The Eleven Weddings family tree is growing rapidly. In general, I book brides and grooms through no advertising whatsoever. I rely on word of mouth, someone who knows someone, etc…but mostly it’s a former bridesmaid or bride or family member or distant cousin or random friend I met for 30 seconds who recommends the guy who shot “X’s” wedding. That’s me. Luckily, I was already in the circle with Jill and Eric through a really amazing friend and past wedding couple – Melissa and Chad. My wife is friends with all these guys as well and through a shared love of wine the pieces just fell into place. It’s a small town. We find each other.
Jill and Eric had an awesome ceremony at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Sarasota, where the father was awesome to work with as a former photographer. Free reign. That is rare at church services. They followed up that with a great reception at the Bird Key Yacht Club in Sarasota. Jill and Eric were awesome to work with as I knew they would be. They were easy to shoot, completely comfortable, fun to be around and just like making pictures with friends, because essentially that’s what we were doing – just on the biggest day of their lives. Their friends and family were great and totally made the night so much fun ending with a crazy “Call Me Maybe” soundtracked trolley ride.
Congrats you two! Hopefully next time we see each other it’s over a bottle of wine (but I’ll take Hendricks on the rocks).
This wedding rocked.
Set to 80′s hair metal music all night, Dayna and Peter wed under the falling moss of Myakka River State Park in Sarasota last night. Dayna was stunningly beautiful. From the handmade paper flowers to the photo booth set-up, she transformed a park pavilion into her storybook wedding. Everything was perfect and even a few alligator encounters and rain threats never materialized into anything.
It’s always a pleasure to photograph a bride who is really into making pictures. She knows light and definitely knew how to find it and pose. ”That’s the sound of heaven” as my camera clicked it’s first rectangles of the day. It kind of makes my job to just be there and make sure to document it (just follow the dress). Both Peter and Dayna are awesome writers and were absolutely rad to work with in every way. Laid back, stress free and absolutely fun to be around. From camera clicks to sweaty hugs and selfies they definitely made me feel right at home and amongst friends. Beer flowed like wine, and Poison and Warrant blasted through the darkened skies over the swamp for one really awesome day.
Thanks again for having me and here’s to many, many more years of rocking out as only you two can.
The #altarselfie – I see Garrett starting a trend with this one.
Ginna and Garret got hitched yesterday among some amazingly fun family and friends…me included. I know Garrett through our mutual college professor back at the University of Colorado at Boulder where we both learned about stalking light and chasing color. Somehow he ended up in Orlando killing it at wakeboarding photography and publishing, and I ended up down here at a newspaper back in the day now on my own doing my thing. I’m always honored to shoot a photographer’s wedding and this was no exception. Garrett and Ginna (who did almost everything DIY and awesome) took over three venues – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for a touching ceremony, Loch Haven Park for sunset, and the really unique space at Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando. Everything was beautiful as I expected, but moreover is was completely them. Loaded with color and creative touches pretty much everywhere, I couldn’t really focus. We were blessed with an amazing sunset with that warm Florida light only this state gets.
Now for a rundown of inside jokes that no one but those in attendance will get: altar selfie, random cursing, wasabi nuts, ottoman dancing, kid chicken fighting, parking lot naps, twin switching, eskimo kisses, flaming sparklers, smore stations, non-flat cakes, exploding sparklers in a can, liquor runs, ring bearer u-turn, and Coors light among Eagles Scouts. Such a fun time.
Thanks again Garrett and Ginna for having me….and here’s to many, many years of fun and living your life like you do – awesomely.
Becky and Pedro have one little thing they do that really stuck with me throughout their engagement session and their wedding. It’s not a major thing or anything that would resonate to anyone that hangs out with them for any period of time. In fact, it’s just two little words. Six letters. ”My love.”
Becky would ask Pedro a question and end her question with “My love.”
Pedro would answer with a simple answer ending it with “My love.”
This goes back and forth all day long to a point it mimics an punctuation mark, but it really encompasses how they are with each other. I met them last year when doing their engagement session on Marco Island, Florida and they were a pleasure to work with. They are stunningly beautiful/handsome (take your pick) and the warmest personalities to match. I felt like an instant friend. Needless to say I was stoked to see them again this weekend for their wedding at the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida. The gardens already beautiful in their own right, were transformed into a really elegant space for a night-time ceremony and party. A mix of American and Brazilian families collided for one awesome night under a near full moon and perfect weather.
For me, it was good just to see them again and spend the day hearing “my love” again. It’s an awesome thing.
Congrats you two!!
Jen and Greg enjoyed their day the best way, with a sense of humor and a whole lot of love. They never took themselves too seriously, except for the love they showed each other. That was palpable.
I photographed here to the day one year prior at another wedding for her friends Kinsey + Evan at the same venue in Hobe Sound, Florida, which is always fun to shoot at. Loaded with many of the same friends, it was equally as big a party with a dance floor packed all night to the sounds of The Sultans.
They let me do my thing, just making pictures as they wound their way through drinks and hugs – except for one minor request. Greg has seen a photo of mine of a bride teeing off a green, and he wanted to one-up it by having Jen hit a ball off a tee – but out of his mouth. My eyes widened happily, and I couldn’t really let her do that and give him a black eye for the rest of the night, so we made it happen with a little Hollywood. That single picture sums up everything about this couple. Fun. Fun. Fun.
Congrats to you Mr. and Mrs. Salt (a little inside joke)! Thanks for having me!
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.