things to do together was go on hikes and then they would sit and watch the sun set together. I was so fitting for them to be able to take a few minutes to sneak away together and just enjoy watching the sun set on their wedding day. Not to mention, the images we captured are…well…breathtakingly beautiful. (If I do say so myself…and I do).
Jason and Arica, I am so glad that I got to be a part of your wedding day journey! It was so fun getting to know you both and I am so glad we have become friends through it all! I am so excited to see all that this next season of life holds for you both! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this beautiful day! Cheers to you both! <3