Rocio is a good friend of mine who has modeled for some fine art photography for me. And when she told me she was getting married, I was of course over-joyed for her and her fiancée Aaron. But I also wanted to get into wedding photography, so I asked her if she’d consider having me shoot it.
When she told me that it was going to be at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), I insisted that I photograph it.
I practically grew up at MOPA. During high school I would take the trolly from Imperial Beach to the City College stop and walk the rest of the way to Balboa Park and spend hours in the exhibits, or if I couldn’t afford to get in I would read books in the bookstore. The people were so great and never once tried to kick me out.
Well, as it turns out Rocio and Aaron selected me as their wedding photographer. The ceremony was a small but heartfelt event that was kicked off with a slideshow of pictures of Aaron and Rocio as children and then together as adults. The slideshow was accompanied by Mariachi Musicians playing classical Mexican love songs.
The reception was held in the main atrium with it’s beautiful huge open space and Rocio’s brother gave an endearing speech and welcomed Aaron into their family and hearts.
After dinner and the other toasts, the DJ got the crowd pumped up and effectively turned the Museum into a nightclub with upbeat house music and lights going all over the place.
A little after that Rocio, Aaron and I snuck off for a bit into the gallery and took some photos of just the two of them quietly ending their long and beautiful day.