Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Waterfront Hilton, Huntington Beach, CA ~ First Same Sex Marriage 2013

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach. It was outdoors at the gazebo just as the sun was setting. (Check out their site, they link to a live view of the beach!)

 The Hilton is very organized on timing and the transition from one event to the other. I have to say, I was impressed. We were given a very limited amount of time to work and my job was especially limited as I had no time to "play". It was get the shot the first time or NOT.

The cake was lovely. "Hats off to the Decorator!"

The florist made several very tall arrangements and placed them along the walkway up to the gazebo. After the ceremony they were placed on the tables as the centerpieces. Again, my job was to shoot the decor prior to guests arriving - so I had to improvise. By the time I would be able to shoot the table decor, it would be dark and filled with guests. Not fair to say "please do not sit until the photographer has been here."

Below is a shot of the table with only the short arrangements. Still very lovely.

But - here is my end result. Photoshop works magic. Shooting the tall arrangements and placing them on the table after the fact gave me flexibility and the end result was better than not getting the shot at all.

I made a sign for them as fun props, I usually try to work in my photo booth, but not on this one so instead just a quick fun shot. One side said "The Mister" and the other read "Just" "Married". Every groom should have one! It made them smile.

A fabulous wedding. And all planned within a few weeks. (No kidding!)
And thus I leave you with a few marriage quotes:

"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile." - Unknown

"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together." - Barbara Cage

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

And my favorite:
"If you live to be 100, I hope to be 100 minus 1 day, So I never have to live without you."
- Winnie the Pooh

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