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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.
There are times in life when I look back and just go: WHOAH! I am so blessed and lucky!
Sandra & Max's wedding (and engagement session and all the times we hung out before) are those moments in life that make me realize how amazing it is to be here, today, and do what I do!
I met Sandra & Max through a mutual friend at the beginning of the summer, and I couldn't believe it when they told me they wanted me to shoot their wedding. It was an honor and an amazing opportunity to experience a wedding of this size. With 150 guests and what seemed like multiple villages, the celebration was of significant grandeur. But to me the best part wasn't just the significance of this union: it was what I got from it - a feeling of family and friendship.
From the quite bridal morning, to the insanity of the reception, everyone involved in this wedding helped make it even better. It truly was two families uniting, it was the most honest celebration of love with so much laughter and happiness that even I wanted to break into a dance (thankfully I contained myself).
As I go through these photos of the day, I cannot help but smile, and my heart is full, and all I want to do is repeat it over and over again: Congratulations and Thank You Sandra & Max!
Here are just a few of my favorites from their day that I shot together with Kayla Williams from Heart and Soul 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!
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.
Back in July, when Lena first came to me looking for a prospective photographer and designer for her November wedding, I was thrilled and anxious at the same time - November is a colder unpredictable month with not much foliage or day light and with crazy weather. My anxiety however went away a lot faster than I thought, as we started to plan out Lena and Josh's invitations and soon after I forgot entirely that time was flying and November was right around the corner.
This was the first time I was going to shoot with a second shooter and choosing the right person was no laughing matter. I never realized how hard it is to find someone who matches your style of photography, your philosophy, and your work ethic. So when I found Richelle, I knew we were going to create magic.
Lena and Josh held their wedding in the 13th-century-built castle of Dagestein in Vilseck, Germany. When you talk about a legendary wedding, nothing could've beaten this location. Wood and stone of the castle are such a great combination with the lightness and happiness of the event. Lena chose her wedding to be in beautiful fall colors of marsala and sharkskin mixed in with some blush and eucalyptus green. Richelle and I were so excited to be a part of this wedding and through the process of planning we realized we couldn't have asked for a better bride and now a friend.
Here are some of our favorites from the big day!
Second Shooter: Richelle Costa of Richelle Costa Photography