I never, in a hundred years, thought that I would be invited to photograph a wedding somewhere outside of California. The groom and I first met a few years ago in Ensenada, Mexico on a missionary trip with Bethany Slavic Missionary church and their Amistad Ministries Project. I got a phone call from Ben asking if I photograph weddings and I was asked for my availability on a specific week. I didn't know this was a destination wedding in the beginning, but he mentioned that I needed to be in New Orleans, Louisiana. I told him that I was available and things went on from there. I asked Ben if he was looking for photo or video as well? He said photos but told me that he will talk to his fiancé to see if they wanted to include video. I contacted my good friend Val from LuxFilms to ask him if he was available that week for a wedding. I surprised him when I told him it's a Carnival Dream Cruise Wedding and we were to shoot a wedding in Honduras. As always, Val was down with the idea. *Note: I didn't want to be alone with strangers so that's why I was really hoping Val would come with me.*
Shooting with Paul and Olya was really fun. We didn't have too much time to shoot as we planned for an all-day shoot. Little did you know that in our Slavic culture, hardly anyone is ever on time. We met up at the golden gate park in San Francisco, ca at around 3pm and only had an hour to shoot there before we had to go to half moon bay. I hate being rushed. I like to take my time and perfect a shot. But sometimes you have visitors, dog walkers, tourists, and nosy people that won't let you have your way. Being on a time crunch was one of the hardest things. It's sure one heck of a responsibility to fulfill when there is no "Second chance." with the help of my girlfriend Oksana Kambur we managed to knock this out quite easily. The bridal party was well behaved and listened to my every request. Here are some of my favorites from this day.