I’m not sure if Ali and Justin have ever heard the term, “G.U.” That would be my dad’s term for Geographically Unavailable. When I was growing up he would say, “Ohh you like that girl in Oregon huh? Well too bad she’s a G.U.” For these two, geography had nothing to do with keeping them apart, even though there seemed to be quite a bit of it separating them physically for MANY years!
Ali and Justin went to college together at UCSB but did not meet until after they both had graduated. They met at a bar here in San Francisco called “Tonic” where I’ve since increased my attendance as this is now the second couple I’ve photographed that have met at that bar! Im just scouting… you know… for couples and dates at the same time! Seems to make sense, right?
Ali and Justin dated long distance for about 5, YES! FIVE YEARS! before they got engaged. Holy smokes! I remember them telling me that books on tape saved their relationship. They both would listen to books during the 4-5 hour drives to see each other every weekend. That’s dedication people! When the time was right, Justin asked Ali to marry him during a trip they took together to Yosemite. He set up a camera on video mode and told her he was, “Just taking a time lapse of the scene.” One knee went down and the words came out of his mouth. He got it all on video. Brilliant!
One of my favorite moments I’ve ever had the opportunity to witness at a wedding was during their first look. Ali snuck up behind Justin and when he turned around he immediately became overwhelmed at the sight of his bride. She did one complete turn around and by the time she had made it all the way around, Justin had fallen to a kneel right before her with his hands up near his face in awe as he stared at his glowing bride. Justin was physically struck by the sight in front of his eyes. As a wedding photographer, creating images during moments like that is quite possibly the most rewarding thing that I could imagine.
These two chose the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp for their gorgeous rustic looking wedding because of their love of the mountains and their Yosemite engagement. Ali likes all things Anthropology — that cool home made, classic chic look, and by the images here you can tell she was successful in her efforts!
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