June 22, 2020
“We also need a favor… ” Alexandra said. She paused. I waited. “Will you be the witness for our wedding ceremony?” Alexandra asked me as I sat in my living room FaceTiming her and Anthony.
I couldn’t help but smile. “Yes! Of course I will!” Within minutes of ending our video chat, I was ordained. Yes, it’s true, with just a click of a button you can get ordained online. I was shocked and even more excited to be the one to capture and officially witness Alexandra and Anthony’s wedding! I mean, wedding photographer/ officiant has a nice ring to it if I do say so myself!
I know that this pandemic has not been the easiest on any of us, but one thing is for sure, I wouldn’t have been a part of Alexandra and Anthony’s wedding day if it wasn’t for Corona.
Alexandra and Anthony just wanted to get married. They didn’t want to postpone. They didn’t want to wait. They didn’t need 200 guests, a huge reception or a live DJ. All they needed was each other. So that’s what they did. They stood on their favorite beach, under a beautiful arch, holding hands as they promised to love one another for the rest of time. With Alexandra’s mom, dad and brother watching from afar and me clicking away just out of ear shot, it truly was just the two of them; sharing secrets, making vows and saying “I do” in the most intimate way.
These two really do deserve to have the wedding day they have always dreamed of, but to be honest, their intimate elopement was so beautiful and so meaningful I still feel a special warmth every time I see their photos. Their wedding may have been nothing like they imagined but it was totally and completely them. Fun, unique, loving and so incredibly personal.
Alexandra and Anthony, my wish for you is to never stop. Never stop making the best of a hard situation. Never stop dancing with each other on the top of roof decks and never, never stop loving each other in the beautiful and complete way you did on your wedding day.
Yael Pachino Photography LLC Copyright 2020
"Yael went above & beyond what you'd expect from your wedding photographer. We started off getting to know each other during our engagement shoot. Yael dropped everything to drive to Brooklyn to shoot at the spot of our choice. She would have hiked a mountain with her camera equipment if we had asked. During our wedding day, she managed our disorganized family with grace"
- Sophie & Yossi