Cormac and Rachel Get Hitched

I met Cormac Foster a while ago, going on six years now, through a mutual friend.  Although we lived just a handful of miles away from each other we only ever met in 2010, when he asked me to photograph his (awesome) engagement.

Fast forward slightly more than a year later and I find myself with my partner, Khris Griffis, standing in front of the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, California.  Clearly this wasn’t going to be an ordinary wedding.

Cameras: Canon 1D Mark IV, Nikon D700
Lenses: Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II,  24-70 2.8L, 14 2.8L II, 100 2.8L IS Macro. Nikon 35 1.4, 45 2.8 PCE, 70-200 2.8, 105 2.5
Locations: Hsi Lai Temple (Hacienda Heights, CA) & The Madison (Long Beach, CA)

Their engagement went something a little like this (as told by Cormac):

Unbeknownnst to Rachel, we’re on our way to the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax in West Hollywood–the scene of our first date in January ’08. I’ve gotten the manager to change the marquee to RACHEL SAYS YES and gotten a photographer friend to hide in the bushes across the street.  Because I’m smooth like that.

We’re driving toward the theater on a generic “dress-up date night,” and I tell her to close her eyes. Her last pre-engagement words? “OK, but make it fast. I have to pee.” Because she’s smooth like that, too.

Meanwhile, Photographer Friend Guy (PFG) is accosted by a film crew working on the other side of the fence behind aforementioned bushes, which happen to be next to CBS Studios. They accuse him of being a paparazzo and are about to kick him out / kick his face when he explains the deal and points to the sign as evidence. They all camp out behind PFG and wait.

We pull up and park in the loading zone. I help Rachel out of the car, walk her over to the sign, get on one knee and ask her to look up. She does, opens her eyes, looks over at me, starts crying, jumping, and agreeing via words that cannot be typed in public.  PFG snaps away, the film crew behind the fence cheers, and now you’re here.

For the record, that is a Zombie Groom’s Cake, and the Bride/Groom are indeed using their tongues.

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