We've all heard the term "shit happens". And sadly for Jen & Eric, ALL of the "shit" happened on their wedding day. I was SO excited to photograph their Calamigos Ranch wedding. However, as fate would have it, for the first time in my life, I came down with an incredibly severe (& almost life-threatening as my doctor's put it) case of pneumonia which caused me to be hospitalized for a month. The month of Jen & Eric's wedding. As I was sitting in my hospital room, progressively getting worse, I realized there was no way I was going to be discharged in time. I cried. I felt horrible to be missing their big day. I'd never been late to, let alone missed a wedding prior to this hospitalization & the thought of letting them down broke my heart. I had lost my voice from all of the coughing & was on oxygen, so I couldn't even make a phone call, but rather had to relay all of this information via email. In the meantime I reached out to my amazing network of fellow photographers to find a replacement. To my delight, my friend & mentor Jeremy Chou contacted me saying he was available & would love to help me out in this way. I cried ... like literally bawling my eyes out. I don't think I've ever been so overwhelmed & grateful knowing that these amazing clients were in such capable & talented hands.
Fast forward to their wedding day. Jeremy gets into a car accident ... air bags & all, which totaled his vehicle. After exchanging information, he literally uber'ed from the scene directly to the wedding venue! Sadly there were issues with Jen's hair & makeup, florals, etc. All of the details she had invested so much time & energy into weren't as she dreamed. However, she's got a great attitude & outlook & at the end of the day they were happily married.
For their 1 year anniversary, I thought it would be fun to put together a small styled shoot for this sweet couple. I am so grateful for clients who are kind, compassionate & understanding & I wanted to give them something that would last a lifetime. So I contacted a few of my wedding industry friends to see what we could come up with. Thanks to the incredibly talented hair & makeup artist Emily Wright & our amazingly gifted florist Stacey Deutsch, we were able to provide Jen & Eric with a beautiful anniversary session! Hanger provided by the amazingly talented Jess.