Monday, November 2, 2009

Alisomar Pacific Grove Beach Wedding- Alisa and David are MARRIED!


Alisa and David married on the beach at Asilomar in Pacific Grove on the California Coast. the weather was totally perfect for pictures, everybody was excited and cooperative (lol) and well behaved, and although I showed up right on time- Alisa told me, "Oh, I knew I didn't have to worry about YOU!" LOL The DJ and the harpist had some issues. SO GLAD I use Mapquest!

Obviously, there was quite the beachy theme to the wedding, with an underlying sea turtle flair! Alisa told me about how the family had happened to stumble into some hatching sea turtles on the beach awhile back and how it had sort of come to represent the family! Their cake was topped with two little sea turtles, and the cake adorned with shells and coral. The groom's cake was the cutest little underwater Finding Nemo cake, and instead of a guest book, Alisa and David had everyone sign on a surfboard! How awesome is that?

By far the most memorable part about the day was Alisa's dance with her Dad. I swear to you, everyone in that room was teary, INCLUDING ME! They danced to Stevie Nicks' "Landslide," and it was completely awesome. (Which you are listening to now. :) )

Alisa was so kind to get me an AWESOME room at basically a little cottage ( it had a kitchen!) around the corner from the venue for the night. LITERALLY, I could have walked back and forth to the wedding. (I didn't, knowing I'd be coming back in the dark, I didn't want to get kidnapped! lol) I slept like a rock, and did a little siteseeing around town before loading up the car to head to the Bay Area, where I had an appointment with a client.

Alisa and David, you two are definitely owed a very public THANK YOU for all of your support that weekend. I hope you have some idea how much your words meant to me at that very low moment I was feeling professionally. (On an unrelated matter.) :)


I work on the assumption that all of my clients trust me implicitly to do my job without any direction whatsoever, and that is how the vendor-client relationship SHOULD function. If you don't trust your vendors, then you shouldn't hire them. With your other vendors (djs, hairstylists, etc) you should be communicating and probably meeting several times before the wedding. The communication level is very high, and on the day of, they just do what they are supposed to do. With a photographer, once you're booked, I don't need a single thing from you until the week of the wedding. All I need is my final confirmation, which most importantly tells me where to go and when to show up, and then I do my job. And you trust me to do my job, which is to capture every single important moment as it happens, to keep an eye on the timeline and make sure things run smoothly, to make sure people who aren't supposed to see you before the ceremony don't, and those that do, do; to either help guide you to the best location for photographs or orchestrate it on my own, to keep an eye on the light, and to watch the clock and the guests to make sure you actually have people there at the reception when the time comes to toss the garter or cut the cake and that people haven't drifted away, among many, many other things like fixing bustles and giving directions on cutting cake...

That's what I do, and I do it without having to think about it. I don't need any direction or guidance to do that (although a schedule is very helpful) as it is ingrained in me. If I were to write out directions, or a guide as to what I do and how I operate on wedding day, it would far exceed 40 pages typed. It's alot, but as a vendor, I am the expert on my own job. I don't know a thing about being a dj and would never try to manage that, and I don't expect you to know a thing about photography and don't expect you to manage that either. As the expert on myself and my own role, my place is to guide you to make sure you get the best experience possible. And that is exactly what I strive to do. Even if it means rubbing my entire body ( and wedding work-outfit) on the outside of some dilapidated old pick up truck to make sure you won't get a speck of dust or fleck of paint on your suit. That's just me. I crawl on the floor, climb light poles and use my body as a giant duster. I'm flyin' my freak flag for ya ladies.

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Anyway, LOOOOONG post here, 83 pictures from Alisa and David's wedding! And THANK YOU one more time Alisa! I don't know what I would have done without your encouragement that day!
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The new family!

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Uh, oh the waves attacked!!!

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Reception Details

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2 comments:

Alisa and David said...

Thanks so much Emily...you are Bloomingdales to me!! (I have always been a Target girl though)

Kristin said...

LOOK GREAT!! Keep up the hard work!!! Love the cakes and she looked beautiful!!!