That pretty much sums up every 4th of July I've ever had during the better part of these 2 decades. The whole family would be gathered on the deck of my Grandparents' house atop Sonoma Mountain in Napa Valley, overlooking several counties and their subsequent firework displays. We'd all be wrapped up in blankets, and for 45 minutes we'd watch and listen as each city celebrated our nation's Independence Day.
THIS year, however, Erin and I were in Lake Tahoe to photograph Laura and Randy's wedding! And what a gorgeous wedding it was! Laura and Randy were one of the first couples to book Erin and I when we started shooting; and over the past year we've swapped countless emails getting excited together for this day! Laura is perhaps one of the kindest and sweetest human beings on the planet and we could no wait to drive up and finally see her and Randy!
Laura and I go way back to college days at Wheaton too, which just means she's that much cooler! ** Sidenote: Okay, so I don't know how long you have to wait until you can use the phrase "go way back to college days," but since we graduated a few years ago :) **
Erin and I felt more like wedding guests than vendors! The hospitality of the Ordway and Brown families were endless, and we felt so fortunate to have been trusted by them to capture such an intimate day. Laura and Randy were married at the Gatekeepers Museum, surrounded by their loved ones, and were so happy to FINALLY be married! We loved getting these two by the lake and drinking in the beautiful wildflowers along the shores! Laura and Randy, THANK YOU so much for including us on something that is only about 947282 times more amazing than fireworks. Your love is a treasure, and there's' nothing like having an anniversary on the 4th of July to always remind you to keep that spark alive! Although, based on these pictures, our guess is that fireworks will be calling YOU! ;)
P.S. The last image is one of my favorites! Erin nailed it! Great shot fiancée ;)