Rachel & Kevin are one of those couples you can sit down to have a beer with and end up having 6. Their easy going, fun, incredibly genuine, always have a smile on and are ultimately exactly why I began photographing weddings.
I think it is pretty incredible that I can meet someone for the first time on a day that is probably one of the most personal and emotional days of their lives and become friends with them immediately.
Rachel & Kevin did it up right for their wedding. They got ready at the beach, at homes across the street from each other. With a lace dress and a blue suit they had a first look by the river at one of my favorite wedding locations, the Ribault Club. They were married under a giant oak tree by a family friend and had confetti thrown as they were introduced for the first time as husband and wife. Their 26 person bridal party was the largest I have ever photographed and is only a testimony to how amazing and loved the two of them are.
At their reception, with flowers in her hair, Rachel was twirled by Kevin as he smiled at her non stop (my favorite moment). The sunset was perfect without a cloud in the sky. At the end of the night a cigar rolling station started and their entire bridal party put on a choreographed dance for them. It was a really magical and fun day and I am excited to see where Rachel and Kevin take their next journey to! They are absolutely wonderful and I can only expect absolutely wonderful things from them!
PS. Rachel & Kevin, I will come to California and we will get that Beer (or 6) together. 🙂
Wedding Décor: Mugwump Productions
Flowers: Sheri Kostick with Isobel Rose Flowers
An absolutely beautiful place for two incredibly beautiful people. This wedding will always have an important place in my heart because it is the first wedding I photographed after moving to Colorado full time. And I feel so lucky to have spent it with Braeden and Ryan.
You would think a wedding on a Monday would be pretty mellow, not with this crowd! On a sunny summer day in CB Braeden and Ryan got ready on the river with close friends. We had a mini exploration of Almont where we joked around and broke out in small dance moves :). They were married in a painting, with their sweet dogs by their side and an emotional family watching, they said I do with a backdrop of snow capped mountains and bright green summer foliage all around. After their tearful and beautiful vows we frolicked in the valley for a few photos and entered their reception in full dance with the bridal party. The laughter and happy tears made for such an emotionally gorgeous wedding.
It was honestly one of the best Mondays! Check out all the love below! Enjoy!
Megan and Myles are one of those couple that you instantly meet and want to be friends with. Megan has a beautiful smile that seems to never go away, which I was totally fine with. And she’s a red head, so come on, winning. And Myles is a genuine, talented and loving husband to her. I never once had to ask them to smile or kiss. They were so giddy and happy together that it really made my job so easy. I think I caught about a 1,000 moments where one of them is looking off and the other is looking lovingly at them. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is super wonderful to see. Beyond their sweetness, Megan’s Grandma is my new best friend. 🙂 She hugged me a half a dozen times and thanked me for being there at various parts of the day. It may sound like a small gesture, but it really made me feel at home and so comfortable with such wonderful people.
It was also one of the most whimsical and unique weddings I have had the chance to photograph. Myles wore a top hat and held his Grandfathers pocket watch. And let me say he looked like a young , debonair Abraham Lincoln! Megan held loose flowers in her boutique as they were married under a dramatic circus like tent. Then cut their cake topped with T-rex figurines under a wooden barn big enough to fit everyone they love. After their emotional first dances, the band turned down the lights and everyone partied in the Tennessee Mountains. It was a great day!
It’s been a solid 7 months since I have put together a blog post. Whoopsies. It’s been one of the busiest and most exciting times in my career. With a new location added in Crested Butte, Colorado and a dozen more weddings (than I normally shoot) added this year in Maine, South Dakota, The Keys, Crested Butte, and North Carolina. I have had an amazing year so far with an amazing amount of travel and new relationships and I just have not had the time to get them all together for a post! So, what do I do? Kick blogging back off with this kick ass couple, Ali and Mark.
I’ve been lucky enough to know Ali and Mark since they first started dating a few years ago. Ali was one of my first friends out here in Crested Butte. We actually became quick friends one night over red wine, napkins on our heads, and forks as beards. Yes, it sounds as weird as it is. A few years later, when I met Mark for the first time, I could not stop laughing. He is a funny, light hearted guy that has a very distinct laugh that you can’t miss and always makes you smile. The two of them together are just the sweetest. I feel very special to have gotten to know them so well. They have become yet another couple I have photographed, became friends with, and then visited and lived with them for a bit (Thanks for that by the way guys :)). So here they are, during wildflower season in CB, hugging and twirling in the woods. I hope you enjoy it, because I sure did!
Every year, when I get together all of my favorite photographs, I am amazed at the things I get to see and learn with each couple and image I make. The intimate moments that include some of their closest family and friends. The cultural interpretations of how each person shows their love and gratitude towards each other. And the moments that will be looked back on with people that are not even in this world yet, but still so much apart of the story.
Photography has the power to create and bring memories to life for other to cherish, even if not there. So to have over 45 weddings, 35 portraits, and 68 photo booth’s booked in 2016 all with little ‘ol KiKi, makes me feel very special and very grateful to all of the wonderful people who trusted me to capture these moments.
8 out of 10 months were on the road from The Keys, Georgia, North Eleuthera, Bahamas, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, Maine, North Carolina, and of course Sunny Florida. I am just blown away sometimes at how magical each year is. And am super excited for all the new things happening in 2017.
Oh sweet Baby Nora. All of my newborn sessions this year were with girls. Which is an awesome change because I always have years with only boys! I usually photograph around a dozen newborn sessions a year. And they are almost always with clients I have photographed before hand that trust and understand how I work. That is important to me because there is sometimes a lot of stress and definitely tons of time put into newborn sessions. So having a built relationship there with the Mother and Father is pretty huge. Especially because I showed up to this session, immediately started scanning their room and home for places to shoot. And once I found one, was slightly landscaping and moving around pine needles on the side of their home for 10 minutes to create this first photo. But, they knew what they were getting into. For their other child, I had them meet me at sunrise and put him in a baby hammock on the beach.
I get weird at shoots sometimes, I can’t help it. The creativity flows so perfectly if you just do what is in your head and not worry about what others think. And my clients have always loved it.
Newborn session, to me, carry a lot of nostalgia. The first “photo Job” I had before my business, was running a newborn studio in a maternity ward photographing 1-2 day old babies. It taught me a lot about patience and flexibility in photographing people and babies (who run the shoot). Because these sessions are so close to my heart and remind me of where I started, I tend to put a lot of time into them. The basket Nora is sleeping in is made of real flowers and greenery (that I foraged) and took me roughly 2 hours to create. Even though a good majority of my business is photographing weddings, these newborn sessions once a month are great to spark creativity. They give me time to create in a new way, while also incorporating what I already know.
So here is Baby Nora (and her awesome family). My last newborn session of 2016.
Most people complain about how rough Monday’s can be. Not if you are with these two on their sweet Monday Wedding. Hannes is originally from Germany, so most of the wedding was in Jacksonville beach for the first time. It brought together a fun filled group of people to celebrate the Herr and Frau.
When I first met with Hannes and Jessica I could instantly tell that they were an adorable duo. Jessica is an incredibly sweet and thoughtful person that you can’t help but want to hug all the time. Hannes was constantly glimpsing over at her throughout the day, never taking his eyes off of his fiancé and then wife. And it made me so happy to see how he cared for her so much. They celebrated with a perfectly blue sky and windy day. Followed by running on the beach with their bridal party, getting their toes wet on the beach, twirling under the full moon, and maybe a few shots of Jägermeister (wait until you see Jessica’s reaction to that below :)).
It was such a breath of fresh air to get out of Monday emails and spend it running around Casa Marina with these two. Check out their lovely wedding day below!