Before I was a photographer, I was a bride. After I got engaged, I couldn’t wait to begin the planning process! Finding the perfect dress, venue, and vendors to actualize the vision for my day seemed like such a fun adventure to me. While all the big decisions proved easy, the small ones, like what to wear to the engagement session, or how to go about making a timeline for the wedding seemed harder. After all, this was the only wedding I had ever planned, and I wasn’t entirely sure how things were done. Thank goodness I had a wonderful team of vendors to help me out!
The southern sun was warm on Holly’s back as she a Ryan walked hand in hand down the waterfront pier. Exploring their new home of Charleston, South Carolina was one of their favorite things to do together, and each day seemed to be more beautiful than the one before. Even though Ryan had been dating Holly for four years, he had known her for much longer. Ryan knew he wanted to spend a lifetime with this girl who had brought more laughter to his life than he ever thought possible. Knowing this was the perfect moment, Ryan asked Holly to be his wife! Holly happily agreed, over the moon excited to be marrying the man who so effortlessly seemed to make every day of her life better.
This sweet couple will be tying the knot next June, and I am already looking forward to capturing their beautiful day. For now, enjoy a few of my favorite images from their Charleston, SC engagement session below.
One of my favorite historical locations in Charleston, SC is Rainbow Row! I just love these sweet moments of Holly and Ryan snuggled among the colorful homes.
A perfect date for Holly and Ryan includes a walk along the waterfront and time in one of these relaxing swinging benches.
Holly and Ryan just had to include their beloved four-legged furry child in their shoot. Isn’t he adorable?!
What a beautiful family!
Charleston has so many hidden treasures! I love this romantic stone path we stumbled upon.
To end an incredible shoot, Holly and Ryan shared a cone filled with their favorite gelato.
Thanks again for an amazing time Holly and Ryan! I enjoyed every minute of your Charleston, SC engagement session and I am already looking forward to your gorgeous wedding next June.
The sun seemed to simply sparkle off the buildings, making it the perfect day for Larissa and Mike’s NYC wedding. After meeting at a basketball game while they were both living in Japan, Larissa and Mike officially began their relationship stateside 10 years later. Throughout the many years apart, this sweet couple spoke on the phone, wrote letters, and sent packages to one another. When the timing was just right, Mike proposed to Larissa on Catalina Island in California.
When the wedding day finally arrived, Larissa was glowing. After so many years, she couldn’t wait to marry the man she had grown to love so much! Larissa got ready with her girls in an incredible suite at the Eventi Hotel. She and Mike shared their first look in Central Park with the gorgeous trees and buildings on 60th street as their backdrop. Mike’s reaction reflected his feelings of true delight when seeing he is beautiful bride for the first time. These two love birds tied the knot on an incredible outdoor terrace at the Eventi Hotel before dancing the night away with family and friends!
Larissa and Mike, as your one year anniversary approaches, I wanted to take a moment and relive some of the incredible memories from your Eventi Hotel wedding. Check out some of my favorite captures from your day below.
I am in love with every piece of Larissa and Mike’s invitation. It was perfect for getting their guests from all over the world excited for their NYC wedding.
This suite in the Eventi Hotel really was an amazing space for the girls to get ready. The black and white photographs on the wall gave it unique, but classic feel.
Larissa…you are a STUNNING bride!
A big thanks to Mekina Saylor for helping me capture this fun NYC wedding! I love these photos you took of Mike getting ready.
After a great morning, Larissa, Mike, and the wedding party headed to Central Park for the first look!
Larissa and Mike’s adorable reactions at seeing each other for the first time made my heart melt!
Fun bridal party photos are my favorite! I love these of Larissa and her sister.
After a few pretty portraits in Central Park, Larissa and Mike headed back to the Eventi Hotel for their rooftop ceremony.
With the buildings of NYC surrounding them, Larissa and Mike exchanged their vows.
A traditional military wedding saber arch greeted the happily married couple!
Metrocard place cards welcomed guests into a romantically lit ball room for a night of dinner and dancing.
How cute is this NYC map card box?!
After a sweet first dance, Larissa and Mike laughed together through the fun toasts from their closest friends.
A traditional military sword cake cutting drew a prefect evening to a close. Congratulations again Larissa and Mike! I wish you all the happiness in the world in the many years to come.
One of the things I struggle with most as a business owner is knowing when it is time to take a break. As cheesy as it sounds, I love what I do so much, most days it doesn’t feel fair calling it “work”. I truly feel like God designed me to be a wedding photographer, and I hope it is something I get to do for the rest of my life. When my good friend Caroline asked me if I wanted to photograph a wedding with her in California, I hesitated. It was in August, smack dab in the middle of busy season! Knowing it would be one of my only chances to take a vacation before December, and unable to deny my love for travel and new adventures, I decided to join her.
The day after the wedding I joined my husband Matt, Tony, Kelly, Liz and Ben for a relaxing day in Napa.
It was a blast catching up with some of our closest friends!
Matt and I spent Monday and Tuesday exploring Lake Tahoe! We reconnected with Caroline and her husband Alex at Caroline’s family’s home.
One of my favorite memories from the trip was our hike up this incredible mountain. There was just something so peaceful and inspiring about exploring God’s creation.
A big thanks to Dale and Lily for hosting us in your beautiful home.
How amazing is this view?!
The whole group.
Dinner was held outside, right before sunset.
As we enjoyed a delicious meal, we watched the sky change from blue, to golden, to a deep rich purple.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30
Thanks for coming along on my California adventure! Have you enjoyed a restful summer or explored an exciting new place? Feel free to share your adventures in the comment box below.
There are moments in life that just make you so happy. Moments that bring not only a smile, but so much joy they make you want to jump up and down and call your best friend. When I found out Jessika and Vincent’s Central Park Boathouse wedding was going to be published in The Knot New York Magazine, I couldn’t wait to share the news! This sweet couple’s winter wedding was so magical, complete with twinkling lights and a fresh blanket of snow. Congratulations Jessika and Vincent! It was truly such a joy to capture your special day. Make sure to pick up a copy of the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot New York Magazine, on stands now!
This photograph of Jessika and Vincent dancing in the snow in Central Park is one of my absolute favorites! I love that the Knot chose to give this sweet moment a full page.
I was really excited to find two more of my photographs featured in this issue of the Knot. I love this fun one of Carley and Zach above and the pretty photo of Jessika and Vincent’s Duet Bakery Boutique cake below.
Congratulations again Jessika and Vincent on having your wedding published in The Knot New York Magazine! Make sure to check out more photos from their beautiful wedding on the Knot’s website here. HAPPY FRIDAY!