I love all the ferns on the ground, the fallen trees, and the light peaking through the Redwoods that stood so tall above us as we wandered through the forest.
Wondering how to fit so many pictures into your wedding day timeline?
Chances are, you don't. Maybe the lighting is perfect all day long, and maybe you have the best wedding party and almost-spouse in the world who will get ready hours and hours before they need to...but maybe you just want to relax on your wedding day and worry about looking perfect for photos later.
Doing another shoot the day after the wedding for some bridal portraits and couples pictures is ALWAYS a good idea in my book. You have control over the lighting, timing, you can fit in another location or two, and you get to triple-check your hair and makeup! Woot woot!
On the wedding day, only Ben got pictures in the Redwoods with his groomsmen, so it was awesome to be able to go back and get some more wedding pictures in the Redwoods with just Amanda + Ben.
Since this was my first time in California, I was pretty much breathing in as deeply as I could and soaking up that fresh forest scent--ya know the one where the air is cool, but it feels good, and a jacket is perfect in the morning then gets to be a little too much once you start walking and finding the beams of sunlight in the woods? Yeah. perfection.
Nature is my jam, so getting to take wedding pictures of a gorgeous couple in the California Redwoods was like a dream come true.
And you KNOW I didn't let the magical light outside of the Redwoods area go to waste either. Tall trees require a wide angle lens to really get the whole picture...no pun intended...but these cuties needed a fewwwww more close up portraits when they looked this perfect, so that's exactly what they got.
And yeah, the trees look tall no matter what--but you don't really realize just how big they are until you're right up next to them, leaning your head back as far as you possibly can to see them disappear into the sky.
Since Ben got a few pictures of himself alone in the Redwoods on the wedding day, it was only fair that Amanda got a few more of herself in the Redwoods, too. Taken by me. But also taken by Ben. So naturally, I took pictures of Ben taking pictures of Amanda. Oh, to have the best Instagram husband 😂.
Aaaaaaand he took a few of me, too :) (Ignore the poor screenshot quality because I can't find it in my camera roll anywhere). Wanna see more of my face or all the other faces I take pictures of in rad locations? Follow me on Instagram!
So if you're wondering whether or not you should take a few extra pictures the day after your wedding like these two did, the answer is almost always a yes. If it's a no, it's because you did extra photos before the wedding ;)