We met Leila over Pinkberry last July and it feels like it was just yesterday. I absolutely adored Leila within a few seconds of digging into the delicious frozen yogurt! She has such a warm and contagious smile. We didn’t meet Jio that day, but by sheer serendipity, I ran into Jio months later while picking up an air filter from my leasing office. From our brief encounter, I could see that Leila and Jio were meant to be and I couldn’t have been happier to be able to document such an important part of their love story.
Before writing this blog post, I went back to my notes from our meeting with Leila and I realized that every single wedding detail she envisioned during our first meeting became a reality on her wedding day. Her wedding timeline was a photographer’s dream, including a bonus of a few hours between the ceremony and reception to sneak away with the lovely couple and capture some romantic portraits.
On the wedding day, we arrived at Leila’s mother’s estate and instantly felt like part of the family. Everyone was so kind and you could see how much love surrounded this sweet couple- from the amazing and fun bridal party to the close family and friends. Jio was also getting ready on property, at the mother-in-law house. The party bus quickly whisked him away with his groomsmen before he had a chance to sneak a peek of his gorgeous bride. Shortly after, Leila’s grandfather drove her to the ceremony and it was such a special and emotional time.
There are so many details and beautiful moments from Leila and Jio’s wedding as you’ll see in a selection of some of our favorite images below. We are so grateful for their trust on such an important time in their lives.
I’ve been known to get emotional at weddings, but I was fighting back the sobs during Leila’s and Jio’s parent dances. It was one of the most emotional moments I’ve captured.
Days after their wedding, I mentioned on our Facebook that with every wedding, my passion for what I do magnifies. Just when I thought I couldn’t love what I do more, I do.
A million thank you’s, Leila and Jio.