When Pat and Tony originally reached out to inquire about my services for their Metropolitan Club of San Francisco wedding, they immediately disclosed that they were a referral from former wedding clients. Lo and behold, I was incredibly ecstatic to find out that they were reaching out because I had photographed the wedding of Tony’s son. Ana and Andrew remain incredibly special to me and I have kept track of Ana since 2017 thanks to the wonders of the internet. Honestly, the best compliment I can ever be given is to be hired by the same family again and again and I really try to never take it for granted.
Pat and Tony had an unusual story and one that I find enthusiastically filled with adventure, love, and above all, friendship. They began as coworkers for close to thirty years, but when a few years after Tony was widowed, he and Pat molded their longstanding friendship into a romantic one. Today, they are both retired and love to travel endlessly, with Australia and Fiji already checked off their lists and trips to Buenos Aires and Antarctica coming up.
I chided Pat when she originally reached out that there was “romantic hope for me yet” as it was her first marriage, which led to a conversation about how difficult it is to give up a lifetime of independence for shared compromise. Though, I can imagine, that if I found someone with the means, ability, and desire to travel as much as I do, that compromise would be absolutely worth it and wonderfully fulfilling. In my time with Pat and Tony, they left an indelible impression on me of a couple that is respectful of each other, committed to a life of curiosity and wonder, and share identical values of focusing on quality time with their loved ones above all else. Their wedding was the perfect representation of their shared goals.