The adventure with Shirley and Jay started earlier this year when Shirley contacted me wanting to do some edgy/editorial style engagement photos. After throwing around ideas we settled on the Salton Sea for their engagement shoot. Shirley and Jay drove all the way out from Arizona and braved the intense heat out in one of California’s most desolate and dilapidated locations for a day of crazy fun and stunning photos! It was fun to get to play around with the location, light, clothes, but most of all – Shirley and Jay. They were both excited to try different things and get out of the box and they definitely came prepared! We were there for a good 5-6 hours and we barely touched their wardrobe options! We had a total blast that day in spite of the heat and the bugs and throughout the day I feel like I really got to know these amazing people. So jump ahead now to their destination wedding at the Hamilton Cove on Catalina Island and as you can imagine, it was another amazing, beautiful, and dare I say, epic day! Not to mention they were married on a pretty amazing date: 10-10-10!! The fog was just starting to dissipate for the ceremony and some of the earlier portraits making for an almost surreal and dreamy feel that I loved. The ceremony was a beautiful and intimate gathering of their family and closest friends set right on the coast followed by a small reception held at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens just up the hill. This was a fantastic location with a view and an amazing stone tower at the top of the hill where we got some fun shots. Oh and all of the details from the day were hand made/crafted/designed by the bride herself! All in all I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Shirley and Jay and I feel honored to have worked with such an amazing, kind, funny, caring, and encouraging couple. I wish the all the best and much love and success!