Petaluma Wedding Photographer : Lyndsay & Ray were married at Flying Cloud Farm in Petaluma. As with any November wedding, I was nervous about rain. I knew they had an indoor backup option, but of course you want to be able to have the outdoor wedding you envisioned if possible! It had rained a lot that week, but we lucked out with a gorgeous, semi-warm, sunny day! It was absolutely gorgeous, and I was excited to shoot at Flying Cloud for the first time. What a beautiful venue! The indoor reception area, though split into two levels, has a really neat Italian-villa feeling inside, and their garden area is the perfect ceremony setup.
Lyndsay & Ray have been together for 13 years–yep, high school sweethearts! I just loved hearing about their enduring love story, and being apart of their day. We started the ceremony a little late, so after it finished we had to run around and catch as much remaining light as possible! We had about a half an hour of sun left, and had to squeeze in the family photos, bridal party photos, and bride & groom photos as well. It was truly getting darker by the second, which you can see in some of the photos. It was a little crazy, but we made it work! I totally appreciate Lyndsay & Ray for (literally, at times) running with me, and trusting my expertise and vision. The bridal party & families were also very helpful and attentive, and helped to make this short window a success! Thanks guys!
As usual, I listed my favorite moments from the day:
–The Wedding Crashers: I should preface this by saying Ray is a high school history teacher. When we were walking through the parking area to a new photo location spot, a bunch of teenagers jumped out from behind a car! I didn’t get it at first, but then learned they were students of Ray’s who came to give him their well-wishes. So sweet!
–The Speeches: There were a number of people who gave speeches, which is to be expected after 13 years together! They were all spectacular, but Ray’s brother’s speech was my favorite. He totally got choked up multiple times, and I was (per usual) choking up, too.
–The Hokey Pokey: It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the Hokey Pokey, but just before we left it came on, by request of Ray’s Grandpa. I was able to get a couple of shots of him dancing with the newlyweds, doing the hokey pokey together. It was so sweet!
Mr & Mrs McClintock, I wish you all the best! I know that if you’ve made it this far together, you have nothing but happiness and love ahead of you. Thanks for having us be apart of your special day!
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^ the wedding crashers 😉