Nick and Nicole took us on a voyage back through time for their Queen Mary wedding in Long Beach, California. These two high school sweethearts decided to tie the (sailor’s) knot in the very room they had one of their first dates – their high school prom. The Queen Mary is a ship that dates back to the 1930s – most of the rooms still have that Art Deco flair. It is also said that the Queen Mary is one of the most haunted places in California, though it’s hard to say if we passed a ghost on board or not (we like to think we did).
Their wedding day aboard the Queen Mary was nothing short of joyous. Despite having been together for a number of years, Nick and Nicole were both beyond emotional and ecstatic to finally say “I do” among their loved ones. In all of our years photographing weddings, Nicole has to be one of the most beautifully emotional brides we’ve had the honour of photographing. No detail or moment was lost on her – she wasn’t afraid to feel and let go at any point in the day. It really is an absolute gift to get the opportunity to photograph someone so expressive.
Instead of doing a traditional ‘reveal’, Nick and Nicole opted for a blind first look. They held hands from around a corner, calmed one anothers nerves, and still let the first moment they would see each other be at the altar. We love it when couples create their own traditions! Their art deco wedding included a live swing band that played throughout the evening – it truly felt like we were celebrating in another era. Their Queen Mary wedding is truly one of the highlights of our year so far!