I photographed Michael and Amy’s beautiful 1909 Topanga Canyon Wedding earlier this year. We had spent a bit of time together before this when I got to know them during their engagement session but I feel like I saw a completely different side of them on their wedding day (in a good way, of course).

In her vows, Amy talked about kintsugi, which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Instead of throwing out these ugly, broken bowls, their imperfections are embraced and the cracks are highlighted with gold. No two bowls are the same, and each crack represents the object’s journey. Through tears, Amy compared Michael to that gold. (and everyone, including me, cried with her).

During the toasts, Michael and Amy’s closest friends and family members gave speeches that would make even the most apathetic person in the world get choked up. Now, I knew that I liked Amy and Michael before, but after hearing story after story about the kind, generous and strong people they are, I spent the rest of the night in complete awe of them. These are not the kind of people who do good deeds to get recognition or praise. These people are the real deal.

The rest of the night was spent happy crying, eating delicious food, and of course, dancing their faces off.

Mission accomplished.

venue //the 1909
second shooter // catrina von arx

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