Leslie and Josh have seriously been one of my favorite couples of 2018 and well… Ever. I knew from the moment she wrote (and after the 5 minutes I spent stalking her on Insta) that we had to be part of their day! I’m a total sucker for the mountains and the forest already but when Leslie mentioned Mammoth I was beyond stoked. If you haven’t been, you need to because you are missing out. So many lakes and hidden gems on this one mountain, it can seriously do no wrong. I’m pretty sure we could convert and totally be full on Mammoth Wedding Photographers and be happy with it!
Once we finally met up with these two in San Diego to talk about their epic wedding plans, a 30 minute coffee meeting turned into a full on 3 hour date. I think I can honestly say that I fell in love with them both that morning.
Leslie and Josh trekked up to Mammoth with 30 or so of their closest peeps. They stayed and got ready at the Tamarack Lodge which sits on the shore of Twin Lakes and is just gorgeous. After slipping on the most delicate wedding dress I think I’ve ever seen, we ventured out to the most amazing overlook for their first look. Watching the two of them come together was pure fire… Josh’s rusty suit matched Leslie’s hair and it was all just ridiculous.
After a little alone time we headed to their venue at the Pokonobe Lodge. I swear, even though these two had walked us through the epicness of their forest clearing ceremony site and every detail of their jewel toned fall inspired reception… I was not prepared and was beyond blown away at the sheer gorgeousness of it all! And to top it off they designed and made a lot of the details themselves. The only thing that made it better was the freaking amazing florals by Mums n’ Roses and the mind blowing cake from Cloud 9 Bakery.
Everything, every moment, every person was just over flowing with love. And everything Leslie and Josh did made it so easy to see exactly who these two human beings were. But I think my absolute favorite thing they did (other than Leslie’s rendition of “You are my Poo Poo” sang to the tune of “You are my Sunshine” during her wedding vows) was to make sure every one of their loved ones wedding songs were played at the reception. It was awesome to see each couple light up and run to the dance floor to have their own private moment.
Time for me to shut up so you can enjoy…