Boho-Glam Wedding Photoshoot: Becky & Justin
Since I started my photography business, one of my goals has been to produce one styled photoshoot per month. As much as I love real weddings and engagements, I strongly believe that exploring and expressing my creativity builds me to be a better artist and photographer. That's my selfish reasoning. On the selfless side, I love offering photoshoots to couples and individuals that are deserving of one. This month's couple was tough to choose because I read so many heart-warming love stories. But the one couple that stood out to me was Becky and Justin.
Becky met Justin when she was 18, and he was 20, on a group movie date to watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Very romantic. Except not romantic at all for Becky who's date never showed up. Instead, Justin stepped in and his handsome looks and charm won her over. Then cue the dating games. Like any other young couple, the two were discovering themselves as individuals and as a couple. Six break-ups and make-ups later, the two found their way back to each other and finally gave in to what their hearts had been trying to tell them all along. They tied the knot six years after their first encounter. Becky was 23 at the time, but prepared to accept the 'change' that would come with marrying young and just being married. Change was right.
Shortly after their marriage, Justin commissioned as an Air Force officer. Seven years of marriage, three locations/assignments, deployments, and two beautiful babies later, Becky and Justin are continuing to make the best of their journey together.
You see, the challenges and sacrifices that military couples and spouses face are extremely underrated. When Sean and I were both serving active duty Air Force, the strengths and weaknesses of our relationship were constantly tested. We were apart longer than we were together, I battled between my position as a spouse and as a military member, the unknown overpowered the known. It was difficult.
Becky too faced similar struggles as an Air Force wife. But rather than calling it a curse, she described it to me as a journey. Together, Becky and Justin continue to choose the journey rather than the misery--appreciation that reflects their good hearts, their strength and the love they have for each other. Becky's perspective was a great reminder of the good that came with the difficulties. I'm no longer in the Air Force, but I'm still a spouse. I'll always keep in mind what Becky shared with me--this life is a journey and I am and will be forever grateful.
Thank you, Becky and Justin for allowing me to capture and share something so honest and genuine. Wishing your family all the happiness and love this world has to offer.
And finally, a huge 'thank you' to the creatives that trusted my work enough to lend me their valuable products and services!
Make-up & Hair: Emerald Monzon
Additional Editing & Retouching: Emerald Monzon
Wedding Dress: Noel and Jean Collection by Katie May
Bridal Hair Accessories: Cassandra Lynne
Vintage Car: Dave Sharp
Location: St. Francis Episcopal & Palos Verdes White Point Beach
Thanks for reading!