One of the first things I learned about Evangel and Edwin was how incredibly important the Coast Guard is in their lives, and soon after, I also learned how important their families are to them. Evangel grew up a child of the Coast Guard, with her father serving throughout her childhood. And Edwin is in the Coast Guard himself, often deploying for months at a time. It was a big part of what bonded them in the beginning and is now a big part of their lives together. For their wedding, Evangel and Edwin chose to feature their Coast Guard ties in the form of crisp dress whites and the military tradition of a sword arch, and they honored their families with a special table of heirloom photographs, as well as special ceremonies and small moments throughout the day. See a glimpse of the lovely celebrations below!
Evangel and Edwin assembled a table full of heirloom photos honoring their families. Not everyone even has wedding photos from their parents, let alone their grandparents, but they had a treasure trove of old photographs.
We thought it would be fun to recreate a couple throughout the day as well. This image is of Evangel’s grandmother Dolores, getting ready for her wedding day. Sadly, her grandmother passed just a couple months before the wedding.
A heartfelt moment between Evangel and her parents.
Both sets of parents lighting the unity candle.
Such a lovely sword arch ceremony with all those tidy uniforms!
The bride and groom take a moment to look through the heirloom photos before entering for their reception.
One more re-creation – this one is Evangel’s Grandmother Evangel!
Cutting the cake with a sword!
And a fun final ring shot, delicately balanced on that sword.
Congratulations, Evangel & Edwin!
Photographer: Anna Wu Photography
Venue & Catering: Casa Real, Pleasanton, California
Hair & Makeup: Status Salon
Florist: Delford West
Dress: Rebecca Ingram from Janene’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
DJ: Fantasy Sound
Cake: Cake Creations by Bev
Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California but often jetsetting around the world. She combines a “fine art” aesthetic, with a photojournalistic approach to beautifully capture the moments of a wedding day. Follow her daily adventures on instagram and view more of her work at annawu.com.