Homecomings rarely happen as planned, and this one was no different. The estimated time of arrival shifted too many times to keep count, was originally scheduled for one day and ended up happening the next, at one point was going to happen at 0500 (that’s 5:00 am!) and even was delayed after the men had landed in Ontario due to their bus breaking down on the way back to Camp Pendleton. Still, the families were overjoyed to see their loved ones return safely–and the Marines and Sailors of 1st ANGLICO’s SALT C couldn’t hide their excitement to be back!
I was incredibly excited when Sarah asked me to photograph Tommy’s homecoming since my husband is also with 1st ANGLICO, and Tommy was being reunited with their 9-month-old son, who was only 12 weeks old when he left for Afghanistan! I know little E kept Sarah busy while Tommy was gone, and I’m sure they were both thankful to have him back. The smiles on their faces say it all!
Welcome home, Tommy! And Happy Father’s Day!
I am SO excited to share these images with you from Casey and Scott’s amazingly fun wedding! These two lovebirds planned to hold their ceremony at the San Diego Botanic Garden‘s Walled Garden and their reception at one of Casey’s cousin’s house nearby in Encinitas.
I was eagerly anticipating this wedding after photographing the bride and groom’s engagement session at the garden, and was so excited when their big day arrived! Surrounded by so many loving family and friends, Casey and Scott said their vows and celebrated the night away!
Casey’s dress complimented Scott’s Marine Dress Blues perfectly, and their gorgeous ceremony ended with a saber arch! With so many of Casey and Scott’s family and friends in various military service, I don’t think it would have been possible to avoid that tradition!
After the ceremony, Scott changed into his kilt, and the decor at the reception site (including the cake and whisky!) reflected his Scottish heritage. We couldn’t resist a few fun kilt images towards the end of the night!
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Big thanks to these vendors who helped make Casey and Scott’s big day so fabulous!
Wedding Coordinator: Jen Hasse
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden
Florist: Jesslyn Deleissegues (bride’s mother)
Bakery/Cake Artist: VG Bakery
Band/DJ: Richard Deleissegues (bride’s cousin)
Makeup Artist: Diana Jilk
Wedding Gown Boutique and Designer: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dress Boutique and Designer: David’s Bridal
Mens’ Tux Rental Location/Designer: Men’s Warehouse
Other Rentals: Party Production Rentals
Bartender: Bartend SD
Bagpiper: Larry Samuels
Caterer: Bar None BBQ
And a huge thank you to Casey and Scott for inviting me to capture their gorgeous wedding ceremony and amazing reception!
There are really no words to describe the joy felt when your loved one is welcomed back from a deployment to places all over the globe.
When Nick left last fall, Jenifer was pregnant with their first child, and gave birth late last year. I can’t imagine how it must’ve felt for the three of them to be joined as a family for the first time, but I was happy to capture that moment for this precious family.
Welcome home to Nick and the rest of the Marines and Sailors of the 15th MEU! We’re so glad to have you back!!
Have I mentioned how much I love photographing homecomings for my fellow military families??
This was my first homecoming to capture at the San Diego Airport, which was a little different than what I’m used to, but no less exciting for the families who welcomed back their loved ones that day! Jill is such a sweetheart and a total super woman, so I was ecstatic to meet her and photograph her husband’s arrival from a long deployment!
Little A wasn’t feeling well the day before Travis’ return, but had a huge smile on his face once daddy arrived! Take a look at some of my favorite images from this amazing family’s reunion.
Thank you, Jill, Travis, and little A, for allowing me to capture these precious memories for you!
I was so excited when I got a phone call from Melissa, asking me to document her husband’s homecoming from a long deployment to Afghanistan! I love photographing homecomings because of the pure joy you see in the families’ eyes as their loved one returns from places that are so far away. Melissa and Kyle’s homecoming last week was no different. Add their little cutie to the mix, and I was in heaven! Here are a handful of my favorites from that fabulous evening!
Thank you, Melissa, for asking me to join you at Kyle’s homecoming!