Casey & Luis were originally supposed to tie the knot back in April of 2020 at a huge bonanza at a gorgeous golf course overlooking a gorgeous vista of Southern California, surrounded by almost 300 of their friends and family. Obviously, that was not in the cards this year. So after they postponed for November, all of us with our fingers crossed that the pandemic would be sorted out by then (hahaha). After it became clear that things would not be getting back to normal any time soon, we got to chatting about other ways for them to still get married this year. They’ve been together for really long time and are an incredibly sweet couple. We had the super fun time photographing their engagement session, and we were so excited to see them finally get married. They didn’t want to have to wait another whole year (or two) to get married, so they decided to downsize their celebration to an intimate Bay Area wedding instead.
Casey is hilarious, take no shit kind of person, obsessed with good boba and their two dogs. Luis is a huge sweetheart and baseball guy, (and baseball in general has just been a big part of their relationship, so obviously we had to take some photos incorporating that!) They decided having a small, intimate & distanced ceremony at a beautiful winery before heading back to their grandparent’s house for a backyard reception. They had some friggin delicious street tacos & horchata and spent time with their family and friends, before meeting up with us for some sunset photos on a gorgeous beach north of the city. They had one of the sweetest, most emotional first looks ever, but I think their first dance on the beach was probably my favorite moment of the day.
We loved their whole group of friends and family, everyone was so welcoming, and I deeply appreciated the fact that everyone took covid and all the necessary safety precautions so seriously. It’s no secret that getting folks to wear masks and actually distance at weddings has been a huge challenge this year, and we appreciated Casey & Luis so much for making sure everyone knew the rules ahead of time & had all the plans in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. It’s truly a wonderful example of how kind they are as people, and it made us feel so loved and appreciated.
It was quite the rollercoaster getting to California and back with all the travel restrictions in place and campgrounds being booked out for months and wildfires popping up around the state. We all went through about 20 different versions of the wedding day plans, but I am just so grateful that Casey & Luis kept us as their photographers, rolled with all the punches, and worked so hard with us to make this day happen. There were quite a few moments where we weren’t sure we’d be able to get to California and back for their wedding day. But despite the hurdles, changes, and stress of changing plans, Casey & Luis were just so stoked to finally be married to each other and they showed up ready to embrace the day and fully exist in the moment. Obviously, I have a lot of feelings about how lovely they are as people and how much frickin fun this intimate Bay Area wedding really was, despite all the insanity of getting there. So I’ll quit rambling & get to the photos!