I‘ve been all over this valley but I have to honestly say that I don’t believe I have ever been to Terra Bella. That all changed on December 3 when I photographed Allison and Matt’s Terra Bella wedding. Allison grew up in Terra Bella in a home her parents built when she was 3. It is a beautiful town located just south of Porterville.
I started making pictures at Allison’s childhood home where she and her beautiful bridesmaids were getting ready. I could see why Allison was so attached to the home. Turns out this was a very emotional day for Allison as both of her parents have recently passed. I was impressed with the friends and family for both Allison and Matt who came to show support for the newlyweds. I was especially humbled and honored to be chosen to document the day.
After a quick ride up to River Island Country Club, I photographed Matt and his groomsmen and lady. When we finished Allison and her bridesmaids had arrived and we set up the location for their first look on a bridge on the course. That turned out to be fantastic with the pretty green colors of the fairways and the autumn hues of the leaves on the trees. We then moved on to some full bridal party pictures as well as a few romantic shots of the bride and groom mixed in with some fun ones.
Then it was back to Terra Bella for the wedding being held at Zion Lutheran Church. The service was beautiful and moving for everyone. When it was over we had a few minutes to make some pictures outside and including at the church’s school where Allison attended. It must have been an amazing feeling to be taking photographs with her new husband on the swing set she played on as a kid.
For the reception we headed back up to River Island where the emotions swung back and forth. In the end the party gained such energy it was hard leave. Before that we made a couple of fun, moody pictures out in the cold late autumn night where Matt and Allison could relax for a few minutes.
Again, I was very happy and honored to be a part of this important day. Thank you to Allison and Matt and it was a pleasure being a part of your big day and meeting all of your amazing family and friends. Cheers to you and best of luck in your new lives together.
Check out Matt and Allison’s engagement photos as well.