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Amanda & Matthew, Santa Barbara Beach Wedding

Amanda & Matthew

Matthew is Tim’s little brother. Amanda is his fresh little Mrs. and long time love. They married on the beach they first met, Carpinteria State Beach. At just 20 years old, they both had summer jobs working at the camp grounds and were introduced to each other by Amanda’s aunt. Flash forward 8 years and here we are back at that same beach with Amanda’s aunt officiating their ceremony. I’m a sucker for a back story that comes full circle.

A lot of people asked me if I would still “have fun” if I was photographing my brother in law’s wedding, and wouldn’t I enjoy it more if I just got to relax and be a guest? Here’s the thing with me and how my mind works. I view the world the same through my lens as I do with my own eyes and heart. I do know that when I photograph someone, I absorb the memory more deeply. Its like taking notes in class to remember for a test. You want that information to really stick. Being included in some of the most important times in people’s lives is a big deal. I am handed this responsibility to deliver tangible mementos to someone who just experienced the fastest day of their lives. There will be details and faces they forgot they saw,  appetizers they didn’t get to taste, and conversations they don’t recall. Your wedding day being a total blur is just sort of the nature of the beast. Great sensory overload and though it really shouldn’t be this way, sometimes it is. Every year I am chosen by a group of couples, looking for that person to show them their day. Entrusted with doing it justice. Its major, and incredibly exciting. So for these guys, MY FAMILY- the desire to give them mementos that a “stranger” couldn’t give, was so strong. I know them, I know their family, we have some of the same friends. It felt a million times more special this way.

It was a day that had been a long time coming, for two special people who work really hard (and play even harder- hello, Tiki Bars)! they love family, food, travel, laughter. Truly they are a perfect match, and we’re gonna keep em’ forever.

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