He pursued her like an eighth grader, looking for excuses to linger in her booth at the Restaurant Jones, telling his best friend Ethan that she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen and that he would one day make her his wife.
She made some initial assumptions about him, knowing that he was a successful actor. She promised herself that she would not fall prey to his charms. But, after that first long lunch, the taste of his humility, shyness, and humor lingered in her mouth, begging her to take a chance.
Fast forward to the part where they are walking the journey together growing in love and pause at their wedding ceremony on a rainy day a week before Christmas in Laguna Beach, California.
His words to her: “I vow here today that this love will be my only love.”
Hers to him, “I give myself to you completely.”
More than the words they had written for one another, it was the intensity with which they spoke them and the way they looked into the soul of the other, uniting their lives together. Their sincerity was palpable to all watching. And when Officiant Carl turned to that gorgeous bride and said, “Kelly, listen to what Shawn told me about you . . . and continued to speak promises of affirmation,” well, I just about lost it.
Tivoli Terrace was the backdrop of the elegant wedding of Shawn Hatosy and Kelly Albanese. Wedding Coordinator, Patrick Walker kept the day flowing without at hitch, like the expert he is. He made my job a pleasure from start to finish. Laguna Florist and Sprinkles Cupcakes provided a beautiful backdrop for the day and Platinum Peaks DJ, Huey Lee kept the party hopping into the night.
We started the day at Laguna Beach’s Surf and Sand with mimosas, laughter, and getting down to business.
Brendan Padilla kept the laughter rolling and did some seriously amazing styling.
Mary Szita at FORMost Graphics hit a homerun with the invitations.
I LOVED every single one of these beautiful bridesmaids. Tonya, Shantell, and Erin had Kelly’s back the entire day.
Kelly, you are SOOO Beautiful. Inside and out.
As Carl led Kelly and Shawn through their vows, I loved the way Shawn made positively certain that Kelly knew every single word was meant for her ears alone.
He’s just a little happy to have that ring on his finger, doncha think??
What can I say???
Happy, happy family.
Shawn and Kelly Hatosy, thank you, thank you, thank you, not only for allowing me to document your gorgeous wedding day, but for inviting me into your hearts. I am so happy that you’ve found one another. It’s obvious in the way that you look at one another, and also in the way you talk about one another. You have the kind of love that doesn’t come along very often. Passionate. Sweet. Real.
You made us feel like part of the family, and we do love your families . . . our hearts are full.