My husband Josh and I are both photographers, neither of us wedding photographers, but about once a year, we get asked to shoot (and accept!) a family member’s or a friend’s wedding. When Katie mentioned it to Josh, he asked me, and I knew I had to say yes. I hadn’t met Zack yet, but I know Katie’s taste and knew her wedding would be unique and a blast to shoot. So, we said yes! I shot their engagement session and got to meet Zack last year (see blog post here!) and throughout the last few months she’s told me of the little details about their wedding and I knew it was going to be awesome.
This wedding was one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever been to! Throughout the day, you could totally see the love and excitement between the two of them. They had a Day of the Dead theme for their reception, and wouldn’t you know it, when we went out to do some wedding party shots, there was a Day of the Dead festival going on two blocks away! We visited a couple of the same spots we shot their engagement session at, and made sure we snuck in some Festival shots of course.
Their wedding was right as the sun went down, so I knew we were in for a bit of a challenge without a first look and doing their portraits at night. I called Katie the day before hoping she’d let me talk her into a first look, but she said that Zack requested only two things for the wedding and one was to NOT have a first look. He did let us sneak in some shots before the wedding but didn’t look at her, and I have to say, that was probably sweeter than any first look I’ve ever shot or seen. It made the wait that much more worth it (I think) and wouldn’t you know, we got some awesome shots downtown after the wedding!
Their reception started with shots of tequila sitting out waiting for the guests (those were gone quick!) and an amazing band (PopCulture) and lots and lots of dancing. One of my favorite things from a wedding is going through the reception photos with Josh and laughing at all the shots we captured and all the emotion in them and there’s some solid gold ones in this one…haha! Everyone danced hard, the cake and fajita/nacho bar were both amazing, all the little details were perfect. Then these two were sent off with sparklers as Mr. and Mrs. Flores! Such an amazing day and I can’t thank these two enough for trusting two non-wedding photographers to capture their day!!
Venue – Bridgestreet Gallery and Loft
Caterer – La Paz
Cake- Olexa’s Catering, Cafe, and Cakes
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Hair -Happi Rice
Make up – Jodie Ping Elkins