In a place like NYC a bus stop is a place that can tell a lot of stories. This bus stop helps to tell this simple love story. A boy and girl decided to meet after finding each other online, Yogesh working on his PHD, and Mohana working on her MD, both Indian, one born here in the US, the other born in India, finding each other in this massive city. It was at this stop Yogesh would wait with Mohana on late nights to make sure she was safely headed to her house in the Bronx. It was here so many days of fun and laughter would start and end. It is funny to think about that sign, and a corner can mean the beginning and end to so many amazing memories. We were even lucky enough to be standing there right as their bus pulled up. I would say we were lucky that day, it was the only sunny day in NY that week, Lisa and I had only been seeing rain, and welcomed this perfect day. I had actually never been to New York before this. Mohana and Yogesh are getting married just outside Sacramento, but have spent their entire relationship on the east coast. Having a session near my home would of never made sense, if we wanted to create photographs that told their story. Instead they had me fly out to tell their love story. We started at their bus stop, took a walk through Central Park(which was only two short blocks from the bus stop) and ended with sunset overlooking Manhattan. You tell me if these two are in love…Just look at the way they make each other smile. Especially Mohana, her laugh is infectious, I understand why Yogesh fell for her. Thank you again for believing in what we do Mohana and Yogesh, seeing your love, in the city that means so much to you was a perfect way to spend this afternoon.
Kevin and Monica’s wedding at Taber Ranch this fall is one I will not forget. It also made me ask myself the question, what does it mean to rain on your wedding day? As someone who has been photographing weddings now for 7 years now, I had never fully looked into where the superstitions for good luck and bad luck came from. I think the most important thing to say first is that across most cultures the references almost all lean towards good luck and not bad luck. I will mention that in the bad luck category it has to do with the amount of tears the bride will experience during her marriage. I was glad to read that idea and say that is something I will choose to not believe in. The good luck references across cultures are all ideas that I want to hold onto with a strong grip. The idea that rain can bring so much to one’s life, and one’s marriage through fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, and even tears are important. That is right, which is also no surprise to me that tears were in both the bad luck and good luck category. The tears we see on wedding days are always emotion filled tears of joy, happiness, and unification. We are all just people sharing in two lives becoming a family, and it is such an amazing feeling to allow that love inside our hearts to flow from our faces. There are a lot of tears ahead. Each time for different joyous reasons, from getting ready and having your little sister with you, to that moment you walk down the aisle. Seeing those tears of love still make me have to force back tears of love and joy for Kevin and Monica. I have not seen tears of bad luck on a wedding day, that may just be me, or the eternal optimist in me, but rain is good luck. The crazy thing is the rain came at the end of the day, as the toasts ended everyone ran quickly inside for cake cutting as an intense thunderstorm set in. The rain did not stop anyone, as you will see Kevin’s family surprised everyone with a pretty big flash mob, I was impressed as so many people filled the dance floor. Water flowed and lightning lit the sky as we all enjoyed seeing Kevin and Monica’s joy. Also…I love that we had two weddings with piñatas last year. That is something that is just plain old fun. Kevin and Monica…Thank you again for welcoming us into your hearts. Thank you for letting us not only capture but allowing us to see your love for each on your perfect rainy day at Taber Ranch.
I am just going to say the Jam and pickled goodies…AMAZING! Monica made them all, who does not want award winning yumminess to take home. You would have been a fool to not grab one to take home. I am really glad Monica insisted that we try one.