Stout Maksimowicz Carmel Valley Wedding

A year and one day ago, I photographed Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz in Carmel Valley, California. Their friends organized the wedding, rehearsal and reception. Courtney and Nick have good friends, and by the time I left the Monterey Peninsula, I felt that I had many more good friends too.

Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz were married in Carmel Valley, California on Saturday, December 10, 2011. (Bryan Farley)

 

I often feel blessed or lucky to be allowed to document important moments. I rarely photograph want to photograph weddings, but weddings are important community events. People have often chased a dream since childhood hoping to find someone who they can trust. Weddings build families; families build communities.

Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz were married in Carmel Valley, California on Saturday, December 10, 2011. (Bryan Farley)

 

When I edited the pictures, I listened to Kris&Alix, the same musicians who performed at the wedding.   “…tired of reaching out, tired of all the doubt… ”

 

Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz were married in Carmel Valley, California on Saturday, December 10, 2011. (Bryan Farley)

 

When I reviewed last year’s photos, I rejoiced watching Courtney’s friends help her prepare for the ceremony.  I laughed again as eight women celebrated at the photo booth.

Courtney Stout and Nick Maksimowicz were married in Carmel Valley, California on Saturday, December 10, 2011. (Bryan Farley) 

The first anniversary is the paper anniversary. When I married my wife more than ten years ago, I knew about the paper anniversary, but not the cotton, leather or wood anniversary. Did you know that there is a tin anniversary?  What begins as a marketing concept, becomes tradition.

Love and friendship will always be part of any wedding tradition.

To see more photos from the wedding

Gallery 1 Wedding Portraits

Gallery 2 Wedding and Reception

Gallery 3 Wedding Photo Booth

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