Sam + Zack | St. Andrew Catholic Church Pasadena Wedding


The flowers arrived, delivered by Zack’s aunt. We put the boutonnieres on, and headed toward the door. As we walked outside toward better lighting, I asked Zack if it was real yet. “Sort of… but not totally” he replied.

We walked through the groom individual portraits, and I turned to snap a couple shots of Derek, the best man. Behind me I heard a deep inhale, deep exhale. I turned around to see Zack’s eyes slowly welling up with tears as he exclaimed “It just got real.” He walked over to share the moment with Derek, his best friend. So thankful to be present at such a meaningful moment, I hopped up on my stool to capture it.

The wedding day went off without a hitch thanks to a few variables. The impeccable and detailed planning of Leslee Meyer, the gorgeous venue choice, and especially the laid back and peaceful demeanor that Sam carried with her throughout the entire day. From the moment I entered the getting ready room, all the way through the end of the ceremony, reception, and husband and wife portraits, she was gracious, kind, and loving to everyone she came in contact with. There was no stress to be found anywhere!

And the reception was SO MUCH FUN! It took so much self control to not jump on the dance floor and leave my camera behind because everyone there was having such a great time! The party didn’t die down for even a moment. So much love and laughter was shared between the families and friends of Sam and Zack.

Sam and Zack, I could go on and on about all the moments I loved about your wedding. From Father Arnold’s incredible sense of humor, to the moment that Derek began to cry during his best man’s toast, to the time I got to drive you to City Hall for your husband and wife portraits. I’m literally smiling ear to ear as I write this. I hope you are having an incredible time in Europe as husband and wife. I was so honored to be able to be by your side throughout the day. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Creative Team:

Planner: Leslee Meyer

Florals: Kathy G’s Anything But Ordinary Wedding & Event Floristry

Hair: Leah Renee Rutledge

Makeup Artist: Brides by Diana

Cake: My Sweet Celebrations


Dress: Lazaro Bridal

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  1. Leslee Meyer says:

    Sincere thanks to Kayla for this elegant reminder of a wonderful celebration. The entire weekend was awesome, I wish you were there to capture the rehearsal dinner! Your professionalism is unmatched an as an Event Manager I am blessed to have you on my team. Thanks to my team, family and friends for your help in pulling off a beautiful day for My nephew Zack and his beautiful bride Samantha 😘

  2. Deb Franklin says:

    Such a treasure to be part of great beginnings. Thank you for sharing your words and your photos!
    Kathy G’s Anything But Ordinary/Wedding & Event Floristry