The Good Tears

We all hope our lives are sprinkled with such heartfelt moments that we cry the good tears.  The I-can’t-believe-it’s-really-happening tears.  The I-think-my-heart-is-going-to-burst tears.

Brooke and Emmy got married on June 11, 2014 in one of the most breathtaking buildings in the country.  It was the perfect setting for a union of two beautiful souls.

I met Brooke and Emmy for the first time on their wedding day because they live in Ohio.  Though we emailed each other a lot and spoke on the phone, it didn’t take me long to learn (and admire) that they are kind, intelligent and charismatic… that they are devoted to, in love with, and entirely respectful of each other… that they are grateful for the big and little things in their lives.

They are inspiring people who bring light and cause smiles wherever they go.

No exaggeration.  That day, countless strangers — some while driving by — cheered and congratulated them.  One couple offered to buy them a bottle of champagne and meal!  You can’t help, but feel the love when you see them together.


Brooke and Emmy



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You want to know how cool they are?  They came prepared with pizza for the car ride!

As Brooke so eloquently put it, “Sharing pizza makes a happy marriage!” or something like that.  I was laughing too hard and busy bracing myself in the car to remember exactly what went down.  (Just kidding, Vance!)  🙂


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Thank you, Brooke and Emmy, for letting me be a part of your special day — a day filled with laughter, love and “good tears”.   


Wedding venue:  San Francisco City Hall

Restaurant:  La Mar

Hair and makeup:  Kim Carmichael and Anthony Genes of Follicle

Brooke’s dress:  J. Crew

Emmy’s dress:  J. Crew

Brooke’s shoes:  Banana Republic

Emmy’s shoes:  J. Crew

Brooke’s hairpin and bracelet:  borrowed from Melody Wrenn, dear friend of couple

Photographer:  Annie Tao

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  1. Esther Larson

    Dear Brooke and Emmy,
    We wish you the very best and much happiness in the years ahead. These photos are fabulous and truly show the love between the two of you. The road can be bumpy, as in any marriage, but your love and respect for each other will endure and help you “weather the storms”. Congratulations! (((hugs)))
    Jim and Esther Larson

  2. Susan Richardson

    Very, very special! You can definitely see the love and happiness. So happy for both of you.

    Thanks for sharing, made me feel like I was there!


  3. Peggy Bisig

    What a lovely and truthful tribute to two beautiful souls! Happy life “forever” Em and Brooke! We love you! Peggy and of course Philip from Heaven.

  4. Kathy Reed

    Emmy, I am so very happy for you! I haven’t met Brooke yet, but anyone that make you smile from the inside like that has to be an amazing person too. I wish you love and luck forever!

  5. Laura

    So happy for you two! True love in these beautiful photos!

  6. Joyce Cates

    Congratulations Emmy and Brooke! Wishing you a life time of happiness!

  7. Cathy Howell

    What fabulous pictures telling the story of your special day. Wishing you all of life’s blessings to your marriage.

  8. Terri Stemple

    Emmy, I am so happy that you found love and joy in your life. The pictures are so beautiful and so are you! I remember how kind and precious you were growing up. Your family will always have a special place in my heart.

  9. Oh my – these are breathtaking!!!! Those first two……whew! I can’t stop looking at them! I love couple portraits with a wide angle in beautiful architecture but this takes it to another level.

    And the last two. And everything in between. What an amazing day you two had and such beautiful photos to document it! Love you and a big congrats!

  10. I don’t know you, but these photos touched me. They are beautiful as are the women in it. Wishing many years of happiness.