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.
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.