Monday, around noon, I picked up my cousin Trissa from the Oakland airport excited both in seeing her and the couple I'm shooting at the San Francisco City Hall later on in the day.
A couple of hours later I reach the city and make my way to meet Jessy and Byambaa. I've spoken with Jessy just the week before and we talked for almost half an hour about photographing her wedding. She wanted photos in the City Hall and an outdoor location. She struck me as very organized, precise and knew exactly what she wanted. I like that. I appreciate all the input I could get from my brides (and grooms). It keeps us in the same page.
I walk to Room 168 and see a pretty lady approach me asking if I was Marge. I say yeah. Jessy's dress and accessories were simple and elegant. Her gold sparkly shoes were just fabulous and completed the whole ensemble.
She was mostly speaking in her native language when she wasn't talking to me and again she struck me as somebody who was on top of things. Byambaa, her fiance, on the other hand, was more reserved. He probably knew Jessy was well capable of keeping things in order. They appeared to have almost opposite personalities but the way they looked at each other during the ceremony showed that what they had in common made all the difference. They loved each other.
They were with a few friends and family who kept the event laid back and fun, posing for photos in between the bride and groom. We all walked in and around the building taking group, couple and solo photos. Jessy's one of those people who doesn't need to be extensively coached in front of the camera. Show her where to stand or sit and she'd work it. She evoked confidence and changed it up with every click of the camera. Love it.
Their ceremony was simple and intimate, surrounded with just the right people hand picked by the couple.
To Jessy and Byambaa, it was a pleasure covering your wedding. I enjoyed your company as well as your friends'. The shoot was a breeze and you made it happen. I know you will continue to complement each other and learn from each other's strengths.
Here's to many years ahead!
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