It was a hot day. Not unbearably hot, but the kind of heat that warms your skin and makes you feel glowy. But Mary Jane and Leon didn’t need the sun to achieve that kind of glow – just looking at each other as they prepared to become husband and wife was enough for that.
On a perfect Santa Barbara day, MJ and Leon exchanged vows filled with laughter and smiles. With the sand squishing through their toes, they shared their joy and happiness with friends and family who laughed and smiled right along with them.
Here they are getting ready for the big day. MJ has become quite the arts and crafts guru while planning her wedding. She made all her own jewelry, plus that of her bridesmaids. By the way, her bridesmaids? Amazing. They took care of her like superstars.
MJ and Leon opted to see each other before the wedding ceremony, something that’s often referred to as the “first look.” I’m happy they did, because it allowed us to take advantage of Santa Barbara’s beautiful scenery and gave them more time to spend with friends and family after the ceremony.
The only comment Leon could make when he first saw MJ? “That’s my wife!” I think she stunned him with her gorgeousness, because that’s exactly what she was. Stunning.
I have to say, having a wedding on a public beach when the weather is perfect for sunbathing presents some…challenges. Most people were really forgiving when we asked them to move out of our line of sight, so we did our best!
Congratulations again, MJ and Leon! Many, many thanks for letting me and Edwin be a part of your special day – I hope we did you guys justice.