Cristina and Nyle wanted a French-country-styled wedding... So, they went to the French countryside. Cristina wore a black and white polka dotted gown, black velvet Jimmy Choos, and a vintage feather hairpiece. Their wedding took place just outside a little town near Le Mans, at the Chateau Cheronne, which is nestled in the middle of fields filled with sheep and cows grazing lazily. The ceremony took place on the steps of the chateau, and afterwards guests were served cocktails on the long, front lawn. As the sun went down, their guests walked around the back to a large tent with distressed wood floors and chandeliers; topiaries lined the dance floor, and soft purple and green flowers draped the tables. It was French country at its best.
There is something about the light in these Chateaux. It’s full of contradictions. It’s somehow quiet but dramatic. I love it, though it’s very complicated to work with. In fact, I would be content to only shoot in the confines of those chiaroscuro rooms.
What makes this photo for me is Cristina and Nyle’s subtle gestures. While I was shooting the extreme closeups, Nancy was much further away capturing this photo. In the end, I think this photo of their first look, capturing Nyle’s last step towards her, the delicacy of of his touch, the slight hint of surprise in his smiling expression, and her expectant stance captures the moment better. The light bleeding in through the window, and the tapestry lined walls are just gilded lilies in this case.
Both us and Nyle were obsessed with the gatehouse to the chateau; there was something about that structure that was just as architecturally interesting as the chateau. I love it in the background of these two photos, but even more I love the wind blowing in Cristina's dress and her radiant smile as she walks with Nyle.
I could tell you what was going on outside while I shot these two images of Cristina and her sisters, but I believe there are moments that if photographed properly become images that transcend those specifics. I love the mystery and the setting of these two images.
Sometimes we get lucky. No matter how much we practice, we have no control over how flower petals fall (or guests throw them). This time, the flower petals are in just right the places, framing their faces, and you just see the joyous, clapping hands at the edge of the frame.
This may be the first family portrait we’ve ever posted on the blog (though not the last). It’s simple, straightforward, and lacks any photographic artifice (no fancy composition, posing, or lighting, etc), but it’s full of contrasts, and in a very simple way encapsulates some of this wedding.
There is just the suggestion of movement in this photo, and Cristina's face looking at Nyle is perfect. My favorite aspect of it though is the background; you can see her aunts in the lounge area, Cristina's sisters both on the left side and her parents on the right side. It almost looks posed, but it's a spontaneous perfect moment.
This photo is admitedly outside the normal bounds of what we post on our blog, but I came across it as I was making the final edits to Eddy and Cynthia's Paris photo session, and given that we're headed to France in just a few days, I figured I'd prove that even I can't resist the occasional Eifel Tower shot. I figured the internet would no worse off for having one more photo of a foggy Paris in its midst.
Eddy and Cynthia live in Hong Kong and were married last year. Eddy then spent a few months planning the ultimate romantic honeymoon, a drive along the Ligurian coast to Monaco, a stay in a private chateau in the Loire Valley ending with a few days of shopping in Paris. He also contacted us to fly over and photograph some of their romance around Paris. The day we were shooting the weather changed, as if on cue, from the warm summer days they'd been having, to the picturesque cold and rainy days that Paris always seems to dress up in for photographs. While this made the logistics of the shoot a little more challenging, they braved the cold, and it all looked perfect in pictures.
Because of the length of this shoot, we'll be posting it in two parts. Check back soon for the nighttime portion of their shoot in Paris.
Nearly every week, a client, or fellow photographer, or secret admirer of them, asks me if we've published Jon and Joey's wedding on our blog. Some of you may recognize them from the editorial engagement session which we did this past fall in LA. We knew after shooting their e-session that their wedding was going to be one long and incredible party. Among their friends they have a reputation for throwing legendary parties. This would be no exception, and I can't begin to go into the thought and care they put into making sure that this was an amazing experience first and foremost for their friends and family, and then for themselves.
Inviting everyone down to Miami, they began with an intimate rehearsal dinner for their families in the library at the Soho Beach House: a brilliantly decorated members club on South Beach. Having concluded dinner they invited everyone to a lively party dance party on the hotel's rooftop. The following day they had their ceremony at Soho Beach House. After which they bussed everyone to a surprise location: the Villa by Barton G for the reception. For the third day they organized an all-day beach party with face painting, volleyball, and snow cones. Today we're featuring images from their wedding ceremony at Soho House and reception at the Villa by Barton G (formerly the Versace Mansion).
Much could be said about all sorts of fantastic details and happenings at their wedding. But what was most striking was deep love they have for each other. Their vows left not only them in tears, but a good portion of their guests. I don't know that I've ever seen that many guests crying at a ceremony. Having been there, having witnessed their vows, having seen them sober, and not so sober, and having watched their interactions in detail through my lens from one morning far into the next morning...I must believe that if those who are so adamantly opposed to the love and marriage between two men, between these two men, that if they could have seen what I saw, then gay marriage would be legally and culturally sanctioned nationwide.
Here are just a few of our favorite images followed by the full slideshow of favorites.
One of the few things I dislike about being a wedding photographer is I usually don't get to attend my friends' weddings. Not surprisingly, it seems my clients always decide to wed long before my friends do. So I was thrilled when (through a not so minor miracle) I was able to attend one of my closest friend's wedding in Oregon. I went to school with Amey, where we found ourselves in most of the same photography classes, in fact we were the only two students in one of them. She was the better photographer, so I'm fortunate she decided to pursue Law instead. I could write a lot more about how cool Tim and Amey are, and how drinking a bottle of wine or two on their back porch is probably one of the best ways to spend a night, but I think the pictures tell you just about everything else you need to know about them, except that Tim is an artist who's work you should contemplate.
They were married on a warm and sunny afternoon on Cannon Beach. After a short ceremony, we headed back for some hilarious and heartfelt toasts (plus an awesome rap by Amey's brother) followed by some eating, drinking, and pretty great dancing. We ended the night perfectly, drinking by a bonfire on the beach in the company of beautiful people.
I should note that I was there as a friend, and thus technically not working, but I couldn't help shooting a just a little. Here's some of my favorites:
I had the privilege of shooting Susanne and Mary's very intimate wedding in their beautifully landscaped backyard in the hills of the Noe Valley in San Francisco. Their joy and excitement was palpable and they shared it with their friends and family in such an honest and beautiful way. I'll resist the urge to say more, and simply let the pictures speak for themselves...
Dave and I set off on yet another mini road-trip to St. Paul, Minnesota to shoot Jake and Jennifer's wedding. Jake is an accomplished musician/song writer and Jennifer is a dancer; their wedding was a beautiful expression of who they are and it was evident in every detail: from the basil leaves dropped down the aisle by the "flower" girl (which perfumed the entire church) to the orchata and hot apple cider served at the reception. Their reception took place at the stunning and historic James J. Hill Library amid floors and floors of bookshelves. Jake's dad (a renowned bluegrass musician) along with Jen's father and several friends provided an awesome concert that kept everyone dancing.
Of course, here are some of our favorite images of the day:
Recently, I had the opportunity to travel 6,000 miles to photograph Melanie and Emiliano's wedding outside of Buenos Aires. Given that I was born and raised in Argentina but had never been back for any wedding work, it was wonderful to be there and join two separate parts of my life. They planned a beautiful traditional Argentine wedding on an estancia (an Argentine ranch). I've now done wedding shoots in 9 different countries on 4 different continents - only 3 more to go. But I reckon I might have a hard time booking a wedding in Antarctica.
Congratulations Melanie and Emiliano!!
Melanie and her dad take a short trip in an antique car to arrive at the wedding. The wide open sky reminds me of driving through the Pampas (the Argentine Great Plains).
I really liked the shafts of light filtering in through the smoke as the cooks prepare the amazing asado we would later share.
The dog curiously peeking around the corner makes this photograph of Emiliano's exuberant kiss after the wedding.
The guests were treated to a series of traditional dances performed by this couple.
Despite being exhausted at the end of their long wedding day, Melanie and Emiliano wanted a few pictures at the beautiful 19th century mansion turned boutique hotel where they were spending the first night of their honeymoon. I like the quiet romance of this parting shot as they check into their hotel.