Rebecca and Jeff were married in Hilton Head, SC on a beautiful balmy summer day that was scheduled for an enormous thunderstorm. Luckily, they made the call to keep the ceremony outside and the storm passed the other way, allowing for a perfect evening at the pristinely maintained garden at Belfair Plantation overlooking acres of untouched marshland. I loved all of the elegant touches and the inclusion of enthusiastic children (2 ring bearers, a flower girl, and flower boy!). For favors, guests took home tiny potted succulents. And my favorite part was getting to photograph the couple and their wedding party under the Belfair Plantation’s iconic oaks, which form a breathtaking tunnel at the entrance to the grounds.
With Luis and Lindsay’s wedding fast approaching, I thought I would post a few favorites from their Duke Gardens engagement session last month:) I love the beautiful pockets of light there and how amazingly planned the grounds are…each time I go back it looks totally different.
Now that Scott and Tiffany have said their vows and are officially a married couple, I can post some images from Tiffany’s lovely bridal session at The Sutherland in Wake Forrest. Can’t way to share some images from their gorgeous wedding!!!
It is such a treat to be able to photograph some of the defining moments and times in people’s lives. Witnessing the joy of the newly engaged couple, then the look in their eyes as they say their vows on their wedding day, and as time continues on, the sweetness of expectation as they await their first child together. And then on and on as their family continues to grow… I photographed Lael and Peyton’s beautiful wedding at Eden Gardens last year, and was so excited to meet up with them once again to capture their maternity photos:) Can’t wait to see their sweet little girl the next time I’m in town!!
This St. Augustine wedding is one of my absolute favorites ever. Coordinated by the talented Adair of Dairing Events , the day was filled with love and beauty. The elegant ceremony in St. Augustine combined Indian and Western traditions flawlessly. The color palette was silver, watermelon red, and ivory. The ceremony was at a gorgeous historic church and the reception was at the Casa Monica Hotel. Instead of a guest book, everyone was asked to sign a Jenga block for the couple to enjoy in the years to come. Guests wore colorful sarees and Lena changed into one later in the evening to surprise Sam!
I was so crazy excited to receive my copy of the groundbreaking new book by Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds “The New Art of Capturing Love; The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Wedding Photography”. I knew they were using some images from Jon and Dwayne’s amazing wedding last spring, and I couldn’t wait to see them! I was so honored to open the book and find nine of my images, including the inside front cover! The book as a whole is a wonderful tool, really an essential book for any wedding photographer, and especially one who is new to photographing same-gender couples. It’s full of beautiful imagery and a ton of useful advice on posing and many of the unique issues one might face when venturing into this rapidly expanding market.
Within a week of it’s release, Capturing Love jumped up to the number one best selling wedding photography book spot on amazon.com! For anyone who’s interested in purchasing the book, here is the link: (Amazon Link) and here is the main site with information on the book tour, signings, etc.: (Site)
Forrest and Mackenzie’s wedding was a fun, laid back destination beach wedding and a joy to photograph. Beautiful warm Florida spring weather and a celebratory spirit among all of the friends and loved ones who traveled in for the week combined for a magical day. I loved the bold color palette they chose and the scrumptious cake by Tanis topped off an evening of dancing under the glowing cafe lights on Carillon Beach’s Market Street.
I first photographed the Hayes family several years ago while we were living in Okinawa, Japan. Janel and I kept having schedule and weather conflicts when trying to plan the shoot, but it was very important to her that we get it done before John headed out for a deployment. He deployed often and had a very hazardous job. As a bomb disposal technician with the United States Marine Corps, he often faced danger in his missions. For some reason though, Janel felt very strongly about documenting their family prior to this trip even though they hadn’t had photos done in a long time. We managed to find a time the day before he left and despite her worries about his leaving, we had a great time and a wonderful family shoot (here is the post). A few weeks later, I received a call early in the morning from a newspaper in Florida asking for permission to use his family photos. My heart sank and I knew something terrible had happened.
John just barely survived the explosion that took his legs and he and his wive and three little girls have had a long struggle throughout his recovery. Last year I received an email from Janel with an update on everyone and a request for a family photo session that captured them “as they are now”. I was honored to meet them at a park during their visit to Destin and get some new images for them, and was struck by their strength and enduring closeness and love. here are a few favorites…