My photography is personality-driven; so it’s always especially fun to photograph a couple made of two free spirits. A couple who does their own thing and makes it their own. Danielle and Ryan fit that description. They put their stamp, and their own personal style, on everything, from Danielle’s TWO pair of rockin’ wedding shoes, to the home-made “just married” signs at the reception, from the accordion player, to insisting on portraits with goats.
Better still, they were completely connected on the wedding day: always touching each other, always looking at each other, experiencing it all together. They held hands in the back seat on the way to the church. They watched closely as the other signed the marriage certificate, they delighted in each other’s company. It was hard for that delight not to be just a little bit contagious, and I had a delightful time. There are some photographs from their wedding day here.
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This is Natalie and Jake. We made arrangements to do engagement pictures via email, because they currently live in Hanoi. But they came back for a short trip to visit family and friends and do some wedding arrangements, and we had the chance to do a session together.
In Vietnam, Natalie teaches second grade, and Jake teaches middle school science (so it makes perfect sense that, when coming across a small, shallow pond, he would want to get down on his hands and knees and look for small things). He is from Colorado, and she is from Washington, though Jake went to school in Washington and Natalie went to graduate school in Colorado. Of course, they wouldn’t meet until they were both teachers, in Norway.
I loved wandering around the park with them, enjoying the fresh air and the sunset and the sounds of the river. I’m already looking forward to June 2011 when I’ll be able to watch them get married. In the meantime, here are a few photographs from their engagement session.
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