This is one of those blog posts that is sending me down a rabbit hole of updating blog posts. It didn’t occur to me that when I started writing this post I was going to have to update 4 others (I have lots of old posts with broken photo links that need to be updated. File under: things on the long list that get consistently shoved to the end of the list). You see, Zoë and I go WAY back. Once upon a time, a fantastic couple by the names of Jamie and Kristen hired me off Thumbtack to photograph a very unconventional engagement session: they wanted to be attacked by a yeti in the woods and have their dog save them. Zoë, in her engagement session acting debut, played said yeti.
This extended group of friends has now hired me and shared me and referred me more than any other group in my decade plus history as a wedding photographer. I have photographed FIVE weddings between all of them, multiple engagement sessions, multiple maternity sessions and more. There is no compliment higher than being referred out again and again and again and this group continues to pay me the highest of compliments. On one side of the group, Jamie and Kristen would hire me for their YMCA of the Rockies wedding, which was an absolute blast. It felt like summer camp, there were animal masks galore, lawn games and a dance party. Emily, the lynch pin of this extended group hired me for her Medieval Times wedding. On the other side of Emily are the Moxes, who were the first and hired me for their Doctor Who themed engagement session and Magic the Gathering themed wedding. Through them I was introduced to Liz and Michael, who have also hired me for their Santa Cruz mountains wedding and growing family portraits.
In short, it came as absolutely NO surprise when Zoë reached out for her Gold Hill Gardens wedding. “I was the yeti,” she said at the onset.
While Zoë and Jordan’s Gold Hill Gardens wedding erred on the side of more traditional when it comes to this friend group, they still had plenty of non-traditional surprises in store. These included a tarot card reader which was a super huge hit. She had a line almost all night. Both Kimmi and I had our cards read and I found it to be so incredibly fun and shockingly on point. Because of the proximity to Halloween, they also had a pumpkin carving contest complete with trophies presented and the tables were full of whimsical tarot and Halloween themed centerpieces.
I hope that this group of friends never stops getting married (though I suppose we must run out of people eventually) because I daresay, my life has been enriched by this magnetic group of people.