Friday, May 22, 2009

Heather and Greg

This is gonna be a long one folks! How do you narrow it down when you've got a gorgeous bride, a crazy cool hunk of land (you thought I was just going to leave it at "hunk" didn't you?) in the middle of nowhere, perfect lighting, an adorable groom (ok, so he's a bit hunky), and one big happy party of a wedding?
Holy-moly, we had a great day with Heather and Greg. They are so much fun and so laid back. Heather wanted the wedding to be on Friday night because (in her words) "nothing says party like a Friday night wedding." And party it was! Even when the crazy bad Thunderstorms came through, noone lost their heads, everyone just hung in there, drank a little and hoped for the best. It turned out amazing! The rain let off just in time for the ceremony and the rain killed the heat!
So, while I'm sure you tune into my blog just to read my rambles, lets get on with the real show... introducing....

So, this has to be the cutest picture of the year so far... we were shooting in this hallway and the flowergirl just wandered in, so Heather bent down to wipe something off of her dress. I love it!

I developed a slight obsession with this old metal plow out behind the house... you'll see it in a few pics :)

Heather is absolutely stunning... and oh, how I love a classic, simple dress.

and oh, how I love some crazy bright colors on some bridesmaids!! Check out how great these bright pink dresses look!

These next four are Heather and Greg seeing each other for the first time. I thought it was a really sweet moment. For these shots, I usually put on my long lens so I can get way back and just let the bride and groom have their moment alone.







And then there are times when I like to be right in the middle of the action...
The Shot....

And, getting the shot...

There is is again...

Are they seriously adorable, or what?

So, about this time is when the thunderstorms hit!! And man, they HIT!!! So, what's a photographer to do? I'll tell ya... I put the wedding party under the porch (luckily, the porch was awesome!!!) and my assistant held an umbrella over my head while we ran out in the downpour, shot a few shots and ran for cover. We did all of the family portaits that way too. Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do!

And then, just as all hope was lost... the rain stopped, the chairs got a good wipedown...

and we had a wedding. Pure bliss...

Then, we had a party... a pic from the first dance...

And the tent from a distance...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Amber and Neal

I love me some Amber and Neal. We did their e-session last fall and the wedding was last weekend at Butterfly Gap. I swear that they must be the luckiest two people in the entire world! It rained all day and we were all convinced that the wedding was going to have to be inside (the weather channel showed horrible storms headed our way), but with 10 minutes to go until the ceremony started... the rain disappeared and the sun even managed to peak through a little. No rain anywhere the rest of the day. There wasn't enough time to move all the chairs, but they were so laid back, they just had their guests stand for the short ceremony. I love it! Go with the flow.

I'm gonna start with a couple of my favorites of Amber. I think this first one is so super cool...

I seriously can't get in a single butterfly gap post without using the blue wall... its just too rad and I always end up with a few pics in front of it that I love, love.

a little something different...

So, this was one wild groom! within minutes of seeing each other for the first time, he had already thrown her over his shoulder and gone for a little jog... He cracked me up!

love it... don't know why... i just do... so there.

Neal could behave himself for about 30 seconds at a time. We'd get in a few sweet shots and then before I knew it he would be making a ridiculous face, throwing Amber around or biting her head...

stylized... but I really love this one.

perhaps my favorite of the day! I knew I loved Amber the first time we met, but I fell in love when right before the ceremony she had to use the bathroom and I said "can I come" and she didn't hesitate for a second with "yeah, of course!" And here is the result... How funny is this?

Joyful moment after the kiss during the ceremony. Love her face.

Their wedding was (pardon the upcoming pun) crawling with kiddos and Amber and Neal were so good with them! I think this is adorable.

They totally win the prize for the best garter removal of the year (so far, ha, ha) The person on the right with his hands over his eyes and his back to the camera is Amber's dad. Hilarious!

And just to prove I'm still smiling after 10 hours...

Later, gators!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Casey and Kristin

I just wanted to post a quick preview for Casey and Kristin. This is going to be a bit shorter than normal 'cause I am SWAMPED (and I'd rather get their whole wedding finished on time than spend a ton of time blogging it)!! I shot their wedding last weekend and I'm just now getting the blog up! I was in Denver all last week for a workshop and loosing that week of office time will put a girl behind!! I'll have some of the pics from the workshop up soon. I'm hoping to get caught up by the end of the week, so this will surely not be my last post for the week. I've got an e-session and another wedding in the works, so stay tuned.

Now, for the main event...



The tree in this picture was so, so cool. I had to figure a way to use it, but directly behind the tree was the side of the church... so, get low, shoot up, result: really cool shot.

We poached this old pick-up from a neighbor's yard. A little trespassing never hurt anyone, right? Ha, ha. Ok, so we did ask first. They got married in a church out in the middle of nowhere... I love the challenge... I have to really look and be creative with what is around me. I love the way this turned out.

And on the side of that same neighbor's great white clapboard house....



I love a funny groom! His face in this is priceless.



The sanctuary of the church had the coolest wooden ceiling.

Thanks guys! I had a blast.