Upon arrival, Carlie and I started collecting a few of the details to photograph before the timeline would start to pick up speed. We set up the shoes, the dress, and a few other pieces like the custom emergency kit prepared by one of the bridesmaids. And just before it came time to don the dress, there was a knock on the door.
In walked Joey’s older brother, Brett… not with one gift, but with a stack of them. He shuffled past the makeup kits and curling irons, to the edge of the room where Tina sat, and he announced that yes there were many gifts and yes there was a specific order. She started with a single card, and proceeded to open gift after gift, and those of us in the room all felt like we were watching a scene from ‘The Notebook’ unfold before us. Tina opened up an easel, and paints, and all the intricacies required to bring back her old passion for painting.
Then, after the final gift, and a closing letter from Joey professing his adoration and commitment… after all of that… came the encore.
Brett set down his iPhone atop the bed, tapped the screen and we all waited with baited breath. A melodic tune, a single guitar, bounced out of the little black screen, and before long we were all laughing at the tune we recognized as ‘Lady in Red’ now adapted as ‘Lady in White’ as Joey sang his own lyrics just for his bride. The song moved from a romantic serenade to an upbeat rap, and though it was definitely entertaining that song was so much more.
It was obvious that Joey had fallen for Tina, and that he is the kind of man willing to risk it all for the woman he loves. There is no better picture of love, and Carlie & I are so excited for you two. Your great-grandparents have set the bar high, and it was so great to have them there on your wedding day. But now, it’s your turn. And, we can’t wait for the next 62 years, if we are that lucky to still be around, to hear the stories you will create – stories that all started on a single day, with a single song, between two people madly in love.
Behind every great wedding is a great team of wedding vendors. Much thanks to those we had the pleasure to work alongside for Tina and Joey’s wedding at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente: Tara of Sweet Blossom Designs : Austin and Josh of Paperback Weddings : Tim Espinosa of Invisible Touch DJ’s : All Smiles Photobooth : Pastor Josh Griffin : Michael of Talega Golf Club :
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