Archive for October, 2011
Casey and I got back last night from New York City, where we flew out to shoot Carly and Robert’s engagement session in Central Park. Man oh man, 2 jam packed days of walking Manhattan in perfect autumn weather… I had a love affair with the city. Carly and Robert were amazing to shoot and I can’t wait to share the full session.
For a sneak peak… They are transplants in the city from the west coast and wanted their engagements to always remind them of their time there. So I tried to give them a few iconic New York shots like a kiss on the Mall in Central Park – mmmm I want to go back!
It was one of the most perfect day’s in Septemeber – after coming off a week of super hot weather, we showed up to Beazell Memorial Forest to an easy 80 degrees and partial cloud cover (my favorite!). I was still hobbling around with a broken foot (see post) so I had an amazing assistant, and a super awesome second shooter (Angela of Tekoa Rose Photography) by my side to help navigate the uneven terrain.
I’ve photographed Beazell Memorial quite a few times now, but Kattie took it to another level. Josh is a farmer, and Kattie is an artist so they took Beazell‘s beautiful rustic barn and turned it into a little haven of farm/artist inspired creative details that was so THEM. They truly made the day a reflection of their unique and adventurous personalities.
The Girls showed up first in a white limo (from DC Limos) which they used for the day to shuttle guests in and out of the forest (I thought this was brilliant for Beazell). I immediately fell in love with Kattie’s whimsical Watters Mojave gown and her bridesmaids yellow Anthropologie dresses. The barn was full of fresh cut dahlias, hand stained mason jars filled with wheat from Josh’s farm, painted signs, found crates, ladders, and other items from the farm. She even wrapped vintage handkerchiefs around the gorgeous bridal bouquets by Denice Seeger of Distinctive Designs in Salem Oregon. The gentlemen were in great spirits when they arrived as well. They were so handsome in their Banana Republic suits and fun Etsy found boutonnieres made by Divine Domestication. After a quick break for some pictures, the boys were on a mission to complete their assigned tasks while the ring bearer and friend played sword fight in the grass. Beazell Memorial was in it’s sunday best that day – celebrating a lovely, genuine and fun couple. The day flowed with a laid back, celebratory, whimsical manor, complete with lots of laughs, hugs, and smiles. I said it in their preview post – but the real word to describe their day was just magic. Check it out for yourself….
“My advice for the DIY bride– Start early! It takes time to figure out exactly how you want everything to come together in a cohesive way. Find as many items as you can from Goodwill or things you might already have. We found tons of super cheap cake stands at goodwill, painted them all the same color, and then used them all over the reception. Also, keep it simple! We almost let it turn crazy hodge-podge clown wedding, but I toned it down a little and eliminated the unnecessary elements. “
Man, there is so much I could say about Amber and Evan’s wedding that would make it seem like some jokester was testing their resilience or trying to throw a wrench in their perfect day. For instance how their photographer broke her foot the night before (ugh!), or how a bad 24 hour flu had swept through the grooms whole family, or the weather that was in the high 90’s, or having an ambulance show up during portraits (long story, but all ended well!). But I have to say – these two were on a different level. Nothing could short change the absolute joy and beauty that came pouring out of their spirits on this day. They had been waiting for this for years – high school sweethearts, with the biggest and sweetest hearts I know. Their love for each other and excitement to be joined together in marriage was so unyielding, no obstacle or unfortunate event could take their eyes off one another. Their ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Deep Wood Estate in Salem Oregon and went off with lots of joyful help from family and friends, lots of laughter, high fives, and secret handshakes. When Amber walked down the isle it was like the world stopped, she was glowing, and I’ve never seen a father of the bride so excited to hand over his daughter to a man that he obviously loves and trusts without a doubt. It was beautiful! The rest of the day was full of fun personal touches (like incorporating their love of rubber duckies on the head table!) and a LOT of dancing, my favorite!