When Jessica and I first made contact early in January, she was initially hesitant about wedding photography because her wedding was small and her budget was limited. The more I talked to them, the more I realized that Jessica and Taishi truly just wanted their small wedding to be about them declaring and celebrating their love and union in front of their family and friends.
She was going to be married at her church in West Covina, have her $60 wedding dress from China tailored, and constantly be on the lookout for flowers she could handpick for her decorations at her simple lunch reception. She was forgoing many traditional aspects of weddings, such as bouquet tossing, dancing or having bridesmaids and groomsmen. She and Taishi handmade the small wedding favors and their cupcake wedding cake was having the finishing touches put on by their friends an hour before the ceremony.
Jessica and Taishi loved my black and white photography and apreciated my documentary approach to weddings. I knew I had to photograph her wedding. I would find a way to make it work.
I offered a unique wedding package for her - a wedding documented in all black and white. To me, this was one of the most beautiful and loving weddings I have photographed, and I believe that seeing this wedding in black and white shows the love and emotion of that day earnestly and completely.