As a fine art wedding photographer in El Segundo my job is to see the beauty in the moments between people. Immersed in a day full of them makes for a lot of kiss-filled and caress-rich images!
The venue Annie and Liz chose for their ceremony and reception was warm and filled with art, design, antiques, architectural elements and vintage furniture. Photographers love this place for all the crazy details there are. It was an eclectic space that held a little of everything. There was something for everyone to enjoy, something for everyone to celebrate. We started the day getting ready at home with friends, and we held the first look out on the deck, in the snow. It was amazing to see Annie’s reaction to Liz’s gown, they were both in tears as they held each other.
To say that things got better from there is an understatement. We piled into frozen cars (it was -16 degrees) and drove downtown to find a fun backdrop for the couple’s photos. Liz found a wall of globes that changed from green to red in a pattern and so we shot there. After that we headed to the venue to snack, unwind and get ready for the guests and family to arrive. The flowers were beautiful. The decorations were sweetly adorned with what I affectionately call kid-art; a drawing from one of the youngest of the family.
Kudos to the whole family who managed to arrive in time for a huge group photo, something your photographer should love to make for their couples. I know it’s awkward, not everyone knows each other, after all. I do it anyway because it is the celebration of a new family and it is the reflection of that change, that instant when it all becomes real. Those images are inevitably everyone’s favorites, even if they hate the dress or shirt they have on. This was a fun group photo to make. Kids everywhere, people talking to each other and me: teetering between two crazy old pillars and one irreplaceable vase trying to get 20 people’s attention without breaking anything. It’s a good thing I wore flats. Three minutes later and the whole group shuffled back down the wooden and creaky steps to await the couple’s ceremony. But, that photo made it real already.
The hand-fasting was my favorite part of putting the couple’s traditions together. The reading of the right to marriage decision was of course my favorite part of the commitment, and the blessing was indeed an artwork of its own. The care everyone put into keeping these two inside a enveloped in love was unreal. I look forward to when Mark and I have our day – when we can commit ourselves to our loves who adore us so passionately, so completely, so richly with a desire to know and protect and revere the other. I am glad all people have that right. It is undeniably a human right and a protected liberty.
Congratulations Liz and Annie!
I specialize in storytelling at weddings, capturing personality and genuine expressions in my wedding photography. Beautiful wedding photography usually shows these things and helps you feel like you were there when you look at the photos. Couples love my natural-looking portraits, candid family photos, and award-winning custom wedding album designs. Here Jess and Lance are getting away after the ceremony in the family’s retro Cougar! The top was down and the breeze was beautiful. The guests surrounded them with a bubble send-off which I loved!
My weddings include second photographers – which is why I am in the top photo and you can see what I was able to see in the bottom image. My pricing is simple and includes so many features my couples have found extremely useful and fun to use.
My award-winning custom albums are the stuff of daydreams. I love making them, and that I include them in my wedding packages illustrates that. It takes me about two hours to layout your pages with the 24 images you chose. I re-touch anything you decide is not to your liking. Then I send you a PDF of the layout. Once we have it designed I send it to the lab for creation. The team I use is in Pennsylvania and employs local artisans. That’s why I include it in your wedding package – the books are reasonably priced for me to make. The only upgrades my couples ask for are photo covers, extra pages and dust jackets. Those we can discuss. If my couple wants a Fine Art album with a custom photo cover, I charge the difference in costs.
So many photographers charge up to an extra $1200 for a 20-page album. I don’t.
I can’t wait to include the bottom photo in this album! It’s Fearless, honest, beautiful and shows these two in their element: happy and together.
I’ve recommended Bride To Be Consignment for a long time to anyone who prefers to do some of the design and coordination of their events themselves. Bride to Be has it all. The formula for Bride to Be is pretty simple: she’s selective and looks for items that are on-trend. She keeps a variety of gowns for all kinds of occasions. I’ve seen everything from Prom Dresses to pageant couture. Her bridal selection is really impressive.
Here’s a tidbit of trivia: 60% of the gowns are brand new, in the bag – with the tags on.
And, if you wonder, there’s a huge assortment of Wraps. Dresses. Jewelry. Chair swags. Shoes. Decor. Vases. Veils. to choose from. The list goes on. You have to see the new location to really know what I mean. It is a wall-to-wall resource for anyone planning an event or attending one.
And – before you think she’s only got dresses, she has Tuxedos, too.
The shop is no-fuss and not a typical “Bridal Salon” so please, don’t expect or bring champagne. This stop on your bridal planning list is for after brunch-time mimosas. Be prepared for a lot of choices, lots of items on display. It can be crowded, it’s no longer the well-kept secret in town. Come early, come prepared.
No appointment needed to enjoy shopping with the commission free and knowledgeably staff, but note their hours:
Monday-Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm
BRIDE TO BE CONSIGNMENT 8925 Penn Ave S Bloomington, MN 55431 12-267-4004
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Melissa and Clark – A Touching Wedding for a (Fun) Loving Couple
Melissa and Clark crafted a lovely shared wedding experience for the whole family. I’ve been to, photographed, helped with and been a part of so many ceremonies. They each have something very special about them that I remember.
This wedding though – – – so full of symbols and revelry. So many memories. So much to include, so much to feel. I was moved to tears several times by the inclusive approach the couple imparted. It was brave, touching, sweet, and I must admit, difficult. It was just like marriage.
I have about 1400 images to sort through. Right now the first 119 are up on the site for the couple to proof. I’m excited to hear their thoughts!
But for now – back to editing, re-living and uploading.
Melissa and Clark have the gallery password, so you can ask them to share it with you until proofing has concluded.
I just want to tell you all I enjoyed meeting you and having a good time with your family. You are all really sweet and interesting!
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When your foundation is faith, not much else matters. As far as wedding photography goes,
you can’t ask for a sweeter situation: Ashley and James quilted together a homespun ceremony that included their families and friends, no matter where they were that day. Cars broke down, shirts were too small, and the cicadas were loud. The thing is – while those things happened, they didn’t detract from the very special things being said and promised. The video of the exchange of rings takes me right back to that fact. In the background you hear her mom heaving a joyful sob. It’s amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off their hands.
Ashlee wore a vintage dress and a handmade crown of dried flowers. She made the guestbook herself from sections of a tree. The wedding took place at her parent’s home in Hastings, MN. Her father built the gazebo for the ceremony. James and his crew set up the seating and the reception spaces and his father played guitar while Ashley walked down the aisle with her dad.
Handmade, homespun, beautiful and original.
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Julie and Chuck are a sweet couple who find fun in almost everything.
I first met Julie a few years ago while visiting an office at Carleton. I could go into all the details, but you aren’t here for computer talk – are you? She and I started talking and made fast friends. Here is something that makes wedding photography a lot easier to do: Her sense of humor was the first thing I loved. The second thing I loved about Julie was that she has a good size family. Last summer I took her son Alec’s Senior Photos.
Before the wedding, we managed to walk at the track once a week or so. Those walks were full of discussion on all topics, but my favorite walks were when I could listen to her tell me about the wedding plans and her progress. I kept hearing her descriptions of the cake table: Seven kinds of dessert cakes, cookies and the wedding cake itself. She had me at seven. I was also in love with her Christmas Tree idea. She had people send her a wedding photo of themselves and she framed them and hung them on the tree at the front of the ceremony space. It was so endearing. She managed many other ways to make guest feel included and valued. I think that must be the biggest challenge to brides. My understanding of Julie and Chuck as well as the kids became more clear through those talks and when it came time to actually photograph the wedding I was ready for the sharp-witted and camera-shy family. Well, almost! I enjoyed many kinds of cake, a snowball fight and plenty of pretty photos!
While they keep a light heart about life, there are some things that are to be taken seriously at all costs: love, family and dessert. Maybe that’s the secret to this couple. I really love wedding photography.
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August afternoon weddings are bound to be warm, but the Ward’s simple and elegant ceremony was also touching.
We all met up at Bridge Square in Northfield so that I could do some pre wedding photos of the family and the couple. Casually and in stages the family collected near the fountain. Everyone was relaxed and very much at home. We waited on the last of family to arrive while the final touches were put on the the bride’s outfit. After I photographed few groupings and took some couple photos we formed a caravan to the church. The select few of us were allowed to share in an extremely moving ceremony, during which I cried. These two loving people put the emphasis on each other for their wedding and I just love when that happens.
Now, I love weddings. I really love weddings. This one got my emotions all stirred though. Maybe it was the hot sun, maybe it was the way these two looked at each other. Or, maybe, it was that the whole of the day was about nothing more than the promises of respect and loving care between two people and the family they were blending. If that won’t get you – nothing will.
The beautiful flowers were from Forget Me Not. So pretty!