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Wether you are planning an intimate wedding or a destination wedding, or even an elopement, it doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Think details - what makes a wedding day look the way it does, what sets the mood the most and what can you do yourself to elevate the look to how you always dreamed it.
When styling any shoot I always first think of where the event is taking place. I look around the environment and try to draw inspiration from what is around me. If your wedding in a desert? Or is it on the beach? What can you add to your decor that connects with what is around you? The more you add natural elements of your surroundings, the more everything looks organic and connected, and the more it sets the mood making it look like it belongs.
Most every girl dreams of a fairytale wedding. I can say with absolute certainty that I did but unfortunately I never got to have one, and while I wish I had my own, I got something even better! I was a part of another fairytale, and I got to capture its' every moment.
On Friday June 1st Sophia & Daren (who by now have become my friends more than clients) stepped into the Vilseck courthouse to legally become man and wife and on June 2nd their very own fairytale wedding took place not even 5 minutes away from their home in Sorgof.
That Saturday morning I could barely sleep. Nervous and excited all I could think about was: it is finally here! Their most important day! Their wedding day is today! I couldn't wait to pack up all of camera gear and head out to capture the celebration of their true love.
And what a celebration it was! Two days of love, laughter, tears, cheers, and of course absolute happiness. Two days of genuine beauty and memories. I am still in awe from how amazing Sophia&Daren's wedding turned out.
When Sophia walked down the isle, Daren could hardly hold back the tears and I doubt there was anyone in the chapel whose eyes remained dry. She was pure perfection, a true Hollywood beauty with a heart of gold walking towards a man she shares every dream with. With every word of the vows, every prayer, it felt like the room filled with light and unconditional love. As they held each other's hands you could see not a man and a woman but unity, and unconditional love. I couldn't feel more honored to be in their presence, documenting their special day.
When I think back on this weekend I realize I must have been blessed somehow! Not only did I get to shoot this beautiful rustic fairytale but I met amazing people through this journey. I can't thank Sophia enough for being some a wonderful mother and friend! And it was as if a fairy godmother gave me a special gift of my own - the day before the wedding I met another wonderful lady who helped me document the best day of Sophia&Daren's life. Andi O'Neal, my amazing second shooter, was willing and ready to help me shoot magic this weekend and I cannot express the immense gratitude I have for her! I couldn't have done this alone! Together we wish Sophia&Daren a long and happy life together as a family, we wish them compassion and understanding and everlasting love, and we are forever grateful for this amazing opportunity to meet you and now call you friends!
Here are a few of our favorites from your very special day:
MUA: Stefanie Coronas
Dress: Wolke7, Weiden
Florist: Derrfuss, Vilseck
Ceremony Venue: High Baptist Church, Vilseck
Reception: Landsknecht Stub'n, Sorgof
Cake: Pimp my Cake, Amberg
Catering: Metzgerei Humsberger, Auerbach
Groom Attire: Engelhardt & Walter, Amberg
Invitations: Weddingpaper Divas
Second Shooter: Andi O'Neal Photography
I started writing this post about a hundred times, in my head, going over and over what I wanted to say, and each time I ended up writing an essay that no one will want to read. I am faced with a problem - how can I keep to a minimum the maximum emotion that fills me when I think of Isi & Zack?
No matter what I do, I can't seem to keep it short, so here it goes.
I met Isi about a week ago and after just a few hours of shooting her portraits and chatting in the car I couldn't wait to shoot her wedding. She inspired me to do more, to be better, and so I wanted to give back.
Pulling everything together that was around the house I came up with a wedding suite for Isi & Zack that included an invite, a reception card, and a translated menu for their dinner, and decorated my whole living room in what I thought fit the wedding scene. I kept wondering how to perfect it so it matches Isabel's personality and also fits with the theme of their wedding. All this even before I met the groom - Zack...Because I only got to meet Zack a day before the wedding. How crazy is that? But just like Isi - Zack left such an amazing impression that I knew I will do everything and anything to make sure their big day is beautiful.
And it was! Not even the hail and rain could ruin the day! Isi's laughter and her love for Zack lit up the sky - the cold and grey seemed to subside, and both of them radiated so much serenity and so much love that I couldn't get enough! The way Zack would look at Isabel, the way they joked with each other, the way their hands never let go - all of it was simply perfection.
They made me tear up so many times I was embarrassed of my lack of self control.
I can honestly admit that this Tuesday I met LOVE all over again - I watched it dance, and kiss, and laugh, and fill the room, intoxicating everyone in her presence - and I was honored to document it!
Thank you so much my dear friends for letting me be a part of your day!
Congratulations again and I hope you enjoy these few of my favorite images!
How can I possibly describe the feeling of getting my film scans back? It's not like Christmas, but yet you wait for it just the same. It's not like a birthday, but you are just as nervously excited the second the email comes in. It's somewhere in between getting your college acceptance letter and being proposed to. Your heart is pounding, your palms are sweaty, you are happy and scared at the same time, wondering what your scans will reveal - and then the magic happens...
Two weeks or so ago I got to go on my very first wedding workshop in Bergamo, Italy - organized by a very talented couple from KirandIraPhotography. I didn't know how to shoot film, I barely knew the rules. I was definitely way out of my league and had a lot of catching up to do. Mostly everyone around was a seasoned wedding photographer, and already shot on film before. And there I was - with darker film than was needed, no light meter, and a camera I have purchased JUST for the workshop. But what I did have with me was tons of inspiration images from American photographers and a desire to become more than I am.
On day two of the workshop we met Angela and Andi - our wedding couple. They were beautiful the second they walked in so I thought this was going to be a breeze - until I left my camera bag with my extra lenses at home and didn't have the right kind of film left. Also not releasing that most of the shoot will be inside a very dark Italian palace....
To say that I hated most of my digital images is not to say much. I was very very hopeful for film to have worked out - only to realize that half the time i kept forgetting WHICH film roll i was shooting and what I was getting in the light meter. Hence, I was frantically checking my email waiting for the scans to arrive.
And they did - a week after they were received. As promised. And each roll came with more comments and more theory on shooting film than I ever expected. My heart beat like a drum in my ears while I was downloading the scans. And now it continues as I share there images with you....
Workshop by @kirandiraphotography #kirandiraworkshop
Dress and decor @nastena_kuchinskaya
Backstage @pavelpavel_d8b92 @iren_muller @juliamark_photo
Coordinators @yuliaturovskaya @sachuklena
Bow tie @kristakoltun
Hair accessories @neabridalmilan
Ring box @flowersforlola_goods Accessories @neabridalmilan
Couple @anzzhelina @_andy_fin_
I feel like I knew Franziska long before I actually met her, because she is the best friend of Stefanie owner of Stefanie Coronas - Beauty & Cosmetic Artistry so when we actually met to do her pre wedding consult I felt like we already knew exactly what we wanted. Her courthouse wedding was to be held in Weiden at the old Rathaus and I was so excited to shoot in a new location. It is such a perfect place, no matter what month of the year it is - the German architecture, vines on the walls, arches of the passages - all of it was perfect and full of inspiration.
Even though Franziska and &Jey have a beautiful big ceremony planned for August, we decided to make this day just as big of an occasion and I think it turned out just perfect! Even the rain that caught us during the portrait session couldn't ruin it! These two are so in love and so happy they stopped people dead in their steps as we photographed in the market square (with rain pouring down and all).
I am so honored to have been a part of their big day! Thank you!
Here are my favorites from their day.
Venue: Weiden Altes Rathaus
Dress: Wolke 7
Hair: Susanne Gregory
Photography: BearMoose&Fox Photography
Floral: Floristik und Geschenke Wiest
Invitation design: BearMoose&Fox
With just a few days to go before Tim leaves the Army and goes back to the United States, he and his German fiancée Isabella didn't have a choice but to expedite their June planned wedding and trade in the lush summer greens for the ice beauty of snow.
I got to meet both Tim and Isabella only a day and a half before their courthouse wedding in Vilseck, Germany simply because with so little time to plan a wedding, they did not have anyone to photograph it.
Their family friends (and my amazing clients Roxy & Oscar) couldn't let that happen so they decided to give them a chance and asked me to record their special day.
I was honored to do this for them and decide to go an extra mile and record more than just an elopement at the courthouse and I asked Richelle of Richelle Costa Photography to join me in this adventure.
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and here are our favorites from their BIG day.
Makeup: Sigrid's Nails, Hair and Spa
Ceremony: Vilseck Rathaus
Reception: Angerer Hotel, Vilseck, Germany
I think nature and weather smile on Lena & Josh or they posses some crazy magical weather controlling powers. Remember their wedding a week ago? Well, the week leading up to their wedding was nothing but cooler temperatures, wind, and rain. I think it wasn't just myself and Richelle who were literary praying for the weather to change to at least no rain for the day of the wedding. We definitely must have not been the only ones praying because miraculously the BIG day was clear: no rain or crazy wind and we got through our outdoor portrait session with no issues (except getting cold and Richelle getting sick). The day after the wedding turned out to be chilly but sunny and oh so beautiful, I just couldn't stop smiling and thinking that it is all because Lena & Josh got married.
But back when Lena and I were still in the planning mode we knew we have to re-mix their engagement session or do something entirely different because Josh wasn't flying in early enough from California before the wedding. I also did not want to bother them during their one week together after the Big Day. But who was I kidding - Lena &Josh offered to do either session that same week, right after the wedding. I was more than excited until the rain came and didn't stop.
We scheduled our session for Friday and I sat by my phone checking the weather all through thursday evening only to see quite a sad forecast. I decided to message Lena in the morning, still hoping for a chance to be able to shoot and as I opened my eyes on Friday I almost screamed from excitement - Bayreuth had no rain until 1pm so we had a chance. I don't remember getting dressed and ready to go as fast as I did on Friday morning and when my beautiful couple showed up at my house we headed out ready to make some magic.
As we got to Bayreuth, Josh told me something that he just realized - Eremitage was where they had their first date five years ago! That almost made me tear up! How perfect was that! And guess what else was perfect?! The weather! We got blue skies and sun - in the middle of a rainy forecast, the weather gods have given us a chance to have fun documenting an epic engagement/newlywed session. I think I can take pictures of these two for the rest of my life!
Here are just a few of my favorites from our day.