“I was hoping for a little more blue sky”…Amanda sighed as we hiked up the hill to the Castle atop Whiteface Memorial Highway. Trust me…it’s going to be beautiful.And beautiful they are. Self professed sillies Amanda and Kevin have a little more hot romance in them then they let me in on when we first got started. We laughed, we froze to death while the wind whipped around us a few thousand feet up in the air, and then we ended our afternoon on the historic stone bridge in Wilmington, with the mountains smiling down on us from the beautiful blue sky that Amanda was hoping for. These two are getting married here in the Adirondacks next fall, and I am so excited to see what life has in store for them.
I’ve been making a million notes lately, and you’ll all be seeing some changes to the Northwood and heathergallaher.com sites in the coming weeks; and this little bit is one of themI’ve been putting a great deal of thought into the way I present images, and in the past I’ve shown the great majority of a collection in the blog feature; which I love to do…because I love sharing, and I have lovely, beautiful clients that I want to show the world. However, I feel that it can be overwhelming. Dauting, even, if you have a slow internet connectionMoreover, I felt it took away from the feeling of a moment. This time I spend with my clients, with my friends; it is a collection of moments. It isn’t an hour, or two or five. It isn’t’ a day. It is a collection of split seconds in time, frozen for them to savor, to relive, to feel again and again through this imagery. So going forward, these features will be a moment. Sometimes two…at a most 3. Collection links will be shared should readers wish to view them via my online galleries; but I’d like to get back to the basics of writing and connecting here on the blog….because that’s what I came here for. To connect. With you. To share with you what I feel when I do this work, to share my life with you, to share your thoughts and ideas and to do my best to serve each of you on this journey.
For today friends, this moment. Alexis and Scott; shot at San Pasqual Valley Ranch in Escondido. These two embody beautiful, youthful love (and they line dance…so I basically find them perfect) and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next summer. Thanks for coming down you two. xx
There’s nowhere that I wouldn’t follow
There’s nothing that I won’t do for your kiss
I love you like there’s no tomorrow
Cause nothing ever felt like this
There’s nothing I won’t steal or borrow
I’ll travel on a boat or aeroplane
I’ll explore a world of sorrow
Cause when I find you I know, I know I’ma be OK
See the times are changing
And I’m sure of nothing that I know
Except this is us, and this is love, and this is where I’m home
In a world that’s breaking, where nothing is for keeps
Oh this is us, this is love and this is where I sleep
This is us, this is love and this is where I sleep.
Will and Rae are this beautiful kind of river together. Their currents are independent, yet they come together and swirl to form this powerful, emotional force that makes you stop and just watch. Just appreciate them. There are no apologies for who they are, who they have been. No rationalizations for what they’ve done or where they’re going. Just the here, the now, and the joy that is spending time with them. Will’s ear to ear smile when he see’s his magical girl, even if she’s only been away 5 minutes. The way she laughs when he whispers things to her. The way they breath the same breath together even when a hundred people are watching.
It’s always an honor and privilege to document love stories, and even more so when I walk away knowing that not only have I just witnessed the beginning of a lifetime of loving – but I am walking away a better person than I was when I walked in. Thank you both for inspiring me. xx
It all started two years ago, this month.
A friend said, “I have this friend who just got engaged, and really wants to do her engagement photos at the fair. Would you do that?” Yes. Clearly I would do that. “I’ll introduce on you on Facebook.” Ok. Awesome.
Fast forward a week.
The San Diego County Fair is here.
And so are Dom, Steph, Mike (Steph’s dad..our beloved wardrobe man) and I.
No consults. No back and forth about hair, about shoes, about whether or not he wears jeans. No no. Not these two. They show up looking like Hollywood had a date with Hells Angels and had a child named Fucking Awesome. Forgive my language. My soul was doing backflips.
So we did their esesh, it was amazing. We hung out more, it was amazing. We became friends…and now I’m overusing the word amazing. I’ve gotten to know their families, helped reorganize Steph’s closet, critiqued venues, and finally, it came down to San Francisco.
Stephanie is unlike any girl I know. She is stunningly beautiful…and I mean, knock you on your tail take your breath away I’m sure the paparazzi isn’t far behind beautiful. She is a master of hair, makeup, wardrobe, and being funny. She’s horsey, she’s runway, she’s champagne and green smoothies. Pair her with Dominic – who is one of the few people I’ve ever met that always gets my humor, works on his own bikes and car, is forever dressed to the nines…oh…and also has killer hair and ink to match. Together, they could take on Chuck Norris, I’m quite certain.
So off to San Fran we went. As I’m driving into town, Steph is giving me minute by minute check in’s, to ensure I hurry my butt up and meet them at Morton’s for dinner and drinks. I tornado into my hotel room, throw on something that doesn’t look like I’ve been driving in it for 9 hours, and head off to begin 24 hours of festivities! Wedding day was nothing short of incredible. The guest list was short and made of only of family, and the venue – the San Franscico City Hall – did not disappoint. With it’s sweeping architecture and old world elegance, it made for the perfect backdrop for their vow exchange. We shot some family photos and then the three of us loaded up in their limo to roll around SF and get some awesome bride and groom photos.
The Golden Gate Bridge and a few other amazing locations later – we arrived at their dinner reception hosted by the incredible Spruce. Designed and decorated by the talented Lindsay Lauren Events and LC Florals, the space was breathtaking. The service and cuisine delivered by the staff at Spruce was nothing short of spectacular, and the toasts given by the family had me in tears for about 30 straight minutes. The images speak for themselves…I adore these two and am so fortunate that they found me…and even more so to be able to call them friends. A thousand years of happiness you two. xoxoxo
Hello my love. Today I sit here, and feel the need to share with you some things that need to be said into the open, into the world. Things that somehow always manage to escape me when we are together, words that get lost in our kisses and quieted by the perfect silence of our eyes meeting.
I am yours. There is no truer phrase I could say to you. No simpler words to describe to you my love, my dedication, my desire. In a world where so many things are unclear, the future so ever-changing and uncertain; I want to you to know that I will remain true, not because I must, but because I want to. There may never be a house with a fence in our future, but there will be much more. That house and that fence represent nothing of what we are, for houses are only walls that hold us in, and fences are only to keep us from running. We will have neither. We will have open meadows and the tallest mountains for our backyard, and we will call the sky our home. We will cook breakfast by the river and sleep under the oaks, and spend the days running over the tops of the sierras chasing the light.
You have given me a place to bare my soul, and finally move beyond what I am. With you, I am finally the person I was born to be. I have found the ground I wish to stand on, the place I want to be, and the music has never sounded so sweet. Your fragile, open heart gives me so much strength; and with that strength, the courage to give my heart back to you without strings or hesitation. With you, in you, next to you, I have found a place where truth is comfort, conversation is liberating, and touch is always comfort. Next to you, I have found renewed faith and desire in my own dreams, while growing faith and hope for yours. With you, I am free.
I take you to be the love of my life. For better, or for worse. For richer, or for poorer. In sickness, and in health. To love. To cherish. For as long as my soul lives. I will. I do.