Stella & Andrew Engaged

Stella & Andrew Engaged

What makes wedding photography so great is seeing the dynamics that are so unique to each couple. The personality that emerges between a couple that is always greater than the sum of its parts. And the more comfortable and relaxed they are the more that personality can come through.

I have the great fortune of being good friends with Stella and Andrew and I knew if I just let them be themselves, that dynamic would shine through. A lot of times its Stella laughing at Andrew trying to be suave and serious. Andrew doesn't know how to smile if it isn't big just like he doesn't know how to love unless it's with his whole heart.

It's been amazing to see their relationship start from the beginning and am honored to have to captured a part of it through these photos. 

Eunmi + Terence

There are two things I've realized after photographing Eunmi and Terence's wedding. One is that I get the most nervous photographing friend's weddings because as a photographer I want to do a good job for them, and as a friend I'm hoping the day is going smoothly for them. Secondly, a good photograph is really about relationships with people; that the more authentic, comfortable, and real the moment is, the better the photograph. And being able to witness their relationship with from the beginning, I felt so privileged throughout the day because I was able to be there to capture each moment for them. 

Jen + Eddie Married

Jen + Eddie Married

"As I walked my daughter down the aisle, I felt her heartbeat in my hands and it was beating as fast as mine." During that short walk from the back of the room down the aisle, there are times when you can feel the weight of all the years and days up to that moment.  The gait of their walk, the clasp of their hands, the expression on their faces, it's a dramatic moment of transition.

For Jen and Eddie's wedding what I remember most is how much they celebrated and cherished that moment: a son and daughter leaving their parents to become one. They took the time to thank their parents, dance with their parents, and listen to their parents during their wedding.  But the depth of their love and memories were never able to be fully plumbed in one day, but was definitely seen, especially for me through these photos. 

Margaret + Paul Married

Margaret + Paul Married

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When I entered their hotel room in the morning, everyone was frantically running around looking for a ribbon to tie Margaret's bouquet together.  The florist brought in the wrong bouquet for Margaret, and her bridesmaids were remaking it using the flowers that Paul's parents gave Margaret that morning .  As all this was happening, Margaret showed me a photo of what her dress used to look like before she cut it up and customized it.  By happenstance a week before, her mom found the perfect blazer that completed the look for the five piece dress.

For someone as creative as Margaret, a lot of times what she sees in her head is far from what's in front of her. And to get to where you want to be, it's about being flexible and solving problems all the while being true toi your vision.  Looking back at these images, this wedding was an extension of Margaret and her sensibilities.  There were a thousand moving pieces (literally thousands if you count how much confetti she made) to make it a reality. What came together may not have been perfect, but it was beautiful and one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I've been to. And at the end of the day, as Margaret's arms were around Paul as they watched their slideshow, it was for these quiet, loving moments that everything came together. 

Congrats to Margaret and Paul!

Chrissy + John Married

Chrissy + John Married

I love it when the schedule of the wedding day works out where the bride and groom are able to take a moment together and soak in what's happening. Becky and I were able to have that during our wedding, and it was during the photo above that Chrissy and John had a moment to breathe. We sneaked away to an empty patio and I asked them to slowly dance together as the sun set behind them.

But it was towards the end of the night when it all came together for me. It was about 50 of us who were there in Cancun since the middle of the week relaxing, eating, and laughing together.  And that night of the reception years of friendships were celebrated, and two people who couldn't have planned a more epic wedding, were married.