A pre-wedding Iceland adventure and intimate wedding at the Gap of Dunloe in Ireland. I loved every little bit of this day, how intentional and emotional it was, how beautiful Ireland and of course Iceland is, and how we all felt like family by the end.
A wedding at 12,000ft.
What more could I say?
I met these two last year in Joshua Tree, we drank beer and talked about the year they spent living out of their car. Our love for the outdoors and a good life bonded us pretty immediately. The next time we see each other is in a small mountain town in Colorado - Crested Butte - spending the weekend with their family + friends, rafting down the river, eating pizza, and having the time of their lives. The only thing I can say is I wish it lasted longer. Weddings like this, when it's more than just a day, but an entire experience, are what I love so much about what I do.
Probably the funnest wedding I've ever been to. Katie reached out to me before her and Colin were even engaged which was my favorite because it allowed me to follow along when Colin did finally pop the question, to the day she found her dress, and all the in-between. The first time I ever talked to Katie on the phone, my face hurt from laughing so much because as you will soon see, she has the biggest, most loving, and unique personality that shines like a bright light in every room and their wedding was nothing short the extension of that.
If there's one thing that I love the most about photography it's the opportunities I get to travel to some of the most amazing places, learn about different cultures, and have this thing I call "work" be an experience. When Allison, an amazing photographer based on the east coast, reached out to me to shoot her wedding in Bulgaria, I was so incredibly flattered I didn't know what to do with myself. These two met and fell in love when Lyubo lived + worked in the US for a while, and due to some unfortunately tough visa situations, they had been doing long distance for long enough. So this day and wedding was quite the celebration of two people finally able to be together. I am forever grateful to have been a part of this incredible weekend.
The sweetest backyard wedding in one of my favorite places in the world, the Northern California coast. Brittany and Brandon decided to do their wedding portraits the night before the wedding, so everything on the day of could be relaxed and stress free, and I can't tell you how much I loved that they did this. We went out at sunset and they had their first look in a field of purple wildflowers while their childhood friends hid in the trees behind us.
The first time I met Kaley it felt like we had known each other forever, and that's exactly how these two are. Warm, welcoming, laid back, and so in love. Everything on this day was so well planned and thought out, and yet so flexible and relaxed, it made for the perfect day. The ceremony was held at Riverbend in Lyons, Colorado, a stunning backdrop for Kaley's love of flowers that were incorporated into every aspect of this day. My favorite park was during the reception, we snuck away to hike up the cliff above the venue. Family and friends were waving and taking photos while we were taking photos, and to see everyone from above and just have a moment to themselves was incredible. Then we hiked down for some amazing ice cream from a local Denver shop. It truly was an unforgettable day, and one of my favorite weddings of all time.
The sweetest day spent outside in a field in the Northern California sun surrounded by so much love.
Nestled in a Redwood Grove, with the sun slightly peaking through, surrounded by their closest family and friends, Whitney and John said their vows to each other and celebrated the night away with the craziest dance party of all time. These two are the sweetest people on earth and I feel so honored to have been there to capture their special day in these magical California Redwoods.
Not even sure where to start with this wedding because it was truly an unforgettable experience. Michiko + Daniel live in Dubai and brought a handful to friends over to Fukuoka, Japan (where Michiko used to live) to celebrate their wedding with their closest family + friends. We met them a few days earlier to hang out, get to know each other, take a few photos in this incredible tucked away Japanese garden in the middle of the city, and of course eat ramen. I knew right away that they were some of the most kind hearted people and I felt so honored to be the one to capture their special day.
The night before their wedding everyone went out to a pop up food stall to hang out, drink sake, and eat some of the craziest food like snail, whale, sea urchin, cow tongue, octopus, to just name a few. It was quite the experience and we felt so included + welcomed as part of the family. It was a complete cultural immersion to say the least and Rich and I fell so in love with this country and all of it's people.
On the wedding day, Michiko is from Japan and Daniel is from the UK so there was a bit of infusion from both cultures in their day. They said their vows out on the lawn next to the ocean with a view of the city in the distance, and then changed into traditional Japanese kimono's for the first reception. Their families came together to break open a barrel of sake from the bride's hometown and served it to every guest in appreciation of their friendship and love. Then they headed indoors for a second reception with more incredible food + danced to gangnam style like no other wedding party I've seen.
Carmen and Jesse really, truly had the most beautiful wedding day ever. Their wedding took place at a private residence in North Bend, WA and was the perfect backdrop for their intimate ceremony. I've known Carmen for years, we played soccer together in junior high when I lived in WA for a few years. I was the weird white kid from India with lots of social anxiety, but Carmen chose to be my friend anyways. Now, almost 15 years later, I had the honor of capturing her biggest dream come true in the most perfect way. It meant so much to me.