I’m delighted to share the lovely wedding of American actor Drew Roy and his partner Renee who got married at Higuera Ranch. Their special day was captured by Wedding Photographer Sarah Kathleen. Drew Roy is an American actor and known recently for his part in the TV series Falling Skies where he plays Hal Mason as well as Jesse off Hannah Montana.
“Our inspiration for the day was to keep it down to our roots; country/rustic but yet simple and elegant. We also wanted to keep it very personal and intimate inviting only 30 guests. Because everyone was traveling from all four corners of the country, we wanted to make it a nice little vacation for them as well which led us to the perfect place; Higuera Ranch. My favorite moment was our first look. Seeing Drew for the first time that day and him seeing me was a feeling I’ll never forget. Drew’s favorite moment was right before the sparkler send off when we were alone in the barn taking each other in for the first time as husband and wife. My advice: wedding planning can be very very stressful, especially in the short 3 months we had to plan it in. It’s so important to not lose sight of what the day is actually about. It’s not about the dress or the cake. It’s about marrying your best friend and the man of your dreams! Those minor wedding planning details do not even matter in the grand scheme of things.”
Drew and Renee’s wedding was my last wedding of 2015, and I couldn’t have dreamed a better way to end a wedding season. The weather was PERFECT (and with planning a wedding in December, it’s really a gamble), the people were GORGEOUS, and the party was OFF THE HOOK. I loved that Drew & Renee kept their guest list minimal, making for a very intimate celebration of their love with only the nearest and dearest to their hearts. I am so honored to have met this darling couple (who might just be the most photogenic couple I’ve ever encountered) and to have documented this epic part of their love story.
I was fascinated by people and the magic of documenting life from a very young age. My parents got me a 35mm film camera for my 8th birthday, with which I filled countless shoeboxes and photo albums of my quirky way of seeing the world. By age 16, I had saved all my coffee house tips and birthday money to purchase my first digital SLR camera — the very first digital Canon Rebel (ohhhh yeah). Being quite the introvert, I found solace behind the lens — a place where I could observe & document from a distance. I hadn’t really considered wedding photography as a career choice until I got married at age 19, and my wedding photographer had taken a look at my work and said “Sarah — you have to do this. I don’t care how or where or what you photograph, but you HAVE to do this.” And so I did. As my childhood friends got married, they asked me to take their wedding photos, and I just DID. Back when I was holding that film camera in my 8 year old hands, I could never have imagined a life like this. I couldn’t have dreamed that a camera would take me all over the country, all over the WORLD, documenting the happiest day of people’s lives. It just goes to show that life seldom goes “according to plan,” but it’s really not so bad.
I am obsessed with stories — life stories, love stories, and stories that may only exist in my own imagination. People fascinate me: who they are, what they’re battling, what they’re thinking, where they’re going, what their dreams are. I am obsessed with the fleeting moments, the stolen glances, the in between moments that you may not even be paying attention to. I LIVE FOR THEM. I’m inspired by both movement & stillness, both light & shadow, both pretty things &their dark underbelly.
I think being an introvert in an extroverted industry sets me apart. Instead of being up in people’s business, I prefer to stand back and document whatever unfolds before me. There is something magical that happens when people are given the space to just BE. And I don’t want to get in the way of that. I am a storyteller first, and a wedding photographer second. I want a perfect stranger to look at my work and FEEL the subject’s story. To get those shots, one must have two things: patience and the trust of the human on the other side of that lens. Though I may be a business owner, there is nothing business-like about me. I am who I am, and you can take her or leave her. The way I see it is this: if I can create a space where I am free to be myself around them, they can feel just as free to be themselves around me. My ultimate goal is to feel more like a friend photographing them, someone they would have invited to their wedding anyways.
SO MANY THINGS. But one of my absolute favorite moments is when the couple has just been announced Mister and Missus, and they walk back down the aisle of their loved ones cheering for them. There is NOTHING like that joy. Nothing.
Be true to yourselves. Don’t do anything just because “that’s the way weddings are” or “that’s what Pinterest tells you to do.” The most important part of your wedding day is that you are going to be married at the end of it. So make sure your day is what YOU want, celebrating with the people who YOU love.
Venue: Higuera Ranch
Flowers: Melinda Lynch, Festive Designs
Catering: Phil’s Catering
Wedding Coordinator: Colleen Gregory, Eventful Wedding Planning
Cupcakes: Just Baked SLO
Hair & Makeup: Rhonda Johnson
Photographer: Sarah Kathleen
DJ: Kramer Events