I have been photographing weddings in Corpus Christi for a awhile now, and I’m always excited to hear from couples in that area who are needing a wedding photographer. Melissa and Sacha contacted me for their wedding and with the date still available on my schedule I was eager to join them on their wonderful day.
Catholic weddings are always exciting. I love the opportunity to photograph ceremonies within the ornate and decorative architecture. I also find most priests to be very flexible with their photography requirements giving me plenty of leeway to capture the couple during the marriage sacrament. For Melissa and Sacha the day was fantastic. The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was filled with fun and joy. It was a pleasure to photograph everyone having a great time and enjoying the event.
Celena and Ricky’s marriage ceremony was at Saint Pius Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. I always get excited about Catholic marriage ceremonies, probably because I grew up in the church, but also because the buildings are so ornate with beautiful architecture. It’s exciting toe see the different churches and get to capture wonderful images of the ceremony and mass.
Saint Pius was no exception. It is a wonderful building, and the mass was beautiful. I was limited to photographing the ceremony from only one side of the nave, but that did not pose a problem. The reception was held nearby at the Richard M Borchard Fairgrounds. One of my favorite images was from the limo, with Celena and Ricky getting ready to leave the ceremony.
Complete with a Mariachi, the reception was wonderful. It was such a joy to capture the day for Celena and Ricky. Here is a small sampling of the images from their wedding day.
Jessica and Carl tied the knot this past weekend in a beautiful ceremony on Marriage Island in San Antonio along the Riverwalk. It was such a fitting and emotional ceremony as they professed their love for one another in front of friends, family, and all the passersby that stopped to witness the event.
After the ceremony it was time for a riverboat ride for the guest while the wedding party headed off for some photos and a walking tour of the Riverwalk. The destination? Casa Rio for a reception and dancing late into the night. It was the perfect evening for close family and friends as they enjoyed the music and atmosphere of a special event.
Marriage Island plays host to hundreds of weddings a year, at least that is what guides say to the San Antonio tourists on the riverboats as they go by. I can’t vouch for these numbers, but I do now there was as important wedding there this past week. Marriage Island is the location of the first Catholic Mass along the river conducted by Damian Massanet in June, 1691, so there is a rich history. Sometime after the Mexican Revolution the area was blessed by Mexican priests and started being used as the location for wedding ceremonies.
As the riverboats slowly passed by Kenzie and Julio exchanged their vows. Here from Houston, their love for the area and for one another made for a perfect atmosphere and a lovely ceremony. Photographing the two was a special moment for me as well seeing as this was the first wedding for me to photograph on Marriage Island. In a short time the ceremony was over, and the formal photos done. Kenzie and Julio were off to enjoy Downtown and the Riverwalk as newlyweds.
Sarah updated her Corresponding Oxymora page a couple days ago. If you have not seen the post, it reveals great insight into marriage and family life. I feel it is one of her most clever posts and it makes me smile every time I read it.
I was completely unaware of our ranking, and honestly completely unaware there was such a list, but according to the Daily Beast, San Antonio ranks as number one on “The Top Cities for Love”. Several factors went into the ranking, with the most interesting of course being marriage. I don’t know how scientific the results are, but it seems like a positive to be on top of the list. Kudos to our neighbor Austin, you came in at #3.
15 years ago today I got married to my true love. I don’t think our story fits the typical engagement/wedding scenario, but there are some aspects that do. I can’t recount the details nearly as perfectly or eloquently as my wife, but then she is a writer you know. She is the literary genius, and I am the numbers person. I wouldn’t change anything at this point. I look back at our engagement and wedding with fondness and joy, knowing that it fits perfectly with who we are.
We have both changed and grown over the years, but our wedding symbolized us, it reflected who we are on the inside. I didn’t know that at the time, and it really is not until now that I can see it clearly. With close family in attendance, we have relied on them over the years to get through tough times. They have been supportive as they were then, and with their help we have made it this far.
The past 15 years have been such a crazy, exciting, complex, interesting, trying, fun, stressful, delightful time. It hardly seems like 15 years of marriage, but it makes me stop and think how blessed I am to have the same woman in my life. One that loves and takes care of me. One who thinks enough about me to tell me when I am wrong, and help me back on the path. One who knows me.
I still have a lot to learn and a lot of growing to do, but I wouldn’t want to do it with any other person besides you, Sarah.