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Friday, Dec 28 2012 12:34 AM

The big day

By Bakersfield Life

It's a big day, when two people become one. And it's the photographer's job to capture each and every special moment from that day. For the "Celebrations" issue, five local photographers shared their best wedding day photos -- when they caught that special moment.

By Jessica Frey, Jessica Frey Photography

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Mallory and Joel Payne on their wedding day in Bakersfield as they are presented through an Army Saber Arch to welcome the new Mrs. Payne into the military.

Jessica and Jessie Dekker moments after they said "I do" in a beautiful field in Carmel surrounded by sheep, family and friends.

Justine and Brandon Coleman take a stroll at Surfer's Knoll in Ventura following their wedding ceremony.

Brandy and Bob were married at the Four Points Sheraton on Sept. 29, but this photo was taken at Cal State Bakersfield before the ceremony. This shot shows Brandy and Bob's authentic connection with each other, the beautiful lighting and gorgeous surroundings.

This photo of Laura and Adam was taken on their wedding day March 10 in Shafter almond orchards near their wedding site. This shot reflects Laura and Adam 's relationship, which is free flowing, organic, joyful playful. In addition, I love the lighting.

In true journalism style, the photographer never "sets up" a shot (other than portraits) and prefers to document the moments as they happen, such as bride Eliza Pearsey getting all the help she needs as she prepares for her trip down the aisle.

Melissa Steinbeck and her bridesmaids pose for an informal portrait at her wedding at the Kern County Museum. It's always good to shoot something in addition to the more traditional group portrait.

Ashely Eidmann and John David's wedding day began at 7 a.m. At the end of their reception at Seven Oaks Country Club, Ashley and John found themselves with a few minutes alone for the first time in their whirlwind day that began 15 hours earlier. I watched as the wedding guests filed out onto the Seven Oaks exterior grounds to form a candle-lit line to see them off. But I didn't exit with the guests. I hung back and was able to capture the intimate moment of a groom and his bride alone at last, if for just a few minutes.

These two Bakersfield natives got married in between military locations last February, and I simply adore them. I related to Mallory since I also married a U.S. Military Academy graduate right after graduation, so we were able to bond as I was able to give her some "military wife" advice. Their saber arch, a beautiful military tradition, was so fun to photograph, and I simply adore the joy that radiated as Mallory was welcomed into the Army via a swipe on the butt with a sword!

-- jessicafreyphotography.com, jessica@jessicafreyphotography.com, 679-7355

By Jessica Frey, Jessica Frey Photography

This wedding on a farm in Carmel was one of my favorites because of the couple's style, and details for their yellow and red wedding were so refreshing. The bride is a window display creator for Anthropologie, so I knew the cool yellow couch would be a great hit for her decor. This photo is a favorite because it captures the essence of a wedding, and how I capture it as a wedding photographer -- natural and full of love!

-- jessicafreyphotography.com, jessica@jessicafreyphotography.com, 679-7355

By Mark Nessia, Mark Nessia Photography

This photo is my favorite because it perfectly captures the love these two have for one another. Justine and Brandon Coleman endured a lot of obstacles to get to this point of their big day -- the bouquets were not right, the party busses that were supposed to take everyone to the ceremony location never showed up, and the ceremony was severely delayed because of it. Heck, it even rained during their engagement shoot earlier in the year! But none of that mattered once they were pronounced husband and wife. This shot, taken after the ceremony, was the first opportunity the newlyweds had to themselves. At this point, nothing else mattered. This was the beginning of a new life together, and nothing could take that away from them.

-- marknessia.com, marknessia@gmail.com, 331-2835

Juli Feller, Juli Feller Photography

This photo of Laura and Adam was taken on their wedding day March 10, in Shafter almond orchards near their wedding site. This shot reflects Laura and Adam's relationship, which is free flowing, organic, joyful, playful. In addition, I love the lighting.

-- julifellerphoto.com, juli@julifellerphoto.com, 703-7636

Juli Feller, Juli Feller Photography

Brandy and Bob were married at the Four Points Sheraton on Sept. 29, but this photo was taken at Cal State Bakersfield before the ceremony. This shot shows Brandy and Bob's authentic connection with each other, the beautiful lighting and gorgeous surroundings.

-- julifellerphoto.com, juli@julifellerphoto.com, 703-7636

Juli Feller, Juli Feller Photography

Bill and Sharon were married Nov. 17, at the Bell Tower Club. This was my best wedding day shot because of the precious moment they are sharing -- this was before the ceremony, after the "first look." In addition, I love the beautiful back lighting.

-- julifellerphoto.com, juli@julifellerphoto.com, 703-7636

Felix Adamo

Melissa Steinbeck and her bridesmaids pose for an informal portrait at her wedding at the Kern County Museum. It's always good to shoot something in addition to the more traditional group portrait.

-- adamopictures.com

Felix Adamo

In true journalism style, the photographer never "sets up" a shot (other than portraits) and prefers to document the moments as they happen, such as bride Eliza Pearsey getting all the help she needs as she prepares for her trip down the aisle.

-- adamopictures.com

John Harte

Ashely Eidmann and John David's wedding day began at 7 a.m. At the end of their reception at Seven Oaks Country Club, Ashley and John found themselves with a few minutes alone for the first time in their whirlwind day that began 15 hours earlier. I watched as the wedding guests filed out onto the Seven Oaks exterior grounds to form a sparkler line to see them off. But I didn't exit with the guests. I hung back and was able to capture the intimate moment of a groom and his bride alone at last, if for just a few minutes.

I spent my career and was trained as a photojournalist. That's my shooting style. I don't set things up, I don't take control of any aspect of the wedding. I simply observe and record in true documentary style. Nothing makes me happier than hearing a couple say, "How did you get those photos? We didn't even know you were there!" I never take my eye or camera off my subject.

-- johnharte.com

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