Let me just say up front: This is my family. I might write a bit more than usual, and this blog certainly contains more images than I usually share. But again.....family. So bear with me, I can't help myself! And thanks to a brother-in-law, I even make a rare appearance in a photo.
Danielle is my sister from another mister. She is the first Peña that I ever met (in Spanish class, my sophomore year in high school). She became my friend, introduced me to my husband, and is thus pretty solidly cemented into the roll of one of my fave people ever. Getting to watch her relationship with Herb grow has been such a joy, and getting to photograph their wedding was an honor.
Like all couples getting married this year, Danielle and Herb went on a bit of a roller coaster ride planning their wedding. I will spare you the details of every version of the plan we went through, and just tell you where we arrived on their wedding day. My family and I arrived almost a week before the wedding, to help with final preparations and spend time with family. It wasn't the usual Thanksgiving get together, as we kept it to our small, immediate group. But we had a wonderful time relaxing, enjoying each other's company, and finishing last-minute wedding tasks.
Herb and Danielle made the selfless decision to cancel their reception, as Covid-19 cases are high in El Paso right now. The day started at Danielle's house. I spent time photographing her details while she did her hair and makeup, and then we rode to the church in a limo (a surprise for the bride). The Church is STUNNING; just take a peek at the shot of the empty sanctuary below. When we arrived, Danielle finished her preparations while I checked in on Herb. He was calm, cool and collected as usual. The ceremony went off without a hitch, unless you count a bit of shenanigans from the 3 ring bearers (2 of which I claim as my own).
After they said "I Do", Herb and Danielle joined their guests outside the church for a socially distanced cake cutting, toast, and car parade. Then came my favorite part of the day: A trip to a park overlooking the city for sunset photos. It was a beautiful evening, and Herb and Danielle rode their limo off into the sunset for their weekend mini-moon.
There's nothing left to say except a huge congratulations to 2 people that I love dearly, and who deserve all the happiness in the world.