If you've seen our class on Creative Live, then you are no stranger to Sarah and Aaron's wedding! They were gracious enough to let us use them and their wedding as an example of how we approach weddings from a storytelling point of view, from an informal meeting to the event itself. We even sported GoPros on our cameras so the Creative Live audience could be there with us as we navigated each situation. It was kinda intense, and we are so lucky to have had Sarah and Aaron agree to go along with it! The response we got from students was incredible, and we could not have done it without Sarah and Aaron's participation.
But before her role on Creative Live, Sarah had a role as a recurring wedding guest for us. A good friend of the Veal sisters, Eliza (Guatemala, 2014), Hannah (Los Angeles, 2015), and Maddie (Yosemite, June 2018 - coming soon!), Sarah had seen us in action and knew that she wanted us there when it was her turn to tie the knot. Lucky for everyone, she met her match in Aaron, a "hot Mexican hipster" (as Eliza described him in her speech). When we met them at their home in Los Angeles, just a few days before we all flew to Mexico for their wedding, we discussed everything that was special and important to them. Mezcal, and the lengths Aaron was taking to have the very best to serve to his guests, how much they love Casa Hyder, the eccentric home they'd rented in the heart of San Miguel de Allende to host the wedding, and of course the guests, friends and family who were near and dear to them, and some who could not be there.
This wedding came with a lot of pressure for us. Creative Live for one (we'd never had GoPros attached to our cameras following our every move!), but also the kind of pressure that comes from going to an incredible location with a bunch of other recurring guests.
Well, what can I say, this wedding delivered. Sarah and Aaron were everything we want in a couple: in love, and in the moment. The wedding weekend kicked off as Mojigangas (puppets) and a tequila donkey led Sarah and Aaron's Callejoneada (parade) to the welcome dinner which set the scene with some emotional speeches and many (many) delicious drinks. When we caught up with Sarah and Aaron the next day, the morning of the wedding, they were rehearsing their first dance on the rooftop before heading their separate ways to get ready. As an ode to the original Veal sisters' wedding, Eliza and Seth's, got dressed on the roof. The rest of the day alternated between tears and laughter, which went late into the night as guests then alternated between the dance floor and the many nooks and crannies of Casa Hyder. It was a like a treasure hunt for us: "Can you find the guest drawing the portrait of another guest? What about the man playing the piano? Do you see the couple getting cozy in the corner?" It was our second time at Casa Hyder, yet we still discovered new and interesting spots that we missed the first time.
Our greatest hope for couples on their wedding day is that they enjoy it to the fullest, together. Needless to say, Sarah and Aaron did exactly that, and as photographers, what else could we possibly need?!