Chelsea & Ryan

Chelsea and Ryan's wedding day is finally here! They originally planned to get married in fact, we were supposed to share an anniversary. And when their postponed date rolled around, they knew they didn't want to wait any longer to be husband and wife.

Like every couple that's managed to get married this year, they had to make a lot of changes and sacrifice a lot of their original wedding day vision. But with the help of family and friends, they pulled off an absolutely beautiful and meaningful day! I mean, any wedding day that ends with a drive through McDonalds and catching the end of the Dodgers playing a World Series game is a great day, right?!

So let's chat a little bit about first looks...I always encourage my couples to have them! Some decide in favor and some don't, which is fine! But, I think I'll forever being showing Chelsea and Ryan's first look to future couples in order to sway them in favor of one...because ohmygoodness these might be some of my favorite first look shots! So much emotion was captured in their faces and the photos are proof of how long they had waited for this day and how happy they were to finally be getting married! And some couples opt for private first looks...and some don't. Chelsea and Ryan allowed their immediate family to watch just out of frame...and I think that made the moment even sweeter!

This also marks my first time shooting at the stunning Bridgeport in Valencia! If you're familiar with the area, you've seen the lighthouse from the street when driving's beautiful and it's been on my bucket list for a very long time! But the whole venue is absolutely gorgeous...and it was twice as special for Chelsea and Ryan because Ryan proposed here as well!

Chelsea and Ryan, watching the two of you finally get to say your vows was an honor to witness! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. O'Donoghue!