My beautiful Alana and Matt. They waited and searched with patience for the right person. The frustration of dating, the doubt that sets in, the question if it will ever happen. One day, in the middle of the desert, surrounded by mutual friends, they took one look at each other and suddenly, understood what the wait was all about.
// Cut to five people on a beach getting married. A couple who can't stop kissing. Vows that were said with tears in their eyes (meanwhile I was trying to see through my viewfinder through my own tears). It was like watching a movie you get completely lost in and all of a sudden it's over and you're snapped back to reality.
A wedding heavy on the ceremony (plus a mini ceremony for guests) because that's what Alana and Matt are all about. They focus on each other and what is important to THEM. Expressing exactly how they felt about each other that day was the priority, which only made me love them more. Couples who do what they want and not what is expected.
No crowds to entertain, just the two of them making each other laugh and when they realized they forgot the rings in the hotel room, it didn't matter. Enter seaweed found in the sand for a makeshift ring instead.
A year ago when Alana asked me to shoot her wedding I told her I could see her wedding already in my mind. I just needed to show up and press the button. I was right.