Monthly Archives: July 2010

Virginia ♥ Michael

When I met Virginia and Michael, they had a very interesting idea for their engagement photos: matching tattoos. They had always talked about getting one and with their wedding at the beginning of next year what a great way to celebrate a new beginning together! During their relationship, Virginia gave Michael a card with a beautiful poem from E.E. Cummings written on it. It later grew to hold a deeper meaning to them. The poem spoke of love in it’s purest form — a declaration of total devotion and unconditional love. I always imagined that getting a tattoo would be incredibly painful but these two didn’t seem to mind. They laughed, they joked, they held each others hands for comfort. In fact, the few photos I have here of Virginia grimacing are probably the only ones from their entire session. I can’t wait for their wedding in January — what an incredible couple!

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows.
Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
And the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
Which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide.
And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.
I carry your heart.
I carry it in my heart.
- E.E. Cummings

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Natalie ♥ Justin

Photographing Natalie and Justin’s wedding was like watching two of my friends get married. I actually met the both of them a year ago when I photographed her sister Sandy’s wedding. Since then, I’ve had the incredible fortune of really getting to know them. They flew me out to New York City where we spent four days together while I did their engagement and bridal photos. It’s not very often that I get to say that I’ve met my couple’s friends, families, or have walked up and down the streets they call home.  With them, I can say all these things. And because I can say all these things, I can say with adoration the following:

Natalie’s smile is like sunshine. It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’re having. When you see Natalie, it’s going to be a good one.  Justin loves her. He loves her more than anything else in this world and he knows that in her he’s found someone who feels the same way about him. Together they are the type of couple with that kind of love that others wish they can one day find.

Their wedding day was nothing short of extraordinary. It all began with her wedding dress. Natalie is not only beautiful but incredibly talented. Along with her great friend, Nick, they designed and sewed every pleat and every detail of her gown. Not only that, but they created a second gown for the reception. That’s right, TWO gowns. They even used pieces of fabric leftover from her dress to create the flower adornment in her hair. This theme of constructed textures and tedious details was paired with an ocean of blue lighting throughout their wedding. I will let the photographs show you the result of this immense creativity, but before I do, let me point out that her bridal bouquet was not just one rose but actually a large rose constructed with individual rose petals from several smaller roses. Like I said – INCREDIBLE.

Dear Justin and Natalie – Thank you for bringing me into your lives and letting me be a part of such a special day. I look forward to hearing more stories about all the wonderful places life will take you.  Marriage has been the best destination yet! Congratulations and much love to you both!

Venue: The Driskill Hotel
Coordinators: Gina Whittington and Jaime Carpenter, Clink Events
Videography: Crescent Video
Catering: Driskill HotelFloral: Prive Floral
Bakery: Driskill Hotel
Hair: Jean Barton, Path Salon
Makeup: Kandy Glass, Face Kandy Makeup
Officiant: Jeffery Walker
Ceremony Music: Mark Cruz
Reception DJ: Josh Wilkinson, Penguin Entertainment
Reception Band: Sauce
Photobooth: Say Cheese Photo Booths

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