We are Jacob & Christin Willis, fine art wedding photographers. I thought he was sweet.
He thought I was funny. We fell in love and got married. Now we work together, play
together, and do life together. Our work has been featured in the world's top wedding
blogs and magazines. We love what we do because we heart photography.
Love Story: I think nick says it best “We met in 1999…It was just one of those playing in the neighborhood, meeting the girl next door, becoming best friends and falling in love sort of thing…”
Inspiration: I wanted something organic and soft with hints of sparkle. We really just wanted this to be a celebration of the official merge of our two families. I wanted everyone to feel comfortable but still have hints of luxury without it feeling stuffy.
It was really important to me to have little details scattered throughout. For example, the memory table for my grandma, pillows on the lounge benches, bathroom condiments for any emergency issues and of course favors from Temecula in order to support the local community and share something we love.
Favorite Moment: The whole day! :) This is a hard one as there are so many. However, if I had to choose one I wood say it was the moment walking back down the aisle with nick as my husband. We both could not believe that the day had finally arrived.
Advice: Cherish every moment because the day flies by.
Musical Choices: Seating of mothers and grandma: Chasing cars – Eric Wuest : Bridesmaids: Titanium – Daniel Jang (cover) | Bride processional: A Thousand Years – Piano Guys (cover) | Recesional: Love me like you do – Ellie Goulding | First dance: Amazed – Lone Star (this has been our song since high school so it was a natural choice)
We have been married for 5 years. I love you more deeply and differently than I ever thought possible.
Each year of our marriage holds a special place in my heart.
In year one we lived in our first home together: that 500 square foot garage in Kensington. It’s funny that we both miss it so much. That year Molly Mae tricked her way into our hearts and we became puppy parents. I remember that year so well.
Year two was filled with walks in San Elijo Hills, coffee dates, building our business, and living, for the first time, near our sweet nieces, Bella and Avonlea.
In year three you encouraged me to pursue my dream of having a portrait studio. You packed up our little townhouse in San Elijo and we moved to our first live-work loft. Thanks for doing that.
We got pregnant in our fourth year of marriage- our biggest, greatest, most rewarding adventure. You took care of me when I didn’t feel well. You grabbed my hand when my anxiety about our baby overcame me. You kissed my face and tummy- loving me by loving our baby. I could feel my heary growing and my love for you deepening.
Our fifth year of marriage was the best. We spent our fourth wedding anniversary in Florence, Italy, learning to cook Italian cuisine from a guy named Giuseppe. I was 22 weeks pregnant and so in love with you. I had no idea how much my love for you would grow in the next few months, as I watched you become a daddy. You’re the best daddy and the best husband.
On our fifth wedding anniversary we watched our wedding video. We went on our first date since our little Lilah Rae was born (8 months ago!). You made me cry at dinner with your sweet card. You gave me another little ring- this time with a June stone. You loved me so well this day and so many others. Happy Anniversary, sweet Jacob. I love you.
Kevin and I met through my sister and brother-in-law on New Year’s Eve 2010. After talking all night, we had our first kiss at midnight. Kevin is very methodical and rational; I’m a bit more emotional and creative. We just work.
From the start we had two different visions. Kevin wanted classic and I wanted some whimsy. It was important to me that we started our marriage by combining our two aesthetics as they speak so much to who we are as people. Our wedding slowly evolved to be what I like to think of as an indoor garden party. From the farm tables, to the soft color palette, we were able to create the perfect atmosphere. I never felt like I was compromising. By combining our different ideas, our wedding became more than either of us could have imagined on our own.
Initially I wasn’t planning on doing much DIY. I had done a lot for my sister’s wedding, and wanted to simplify. Of course, I ended up adding an extra stamp of us to everything and, in some cases, probably obsessed a little too much over the details. Etsy of course became my best friend. One of my biggest DIY projects was the cake topper. Kevin really wanted a custom topper of us and our dog, Patrick. I looked into getting one made, but found them extremely expensive. So instead, I bought a plain laser woodcut of a bride, groom and dog (off of Etsy), and painted it to look like us.
Other things I did were all about creating the atmosphere we imagined. I bought very classic wedding invitations and ended up die cutting a floral design around the edges to give it a little bit of romance. I did the same thing on the programs I created. For our escort cards, I ordered these beautiful paper flowers off of Etsy in different colors and glued them to Avery business cards. (This let me print them off of my computer after I realized my calligraphy wasn’t the best).
Favorite Moments: This is hard. Kevin and I differ on this. Kevin’s favorite moment was our first look. As he says, “it really blew away any preconceptions I had had. It made everything real.” For me, it was after the ceremony, and after we finished taking all the photos. The photographers left us to go shoot details and we weren’t sure if we were supposed to go towards the cocktail area or wait for someone to come get us. Instead we just decided to take a minute and to sit on a bench and view the cocktail area from afar. It gave us a chance to take it all in. It gave us a chance to joke around. It was really our first moment alone as a married couple.
Advice for other Brides: Also hard. I would say the best advice I got and took, was that as much work as I put into the planning and prepping (over 15 months) I made sure to have a cut-off point and just be a part of the wedding. My sister came to stay with us the Thursday before the wedding and was very insistent that everything be packed and ready to go before we went to bed. Friday was to relax. I felt rushed Thursday, I won’t lie. But Friday came and I was just able to enjoy. Even when little things happened (I forgot the ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal; candles weren’t lit at the reception) I just enjoyed it all.
Musical Choices – Processional and Recessional: My brother, Alex, and his old music teacher played acoustic guitar. | Grand Entrance: Huey Lewis “The Power of Love” – We wanted an 80s rock anthem to set the tone for the night. | First Dance: Jack Johnson “Better Together” – It’s a lovely song. And if you listen to the words it’s the perfect balance of silly and serious. Just like us. | Father/Daughter Dance: Tom Petty “Wildflowers” – This was perfect. I actually remember my dad playing it for me when I was a child. | Mother/Son Dance: Fleetwood Mac “Landslide” – You have to pull at the heartstrings a little.
Kevin’s favorite photo is where I am losing it during the ceremony. He loved the moment it captured.
My favorite photo is the one where we are about to be lifted in the chairs during the horah and Kevin is whispering in my ear. I don’t remember what he said but I love that it’s a special moment just the two of us in the midst of all of our family and friends.
Coordinator: Bre Zimbelman with Joyful Weddings and Events | Venue: Estancia La Jolla | Florist: Modern Bouquet | Cake: Babycakes
Entertainment: Groove Factory | Hair/Make-up: Angela Smith | Bride’s Gown Designer: Pronovias | Bridesmaids Gowns: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Formalwear: Rocky’s Custom Clothing | Groomsmen Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse | Ceremony Music: Victory Mori
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