President Obama: The Wedding Crasher

Not in my wildest imagination could I have guessed what would go down during the wedding we were hired to film on Sunday, October 11th! We arrived at the Torrey Pines Golf Course/Lodge around 12:30pm, and as we were pulling in we noticed a very intimidating line of cop cars and black SUV's pulling into the golf course in front of us. I turned to my boyfriend Mitch (my second shooter, and who captured most of the amazing video below!) and said, "geez, looks like that could be the President or something!" Mitch then informed me that he heard a rumor that the President was going to be in town. Full of curiosity, of course I asked the bell man opening our door to the hotel if the President was going to be playing golf here today. He just looked at me, smiled, and said, "I have no idea what you're talking about." I took that as a YES!

When we got inside to film the bride getting ready, I informed her of my suspicions...and she too had heard the rumors. The wedding planner, Kelly, from Mint Weddings came into the room shortly after and confirmed that the suspicions were true. I thought to myself, "wouldn't it be insane if by the time 4:30 rolled around he was at the 18th hole (the ceremony is right in front of the 18th hole). I was just day dreaming at the point...

4:30 rolled around and sure enough the secret service arrived right on cue. They informed us that every guest attending the wedding needed to be scanned by a metal director, because President Obama would be playing the 18th hole soon. At this point, the bride and groom were still up in their suite awaiting the grand entrance. When the President finished up his game, he came over and started shaking everyone's hand! I couldn't believe what was happening. Right after he shook my hand, he said, "where are the bride and groom!?" That's when I saw Stephanie (the bride) running across the lawn, in her heels might I add, to meet the President! We were so lucky to have captured this moment on video, and I'm so grateful for the experience. It's all still a blur to me! 

The Youngrens (the photographers at the wedding) captured some great images as well.

Michelle + Dan

Michelle and Dan's wedding in South Lake Tahoe was a videographer/photographers dream! A gondola ride up a mountain that overlooks a beautiful lake, followed by a reception on a boat!? It really doesn't get much better. I had so many pretty shots to work with, it was quite a challenge to narrow it down. But of course, that's my favorite type of problem to have! Dan and Michelle are such a sweet and fun couple, and they made us instantly feel comfortable and welcomed. Thanks Dan and Michelle for having us capture your day! 

Here are a few pics from some of my favorite moments during the day:)

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xo, 

Sammie

Jessie + Emanuel

      I met Jessie during a photojournalism course back in 2012, where we traveled with a group to India and Kyrgyzstan. We hadn't really been able to connect or see each other since then, so it was to my surprise when she called me up recently asking to film her wedding! I was instantly excited because Jessie has this contagious joy for life that I knew would make her video really special. She gets so excited about the smallest and seemingly random things, you can't help but to smile with her. One of those things I remember from traveling with her was her crazy love for donuts. I've seriously never met anyone that gets more excited about them! A few weeks before her wedding I randomly found out that her wedding date fell on the same day as National Donut Day. I instantly thought that there was NO WAY this wasn't planned. So I texted her laughing about it, but she surprisingly had no idea! Her response was, "oh my God no way!!!! Hahahahahahahaha this is perfect! Best present ever!!".
     At one point when I was filming her wedding, she was smiling and beaming in her wedding dress and I had a little flash back to when we were in Kyrgyzstan. Mitch, Jessie, and I were walking back from a cafe when she brought up the topic of weddings. For the next five minutes or so we walked and talked about our future weddings. Fast forward 3.5 years later, Mitch and I are now dating and filming Jessie and her new hubs wedding together. I like to think God was smirking during that conversation thinking, "You all have no idea!" I stopped believing in coincidences a long time ago...some things are just meant to be, even something as small as sharing your wedding date with donuts ;)

Thanks again for having us film your wedding Jessie!

xo,

Sammie