My visit to Pismo Beach for Katrina and Janine’s wedding was the second time I visited the central California coast, and just as it did the first, the views and perfect temperatures took my breath away.
On Friday night, I joined Katrina and Janine and their fun loving families and friends on the beach for a fire and cookout. It was relaxing and intimate; the perfect pre-wedding day gathering in a quaint beach town. I even had a fantastic conversation with Janine’s dad about enjoying our days fully; his zest for life was infectious.
The following afternoon, this duo prepped separately, laying eyes on one another during their first look, with big beautiful smiles. Kisses and a big embrace ensued as they admired their spouse to be. Soon we ventured around the boardwalk, pier, and beach for their portraits. They couldn’t stop laughing and wholeheartedly enjoying each other’s presence. They were at their favorite place in the world together, moments away from marriage.
Wedding party photos were also fun and playful, complete with the cutest ring bearer ever, their dog Sasha. (For anyone who asks, the answer is always, always, yes. Please bring your fur babies to your engagement, wedding, anniversary session, etc.)
On the beach that late afternoon, Katrina and Janine married. For this supportive, outdoorsy couple, it was fitting. With the strength of the Earth under their toes, their love was sealed with a kiss of their beloved ocean air to carry with them as they travel throughout life.
That evening, they shared a first dance in the upstairs restaurant overlooking the beach. Katrina and her father shared a sentimental dance together, while Janine and her father made us all laugh with their playful dance. Then, to our surprise, a guest wrote “J & K” in the sand which prompted gorgeous, colorful sunset photos to round out the evening.
Venue + Coordination + Catering: SeaVenture Hotel
Officiant: Barbara Koenig | Florals: Shell Beach Floral Design
Cake: Cake Cathedral | Hair & Makeup: Rhyan Townsend
Katrina’s Dress: Maggie Sottero | Janine’s Suit: Express