We began wedding planning with a tight budget, a short timeline for planning, and extremely high standards. Although that may not sound like a recipe for success, our wedding exceeded all of our wildest expectations, and Joyce and Randy played a significant role in its success, capturing both the spirit and the essence of the day. We were married at the Mendocino Woodlands amongst the Redwood Trees.
Joyce and Randy were the first photographers that I contacted, and given the fixed nature of our budget, I was nervous. They were professional, organized, and clear about the value of what they offer, while also being flexible in putting together a package that fit our needs. One example, we began with a strong belief that engagement photos would be useless, but ended up taking them, based on Joyce and Randy’s encouragement. The photos turned out great, we had so much fun taking them, and by the time the wedding day came, felt confident in their work and comfortable with having them present in some really intimate moments.
Our wedding was an elegant, rustic, informal outdoor event and Joyce and Randy’s photos capture the mood and setting beautifully, with lots of details, photos of kids, and informal portraits of friends and family in the redwoods.
Something that I didn’t think about before, but probably should have is your photographers are affectively attending your wedding, so it really helps if you like them as people. Although we only spent two days with them, Josh and I both came to really appreciate Joyce and Randy not only for their skill as photographers, but for their calm and organized presence, as well as for their warmth. This warmth towards their subjects comes across in the quality and personality of the photos.
Emily and Josh, Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino
Wedding Coordinator: Prasad Events
Wedding Decor Design: Matt Rowland Events
Wedding Caterer: Chef Matthew Elias, Saltwater Oyster Depot