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Nate + Jonai | San Clemente Anniversary Session | San Clemente Anniversary Photographer

Nov 30, 2017

It is so hard for me to express how much this couple means to me. They booked me for their wedding when I was just finding my footing as a wedding photographer. We clicked immediately over coffee as they shared with me their sweet love story. Nate is the older brother of Jonai’s childhood best friend and she had had a crush on him foreeeever.

We bonded when we climbed into a giant oak tree during their engagement session. And laughed when Nate lowered me down from the part of the tree I was stuck in. 

We cried as beautiful Jonai walked down the aisle and they said their vows. We balled our eyes out when Nate’s sister/Jonai’s best friend gave her speech. She changed the words to the song I Loved Her First – first directing the words to Nate, and the switched it to I loved him first to direct it towards Jonai. In that moment I was so happy autofocus is a thing because I literally. could not see through all of the tears. 

Then a year into their marriage, after our anniversary session we sat around the dinner table wine in hand and no lack of conversation just like old friends. 

This, is my dream come to life. This is why I do what I do. 

Congrats you two. I am so thankful to know you! 


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Christa Norman is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County California and Nagoya Japan