Sadly in today’s society marriage is too often temporary. Everyone vows and promises that its forever, but then many times in the first few years the wedding is ended for any one of a multitude of reasons. Long term marriages are becoming rare and the example those strong, lasting marriages give to the next generations is fading. Even though it often looks like there is no hope or long lasting marriages are only in movies or fairy tales you come across a real life story of true love and commitment.

I feel so lucky and blessed to be the one who got to photograph Lisa and Bill’s 30th wedding anniversary vow renewal in Napa recently. I met these two the day of their ceremony and knew pretty much nothing about them or their story. Sure I knew this was their 30th anniversary, but that was it. Little did I know that their story was one of those that you didn’t think existed anymore. Not only had they been married for 30 years but they were true high school sweethearts and being around them you would swear they were still teenagers basking in young love. People can easily put on a good show and make the outside world think everything is a fairy tale, but when a couple has most of their original wedding party come to a 30th anniversary vow renewal on the opposite side of the country you know that this isn’t a show. When the couple has 3 children that can’t stop admiring their parents or speaking so highly about them, you know this story isn’t made up.

Lisa and Bill are the real deal true love story that EVERYONE dreams about and I am honored to be the one who got to capture all the moments from their celebration.

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Lisa Cullen - November 10, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Thank you Christopher! It was a lovely day that we will remember always. We’ll look you up to photograph our 60th!

Brittany and Justin are two people you just want to be friends with. I met them last year at another wedding I shot (Courtney & Daniel’s) and when i found out that there was a chance they would be getting married in the near future I really hoped I would have the opportunity to be their photographer. These two are genuinely great people with a great relationship that have personalities that you can’t help but be drawn too and lucky for me I got to photograph their truly amazing wedding day!

Mix this great couple with their wonderful group of friends, a venue that give me ample places to photograph them and I am a happy photographer. Then you add in some classic cars and its makes a perfect day!:)  I LOVE this wedding and I hope you do too!
Enjoy the images!

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Billie Fivella - November 9, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Love the couple so much!! Awesome & beautiful pictures!!

Justin Fivella - November 10, 2015 - 4:11 am

Thanks for the awesome pics and everything, Chris! We really appreciate it!!!

If you have been following me and my blog you have definitely seen Erika’s beautiful face before. I have been so honored to have been able to photograph so many of her major life events including her wedding last year. Over the years Erika (and her husband Edwin) have become great friends of my wife and I making our trip to Arizona a couple of months ago so much more fun.

Since Erika lives just a couple of hours from Sedona we turned a work trip into a fun trip as well. We all were going to be in Sedona for the wedding I was shooting I figured we would take that opportunity to do a fun session with Erika and her dress! Erika had been dying to put her dress on again (rightfully so, its AMAZING) and I always have such a great time when I photograph her so it was just the right thing to do. Now I will be honest. When I first found out I was shooting in Sedona and then doing this shoot I knew it was going to be cool but I really couldn’t imagine the level of cool it actually was! I think I didn’t want to get myself too excited and then be let down by all the hype. Well once I actually saw how AMAZING Sedona was and we actually started exploring and scouting for spots to do this shoot I turned into a giddy little kid. I once again COULD.NOT.WAIT to photograph Erika and combine her natural beauty with the stunning landscapes of Sedona!

We hiked, climbed, sweat, and caught the stares of many tourists all for the sake of getting “the shot” and it has to be one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my photography career. These images turned out so much more spectacular than I could have ever dreamed and I couldn’t thank Erika enough for being such a trooper and being so willing to do whatever it took to feed my creative vision.

Enjoy the photos!

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the film look these B&W images have.

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Being a wedding photographer has really let me see and travel to some amazing places. Photographing a wedding in Sedona, Arizona is definitely the poster child for that! When Ben hired me to be his wedding photographer in Sedona I got excited but I think I held back a little so if all the descriptions I have heard about the red rocks and landscapes were exaggerated I wouldn’t be let down. Well I for sure wasn’t let down! It was a wedding photographers dream! Not only was the landscape of Sedona one of that best I have ever seen but Monica and Ben were the perfect couple to photograph there. Sure everyone is having the best day of their lives on their wedding day but Monica and Ben just had that spark that makes everything almost magical. The wedding ceremony was a beautiful event that really showed this couples relationship and love for each other. Every part of this wedding just had the right amount of simplicity mixed in with genuine emotion and excitement. Then lets bring back the amazing scenery I got to use as my backdrop and you have a very happy photographer. Being asked to travel to a wedding is always a great honor but when the wedding is as great as Monica and Ben’s it makes me feel that much more blessed to be a part of it!

Enjoy the images!

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