Marisa and Richard’s story starts when Marisa decided to join an online dating site to get material for her blog early last year. She and a friend had a blog where they wrote about the complexities of being single and since the online dating idea was hers, she got to sign up and start finding material ;) Two weeks in and Marisa was ready to call it quits as she was certain she had gathered enough research for a blog post. And then it happened, she got a ‘non-creepy’ message from some Canadian and just couldn’t let it go unanswered. Sure she waited two weeks before she actually answered, poor guy, but she did answer and what happened next is exactly what she least expected.
Marisa was living in South Africa at the time and Richard was in North Africa so after a few emails they began to Skype…..and Skype….and Skype. Mid way through the year while Marisa was on her way home for a visit they had their first date….in London! They had 23 hours to see if what they had developed over emails and Skype was the real deal. And they knew it to be true the moment they saw each other. A few weeks after that Richard visited her in South Africa and from there they were thinking and dreaming about what the future may hold.
They were engaged in North Africa on a trip to visit him and the wedding plans began! Matt & I were so excited to hear that they would be getting married here and that we’d get to capture their special day. We have known Marisa for years, but it has been fun getting to know Richard as well (especially since he is a fellow Canadian and grew up very close to where I did and knows some of my cousins and he’s a photographer……what are the odds?!).
Their wedding is a piece of their story, and we love that we got to capture it for them!
Marisa’s dress hanging on her mom’s hutch, so pretty!
Matt playing with shadows.
About to get in her dress, can you sense the excitement?!
Her mom and sis helping get her all buttoned up…..sorry Richard she didn’t heed your request for no buttons ;)
Richard looking dashing in his suit.
The gorgeous Marisa.
The moment he sees her.
Nothing but smiles these two have for each other.
It was a lovely spring day.
And a little gangsta….
But mostly just love :)
So sweet together.
Bride + Groom.
During their ceremony they washed each others feet symbolizing how they vow to serve one another throughout their marriage.
The crowd is excited to introduce the new Mr & Mrs!
On the way to the reception we had to make a couple stops….
Marisa always wanted pictures with a weeping willow tree for her wedding so naturally we stopped at a private residence to get these next few pictures. The owner was all to happy to accommodate the happy couple.
Then it was time to bring out the chair.
They are really so sweet together.
They both love coffee so much that they had a coffee bar for their cocktail hour complete with their own signature flat white.
Best father/daughter dance ever! It makes it even better that we have know Marisa and her family for many years and got to capture her dad busting a move ;)
Before we knew it it was time to send them off.
And they drove off into the sunset in their mini cooper <3
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