They had made a virtual connection, and it translated to one in person. Being an hour away from each other didn’t get in the way in the early beginning of their relationship. They decided to set their first date taking a stroll around the renowned Stanford campus where Michael coaches the track and field team. As they made their way, they conversed about everyday things, when all the sudden Michael received a text message from a friend. The message read that she could see him walking with his future wife. He smiled inside and passively moved on to their next stop.
As time together became more and more frequent, they found themselves seeing places together. Their bond grew stronger, and their friendship turned to love. From Nashville to Lake Tahoe to Mendocino and many live shows in between were some of the favorite memories together. Until last year in July their European trip together happened. From Amsterdam to Paris, Michael intended to make this trip even more memorable. At sunset on his birthday on top of the Arc de Triomphe, Michael was moved by the moment that he dropped on one knee. He opened up a little box and asked Kristin to make his birthday even better by deciding to spend the rest of their lives together. She couldn’t have imagined the moment another way.
While they planned to have their wedding day in Michael’s hometown of Nashville, they intended to get married in California in no other place than the grand San Francisco City Hall. We were so honored to have captured this part of their journey to the altar in the city where they currently call home. Besides Kristin’s affiliation with my alma mater, USF, and how we almost missed them in our own European travels, we loved everything about them and their easy-going attitude. Kristin was touched by the ceremonious moment even though she would repeat her vows on New Year’s for their ceremony in Nashville. In the attempt to bring a little bit of San Francisco with them, after their ceremony we ventured to the Golden Gate Overlook to capture some of the golden magic. Michael knew how to make Kristin laugh and sigh at the same time. They took in the forecasted sunset as Victor, and I captured this moment for them. It was predicted to rain but the sun shined, and their love glowed more.
Kristin and Michael, we hope that your New year as newlyweds has been momentous. We know that although you spent this civic moment alone, it was only a rehearsal for your promises to each other to live them out in your lifetimes. Thank you for your generosity and compassion to this world. We pray that you continue to write your story on more adventures, projects and everyday moments.
Film Scans by: The Find Lab