Tricia & Ben | Monterey Wedding Photography | Naval Postgraduate School Wedding

Tricia & Ben were married on June 12, 2011 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.  The location was GORGEOUS!  I love the architecture of the buildings at the school, and there were lots of beautiful peacocks roaming the  grounds.  Even more beautiful was Tricia- her dress (her ‘something borrowed’ from her dear friend and bridesmaid Micky) was stunning, and I loved how she worked it on the dance floor!

I have to share their love story, from their wedding website:

Ben and Tricia met on a popular online dating website. Ben first messaged Tricia on June 7, 2010:


Jun 7, 2010 – 12:48am

So I am from Oregon too! Which part are you from? I grew up in Salem. I would like to hear from you again. -Ben”

Unlike many love stories there was no instant connection. Ben emailed Tricia about Oregon living and Tricia emailed Ben about boats and the ocean. They first met in person for a casual drink at the Crown and Anchor in Monterey.

Ben liked Tricia because she was honest and kind.  She had a lot of great aspects to her personality, including independance, drive, a passion for travel, and a desire to experience the unknown.  She was easy to talk to, great to get along with, and has an amazing sense of humor.

Tricia turned to her friend Ben for support during some of the most difficult times in her life. Ben brought Tricia flowers when she was sad, dinner when she couldn’t eat, jokes to laugh at, and a shoulder to cry on. It was in those moments that Tricia began to trust Ben.

Ben invited Tricia to the Surface Forces Ball in San Diego, CA.  It was a formal military ball to celebrate and enjoy the Surface Navy.  It was a lot of fun, both at the military ball and going out to Downtown San Diego afterwards.

Shortly thereafter, they began dating. The exact date is up for debate, but we can say that our first “real date” was the Surface Forces Ball.  We do feel that everyday with each other is the happiest day of our lives..

(I love their love story!) Ben surprised Tricia when he proposed at the Grand Winter Ball at the Naval Postgraduate School 🙂  Cheers!

Cake: Patisserie Bechler

Coordination: Patty Speirs, Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination

DJ & Ceremony Musician: Ezzo Entertainment

Florist: Nancy’s Mid Valley Florist, Carmel

Hair & Makeup: Salon at Lincoln Lane, Carmel

Limo: Main Event Transportation, Monterey




Your photography is elegant and captured the LOVE of Tricia and Ben. I admire your mastery and the quality of your work! Thank you for blessing us with these memories. IS it possible to order some enlargements from you? Rossa


so lovely! it’s like the royal wedding…I still can’t get over those peacocks

Erin Green

Your photos really capture a beautiful tale of a real beautiful couple.

Patrick & Michelle Lawlor (& Megan, J.T., & Zach, too)

Thank you for sharing your story and these breathtaking images of your special day. Wish we could have been there to witness it, though we were celebrating with you in heart! These are amazing photos of what was obviously a perfect day sharing a beautiful love between a wonderful couple. So happy for you both. May your love and friendship grow day by day and year by year. May these photos be a reminder to you both of your solemn vows to each other. God Bless you both, your marriage, & a fulfilling future together. 🙂 XO, your cousins

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