Weddings often are bundled up in things like the limo running late, the flower girl's hair not finished, or someone forgetting to pick the cake and what feels like moments the day is over. Maybe all you remembered is what went wrong, and the very first kiss you had as husband and wife. Even though most wedding come and go in a fury, the Mejia reception was a very different story from the rest.
Their reception (and wedding as well!) was located in a ranch style house in inland Los Angeles. In the back yard the pool was in between an open bar that had the feel of a roofless rustic tavern and an lush green catering to long tables that held floral arrangements and antique ware. In the center of the long table was a dance floor that would be proved very useful at the end of the night.
The bride had chosen a deep purple as the main color, which off set the rustic earthy feel of this beautiful backyard. Sunflower mixed arrangements seem to burst of the tables, and the white pom poms that hung above added the romantic soft touch that every wedding seeks.
The party was not that big - enough to fill the huge back yard, but small enough to feel the intimacy of family and close friends. Underneath the small lights that hung above the dance floor and around the whole backyard you could sense the ease at which people were enjoying themselves. Laughter filled the skies, and there were plenty of embraces going throughout the night.
After we had taken our shots of cutting the cake, the first dance, and all the other traditions that come with weddings we stayed for a moment or two to catch a bit of history of our couple. As the sun was nearly down, a story unfolded of this beautiful couple. A film comprised of favorite songs and pictures was played and we got a glimpse at what led them up to this moment. Everyone stopped what they were doing, cheered for the photos with kisses, laughed at them as children, and cried at tender moments captured. It made me realize that the Mejia's planned a day were it was not a rushed day that only glimpses of it will be remembered, but a special day were it was spent with ones they love and who love them.