Let’s start by talking about Liz and Kevin. People tend to say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, but that isn’t true for these two. They met each other in Vegas and came home with a little souvenir, a box full of amazing adventures ahead of them. Together, they built a gym called Elite Performance Gym in Fremont, CA. Their love and relationship are similar to their gym, a lot of hard work but it pays off.
Their day started with getting ready at The Westin in San Jose. I remember walking into their suite and everyone was calm and relaxed, mostly Liz. I got to see how close she and her friends are. Also, the relationship she has with her mom is special and cute at the same time. Kevin and his groomsmen were right next doors and we knew the part was going to be wild with the energy that they groomsmen were bringing.
After getting ready, we shuttled over to the Rose Garden and it was a party on the bus. Kevin got there first and waited under the redwood trees, a beautiful/grassy spot surrounded by grass and rose bushes. Their first look started as plan but soon the tears started to roll after seeing each other for the first time. I don’t blame them for feeling the way they do because I was tearing up too. After family photos, bridal party photos and couples portrait in the hot heat (they were troopers and did not complain one bit) we headed over to Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in Downtown San Jose.
A few interesting facts about the cathedral according to Wikipedia “The original St. Joseph's Church was called San Jose de Guadalupe built on the site of the current basilica in 1803, and was the first non-mission parish built in California for the benefit of Spanish settlers instead of the Mission Indians (Ohlone). The Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was connected with Mission Santa Clara by The Alameda which was part of the historic El Camino Real. The original adobe structure was damaged by earthquakes in 1818 and 1822, and a new adobe church was built from 1835 to 1846. The second church was severely damaged by the 1868 Hayward earthquake, and work on the third church began in 1869. The third church was destroyed by fire in 1875, and a temporary fourth church was built a few blocks away while the fifth and current church was being constructed. The fifth church was dedicated by Joseph Alemany, Archbishop of San Francisco, in 1877 while construction continued. The current portico was completed in 1884, and the large dome was finished in 1885. In 1981, a major renovation project was begun at the church, which was to become the cathedral for the new Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose. In 1985, the church was elevated to a cathedral, pending completion of the restoration in 1990. It replaced Saint Patrick Proto-Cathedral Parish, located a few blocks away, as the cathedral of the diocese. The cathedral was made a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1997. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is listed as a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places”
During their ceremony was the only time I saw a serious side to them. Throughout the day, they couldn’t stop laughing and enjoying their day together.
Their wedding reception was back at The Westin and it started with cocktail hour and an amazing Mariachi Band to get the party started. We decided to use the streets and The Westin building to do a few more portraits together. After that, the party got started and they didn’t want it to end. The reception had thoughtful speeches, emotional dances and Liz and Kevin also told their love story through the vows to each other. Once the music started, it was hard to get them off the dance floor. I did manage to pull them out for one last shot in front of Il Fornaio.
I can go on and on talking about how amazing this couple is but I’ll let you find that out yourself. Become a member of their gym as I have. They make me work and sweat daily like I made them work during their portrait session. Part of me thinks they are just getting back at me for having them out in the hot weather for an hour.
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