Liz & Ben's Charming Backyard Wedding | Pasadena, Calif. USA

On a beautiful midsummer's night in California, Ben and Liz said their vows amongst loved ones in the cozyness of their own backyard.

I met up with Liz at her hotel to capture her getting ready that afternoon.

A sweet love note and a little gift from Ben.

Great garter, especially for him.

Gifting her bridesmaids with beautiful jewelry

Then it was time for them to wait for Groomy and step-son to get ready.

They grow up so quickly, don't they?  :P

This kid is a total ham! Loved photographing him.

A little pre-wedding prank.

Ben & Liz had some great ideas for their picture locations. 
First stop was Pasadena City Hall for their First Look before the ceremony...

Sharing lipstick, just another perk of kissing the bride!

A delicious afternoon brew to curb any pre-wedding jitters. 

Your girls always got your back!

It wasn't just the sun that was glowing warmly that day.

Liz and Ben are both teachers and bookworms so we stopped into their favorite library for some pics.

This session was a blast, we got a lot done in a short amount of time!

Then it was time for the real fun to begin!


Modern-day speeches and technology 

It's hard not to get a little misty-eyed when the groom chokes up!

He threw in some wise-cracks for good measure, though.

Now, THAT's how you kiss your bride!!

Something tells me she wasn't too thrilled about the bouquet toss results.

Trying to pawn off her winnings... 

Alex, on the other hand, was pretty giddy about catching the garter!

Lastly, a good wedding wouldn't be complete without an adorable kid moment --

Here's a quick video clip I made of the cuties who stole the show that evening: 

I'm looking forward to my next U.S. wedding; there's something so special about their spontaneity and relaxing atmosphere.

Til next time,


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