You’d think a museum in the courtyard of an ornate museum celebrating European art would be a quiet, reserved, wine and cheese crowd. Not Liz and Scott. These guys can throw a party.
Liz and Scott got married this weekend at the beautiful Ringling Museum right here in Sarasota, which they made theirs for the day. While we spent several hours at the Ritz-Carlton getting ready and making pictures, the fun really started popping with a very unique limo ride (complete with fake Roman columns and fake 10,000 bills) that the entire wedding party of nearly 25 jammed into. The scenery at the Ringling Museum and Ca d’Zan is absolutely stunning. As sunset gave way to night, their quick and intimate wedding under a chandelier transitioned into an amazing night with a crew of really fun people they surround themselves with and call friends. Beautiful weather, perfect light, and plenty of twerking, drinking, and hugs to go around. Liz has a wicked sense of humor and a smile that lasts for days, so while we were surrounded by class and art, these guys balanced that with all their awesomeness.
Here’s to you two. Thank you so much for trusting me with your day and I will be rocking pink socks for the two of you at my next wedding. Congrats!
The red dress. Not one – but two.
When Theresa contacted me about a trash-the-dress session after reading my bio about the red dress being my Holy Grail, I was stoked. Then she revealed we’re shooting on her honeymoon on St. Lucia and I about lost it. The island is gorgeous, the couple beautiful, and we couldn’t have been blessed with better lighting. I picked them up in my rental car and we headed out on a adventure trying to find the quiet and peaceful Marigot Bay (there aren’t many signs on St. Lucia, you just learn to roll down the window and a local will escort you). After a quick and dirty tour by boat, we played around in the water as the sun set through the mountains. There’s not much more else to say besides it’s moments like these I’m really stoked to be able to shoot weddings in all these amazing places on this tiny planet.
Thanks again Theresa and Chirag! You guys rock…here’s to many, many years of happiness.
I’ve always had a fascination with Hawaii since I was a little kid, and never had a chance to go until this week and the beautiful Angela and Ali invited me along to their stunning Persian and Hawaiian themed wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House in Lahaina, Hawaii on the island of Maui. The venue: stunning. The bride: gorgeous. The groom: fun. Everything about this wedding was perfectly Hawaii.
The best part about weddings is just being with new friends and making pictures in a new place – and this was no different. One moment I won’t soon forget is snorkeling with Ali and Angela and coming up on sea turtles the size of a kindergartner. I only know because I have one. Just being able to experience a bit of the island with this genuinely loving couple made it all worth it. Add on some killer light, beautiful landscapes, and a beautiful batch of friends of friends and family and you have one great weekend.
Mahalo Ali and Angela for having me. Time for this jet-lagged photographer to get some sleep!
The family tree grows. This time in Cancun.
Spent this weekend with Jaime and Dominic as they celebrated their wedding at the lovely Beach Palace in Cancun, Mexico – Jaime is the sister of a past awesome couple, Nicole and Michael, I shot in Key West so I was lucky to photograph the other half of the beautiful sisters. As the rain teased them all day, forcing them to change locations, Jaime and Dominic rolled with the punches and had a sense of humor about it. They got a break from Mother Nature to have their ceremony down on the beach as they planned. As the soft cloudy light dipped into twilight their party ramped up leading into a complete and total takeover of the hotel bar upstairs with wedding guests turned bartenders.
We followed the next day up with a mini trash-the-dress session with Jaime and Dominic taking to the beach and hotel pool to have a bit of playtime. They are both cross-fit rock stars, so of course handstands were in order.
There’s nothing like going to a destination, hanging with some awesome people and making pictures, chasing light, and having a good time documenting the best day of a bride and groom’s life. I’m just blessed to be a small part of it.
Congrats you two and thanks for having me!
I met Heidi and Steven through a fellow photographer and friend of mine, who jokingly – but bluntly – said, “don’t mess it up” as he asked me to photograph his niece’s wedding. No pressure.
Our first meeting was at Epcot Center at Disney where we did their engagement session, which was a unique venue to work with – little did I know they would follow it up with the Florida Aquarium in Tampa as their ceremony site. Surrounded by huge sharks (who seemed trained to show up at the right time) and well-dressed penguins (who poop every 15 minutes, in case you wanted to know that), these two had a unique take on everything they did for their day. We moved from the ceremony site to random pockets of light in the darkened facility to make pictures in the beautiful exhibits. The night took a turn to party time and moved into the reception sit at a tiki bar at the aquarium as the sun set over downtown Tampa.
These guys let loose after dinner, taking to the bar and erupting in dance party and swallowing up the bar with the friends. I’ve never seen anyone order 30 lemon drops. All in great fun, these guys genuinely loved each other even more than they did in eighth grade. That’s right eighth grade. I don’t think I can even remember the name of one my middle school girlfriends, let along marry one. That’s truly an amazing and rare thing to marry your high-school sweetheart and I’m so blessed to be able to witness and document it.
Congrats you two, and thanks for having me!
Scott, I hope I didn’t mess it up.
You hear “(insert bride’s name), you took my breath away” at a lot of weddings, but rarely does it literally mean just that.
Rita and Poul were halfway through their vows when all of a sudden Rita said “he’s going to faint”" and down goes Poul. After a few scary moments, everything turned to laughter as Poul came to and was comforted by his beautiful bride, wonderful family, and some shots of sugar from random purses and glasses of water. It was hot out, nerves were a plenty, and I’m sure looking across at Rita would bring any man to his knees – especially the one she’s marrying. Poul laughed it off and had to recount the story to nearly every guest during the reception.
Every wedding brings something new, and a fainting groom (which he had never done before in his life) is definitely a first.
All that aside, Rita and Poul celebrated their day in the Tea Graden and Sunset Ballroom at the awesome Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rita is Romanian and has spent her time in the U.S. working and studying with her “American family” which she is now becoming officially a part of by marrying Poul. Some of her guests came all the way from Romania, but for others they set up a live stream via UStream and an iPad so her relatives that couldn’t make it would be able to see all the action. Her brothers walked her poignantly down the aisle and into her new life with a wonderful family I got to meet and befriend yesterday. Just plain awesome, loving people to be around.
Congrats you two and here’s to many, many years of happiness! Go Blue!
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/