Oh Liz and Paul. I consider them part of my extended family. Even though we live on opposite sides of the city, our relationship’s strength never wavers. They invite me into their home and cook delicious things for me, and always support me during whatever I’m going through. When I leave, it’s sad. They’re like best friends and parents all in one. I know they are always there for me, and I always know they love me. I am tickled by their brilliant punnery and witty banter, and emotionally fulfilled by Liz’s cooking and care. Paul and I met when I was a teenager; at the time, my dad was dancing with the Tapestry Dance company, and Paul was doing lighting design. I can’t even really remember how we came back into each other’s lives, but I’m so glad we did. When Liz showed up, it was golden. Just absolutely perfect. They’re probably the only couple I know that I could ask to tease each other relentlessly, and they would do so with wild abandon and still be totally in love. They love movies, fantasy, games, and coffee. Paul’s into table-top RPGs. They of course love Dr. Who, and last time I was over, we watched Brave and all cried. Their hugs are legendary.
Last Saint Patrick’s day, these two were married under a beautiful Oak Tree at Commons Ford Ranch. I was a budding wedding photographer and had the pleasure of documenting their day. Fast forward one year, and they ask me to do anniversary photographs. What I love about photographing them is that they just play. They let the goofy and silly spill out everywhere, and then Liz gives Paul those gorgeous looks while he’s talking, the kind that communicate “I love you, deeply.” In fact, one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken is one of Liz’s epic looks at their wedding:
You can’t beat it. Basically, this couple adores the heck out of each other, fully embraces and LOVES their quirks and nerdiness, and are always in touch with the fact that they’re partners, no matter what else is going on. Being around them is beyond joy, and being able to look at photos of them whenever I want is pure joy.
For this session, they enjoyed the traditional consumption of their wedding cake and some bubbly surrounded by their favorite movies and Dr. Who trinkets. Paul even brought his sonic screwdriver. It totally worked on the front door to the Villa, but we knew it was morally wrong and didn’t go inside. Here they are, in all their glory and adorableness!