Our Story by Wedding Photographer Nirav Patel

This month is our three year anniversary of this session with Nirav. I can't believe how much time has passed. I am flooded with gratitude as I look back through these captures. Three years ago we were still living out of suitcases, wandering the globe making memories and telling love stories. We had a traveling workshop that Perry brought along with him wherever we traveled, creating new pieces inspired by the ever changing landscapes we were exploring, telling the love stories of people we met.

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Nirav has been a true gift to us and I am honored to call him a friend. Three years ago I came across his incredible work and was moved by the emotion of each capture. I reached out to him to inquire about him photographing our rings on a model, but he replied, "I want to photograph you two." I was honored that such an intentional, heartfelt photographer was interested in telling our story. 

We spent a weekend together among the redwoods in Northern California and along the breathtaking cliffs of the coast. He took us to his favorite town to see his favorite beach. He told us his story, and we shared ours. We talked dreams, passions, work, God, family — all the things that make life beautiful. I wouldn't trade that weekend with Nirav for anything. He will forever hold a special place in my heart.

When he sent us the photos he captured I was moved to tears. As I scrolled through the images I could see our love story unfold. I am so grateful that creating Rhodes Wedding Co. has led me to work with such an amazing soul. I will cherish these captures for a lifetime and the friendship that bloomed with Nirav has changed my life. I remain overwhelmed with gratitude. 

My hope with this session was to create something that they could keep and treasure for the rest of their lives, just as they do for their couples. After spending only two days with them, I’m convinced they’re some of the sweetest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and I’m honored to call them friends. We had honest conversations that will stay with me for years to come and I’m so incredibly grateful for the impact these two have made in my life in such a short time. Love you guys.
— Nirav Patel

Here's a look through just a handful of his stunning captures... Watch the full story unfold on his blog here.