Temecula is where they met. Michele was going through a truly painful moment in life, and was in town with family to celebrate the life of her grandmother who had just passed. Men were the last thing on her mind. Jon was in town with some of his friends, only on a brief trip from the UK. As pilots for the British Royal Air Force, duty meant they would return soon. In a Southern California vineyard town, Jon wasn’t thinking much about true love that day either. Yet when their eyes met and their hearts connected, there was an instant bond that neither could ignore. It brought peace, calm, and an inner knowledge that this was something truly extraordinary. They were right.
Their courtship began from 5,000 miles apart, and ended with a beautiful wedding with family and friends at Wilson Creek Winery. Just down the road from where they met, they celebrated their vows and commitment to each other and I am honored to have captured it. There were many loved ones unable to make it, so I hope these images offer a snapshot into the emotion of the day. I know they were all felt there in heart and spirit. I’m simply so blessed to witness the kind of love that two continents and an ocean cannot hold back.