Deb and Ron’s wedding at their home in Monte Sereno

I met Deb and Ron earlier this year when they came into my studio.   We talked for quite a bit and I instantly felt a good connection with them.  They’re such a warm and lovely couple.  I was invited into their home after the meeting.  I had a chance to meet their family and see their beautiful home.  Ever since then I’ve been looking forward to photographing their wedding.

The weekend finally came. Sarah, Suzy and I arrived at their house around midday to find Ron and Deb sitting by the piano and the bridesmaids getting ready for the big day.

The sun was shining and the garden looked absolutely gorgeous in the dappled sunshine. Deb is very artistic and you can tell that she cherishes little details from the little treats that you discover as you walk around her garden.

Deb told us Ron had helped Deb pick out her dress at Trudy’s where they popped in one afternoon with no real idea of what they were looking for. They left an hour and a half later with her beautiful dress!

The bridal party walked from the house, down the sloped garden to where the ceremony was being held. Ron’s daughter walked him down the isle. It was a tender moment when Deb’s son (closely followed by Timmy the little dog!) met her on the slope and proceeded to walk her down to the isle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

Deb and Ron wrote letters to each other which the officiant read aloud to the guests in the ceremony. Deb described how once Ron said  “I love you so much that I want to carry you around in a trunk and take you with me.”

Alison, their niece, performed a song on guitar during the ceremony.  After speaking with her, I learned she was incredibly nervous. Her nerves did not show in the slightest. She sang beautifully and everyone loved it!

Before the dinner was served, there were a few speeches. Tears were shed.  People smiled and laughed as Deb and Ron’s children toasted the newlyweds.

After dinner, while the guests headed to the poolside where the dancing would start, I snuck Deb and Ron over to their Harleys to get some shots.  Deb is the proud owner of the bigger bike!

Their first dance was to “A Moment Like This”. It was a beautiful moment as the sun set and the poolside became lit by candles.

The party started in full swing and the guests danced the night away!

At the end of the evening, I came across the newlyweds sharing a quiet moment by the piano. At that point we were already packed to go, but I couldn’t resist pulling out my Fuji X100 for a final shot!  Deb played a piece on the piano and Ron went to get his violin.  The two of them did a beautiful duet together.

The following day I attended their bar-b-que and pool party.  I surprised the newlyweds with the following slide show we made just for them.    The celebration continued with good food, enjoyable company, and quick dips in their pool.


Categories: 2011, Uncategorized, wedding

Author:Charles Le

Please support this blog by commenting and subscribing. I love reading feedback and I'm sure the the newlyweds would love to see your comments too! If you have any questions please don''t hesitate to post them or send me an email. I'm always interested to hear what you think! Thanks for your support. Ten years ago, I left the mortgage and real estate business to pursue photography, which is a passion of mine. The mortgage business was excellent at that time but I was tired of it. I had a daughter that was just born and I wanted to do something that would allow me to spend more time with her and at the same time do what I wanted. I knew that I enjoyed people photography and soon discovered that I have a very real and special talent for it. I discovered that I was particularly good at capturing moments and revealing emotions through pictures. This came instinctively for me and allowed me to develop a style that was very comfortable for me to work in. My photography quickly became popular in the bay area and I've earned a large number of referral businesses as a result. In fact, i'd say I most of my business growth is the result of referrals from clients and online sites like Yelp. I currently have a studio in downtown San Jose and photograph weddings and portraits all over the bay area and California.


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6 Comments on “Deb and Ron’s wedding at their home in Monte Sereno”

  1. Kate (aka Turtle)
    August 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    As a friend of the family that wasn’t at the wedding thank you so much for doing an amazing job. You made me feel like I was there. Thank you!!

  2. aswirly
    August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Beautiful pics! I love the one of Deb and Ron on the little bridge. They sure were glowing and beautiful. What a beautiful day, and it was nice meeting you and your team! 🙂

    • August 12, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks Amber! It was really nice chatting with you at Deb’s wedding. I enjoy looking through your photographs on your blog too.

  3. Deborah Ludewig
    August 30, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    Hi Charles, I love watching the videos you made for us (it’s my favorite pick me up after very long work days!). Not only are all the photos wonderful, I also love the storytelling that fits the song so well – using the pics of Melissa and Justin (young love) as the contrast to me and Ron (“some people wait a life time”). I can’t help smiling. You are amazing!

    • August 30, 2011 at 6:48 am #

      Thank you so much Deborah. It was actually both me and Suzy. It’s funny if you had watched us poured our hearts into making it for you. We’re both very sentimental 🙂 Can’t wait to show you the rest of the pictures to come very soon!

  4. justin
    May 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    You guys not only did a fantastic job, but really had such a great presence. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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