Five Years…And Counting

Tahiti sunset500

Lots of remembering going on here in the Great State of New Jersey this weekend…..

I shot the image above just about five years ago to the day when I the supreme pleasure of enjoying that sunset in Tahiti with my new bride five years ago. We were married on May 15 and while that day was one I’ll always remember (well, to the best I can. From the moment she stepped down the aisle, it all just became a mad blur to me), that honeymoon was, as the kids say, epic.

2003 to mid-2004. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We’re living in San Francisco at the time. Pacific Heights. One of the great cities in the world. My fiance and I loved exploring the city and surrounding areas. Home life was great. But…my job absolutely sucks. Thanks to an absolutely terriblely overmatched boss, my work life was Ulcer Heaven. Miserable can’t begin to describe how I felt every day for a good eight months. I was just starting to get into photography and exploring some reaches of the city or the trails of Marin with either a Canon Rebel film rig or a Canon A80 PnS was a way to get my mind of things.

But by the time my wedding rolled around, I had basically said “See Ya!” to that job. The day I was to return to it from my honeymoon was to be my last day. So, standing on the patio of a winery in Sonoma, California, just at evening was approaching and the vineyards were awash in warm light, waiting for my bride to walk down the aisle, well, I was feeling pretty good. Gorgeous gal, great setting…everything was right with the world.

(c) Joe McNally 2004

(c) Joe McNally 2004

(No, I did not hire Joe to shoot my wedding, nor did I ask or expect him to bring gear. I was just happy that he and Annie could attend. But in true Joe fashion, he said to me “Hey, I’m not letting one of the most important days in one of my friend’s life go by without shooting it.” A couple of weeks after the wedding, he and Annie sent us four CDs of incredible images.)

We had picked the perfect place. The perfect wine. The perfect food. And, perfectly, 30 close friends and family were there to enjoy it with us. It was a great day. Hard to believe it’s been five years already. [Note: My wife and I met nine years ago in scene out of a Springsteen song: Seaside bar, great music, great band, dancing, etc. But that’s a story for another time….]

The next day, we left for our honeymoon.

Or so we thought.

Word to the wise…don’t lose your passport when you’re trying to fly to French Polynesia. It doesn’t make your new bride very happy. It makes for a VERY long and quiet ride back to San Francisco from LAX in the middle of the night. [Second note: Passport was “found” before we even set foot back in our SF apartment. Taxi service had it. No real harm done.]

Anyway, we finally DID get to our honeymoon destination: Bora Bora (with a day in Tahiti first, hence the sunset shot above.) Or, Heaven On Earth as I like to call it.


The shot above was film, though, and it does have an essence that I like, due, I’m sure to place that processed it.

But hey, it’s Borafreakin’Bora and it’s hard not to miss the shot. Spectacular sunrises only gave way to blindingly gorgeous days followed by stunning sunsets. Of course, when you’re in such an environment, you have to just “get” certain shots.

Beautiful blonde? Check.

Gorgeous blue water? Check.

Bathing suit to match it? Check.

Can even a hack like me, miss this shot? Nope. Check. Even better when the blonde is your new wife.

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It’s hard to look back at the hundreds of images from that wedding day and that trip and not want to relive it.

So that’s what we’ve been doing this weekend. And best of all my parents were here to celebrate with us. Except…we’re celebrating with them as well.

On May 16th, they notched 45 years of marriage. Unheard of.

Me and the Mrs…we have a long way to go…

© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.

4 thoughts on “Five Years…And Counting

  1. First of all, congrats. May the two of you be as happy as Peg and I are.

    Second, let me get this straight . . . Joe McNally took pictures at your wedding? Umm, well, gosh. That’s pretty cool.

    Congrats again.

  2. First off. …… WOW, you got lucky. What a stunning looking wife…

    I spent my honeymoon in BoraBora !!! AWESOME. Most wonderful place, execpt home in NJ, in the world.

  3. Congratulations! My wife and I have been married 26 years and speaking from experience I can tell you that there are many great times ahead… many challenges and from the looks of it a whole lotta love… not bad huh! Have a great life and enjoy.

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