Surprise wedding!





So many stories to share, but here are a few photos from the best wedding EVER. It was the marriage of two of my dearest friends who have been engaged for 14 years. 14 years!

Originally, it was going to be a 50th birthday bash in Santa Barbara, but when it looked like everyone was coming from near and far (and the Supreme Court ruling came through) it turned into the perfect time for a wedding.


We all kept the big secret (miraculous that 75 of us pulled this off!) and when Jacques arrived, we were all in masks.I have never been more excited (or nervous!) for a wedding… and couldn’t have been more touched by the magic day that unfolded.



The greatest pleasure for me was witnessing the utter glee on my friend Chris’s face… to pull off such an elaborate surprise and to have it so gracefully received was the most amazing thing to witness. The love was so big, so awesome, so bright, …. it was almost blinding.



  1. Brene
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Just what I needed. Love, sweet love.

  2. Posted July 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh Andrea…this is SO beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing day with us! xo

  3. Alex
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I had the honor of being part of a secret, surprise wedding recently too! My friend proposed to his lady and then brought her to a park with sweeping views of Philadelphia. As they popped champagne with their families (who were in town under the guise of his med school graduation), her bridal party came out and informed her she’d be getting married in mere hours. She was ecstatic and 100+ guests were treated to a magical lovefest. Check out the photographer’s blog post:

  4. Paula
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh Andrea, that just brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing. Lovely.

  5. Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    oh my goodness. I love this!!!

  6. Lene
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing! Love sweet love!

  7. Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Wow this is awesome. The photos are fantastic, capturing the fun and love of that day. So good, so good!

  8. Mariella
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    This gave me the chills. How wonderful!! So beautiful. And so fun!

  9. Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    So darn fabulous! I don’t even know these two lovely men and it made me cry just a little!

  10. Nina
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Beautiful. Love. The romantic in me is beaming.

  11. Lara
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Gave me boosebumps! How amazing….thank you for sharing this experience. Much love and happiness to your beautiful friends!

  12. Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Aww that’s stunning!

  13. catherine
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I love this so SO much… what happiness!

  14. Bon
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Oh this is just beautiful in every way. Simple and stunning, and full of fun and love. The perfect wedding!

  15. Beth
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this!! Thanks for sharing the photos…. I have been dying to see images from this special day. Pure love and happiness!

  16. Vickie
    Posted August 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    14 year engagement! So worth the wait. Thanks so much for sharing the wonderful day.

  17. Posted September 5, 2013 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Oh Andrea, this is so so beautiful! My partner and I have been together for 24 years in November and can FINALLY get married. The sweetness of this excites me so much.

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