When Maria asked me to photograph her wedding, I was so excited. I mean come on, Maria, the woman who’s done so much to keep me alive the past 5 or 6 years? I think I’d do anything for her. Maria and Vanessa had planned on getting married after a week of knowing each other. Honestly I had no idea Maria was gay until I received the photography planner from Bella Pictures. I’ve contracted with Bella since 2005 or so, maybe 2004. They’ve been a good company to contract photography with since I first began photographing weddings. They have really helped me grow as a wedding photographer from working with all different types of clients to just growing as a photographer. I still do some contract work with them, but not nearly as much as I used to. Now it’s my events through my business. Maria has always been so kind to me and helping me out in my times of need; she had worked the assignment desk for the west coast before her recent move with Vanessa to Guam. From my transition from Phoenix to the Bay and then once my layoff at the Fresno Bee. Bella has definitely helped me out, with experience and with financials. I knew three weddings in a weekend was going to be rough, but I got to sleep for two days afterwards, and I still believe thus far, August 6-8th is my favorite weekend of the year. I got to the Hotel Kabuki where Maria and Vanessa were getting ready 1.5 hours early. Typically it takes me about 3 hours to drive to San Francisco from Tahoe, and I always leave early, just in case. Had I known of Philz Coffee at the time, I would’ve been enlightened. Pushing exhaustion aside, I had an incredible time photographing Maria and Vanessa before, during and after their ceremony. Maria’s a photographer as well, and I was completely blessed that she wanted me to photograph her nuptials. A week before Prop 8 had been overturned and Maria and Vanessa were very media friendly during this whole process. (On August 4, 2010, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 but also stayed the ruling; the voter initiative was to remain in effect pending appeal. On August 12, Walker announced his decision to lift the stay (which would have allowed same-sex marriages to be performed) as of August 18, 2010. However, on August 16, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit indefinitely extended the District Court’s stay, stopping new same-sex marriages in the state of California pending appeal). So incredibly excited to share Maria and Vanessa’s wedding at Intramuros, and a huge THANK YOU for Tara Hamilton of Sula Events, who created the most amazing details, and totally check out the cake topper (total replicas of Maria and Vanessa). Wow! Tara totally rocked it and she hates having her photograph taken, so of course, when Maria and Vanessa asked for one, I was only way too happy to oblige. You rock Tara! Thank you so much Maria and Vanessa for letting me photograph your amazing wedding! Now can I get you two to buy me a plane ticket to come visit you in Guam?