We first met Hannah and Geoffrey just over a year ago, when we photographed Hannah’s sister’s wedding in Antigua, Guatemala. A few things were different then; for one, I was sporting a large baby belly, and Hannah and Geoffrey were just dating. During our time in Guatemala, we were so warmly welcomed by the family and it was hard to say goodbye at the end of the trip. Luckily, we were invited back into the family for Hannah’s turn at the altar, and it was just like coming home. Needless to say, two weddings in, I am getting pretty comfortable in my role as the honorary fourth sister!
Hannah and Geoff married in Los Angeles, the city they currently call home. The event was cool and laid-back, yet super hip and trendy (do people still say “hip”?), just like Hannah and Geoff. Throughout the day they drank beer and took occasional puffs from their vaporizer. They spent quality time together; rereading their vows aloud to each other and recalling moments from the ceremony. And they laughed. A lot. Couples don’t often get the chance to just be together on their wedding day, and I loved that Hannah and Geoff chose to have this alone time during which they could exchange stories as the day was still unfolding.
We had intended to take portraits of Hannah and Geoff in their neighbourhood of Venice Beach the day following the wedding, but southern California experienced a rare rainy day so we rescheduled for a week later, when we were back in the area. The typical warm, sunny California weather was back and we were treated to a perfect evening for their day-after-turned-one-week-anniversary portrait session. Just like the wedding, the day was completely stress-free as we visited iconic Venice locations like the skatepark, the Venice sign, the murals, and the beach. Hannah and Geoff traveled in style in Geoff’s vintage Ford truck, and they exemplified the meaning of the word “patience” as Daniel had them drive along the beach “just one more time” about a dozen times so he could get his shot! As Daniel finished up this final photograph, and I entertained our (also very patient!) son Max who had been “assisting” us throughout the shoot, I was overcome with a sense of gratitude for the last year and for the opportunity to be a part of this family’s life for another momentous occasion. Hannah and Geoff, you were so good to us, and we loved being there with you as you tied the knot in style. We hope to be involved in your lives again soon! (There’s still a third sister!)