Each story I photograph is unique. Yet none compares to the story of Katie & Paolo. Let me tell you why.
I met Katie a little over a year ago when I did a model call for a personal project. Katie walked in to my home shining with happiness, giggling, as she brought in every piece of flowy clothing she owned. As we began shooting I was floored by her classic beauty - the kind of beauty I don’t think even Katie realizes she has. From portrait to portrait I was reminded of Botticelli’s Primavera and Venus, a Disney princess, and an 18th century noble woman. All in one. We could’ve been shooting all day long and while we did she told me about her life, her friends, her best friend and of course Paolo. A man who didn’t just hold her heart but was her home, her biggest love and her other half - so different from her but yet so much like her. And while we talked and worked I realized something. Katie wasn’t just happy by herself - she wanted to make sure she made everyone else happy. With every opportunity she reminded me of that as time went on. Wether it was making a home spotless, or helping with a huge event, or just listening to what you like and making sure to get it for you. I have never met someone like Katie before. It took me by surprise for sure and didn’t hit me until she asked me to photograph her wedding where I fully understood where all of that comes from.
As we started wedding planning the very first thing Katie said to me was: I want everyone to have the best time.
Her planning wasn’t about her. It was about everyone. She knew her biggest day will be amazing and she wanted to make sure it will be unforgettable to those who would join her and Paolo in celebrating their love.
From personalized necklaces and robes, to an insane idea with two dresses to make sure Paolo gets to see all sides of her (the playful and the sexy) to making sure every single guest was greeted and taken care of upon arrival to arranging trips and amazing dinners that made her own wedding experience absolutely incredible.
Katie would go all out no matter if she knew you her whole life or just a few days. But of course she wouldn’t be who she is without her partner in crime. Paolo - a man she chose and chooses every day - the kindest, most generous and loyal man. It was because of him Katie smiled from ear to ear and danced into my studio the first day we met. It was him she always thought of when she worked so hard. It was always him, her true soul mate and I feel so honored to have witnessed how big her love for him is. Neither of them ever needed words to describe their love. It was always present in a touch, a smile, a look, and even when apart - in acts of service. And of course I lack words to give their love justice.
I can only hope that I was able to capture a glimpse of a fairytale that Paolo & Katie created and lived on their romantic, fun filled, crazy wedding getaway!
I am more than honored and beyond grateful for having this opportunity and here is a small preview of the biggest and most important day for Paolo & Katie!
Amanda and Camillo are getting married in beautiful Florida in July and they have never taken pictures together, not to mention have their engagement photos done. So of course when we met up to do a quick mini session I couldn’t just stop - I wanted to make memories for them that they will remember with a smile. Half way through the shoot they told me they wanted to to have their wedding pictures done at the Vizscaya in Miami and that the Vineyard at Florence - being of an Italian inspired architecture, truly reminded them of that. How perfect is that?
I love styled shoots not only because they are the driving force behind wedding trends and inspiration (as well as a chance to add to your portfolio and practice things you haven’t done before), but mostly because a styled shoot is creativity and people. Coming together to create something beautiful so a potential bride can dream up her wedding is so inspiring.
My favorite things about this styled shoot are the elegance of the florals and the phenomenal venue. I absolutely love the grandiose oaks of this gorgeous venue and how soft the color palette turned out to be.
Venue: Cathedral Oaks
Wedding Planner: Hanna Watson
Florals: Laurel and Finch
Cake: Morgan Pearl Cakes
Dress: Georgio's Bridal
HAMU: Emma Grace
Rentals: Celebrations Shoppe
Model: Baylee Hollingsworth
During our initial consultation Allison & Colton told me first hand: we are awkward and not photogenic. We also don’t show emotion - so good luck getting our portraits taken on our wedding day. They must have referred to another couple because I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get these beautiful portraits. They are also the sweetest couple I know and together we explored the botanical gardens, downtown Austin, shared laughs and captured amazing memories! I truly can’t wait for their wedding day this November!
No matter the size of your wedding, it is always the most important day of your life. As a photographer, I try to tell your story the way it unfolded, so I can help preserve your big day in a special and emotional way. And the Jones Wedding in my favorite Vineyard at Florence was more than just emotional. It was unique and intimate and definitely one for the books.
With a beautiful day outside even the wind couldn’t ruin how incredibly perfect and meaningful every details of this small wedding seemed. From perfect rose gold flowers, hand dyed by family to sweet little decorations of the reception and the amazing dance moves by all the kids.
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
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_
Coming home from weeks of being away I was equally excited and scared. Full of new experiences, friends, and of course inspiration I was worried I wouldn't have a creative outlet. But then I had to just take a deep breath and remember that all I need to do is keep working, keep getting better and all will fall into place.
And it did!
Because I met Isi.
She came to me on a recommendation from social media and mutual friends and asked me if I could shoot her wedding - one she is putting together in two weeks time. I of course agreed and wanted nothing more but to help her as much as I possible could. I showed her my vision as a photographer and she showed me hers and it was like magic! I KNEW we were going to have an amazing time and I felt a sense of familiarity right of the bet - as if she was an old friend, and I was ready to do all in my power to make this wedding special for her.
So we took off to explore Schloss Seehof together - why do a boring client consult indoors when you can feel like a princess, with the sun warming the skin and the wind whispering sweet nothings. I grabbed a rose for Isi as I was heading out of the house because something told me it will be an amazing accessory and boy was I right! Isi herself reminds me of a rose! She is tall, beautiful, sophisticated and yet very simple at the same time. She has natural beauty and I was so happy she allowed me to capture it on camera. It's like she was a princess transformed into a fairy somewhere during our spontaneous shoot. Maybe the wind whispered it to her...
And now looking back at these photos I am barely able to contain my excitement about her wedding coming up!
Thank you for dancing in the wind with me!
Makeup: Isabell Kerschbaumer
Dress: Isi's own
Location: Schloss Seehof