Deep passionate young love, chapters of separation, love letters and together again at last…. Sound familiar? As Devin and Emily shared their love story with me, my mind played a parallel story written by Nicholas Sparks. The Notebook is responsible for swooning countless hearts across the world. Especially, after it was brought to the silver screen and Ryan Gosling went through hell and high water to prove his love… shirtless. That same element of bottomless passion Mr. Sparks wrote about does existent. I’m a witness to it. Emily and Devin have it. It was so important for me to show their love story through photographs. We collectively decided to bring to life the theme of love letters. Emily and Devin’s love letter writing ways began in high school. For our first scene we decided to photograph at Temecula’s airport. I wanted to show separation. It was important to show Devin and Emily parting ways. A few photographs show even though there is physical distance, there isn’t distance at all within their hearts. For our next location, we photographed at the beautiful Humphrey’s Estate nestled in foothills of Temecula, CA. Touched by Time Vintage Rentals and I both loved the idea of creating a private space for Emily to write love letters to Devin. We decided that space would be in a charming greenhouse. Nancy and Kelly, owners of Touched by Time Vintage rentals always stop my heart with their stylized sets. I adored the set they put together for Emily and Devin. Chandelier, birdcages, aged writing desk, typewriter, roses, a chocolate box, and of course love letters garnished the greenhouse. There I would photograph Two halves becoming one. Devin would surprise Emily. All the stars would align and love letters would go flying! Which was so much fun to photograph. I can’t wait to photograph Emily and Devin’s wedding in July 2014. I look forward to hearing them read one of the most important love letters they will ever write to one another, their vows.
Special Thanks to Touched by Time Vintage Rental, Humphrey’s Estate and Pauline Castillo, H&M artist.
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