I have been a professional wedding photographer for the last five years, and in the course of my career capturing couples special day, I have NEVER come across a wedding so fun and silly. Chris and Charissa are a young, madly in love, charismatic couple who love to have fun. As the second shooter for this wedding, I got to spend alot of time capturing the groomsmen and groom getting ready and formals, and let me tell you I have never been so entertained. Their wedding was full of genuine love, passion, romance and beauty. I am so glad I got to be a part of their special day at Hidden Oaks Retreat in Rancho Cucamonga. Tucked back in this little corner, the retreat was private, secluded and so gorgeous. Just before the wedding ceremony began, the sun came out and peaked through the tall trees that surrounded the beautiful venue.
Charissa wore a stunning ivory lace wedding dress with crystal shoes.
As a special request from the groom, we had to sneak in a ring photo on a guitar.
The bridesmaids cerulean blue and gold necklaces were probably some of my all time favorites, the complimented the pink and white peonies and ranunculi bouquets perfectly!
I love that the bride coordinated all the girls champagne dresses and let them mix and match for an eclectic feel to the wedding.
Charrisa is such a creative bride, she hand made all of the awesome feather and pine cone boutonnieres for the groom and groomsman.
As a gift, the best man bought Chris a sword from the Hobbit movie series, so naturally we had to do lots of fun photos with it.
No words can describe the fun…..
Charrisa and Chris chose not to see each other before the wedding, but still wanted to pray together before the ceremony so we staged a first look without them actually looking, it was perfect.
There were lots of tears during the grooms prayer at the ceremony.
We loved shooting at the Hidden Oaks Retreat, there were so many gorgeous hidden areas to shoot and capture these beautiful portraits.
Venue| Hidden Oaks Retreat, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lead Photographer | Heather Smith Photography