Carmel Wedding Photography at Church of the Wayfarer | Francie & Neal

When Francie sent me her initial email, she jumped in with both feet.  “Will you please be our wedding photographer?” was the subject line.  Good thing we hit it off immediately! I love receiving such warm, personal messages from brides!

After regaling me with tales from Neal’s and her time in Ecuador spent saving the rainforest (yes even now!) she ended the email with, “Let us know . . . . how many Ecuadorian chickens you’re going to cost us.”

Since they were both living in Ecuador, and I wouldn’t meet them until the day of their wedding in Carmel, we conducted everything via email.  When I arrived at the hair salon, Francie leapt from her chair, gave me a huge hug, and pressed a small wrapped present into my hand.

Confused, I began to open it.  All of the other girls in the room grinned and whispered.  “We know what it is!” one of them exclaimed.  I wracked my brain trying to figure out what it could be as I continued to unwrap the package.  “Is it something we talked about?” I asked.  “It is,” Francie said, barely able to contain her excitement.

Finally the tissue was free, and a hand-made glass rooster tumbled into my hand… all the way from Ecuador.

Francie and Neal, thank you so much for trusting me to document one of the most important days in your lives.  I hope you love sharing these photos as much as I loved taking them.





If you loved this wedding, you’ll fall in love with this Carmel wedding photography as well!

Ceremony venue: Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, CA

Reception venue: Il Fornaio, Carmel, CA

  • Daniel said:

    wonderful work here. you capture the moments superbly!

  • Sam said:

    Such a fun wedding, it looked like a total party. I adore the photo of them ringing the bell.

  • Kristian said:

    Dancing shots are great - that's what it's all about, getting stuck in there!

  • Richard said:

    I really like the black and white photo of the couple on the chair.

  • awesome photojournalism, gavin! love that shot of the little girl dancing.

  • Caryn said:

    That recessional shot = Pure Joy!! Fabulous work!

  • JESSIE said:

    Gavin! I love all the emotions you captured. So many beautiful images.

  • Sarah said:

    Particularly loving your reception coverage - it's so fun and varied with so many moments captured! Great work!

  • Mercedes said:

    Really awesome job at photojournalism, Gavin. Beautiful wedding!

  • So lovley, the bride's dress!!

    I very much their expressions in the black and white image of them on the armchairs.

  • Cheryl Sweeting Reardon said:

    Gavin, you are an awesome photojournalist in the way you captured so many memorable moments! You had a very beautiful and handsome bride and groom to enhance your photos! Terrific work.

  • Thomas Sanna said:

    I can feel the emotions in the facial expressions you captured-fantastic work!

    • Gavin said:

      Thank you so much, Thomas. Congratulations to you and your family!

  • Jon said:

    wonderful stuff Gavin, great coverage

  • Loved this one Gavin, lots of emotion and some of the tones are very nice! Great job!