Last week I went to Ventura at the request of our longtime friends Rachael and Schoone, to photograph the pre-school of their oldest daughter for the school’s new website.

It was great to get to see them, and to see their little girls — Talia and Lavinia (Vinnie is her nickname).  I had not seen Talia since she was but a newborn and this was the first time I met the spunky little Vinnie — (a true little sass madam — as sassy as her gorgeous head of hair!).

What made this extra special was that I had photographed Rachael and Schonne’s wedding in Santa Barbara.  I was reminded that their wedding took place in December of 2006!!  Wow, time has flown, it was just days before our own little Kate was even born.  So much has changed in both of our worlds since then?

Being there, in their home, reminded me of their wedding — they have several portraits decorating the home.  I went back into the archives and found a few of my favorite images from the day.  Their intimate wedding was held at the Santa Barbara courthouse — a gorgeous space and their reception held at a wonderful Santa Barbara restaurant called Bouchon.  Even though it was a rather chilly and damp December day, there was just a wonderful mood as the families gathered for the event.

Fast forward to last week and my oh my has their world changed so much.  Their lives are full of activities for the girls and it’s such a dramatic change to those days when they were newlyweds.

It’s been an honor to be a witness to their wedding and to be invited back to document their gorgeous children.

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Rachael & Schonne's Wedding

Rachael & Schonne's Wedding

Eldridge Family // Ventura Montessori School

Eldridge Family // Ventura Montessori School

Eldridge Family // Ventura Montessori School

 

Eldridge Family // Ventura Montessori School

 

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