CJ & Nicole | April 10, 2010 | The Grove Reno, NV

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When I shot Nicole and CJ's engagement pictures, their wedding became an event I could hardly wait for.  These two are absolutely, 100% head over heels for each other and people I feel truly blessed to know. After their wedding and meeting the people in their lives, it's easy to see why they are the kind souls they are.
When the time for speeches came along, I don't think it was planned, but there were easily over 10 people who stood up to say something about this couple. One meaningful quote came from CJ's cousin who said, "Every day, you wake up with a brick in your hand. You can either build a bridge to your spouse, or build a wall." Something to think about.
During the reception, the music cut out for a minute and rather than anyone complaining or making a fuss, CJ's mom, in an unprecidented act of amazingness, started stomping a tune on the dancefloor, leading others to join in and they made their own music while others danced along. This was one of those moments that I just stopped and my soul wamed up. Life is what you make of it, right? 
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Wisdom
Reception Location: The Grove
Flowers & Decor: The bride herself
Cake: El Dorado