This is Julie and Rory, and this is one of my favorite moments from their wedding. Guests were arriving, the ceremony was to start in a few minutes, things were (as they usually are) running a bit behind schedule, and Julie and Rory hadn’t had their first look yet. Behind the EJ Roberts Mansion, over a wall from where the ceremony would be taking place, is an aptly named “Secret Garden”, and it was there that Julie and Rory saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. And as soon as they saw each other, all the stress and worry and hurry-up-and-waiting disappeared, and they interlocked their hands and just looked at each other, smiling. And nothing else mattered. I loved that.
Besides the Secret Garden, the Roberts Mansion is cool because there are lots of cool places for portraits, both indoors and out. Julie, who is a photographer herself, was particularly interested that we take advantage of those locations. (And one nice parenthetical bonus about working with couples who are in the military [Navy, in this case], is that their posture is outstanding.)
Another cool moment. While Julie was walking down the aisle with her dad, one of the grandmothers, who was sitting right next to me, said, in almost a gasp, “Oh, what a beautiful bride!” When I looked over at her, she had her hand over her mouth and her eyes closed. You can look for that image in this gallery of photographs from Julie and Rory’s wedding, located at this link. Those are the little moments I love. As I’ve said many times, I consider myself very privileged at the weddings I shoot. I got to see one of the most important days in Julie and Rory’s lives, and I got to see it from the front row.
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Kristin and Sam had their wedding at Elks Point, up on top of a hill overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene, and it could not have been more scenic. Add to that a photogenic couple, and it made for a fantastic day of shooting.
I think you can tell a lot about a couple from their family and friends; based on their friends, you can tell they are loyal, caring, generous, passionate, fun-loving, unpretentious, grounded people. After watching Kristin and Sam on their wedding day, I am pretty sure these are accurate adjectives.
Besides having a spectacular venue and fantastic friends, Kristin and Sam’s wedding day included dancing. All kinds of dance. Tender slow dancing, and wild, crazy, limbs everywhere dancing. Did I mention crazy? (I’m looking at you, Jesse).
And then, in case that wasn’t all enough, Kristin and Sam managed to have their wedding day coincide with some fireworks over the lake. It was a spectacular close to a spectacular day. Click here to see photographs from the wedding day.
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This is Anna and Tom. I’ve been friends with Anna for a number of years, though for a long while our interaction has been limited too facebook. After shooting her wedding this weekend, I realized what a shame that is, because Anna and Tom (whom I met for the first time) are delightful, smart, funny, and kind people. And I think all those qualities were reflected in their wedding.
Their official color was “Rainbow.” They and their attendants were decked out in multi-colored Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Their cake featured cats (and a mouse, apparently a family tradition), and there were lollipops and candy aplenty. Tom wrote the ceremony, and Anna did all the decorations. And they got married at what seemed like the top of the world; the top of the Spokesman-Review building, with spectacular views all around.
Actually, a line from their ceremony described them better than I can: ”Their energy is infectious, free-spirited, and unshakeable. They live to the greatest expressions of joy. They want to live their lives together, to support, encourage, and enjoy each other.” You can see a gallery of photography from their wedding day here; when you go through the wedding photographs, you’ll notice that there are lots of “detail” shots, because every little detail expressed who Anna and Tom are. It was great fun photographing their day together.
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I have often become friends with the people whose wedding I photograph, but Kristi and Ben’s wedding was unique; they are the first couple with whom I was friends before I shot their wedding. We’ve celebrated New Year’s together and been to teach other’s houses and taken care of each other’s animals (though I don’t think Kristi wants me near her wiener dog anymore). I suspect I would have been at this wedding whether or not I was photographing it.
That made this Kristi and Ben’s wedding especially fun. It was fun to see my friends enjoying each other’s companionship and celebrating their love together.
The ceremony was at Trezzi Farm, a fairly new wedding venue that is also a winery, and where the owners cater some spectacular Italian food. There are vineyards of various maturity, all green and leafy, with a beautiful green lawn and a field of wild grasses just beyond the fence–plenty of fine places for wedding portraits. And the weather even cooperated, the day neither thunderstormy nor 100 degrees (unlike the previous week). You can see a gallery of their wedding photographs here.
It’s always an honor to shoot someone’s wedding, but of course it was extra meaningful to be able to document the wedding day of my friends. Congratulations Kristi and Ben!
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I loved photographing Abigail and Micah’s wedding. I mean, I love all the weddings I shoot, but I really loved this wedding, for a bunch of different reasons. For one, it’s really difficult to take a bad picture of Abigail and Micah. Not only are they extremely attractive people, but they are so connected, so very much in love. Throughout the wedding day, they touched each other. Sometimes they gave each other furtive glances. Other times, one just gazed at the other. They whispered things into each other’s ear, and smiled. I loved photographing all this, not because it makes my job easier (though it does), but because it is so much fun to watch.
Another thing I loved about this wedding was the first dance — it was one of my favorite ever, and I’m sorry to say the pictures don’t do it justice. The pictures don’t capture the music, Carlos Gardel with Argentinian accordions, nor the bold, graceful movements of the tango they danced. It was elegant and graceful and sexy and fun.
The wedding also had an extra bonus for me. Last summer, I photographed Abigail’s sister’s wedding (you can see Katie and Bret’s wedding photographs here), and before that, I photographed her other sister’s wedding (you can see Danielle and Ryan’s wedding photographs here). It was great to see everyone again. I almost feel like a member of the family. Unfortunately, there are no more sisters, but they all did indulge me in an Essential Moments Photography Alumni picture:
Add it all up, and the whole day was amazing. So much fun. I’ll leave you with a couple more of my favorites images from the day, but be sure to go here to see the rest of the photographs of Abigail and Micah’s wedding.
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