Oh Nantucket. What a dreamy little island. I've been to Cape Cod many times in my life, it's one of my very favorite U.S. locations, but never took the time to go to Nantucket until this shoot. We worked with the florist on a wedding some months prior to this and absolutely loved what she did there, so when she asked if I wanted to go to Nantucket for a little inspiration shoot with this real couple, I was buying my plane ticket before even replying to the email! Wild elegance is how I would describe the island, and the weddings that take place there. I'm dreaming of going back soon, so if you're getting married on Nantucket and need a wedding photographer, you know who to ask!
Meg and James' elegant and simple wedding style fit perfectly into the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte NC. Meg wanted a simple and timeless wedding dress with a bit of custom design and had the bow on the back added, which was so beautiful. James' dark blue tux was such a refreshing departure from black and looked incredible on him and his groomsmen.
The most notable thing about this wedding was how relaxed and enjoyable the evening was. As most of our couples do, James and Meg did a "first look" so they didn't have to spend the entire cocktail hour taking photos, and we were able to get wonderful photos of guests enjoying each other and the decor of the room. We also had time to take some gorgeous bridal portraits of Meg by herself before we went down for the first look, something we rarely get to do. Meg and James planned a beautiful event and fully immersed themselves in the beauty of starting their married lives together surrounded by close family and friends, which is, in my opinion, the exactly perfectly right way to have a wedding day!
Fun fact, Meg found us through a feature we photographed in QC Exclusive magazine, and their wedding was also published in the magazine's wedding edition.
Hawaii has a special place in my heart. The first time I went, I knew immediately that I would leave half of my heart behind and long to return always, and that's exactly what happened. All of the islands are special and unique, and Maui is no exception. The landscape is incredibly diverse, and we managed to capture a few different aspects of it in this inspiration shoot with our real couple Cameo and Kamakea who were both born and raised on the islands. The most amazing thing about Maui weddings is that you almost can't go wrong no matter what design style or colors you choose, because every inch of the scenery is so incredibly epic.
Hawaii sees a lot of weddings, elopements, and vow renewals. We had our own 10 year vow renewal on the Big Island in 2016! One thing I absolutely love about that is the creativity and freedom to design your event however you want. We chose Hawaii for our vow renewal because of the insanely gorgeous scenery and ended up choosing a black sand beach with a waterfall backdrop as our spot. The Hawaiian islands hold never ending beauty and a hold over your soul like nowhere else. I plan to be back over and over again!
If you're looking for a Hawaii wedding photographer, we are at the ready to return at any moment.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a profound love for flowers and floral design. I started designing for my own photo shoots a couple of years ago, and love to order from Florabundance when I need special flowers I can't get locally. When I found out they hold a floral design conference each January in Santa Barbara, I knew I had to be a part of it! I asked if I could be a photographer and the rest is history! I've been to several floral design workshops and conferences, but this one beats them all. The locations are always stunning and the flowers Florabundance provides are just insane! I'm really excited to be a speaker for 2018 along with photographing it with my dear friend Lerina Winter.
Lerina and I put this shoot together to promote the upcoming Design Days and show attendees how we are going to provide incredible portfolio images for them during the conference. Our theme was An Abundance of Flowers, and I'm absolutely in love with how this turned out being a perfectly beautiful representation of that.
We lived in Syracuse for the first few years of our wedding because Ben grew up there. We still shoot weddings there every summer, and people are always asking me why I would travel so far so frequently for weddings. I think this Owera Vineyard Wedding sums my answer up perfectly. The beauty of a late Upstate NY summer is absolutely unreal. The evenings are cool and the days are just a little bit warm, the fields are full of flowers and high grasses, the trees are ancient and full, and everywhere you turn is just incredibly verdant.
Mike and Jessica's first look was one of my favorites of all times. They couldn't stop smiling the entire day and are clearly the best of friends, something I cherish so much about our couples! They uniquely had both a band and a DJ for their reception, a great idea for the amount of energy their guests had on the dance floor.
This wedding inspiration with a real couple at Sunstone Villa in Santa Ynez California makes my heart swell every time I look at it. Sunstone Villa is one of the most simply beautiful wedding venues in California, and the quiet, stunning landscape provides the most beautiful backdrop for photos no matter which way you turn. You can dress this venue up or leave it as is, no matter which direction the design goes it remains beautiful.
Many couples look to the beaches of Dominican Republic for their destination weddings, but the capital city of Santo Domingo has more to offer than most people may realize. If you're looking for European architecture and old world charm, but don't want to pay the hefty flight fees, this venue checks all the boxes! Santo Domingo is a 500 year old city with an incredible amount of beautiful spots for photographs, and Quinta Dominicana offers an absolutely stunning space for holding smaller weddings. Bonus, the gorgeous and luxurious Hotel Billini right next-door to the venue is surprisingly affordable, and so beautiful your guests won't want to leave.
The Hay Adams Hotel is an iconic and gorgeous place to have a wedding in Washington D.C. The rooftop event room boasts a balcony that overlooks the White House and much of the beautiful architecture surrounding it with a full wrap around that gives guests the ability to wander in and out of the festivities, always taking in a beautiful view no matter where they are. Katie and Evan's wedding was elegant with all the right kinds of color that I love in wedding flowers. Her custom wedding gown was to die for, and the beautiful old photographs from their relative's weddings were just the right touch to bring everything together.
I've always said Autumn is my favorite season, which might have something to do with my birthday being in October, but also a whole lot to do with the smells and colors that emerge for the briefest moments before winter takes over. In Upstate NY, Autumn seems to last only for a few minutes before the winter winds blast all the leaves off the trees. This inspiration shoot took place in North Carolina, where you can still get the best of summer roses and Autumn colors together in one place. I designed the flowers for this shoot and had so much fun using a riot of colors and foraging for some unique pieces to include like mossy sticks and fall leaves still on the branch.
The Sunstone Inn in Santa Ynez California is a stunning Italian wedding venue in set the California wine country hills. It is a venue well known for hosting weddings with impeccable taste and design, and provides breathtaking backdrops for photos wherever you turn.
I'm absolutely in love with bridal gowns that are feminine and flowing, yet far from traditional. This blue gown by Jennifer Gifford Designs is the perfect compliment to the simple Italian architectural design, and is perfect for a bride who loves unique style and wants wedding design full of color that isn't overwhelming.
Bill and Liz are the best of friends. Every minute of seeing them together shows just how in love they are. My favorite part of their wedding was when they played rock paper scissors to decide who would say their wedding vows first! There just isn't any other way to describe them together; they were meant for each other in every way.
I did the flowers for this wedding, which is a rare occurrence, and so much fun for me! I got to be a bit creative with the boutonnierres to incorporate buckeye nuts since Bill went to Ohio state and I love how they turned out. His outfit was so stylish and made at a local shop in Charlotte NC.
There was nonstop dancing, s'more making and laughter at this wedding, a perfect evening to celebrate a couple who loves to have fun together!
What a gorgeous day this was! It tends to rain A LOT in Upstate NY, and we've never had a wedding at Owera where it didn't rain at some point during the day. There were wind gusts and heavy downpours the morning of this wedding, but amazingly it cleared just in time for the ceremony and the sky could not have been more gorgeous. Lauren and Tim's little dog stole the show and was the perfect little poser for photos. My favorite part of the day was when the children's book about dinosaurs "A Lovely Love Story" was read at the ceremony. It sounded like it had been written exactly for them, and it was an adorable and heartwarming way for guests to get a glimpse into their several year romance.
I love, LOVE the store Anthropologie, so when our team for this shoot started discussing an Anthro inspired color palette, I was over the moon excited. I love color so much and wish I saw more of it at real weddings, and the purpose of doing styled shoots is to inspire our clients to think of new ideas and break out of the box. This shoot could not have delivered that better in my opinion! I love everything about it, right down to bright neon acrylic invite suite. As I always do, a real couple modeled for us and looked drop dead gorgeous!
Published in the Spring 2017 print edition of Trendy Bride Magazine
A wedding at the Josephine Butler Center feels warm and inviting, like hosting an elegant party at your large house in the city. The creamy yellow walls cast warmth all around and the intimate layout of the rooms feels so cozy. The gorgeous floral pieces in this inspiration shoot perfectly captured the mood of this beautiful Washington D.C. wedding venue and filled the images with a summery glow even though it was pouring rain the entire day. Choosing a wedding venue that looks beautiful in both the rain and the sun can be a bit challenging, and this one definitely does not disappoint!
The Hawaiian Islands host an unbelievable number of weddings, elopements, and vow renewals every year, and it's no surprise why. Every island is uniquely beautiful, but Maui has a little bit of everything that makes the islands special. There are thousands of gorgeous tropical plants and flowers growing everywhere, and many people choose to use them for their wedding, but some want a fusion of tropical and temperate plants for their wedding decor. Noni with Maui Palm Tree floral is a master at using both. Any time I do an inspiration shoot I use real couples (and in this case, their friends) because I want clients to be inspired and be able to envision these photos with what they can actually do for their own weddings, rather than having models in silly poses that aren't romantic or emotional. One of the things I want people to see in my photos is real connections with my subjects, beautiful emotion that is unique to each couple I photograph, and I carry that into my inspiration shoots as much as possible.