So a comedian, a television reporter, and rabbi walk into a wedding…
I don’t know a great punch line to that, but Dave probably would seeing that he’s a stand-up comedian. Both he, and Stephanie, a television reporter in New York, have personality for days and aren’t afraid to embrace it and let it shine – even on their wedding day at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida yesterday. We had met last year at their engagement session, where we shot two night in Battery City Park in New York, and I knew they’re were going to be rad to work with on their wedding day. They didn’t let me down.
I was less than eight hours recovered from shooting a wedding in Boca the day before all day, but walking into the room with Stephanie and her family instantly recharged me. Their personalities force that on you. I honestly have no idea how she keeps it up. All day. Smiles. Hilarious laughs. Hardcore dancing until being thrown into the pool. She went hard all day long and was so inspiring just to be around. Dave, well, he’s the same great guy to be around – just so much more dry, snarky and one of the finniest guys you’ll meet. I really wanted to let go and just let their personalities and vision for their day shine. Loads of color (yes, you can mix hot pink and orange), beautiful bride, and perfect weather made for such a fun day – I could hang out with these cats – and their great friends and family – daily and never be bored.
Here’s to Stephanie and Dave – congrats! See you next time I’m in NYC, baby.
For even more on these two make sure you follow their blog My Almost Married Life: http://myalmostmarriedlife.com/
It has come full circle. Rachel is an awesome wedding photographer who hooked me up with her friend’s wedding two years ago down in Key West. We had never met, but meeting her and John while photographing there I somehow knew down the line I’d be hooking back up with them. Fast forward the clock to yesterday and it was now their turn. This time, not so much palm trees and flip-flops in Florida, but more cowboy boots and unicorn heads in Virginia.
The people, though, were equally as awesome.
There’s something about working with photographers that just brings out the life in rectangles. They know light, moments, color, and luckily Rachel and John really thought about it in planning their day. The one thing they weren’t expecting was thunderstorms and the day was off-and-on rain right up until ceremony time, and as if Rachel made a call to the Photo Gods, the skies parted and the light flooded the horse farm at Riverside on the Potomac outside of Leesburg, Virginia. The barn was practically covered with awesome details Rachel made herself. I’ll never use the phrase “picture-perfect” but these guys made it easy. Throw in a 100 of their closest friends, family, and a posse of wedding photographers and you have a party. That posse of photographers poked and prodded me all night in good fun…it’s a rarity we actually get to attend a wedding without the camera, so I understand the torment. I would do the same to the poor wedding photographer if I weren’t working.
Rachel was absolutely gorgeous and we had such a rad time wandering the grounds making pictures. We chased light as it dipped in and out of the trees, charged a rainbow down the hill, and even had some horse encounters (real and masked). Nothing would really compare to seeing these two absolutely enjoy being with each other while either tearing up the dance floor or serenading each other with some Lumineers. I’m so blessed to have some awesome new friends who started out as wonderful clients. There really isn’t anything better.
Congrats Rachel and John – here’s to many more years of Siracha and Red Bull.
Paige and Raed were awesome. There’s not so much else to say beyond that, well, there is, but you get the point.
I’ve been spending a lot of time recently criss-crossing Florida for weddings in the Palm Beach area, and I’ve had the pleasure of some really beautiful and fun people to hang around. Paige and Raed had their wedding at another secret venue, but their passion and excitement to be together wasn’t a secret. Their wedding was a blending of cultures and really just a beautiful thing to witness and be a part of – especially for a fellow journalist. We spent the evening on the sand, rowing boats, chasing sunsets, and lighting every nook and cranny I could find to make pictures of the two of them together – then the open-air dance floor opened up for a beautiful night of drinking and partying with new friends in a gorgeous venue.
Here’s to Paige and Raed – thank you so much for having me and here’s to a lifetime of happiness for you guys!!
Margaret and Rory are just sincere, fun, and awesome people. It’s really all that needs to be said. I already miss them.
These two brought their entire crew to Hobe Sound this weekend to familiar grounds for Eleven Weddings – a gorgeous club and church ceremony was filled walled to wall with good vibes and great people. The threat of rain never materialized, leaving Margaret and Rory a perfect day to get hitched – and drive some golf balls off the tee to celebrate their marriage.
There were toasts galore that were supposed to be roasts, but everyone always came back to what genuine and important people these two are in their lives. An embarrassing story about leotards or pennies turned right around to nothing but love for these two cats.
I can’t really say enough about how great these guys were to work with – even if I split my pants chasing them into the church. Yes, all the way. Things happen on wedding days for photographers as we’re running around, sweating, carrying tons of gear, chasing light, lying on the ground, climbing trees to get a shot, and I’ve learned to just kind of roll with it. Bridesmaids and groomsmen jokingly gave me a fair amount of grief about it, but I powered though it because to be honest, Margaret and Rory were so fun to be with on their day.
Congrats you two – thank you so much for having me. I know both Brian and I had an amazing time!
Here’s to many, many years of awesomeness.
The internet is a funny place. So incredibly ridiculous at some times, other times it can be an amazing place. Take Yolanda and Joe. They met there (wherever the internet actually is) 4 years ago. As of yesterday, they are now married – in real life. How amazing is that? Much better than grumpy cat.
Yolanda and Joe put a lot of themselves into this wedding. They did most of the details themselves, even setting up their reception with the help of their family and friends after getting married. The morning wedding was intimate with just their siblings and immediate family at the beautiful Sundy House. The reception in the back courtyard of Tropical Touch Garden Center in Ft. Lauderdale was one of the most original I’ve seen. The venue itself was beautiful, but it was the personal touches these guys had: Def Leopard playing? Check. Vegas magician? Check. Hula and fire dancers? Check. Jamaican food to die for? Check.
All in all, it was just them.
Thanks for having me along y’all – and congrats!
Weddings are a funny business. One of the first things Elise did is on her reception night was she pulled me aside and said “You know, your blog is really intimidating.” She went on to jokingly tell me that she read most of the posts and I always say things like “this was one of the best weddings ever” or “x and x were really amazing people” or “this venue was perfect and the lighting glorious.” I don’t know if I say all those things, but I do tend to go on and on about my clients and their day. Elise was hopeful hers would live up to that. I laughed it off, and told it was awesome and everything was perfect, well, because it was. Elise and Josh had nothing to worry about. It was the perfect mix of everything.
I think it’s one of the crazy things about weddings – especially for brides and grooms. There will always be pressure to have the wedding out-do the last one you attended. The flowers smellier, the venue grander, the dress more fashionable. There’s always something to spend money on, so I get the pressure. I compare my photos to other photographers. We all do it. Elise and Josh were really just happy and beautiful people, who were so much fun to photograph and hang out with. Their friends and family loved them, and the super-secret private venue was awesome to shoot at. Visually stunning, classy, and just a big party for all attending.
I’m always just really grateful to be the one photographer out of thousands out there chosen to come and document a bride and groom’s day. THAT is an amazing thing. Everything else for me is just icing on the proverbial cake. Spending a few hours making pictures, chasing light, and just being part of the family – if even for the day. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.
Congrats Elise and Josh – here’s to many years of happiness!
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.