And boy do we have an awesome way to kick off your week.....Shannon & Luke's Larchmont Yacht Club wedding! These guys got married on a perfect day full of perfect ivory & pink details. It was all things elegant, emotional, beautiful & memorable. Shannon stunned in a custom one-of-a-kind, designed just for her Marchesa gown & Luke was looking equally sharp in a classic black bow tie. These guys had gorgeous light, beautiful weather, and an abundance of friends & family who couldn't have been happier to be there bearing witness as S&L promised forever. It was an honor we were equally well, um, honored to share! :) We hope you guys enjoy!
Venue: Larchmont Yacht Club
Beauty: Saks Fifth Avenue
Blooms: House of Flowers
Baker: Sweet Lisa
Photography: Justin & Mary
If the day were a color, it would have to be pink. Soft, comforting, unassuming. And yet, anyone could see just how beautiful, through and through, it truly was. Pink can be delicate. It can whisper to you quietly and draw you in closer. Murmuring the words that should never go unspoken and speaking softly in unbroken truths. Pink lives in quiet moments and breathes in safe certainty. But pink can also be bold. Boundless. A daring adventure or nothing at all. And absolutely unwavering in its propensity to always take a stand for loving unabashedly. Unflinchingly. And with ones whole heart.
Yes, if the day were a color...it would have to be pink. And all the soft, quiet, certain, bold and boundless parts that make up their love.
Married: Ashley & Chris
As you guys have seen by now, Ashley & Chris were married on a fairytale sort of day. That's not the sort of word I use that often anymore because for the most part it seems to reside in a world where it has lost all of its meaning. Where it's just something people say at weddings because it seems like a wedding-y sort of thing to say. But in my eyes, Ashley & Chris breathed new life into it. Gave new meaning to a word that was all but lost. Because they lived it every second of their day. In a way that only they could: soft, comforting, unassuming. Ashley & Chris, with the help of Ashley's incredible mom Karen, brought together their perfect, and yes pink day. They assembled a dream team including Beth from Blush Studio, Katherine at the Branford House, Beth from the White Dress & Michael from Coastal Gourmet to pull together every inch of their pink & gold vision. Not to mention hours of DIY work from Ashley & her mom on everything from the invitations (hello, hand cut water color inserts!) to the gold peacock stamp on every place card. The day was perfect, made even more so by two people who would have loved & laughed even if it hadn't been. That in my book, is the real fairytale. A&C there are no words for how much we adore & appreciate you guys. We will be grateful for the honor of documenting your love for the rest of our lives. Love like this always.
And BOY do we have a post for you guys today!! Well....AND tomorrow actually! I worked all day yesterday on Ashley & Chris's Branford House wedding and I just couldn't get these guys narrowed down enough for one post. I was driving myself crazy & it was getting to the point of cutting images that I really loved, so I just decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and make them a two-parter! Which y'know, is twice the fun! :)
A big part of why I just couldn't narrow these guys down any further, despite their beautiful details courtesy of Blush Studio & the DIY efforts of Ashley herself, was just that these guys knew that photography was really important to them so they gave us the photographer's dream schedule for pictures! In addition to doing a first look, they also hung out with us for most of cocktail hour, so we were able to play, take our time, and ended up with images we're just over the moon about!
I'm going to do their personal post with tomorrow's Part II to tell you all about how wonderful these guys are, but for now I know that every photographer out there has already just fallen in love with them after hearing that! So for now, enjoy the Getting Ready & Ceremony from Ashley & Chris's big day!!
There are steps that you take in this life. Steps that take you to the next stage. Steps that get you closer to where you want to go. Steps that are just part of the process. And then there are steps that change everything. Steps that as you walk them, you do not question the footing. Or where the road may lead. Because every path has led to this moment right here. And the only thing left to do is leap.
She came to the bottom of the stairs, and didn't hesitate for a second as she walked up to him. She stood at the end of the aisle, and didn't have to think once about those next steps ahead of her. Thirty-seven or so of them or between her and him. And the rest of their lives. Together. And as she walked them, she did not question the footing. Or where their road might lead. Because she knew every path, and all the race courses in between, had led to this moment right here.
And the only thing left to do was leap.
Married: Jojo & Todd
Jojo & Todd were married at the beautiful Lake of Isles resort last weekend, surrounded by a slight chill in the air and the warmth of every heart there that loved them. It was a little colder than they had been planning for their outdoor ceremony, so plans were quickly changed and the ceremony was moved indoors. But as soon as the words started being spoken, there was never any doubt that it was still going to be just as beautiful. The pictures were super important to Jojo & Tood, so I'm super grateful that they left a lot of time for them before the ceremony and we were able to shoot outside before it got too cold! J&T met while racing cars, so they included elements in their details to pay honor to that. There were matchbox cars on the tables & boutonnieres. A mini Cooper in Jojo's bouquet. Steering wheels for Todd's cufflinks. The day was also inspired by Jojo's incredbile BHLDN dress that featured silk butterflies. So there were butterflies on the cake, as the guest book, and on the cutest flower girl you ever did see! Jojo & Todd, we can't thank you enough. For your love and who you are as people. You make everyone around you feel like they've been your best friend forever. And that's a rare thing in this world. But that makes sense. Because so is a love like yours. We are so grateful to call you friends! Can't wait to go go-karting with you guys! :)
They stood together in a doorway. Outside, a sea of blue. The waves of the warm Caribbean crashed against the rocks below, as inside the tears had already started to fall. The girls had all gotten ready, and her mama had read the words that she wrote for her. All that was left to do was to put on the dress, and go to her groom. It was a day that had been a year in the making, or all her life really. And what she knew now more than anything, was that his face at the end of the aisle was what it had all been for.
They stood together in a doorway. Their dresses, a sea of silvery blue. The waves of people passing through the square paused to watch, as inside the tears had already started to fall. The girls had all begun their walk, and the readers had the words that she wrote for them. All that was left to do was to hug her dad goodbye, and go to her groom. It was a day that he knew was coming for a year in the making, or all her life really. From the first day they brought her home. And what he knew now more than anything, was that her face at the end of the aisle...
Was what it had all been for.
Married: Ale & Dan
Ale & Dan were married on a gorgeous (if sizzling HOT) day in the Dominican Republic, where the water was teal and the skies were blue. They were surrounded by ninety-two of their closest friends & family who made the trip to Santo Domingo to be with them when they promised forever. To celebrate the start of a life together. And between the New Orleans style second line, the sparkler entrance, the "hora loca" carnival, and the party that went until 4 in the morning....celebrate they did! Ale & Dan we cannot thank you & your parents enough for bringing us in to be part of the day. Not only bringing us there, but actually treating us like part of the day & part of the family. We have never felt so welcome before! A&D we are so grateful for you, your love & your friendship...next time we're in Miami, we're hanging out for sure!!
SO much love,
Venue: La Briciola, Santo Domingo
Church: Convento de los Dominicos
Event Coordination: Mary de Susana Events
Blooms: Richard Buret Design
Baker: Brown Sugar Bakery
Photography: Justin & Mary