Monday, July 14, 2008

Julie and Warren's Wedding - Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Julie and Paul's ceremony was at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento. This is the first time that we have shot at that location and we were excited to be there. We arrived before the bride and groom and where able to get some really cool shots of the outside of the church. Julie arrived in a limo outside the church, she had a smile on her face right away and we knew we where going to have fun. She informed me that they just found out that the best man had been in a car accident and they did not know anything yet. We went to the room that they where going to get ready and she pulled out her dress. We quickly got to work and took some amazing shots of it with our creative lighting. She informed me that she wanted to do some creative french neveau style photos in her bridal lingerie. We had her do some in her corset and had so much fun doing so. Her mother and girls assisted her into her dress and we went outside to get started on her photos. We got some outside on the lightrail platform and duplicated the Beatles walking across the street with the girls. Julie informed me that she wanted to go to The Pyramid brewery and have a drink with the girls. She informed me that while she was attending Catholic school classes every week they would go and have a drink there. They went there so much they invited the bartender to their wedding. We went over there and the girls had a large beer. Once they where finished we found a really cool alley with a red wall where we got some fun photos. The girls went inside because the guys where arriving. Warren and his groomsmen arrived in a limo ready to party. We quickly took them to the same alley and also got some great shots of them in front of the cathedral. We finished with the guys and got ready for the ceremony. The ceremony was a full catholic mass, it was a great mass and went well. Once the ceremony was over everyone went outside where Julie and Warren got ready to release some doves. It was a beautiful release and the doves even stayed together in the sky as they flew off together.
We took several photos in front of the church and realized that our time had come to go to the reception at the ballrooms. We arrived at the ballroom and Mike Regan with MR DJ service had set up the room with stunning pink lights and a large monogram above the bride and groom. His attention to the lighting made our job so much easier by giving us ambient light to work with in an otherwise dark room. Julie and Warren made where announced into the room where they where greeted by their bridal party in a line. They made an annoucement and we got onto dinner. Dinner was amazing there was a smoked tri-tip and wonderful sides. Their amazing details included customized labels for their wine bottles, beautiful flowers atop tall crystal vases (that the guys used for beer glasses later in the reception) and a cookie bar of their favorite cookies for their guests to enjoy.
The reception continued with ease and perfection as Mike Regan lead the way. It started with a toast from the Best Man (who was feeling the accident but drugged enough to get through the night, We know he was hurting the next day) and Julie and Warrent were dazzeled with a slideshow produced by Mike Regan. The night continued with their first romantic dance, father daughter dance, and mother son dance. They went into a longest married dance where the winner won the bridal bouquet. The garder toss was a fun event. The groom (Warren) came out with a extra large drinking goblet full of champagne and a extra extra large cigar. He gave it to his feisty bride and she showed him who was boss. Once he craftly removed the garder to her fancy he put it on an 49er football and threw it into the crowd, where he later signed the football for the lucky receipient. The couple went on to cut their cake in a very fun fashion, lets just say they enjoyed it. Once they cut the cake and where done, Julie decided she wanted more of that wonderful cake.
The party continued with lots of dancing, drinking from vases, and fun until midnight. Mike Regan had all the guests arrange themselves on the street to their exit vehicle with sparklers to show the couple off. The couple went through the sparklers and got into their covertible red corvet and went off into the night.
Julie and Warren we had so much fun at your wedding, we cannot wait to put together your album. Thank YOU for having us for your wonderful day!

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