Halfway through the ceremony, the Rabbi paused and started talking about me. I was scared when he started – did I get too close? Too many clicks? He smiled and started talking about myself being the “Photographer’s Photographer” and that I must be good if the amazing Pouya picked me to document this beautiful night. I better be after that.
That can be a lot of stress being hired by a fellow photographer – especially one as talented as Pouya. We work for the same clients in the sports magazine world and know each other’s work rather well. Needless to say the pressure was on. Luckily, working for a killer photographer can be a lot of fun, because he knows light, color, composition and the kind of moments I’m looking for. When he asked me to photograph his wedding to the beautiful Mallory, I was both thrilled and humbled to be the one they trusted when they have almost anyone to pick.
Mallory and Pouya grabbed the awesome Summerour Studio in Atlanta as their venue, which was insanely awesome to shoot at. Everything was lit by candle and window light with a couple hanging lanterns that really created a quiet, romantic, and wonderful mood to kill right away with some crazy, crazy dancing (mostly by Pouya). The circle of friends and family these two have around them is awesome. Everyone was welcoming and excited to be photographed. They knew what I wanted (Pouya has trained them well) photographically and the night was perfect for these two cats.
I’m constantly floored by how much love can be out there on display in one day. These two have a wonderful sense of humor and it was on display all day in between the tears of happiness. I’m witness to all of that and it makes me happy to be able to share that and document it for them. I especially dig the personal and quiet moments I get to be around for that no one sees until they get these photos – like the bride and groom grabbing a few moments of fresh air – with muffled hip-hop blaring inside and an occasional click of the Nikon breaking up this awesome night.
Congrats Pouya and Mallory – thank you so much for having me. We’ll see you in the photo pit soon.
I’m in the middle of a stretch of 4 or 5 weddings for other photographers, and every time I’m humbled I get to do this for people in the business. It means so much to me and I can only hope to return that with killer photography. Matt and Lindsay are Florida photogs and new friends who packed up and left for the lights of New York City literally the morning after their beautiful wedding day.
Matt and Lindsay took to the River Palm Cottages & Fish Camp in Jensen Beach, Florida, for an intimate waterfront wedding…the place is very Florida, which I love. Every little detail these guys had their hands in it. From being their own DJ (well, the kids kind of took over) to hanging their own lights at the venue everything came together for a great reception. Friends and family pitched in and basically made their day a DIY how-to complete with Polaroid guest books that were a hit.
Rain. It’s the one thing most brides fear. I’ve had my fair share, but every bride I’ve had handled it with a sense of humor and embraced it. Lindsay and Matt were no exception as we all pitched in and scrambled to move tables and centerpieces as the skies opened up perfectly timed right after the ceremony. After a quick reset, we took the time to grab an umbrella and head to use the beautiful twilight skies to our advantage. The rest of the night was a perfect blend of a tiki hut reception in the humid Florida night with family and friends that mean the world to them. That’s all that really matters in the end. That – and mojitos and cigars.
Thanks again for having me and good luck in NYC you guys!
It finally happened. I’ve been dreaming of a bride wearing a red dress, and not only did I get one wearing a red dress, but red shoes and a red veil. I was in color heaven. Red has been a personal addiction of mine in all my work, and Stefanie just fed it big time.
What made this wedding even more special was it was at just outside of my Colorado Springs hometown in Manitou Springs. Shooting in Florida has its perks with glorious light, beaches, and color everywhere, but Colorado holds a special place in my heart. Stefanie’s red dress popped out of every background we chose. She was stunning.
These two cats were awesome to work with. They incorporated themselves into every aspect: from self-officiating their own wedding (yes, they performed it themselves) to being able to witness one of the most romantic things a groom has done for a bride. Get this: Eric hid the fact for months that he had grabbed a violin that he has never played and took secret lessons to learn one song for her as a fan of the instrument. Instead of a vow, he played a song to Stefanie, who in turn bawled her eyes out over hearing her groom play for the first time ever. Pretty amazing stuff.
Stefanie and Eric ditched the photo family photos and big blowout reception and we just spent the time roaming around this little mountain town making pictures and at a classic Penny Arcade I used to come to as a high schooler. We returned to a fire pit and microbrews as the temperature dropped to degrees this Florida kid isn’t really used to anymore. Nonetheless, it was such a fun time at a beautiful venue: The Cliff House.
Congrats you two!
The infamous red dress is mine.
You know, it’s one thing to be able to do destination weddings – traveling and exploring new places while making photos of beautiful people is one of my favorite things to do. It’s another thing to be asked by amazing photographers to come with them and document their day. That trust makes me smile.
Patrick Smith is an amazing photographer based in Baltimore whose work I’ve admired for a long time and have been virtual/facebook/email friends with for a while now. When I got the email that he wanted me to be there to photograph him marrying Katie on 12-12-12 at 12:00pm after 12 years of dating (yes, it’s true – even their flight arrival time was 12:12), I was humbled.
Their day was perfectly Bahamas. Laid back and not really scripted as all (we call that island time), Patrick and Katie had fun with it. Bridesmaids and groomsmen dove into the crystal blue waters after the ceremony, beer flowed like wine, and a lot of love shown from his group of wonderful and welcoming family gathered there share the day. Patrick, Katie and I took a taxi ride through town to a couple colorful places I had scouted on the way in to make some photos, and ended the day at sunset with a crazy boat ride to a tiny jagged rock island off the coast as the warm light gave way to night. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve been blessed to be a part of – especially since I survived.
To put a bow on this adventure, these guys jumped into the ocean – dress and all – and spent the final remaining hours with some drinks and good people poolside.
Perfect destination wedding goodness.
Congrats again and thank you again for having me, you crazy kids.
Man, I love Harbour Island – and especially the wonderful clients that bring me back to the best of The Bahamas.
Kassidy and BC had there intimate wedding on the pink sands behind the Coral Sands Hotel, where they were blessed with a beautiful sunset and open skies after days and days of clouds during the week. Kassidy has a perfect smile which beamed every time she had to battle the wind off the ocean with her extra long veil, but took it in stride. Surrounded by their best friends and family, the islands took control with a beautiful full moon night trickling with the occasional flash from yours truly.
The two just told me to do my thing and just part of the family and friends, which is music to this photog’s ears. The best photos come from brides and grooms being themselves and allowing the story of the day to unfold without a script and relaxed attitude. I’m just there for the ride, camera in one hand, Goombay Smash in the other, and a smile as big as Kassidy and BC’s.
Congrats you two and thank you so much for letting me a part of it! For more visit the Facebook gallery here.
Kinsey and Evan tied the proverbial knot this weekend in Hobe Sound, but for such beautiful, genuinely nice, and mellow people these two are, they definitely know how to crank up a party. We joked about how they could have just got married at their rehearsal and rehearsal party, because even that was a packed house.
Weddings are a funny thing: friends, associates and distant relatives come, drink, eat your food and wish you well. It’s chaos, stress, and happiness coming to a close after months and months of preparation for an day-long event. These two handled it well, enjoyed their friends, and just embraced this tiny island where they got engaged under a little light post on a sleepy street (photo three).
It’s great to see two just wonderful people get hitched and be the one to document in over-saturated and high contract rectangles of 1′s and 0′s.
Congrats to Kinsey and Evan and thank for having us you guys!
Most of the time we try to disappear as photographer to get the best photos, but some brides just know where it is at all times.
Kelsey and Ryan got married this weekend just a few yards away from where they got engaged last year on the white sands of Siesta Key. Just a stone’s throw from my house, these guys took full advantage of what this town has to offer. They were blessed with a very beautiful, cloudless sky and perfect sunset as they celebrated in a private house along the beach where I’ve spent many nights chasing that sphere as it dips below the horizon. Their beautiful night ended with sparklers and an impromptu crashing of The Beach Club in Siesta Key Village.
Kelsey was stunning in a rip-away dress Lebron James could appreciate. These guys were a lot of fun to work with on their wedding day Saturday and a post-wedding shoot tonight.
Congrats you two on your beautiful marriage and many thanks for letting me a small part of it.
P.S. Also big thanks to out friends at Lelu Coffee and California SurfShop for letting us use their space for a couple photos…check them out.