Julie & Berto

Their wedding was held in a beautiful venue set in the oak filled hills of Ramona, CA. Hidden Oaks Venue is the perfect place to host a rustic/country chic ceremony and reception. The day was filled with rustic charm, lots of love and laughter, and plenty of memories.

I first arrived at a cute little country home where the bride was getting ready with the help of her mother and her best friend (and maid of honor). The home was placed on an adjacent property to the where the ceremony and reception was being held, nestled up on a hill. For a few hours, we talked about life, experiences, and how amazing Julie looked when all the final details of her outfit came together.

As the ladies tended to all the last details, I headed down to catch the groom and his best man (also his brother) greet all of the guests as they began to take their seats. A few moments before the bride was set to make her entrance, I met with the boys (as they stood off to the side, gathering their thoughts- and taking a celebratory shot!) and asked the groom, "Any nerves?" and he replied simply, "Not a single one."

The ceremony was beautiful, sweet and personal. The couple incorporated their faith, families and children into the ceremony. My favorite part was watching Berto's reaction when he saw his bride come down the aisle. You could see all the emotion in his eyes, something most men don't show often.

When the ceremony ended we headed away from the wedding guests to capture some personal photos of the couple within the oak trees and surrounding prairie land. We even got to take advantage of a vintage, red GMC truck (SO COOL!!!). This part was particularly fun for me. These moments were the first moments they had together, alone, as a married couple- and I got to witness it!

The evening continued with dinner (really yummy barbeque pulled pork), festivies and lots and lots of dancing.

Julie & Berto embraced me as more than their photographer, they welcomed me to one of the most important days of their lives, as family. I had such a great time capturing their special moments while making some great new friends.

Congratulations to this wonderful couple! I wish you a lifetime of happiness, laughter, fun, love and memories!

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