We walked into the bridal suite and we were instantly greeted with hugs & "Justin & Mary are here!!!" That's when we knew it was going to be an amazing day!
This past Saturday we had the absolute honor of shooting our second Mulrane girl's wedding!! We shot Erin's sister, Kristin's wedding when she married an amazing man in Bill a few years ago. And this weekend we got to watch Erin do the same thing with an absolutely amazing man in Christian. AND Kristin & Bill's absolutely adorable little girl Madeline was the flower girl (who you guys might remember as baby Carlos at our Halloween party!) So it was pretty much a Mulrane reunion love fest for all of us! :)
There are days that a photographer could order up as their perfect scenario for shooting a wedding....and this day was IT! During the first look (which we absolutely LOVE that Erin & Chris opted to do! It was such a stress free day because of it!) we had soft gray clouds, a cool breeze, and gorgeous light! That doesn't always happen in mid-July so we were over the moon about it! And then when we went back out for their evening portraits (have I mentioned how much I LOVE these guys....they gave us so much time to shoot & all of these beautiful portraits are the result of it!) the clouds broke away and golden light poured in across the water. It was perfect!
Erin & Chris got married at the Wilton Library, so I just LOVED how they carried that theme through all of their details from the card catalogue program holder to the book centerpieces (which Erin hand painted herself!) to the book mark place cards to the dictionary guest book. SO awesome! Even their cake had book rosettes on it! I just love when a couple takes their day and makes it so personal & their own!
But maybe my favorite part of the day would have to be when Chris said his vows to Erin. We have been shooting weddings for a long time now (8 years for me, 11 years for Justin) and these were hands down some of my favorite vows EVER. They were heartfelt, poetic, honest, and in that moment there wasn't a doubt in my mind that Chris is going to love Erin forever. And I love my Mulrane girls....so this made my heart very very happy indeed.
If that was my favorite part, then coming in at a very very close second would have to be when Kristin stood to give her Maid of Honor speech....and ended up rapping it to Eminem's 8 Mile song instead! AMAZING!
I told you I love these girls! AND the incredible men that have stolen both of their hearts!
To Erin & Chris (and the whole Mulrane & Qualey crew!) thank you for letting us feel like the luckiest photographers ever to get to be a part of your lives. And thank you for making us feel like just part of the family. We love you all! Love like this always.
Baylor & Larry got married on an absolutely perfect Maine day right by the water. Those are like three of my absolute favorite things all rolled in to one sentence! We are SO lucky in that we're getting to shoot a TON in Maine this year (four times & countIng!) And I have to say that we don't mind that one bit! We absolutely LOVE going up there, shooting by the water, everyone dressed in the best preppy outfits & hey, if we get to eat some lobster in the process then that's definitely a bonus! :)
Their day was warm & breezy and filled with sea salt air. The details were absolutely stunning (and pink!), including some of the prettiest flowers we've ever seen! And we got to work with one of our all time favorite planners, Miss Sarah Goodwin of Daisies & Pearls!! So yea, it was amazing!
The day started out just relaxing in the bridal suite with Baylor, her mom, and one of the cutest little flower girls ever, Baylor & Larry's daughter Freya. We had plenty of time to shoot all of those gorgeous bridal details including Baylor's Tiffany jewelry and amazing birdcage veil, before heading off for a beautiful ceremony at the Camden Ampitheater (this stunning historic house with the most amazing stone steps).
Afterwards we grabbed some portraits by the harbor & then headed back to the Samoset Resort to get the party started! It was such a fun night, complete with good food, great friends, and tons of laughter & happy tears. At the end, Maine gave us the most incredible light & sunset, so we headed down to the Rockport Jetty to grab a few last portraits before the night ended.
Baylor & Larry, we can't thank you enough for having us there with you on your day! And Sarah, we can't thank you enough for recommending us and putting the day together flawlessly! If we could work with you every day we would! We love all of you guys!
Lisa & TJ's wedding was the perfect kind of day! They had the best warm weather, with a soft breeze in off the water. They had over 300 friends & family from all over the world there to celebrate with them. And....they were in love. Happy, over the moon, love with your whole heart, hug like you don't want to let go...in love.
These guys put together the prettiest navy, gold & pink day, complete with gorgeous bouquets, super cute bridesmaids dresses, and the sweetest details. As soon as we got to Lisa's mom's house (the same place where we had photographed her sister & past J&M bride, Anna's getting ready six years ago) and saw her stunning dress & those amazing grey suede shoes, we knew it was going to be a good day! But maybe what really stole the show was the incredible line up of some of the cutest kids we have ever seen at a wedding. Ever! Especially Anna & Dan's new little girl, Olivia!
I can't tell you what an incredible honor it is to have now shot two of the Marini sisters' weddings! We just love this whole family! And nothing makes my heart happier than seeing just how happy TJ makes Lisa. She said nearly six years ago that we would be her photographers, and not only are we grateful that it came true. We are so SO grateful that what we got to photograph was two people who are perfect together & love with their whole hearts. Lisa & TJ, we LOVE you guys! Thank you for inviting us in & making us part of the most amazing day!
Liz & Tamer and ten of their closest friends & family gathered together this past Thursday for an incredible elopement style wedding in New York City. Liz and her mom got ready with just the two of them together in her Excelsior Hotel suite, as Tamer and his brother were just a few floors away doing the same thing. Liz's mom helped her with her pearl necklace and adjusted her veil. And then the two of them hopped in a limo bound for the absolutely stunning Riverside Church, but not before saying one more prayer together in the car.
When Liz walked down the aisle on her mom's arm, Tamer stood at the front absolutely beaming. Of course he did, he was looking at the love of his life. The two of them vowed their vows and promised their promises, and when they came back down the aisle... the happy tears flowed without stopping.
Outside the church, a classic NYC checker cab was waiting. And after a few portraits with it, we were off to Central Park where their own personal violinist was waiting to play their first dance in the Bethesda Terrace. It was amazing! Then we took our time taking portraits all around the best parts of the Park: the Bethesda Fountain, the Bow Bridge, and we finished up with a gondola ride at the Boathouse. It was the perfect New York day!
Liz & Tamer we just can't thank you enough for loving like you do. For loving each other and being just so happy together. And for loving everyone around with that same kind of warmth and welcoming. This was our first time meeting in person, but we felt like we had known you for years. You are people that we now consider friends. Thank you for sharing real life with us. And the start of a lifetime of amazing adventures. Thank you for trusting us completely and giving us the time we needed to create art. Thank you for never once rushing and for always being in the moment. And for making the pictures a priority. We were able to get some of our most favorite pictures EVER because of that...and we can't thank you enough. We will remember our day together in NYC forever. And my hope is that you love always just like you did that day: fully, completely, with your whole heart, and with the kind of love they should make movies about. Preferably, set in Central Park! :)
Shayna & Ross were married this past Saturday on a gorgeous NYC day! The day before, right before their rehearsal dinner, the skies opened up and the rain poured down. But it was almost as if the weather itself was just getting it out of its system, so that it could shine down beautiful golden light and deliver the perfect, breezy day for the wedding. And that's exactly what they got!
Shayna got ready in her suite at The James Hotel, surrounded by her friends & sisters. There was laughter, and iced lattes, and stories of the house they shared together in New Orleans while they were at Tulane. And through it all, Shayna was all smiles & pure calm. When it came time to put on the dress, she lingered just a little longer....taking in the fact that this was her wedding dress. And it was all about to become real. And as her sister Beryl (one of our amazing past J&M brides!) helped zip her up, there was no doubt that this dress was made for her!
And when Ross saw her for the first time at their First Look, I'm pretty sure he agreed! :) These two met up right outside of their venue, Tribeca 360, and then we all headed up to rooftop for portraits. And my favorite part about that was that the wind was really whipping up there, and there was this one AMAZING moment where it picked up Shayna's veil and wrapped it perfectly around the two of them several times just as they were kissing. I LOVE that that moment really happened, that it got to be both authentic & iconic at the same time!
After the portraits we headed in for the family pictures, ketubah signing & ceremony. This part of the day was especially emotional as Shayna & Beryl lost their brother right after Beryl's wedding, and everyone was missing him so much right then. I think when you look through the lens at something it either has the power to draw you in closer to it like a magnifying glass would or to distance you and act as a barrier between you and them. A while back, I decided to always try for the first one. To be in the moment with people, to feel it with them. Happy or sad, whatever it is....to be ALL in. I think that day, everyone in the room had their heart breaking right along with these guys. But that was ok, because the tears just made the laughter all the more beautiful. These wedding days are not all smiles and pretty dresses and amazing details. They are these incredible slices of real life-both happy and broken- that we get to stand there and bear witness to. And it is truly one of the greatest honors of my life.
Shayna & Ross, had their first official date at Beryl & Michael's wedding a few years ago. And without even knowing it, we grabbed a picture of the two of them then that was blown up at the rehearsal dinner. I think there was just something about the way they loved and laughed together on that very first day that made us take notice. And years later, it still makes the world take notice. When people love like that, when they are the truest forms of themselves around each other, when they are happy just holding on to each other and light up in each other's presence, then the world should take notice. Because the truth is, the world needs more love just like that.
Shayna & Ross, we can't thank you enough for inviting us into your day and more importantly into your lives. Thank you for not being afraid to feel every part of it, the happy and the sad. Thank you for loving each other & everyone else lucky enough to come in contact with you. We love you guys & both of your families so much! And our hope for you both is that you love just like this...always.