JOSE VILLA & JOEL SERRATO
a year ago over a lovely breakfast JOEL & JOSE
asked me to be their wedding photographer…
i was so touched that they would want me to document their nuptials…
to be honest, i was a bit nervous…i felt such a responsibility to capture
the beauty of another photographer’s & film-maker’s celebration…
soooo, i suggested that we do an engagement session….
although we knew one another & had great mutual respect for each other…i
felt it was important that the rapport between us, translated well in images…..
JOSE & JOEL were absolutely gracious every step of the way….
they let me, and even encouraged me to just shoot as i like…
never giving direction & always open to any suggestion i had….
we photographed both in their home & in the
beautiful countryside near where they reside….
it was an absolutely gorgeous day….
we laughed…we photographed…..
i was deeply moved by their genuine love & affection….
spending this time together was valuable to all of us…i
think it created an ease & comfort level between us, that truly
resonated into the photographs of their wedding day….
as much as i’d like to share JOEL & JOSE’s wedding images….
their wedding is slated to run in a national magazine in 2012….
(so they must remain private until publication)
it was such a pleasure & an honor to be part of their beautiful love story…
i was so touched by this lovely thank you note i
received from JOSE & JOEL i simply had to share…
we haven’t had the opportunity to write you a proper email because it’s so hard to find the words to describe how grateful and fortunate we feel for having you create such beautiful memories for us. the truth is that we never imagined the emotions that would take over every time we see our beautiful photos, they are better than anything we could have ever imagined…we’ve tried writing this email before… tears and all but no words in the american dictionary could ever describe our internal feelings of gratitude and appreciation for what you have created and captured for us.
we’ve been together for almost 8 years and we had never been photographed before so we were nervous about facing our image on film. jose proposed first in mazatlan mexico,one of our first getaways together and joel proposed a year later, we enjoyed our engagement for 3 years. the duration of being engaged for so long was a beautiful part of our relationship and we enjoyed every bit of it, we experienced more and learned more about each other in that time than ever before. looking at all our photographs brings back so many happy emotions from 8 years of life together.
when we first got engaged there was no doubt you elizabeth messina would capture our memories, it sounds funny but we would even have dreams about the actual emotions we would feel after receiving the photos and i have to say that the dream was probably a prepping of many tears of joy after receiving the first batch of engagement photographs in our hands, prints, all on FILM. elizabeth when you hand delivered these to us at our rehearsal dinner, we didn’t even want to join everyone, we just wanted to sit and see all of our photos. how could someone see our love in this way? how could someone capture our emotions and love so perfect? elizabeth when you stepped out of the room we unwrapped more and more of our photos batch per bath and could not believe our eyes, we hugged and cried.
thank you elizabeth for making this experience for us simple, and about us. we will never be able to thank you enough. we can’t wait to start a family and have you capture us as a whole.
we love you,
jose & joel
to see more of their engagement check out
the always inspirational STYLE ME PRETTY…
love is beautiful….xoxo