Adam & Marisa (San Luis Obispo)
Adam and Marisa’s love story was a cross between Braveheart and The Band. All except they met at Cal Poly in a landscape architecture class and didn’t ride their horse off into the sunset across Scotland. But who’s comparing? Adam and Marisa are actually dear friend of mine that I have had the pleasure of watching their romance unfold from the beginning. I still remember the way Pelt (Adam’s last name is Peltier) talked about this hot chick who was in a few of his classes. She was a beautiful upscale girl and Pelt was well, a stinky boy. After months of pursuing, Marisa agreed to attend church with him if he would only shower! That was the start of many years of dating off and on. Both Pelt and Marisa have grown so much through their college years as has their love for one another. Those who know them well, know that they balance each other beautifully.
It has been fun for Anna and I to hear their wedding plans and dreams over the months that preceded their event. Pelt wanted for his groomsmen to look rough and rugged like The Band. Marisa wanted them to look a little on the sharper side, so a shave and haircut was in order. Sunnie Brook styled both Pelt and Marisa’s hair. Because they love hiking and camping so much Holland Ranch was just the perfect setting for their nature-themed wedding. Marisa’s dress was from Claire Pettibone in Beverly Hills. She bought her headpiece off of a Etsy store. A good friend Lindsey Hume triple-featured as a bridesmaid, guitar player/singer and the florist. I photographed her beautiful wedding a couple years ago. I remember snapping a couple pictures of Pelt + Marisa on their dance floor hoping they would get married and have me as their photographer. ;) DJ Malik Miko kept the sweet tunes flowing well into the night.
I am so in love with their portraits right now! Marisa has been studying my work for awhile so she knew just what to do in front of the camera, while Pelt just played along. They also got to practice their engagement pictures for my Fall In Love Workshop earlier this year. We shot them at Holland ranch then as well and Marisa wanted desperately to pose with the horses. They weren’t having it then… So we were thrilled when the horses just walked right into the groomsmen shots. Just before dinner I loaded the couple in my wagon and drove across the ranch to where the horses were grazing to see if they would let Marisa join for a few images. They were more than willing and Marisa and I were so happy!