As a Southern California-based professional wedding photographer it’s not every day that I get an inquiry from a couple in Europe. It’s more often the case that I get scammers emailing me from overseas with promises of high-paying jobs photographing bikini models. So when Fran and Aideen wrote to me from Ireland to praise my work and inquire about my availability for their wedding in Santa Barbara and I have to admit I was 99.9% convinced that it was a complete scam! Nevertheless I maintained a professional tone and responded promptly, albeit suspiciously. I gave them a quote and much to my surprise they said they’d be visiting the U.S. and wanted to set up a personal meeting with me! It wasn’t until I sat in front of them in a small coffee shop in Carpinteria that I fully believed a beautiful young couple from Ireland had chosen me to be their wedding photographer! They turned out to be the sweetest, cutest and most genuine couple you could ever hope to meet and documenting their wedding has been the highlight of the 2014 wedding season for me! In addition to my local second photographer, Vinit, our newest associate Martin Fuentes traveled from Las Vegas to help provide coverage. Martin heads up the Vegas studios of Eric Parsons Photography and I was excited to tap his experience and creative vision for Fran and Aideen’s wedding. So the dream team of photography was eclipsed only by the dream team couple from Ireland! Thank you guys for choosing us as your wedding photography team and we wish you guys all the best!