Kerrie and Brad: the Portraits

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

 

 

Happy Friday everyone! Tonight’s post is an exciting one for me because it’s full of portraits from Kerrie & Brad’s lovely wedding in Sonoma. So far you’ve gotten to see glimpses into their wedding through a few blog posts already and tonight you’ll be there once again, getting to know the bride & groom.

I first met Brad in the summer of 2010 while we both were living and working in an arts program in Spoleto, Italy.

The first thing I noticed about Brad was his fantastic smile, his sense of humor, and most of all his kindness. Brad is an extraordinary man with boundless energy, passion, and strength. He is a sweet, sincere guy who loves Kerrie to the moon and back. The entire day at the wedding I kept catching glimpses of Brad doing a little happy dance around the grounds of Gloria Ferrer – he was completely at a loss for words when he saw Kerrie for the first time in her stunning gown. Here’s a few solo shots of Brad in his suit, tie, and boutonniere:

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Just look at that smile! He was simply overwhelmed with joy & excitement. Such a sweet man.

I didn’t meet Kerrie until a year or two later. Brad was in Italy solo for the program and my wife & I kept him company sometimes – he would go on and on about amazing things Kerrie did, their plans they had together – and how difficult a long distance relationship was for the two of them. He lit up when he spoke about marrying her – about finally living together and being in the same place. As I shot solo portraits of Kerrie I could just tell Brad was smiling somewhere in the room behind me – they were finally beginning their life together.

 

 

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

While shooting solo portraits of the bride-to-be I asked her:

“Ker, how do you feel about marrying Brad today?”

Without saying a single word, she flashed me her huge smile & did this:

 

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Their enthusiasm for each other is off the charts. Seriously OFF the charts. I was simply overjoyed & totally on hyper-drive as we did the rest of their solo portraits that day. As the sun set, I snuck away the two lovebirds to catch the fading light. The wind had been a challenge for us throughout the day but after a while we embraced it – out with the old – in with the new. It also helped with the dramatic effect Kerrie was hoping for in her photos:

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

 

 

Photo Betsy Kershner Weddings.

 

 

To this wonderful pair I wish them all the best – it was an absolute joy to photograph such an incredible wedding & to witness such a beautiful commitment between two equally beautiful people. Here’s to many more adventures in the years to come – – cheers!

x Kersh

 

 

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