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Archive for Jul 2010
Jes and Jack’s wedding at the Langham Hotel in Boston was absolutely perfect. Perfect weather, perfect venue, perfect details, perfect dress… I couldn’t condense it down to just one post, so here’s part of the day- getting ready and portrait shoot. (To see part 2 and a post on their beautiful details, click here: details and part 2 at the Langham Boston. And to see their engagement shoot, click here: Boston Engagement Shoot)
Some of my favorite things:
The guys getting ready. Jesse did a spectacular job documenting a time that is always in the shadow of the bride’s getting ready time.
The fun moments happening around the formals. Not everyone just stands in line waiting to be photographed. There’s a lovely little story happening around the main event.
The entering the ceremony photo. Amazing. Jesse really kicked ass with this wedding. He’s great
Ok- the ceremony and the rest of the night tomorrow!
Tomorrow is the 5-year anniversary of when Jesse and I got married. (But I’m posting today because I plan on spending my day with him tomorrow.) I love him a thousand times more today than on July 29, 2005. Maybe a million times more. It’s really unquantifiable. So today, as I reminisce about 5 years ago, I’ll share some of my favorite things from our wedding – a photo, a poem, and a song. (Though at this exact moment 5 years ago I was running errands like a crazy person. But I’ll leave that for a future post on why a wedding planner/coordinator is a great idea.)
When we were married, we had already been together for 7 years. A lot of people say marriage is only the beginning, but, for us, it was a beautiful day in the middle. We were really young and I don’t think we completely understood the gravity of what we committed to, but each day it is revealed to me how wonderful and special our marriage is. I am eternally bound to a man who wakes up each morning and thinks of new ways to love me, to make my life happier. And as long as we keep doing that for each other, it will only get better. And it has.
Here’s Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet 17 that my aunt read at our wedding. We are practical people, and I think it communicates how we’re not blinded by love just for love’s sake, but still mysteriously consumed by it.
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
And here’s the Marc Cohn song “True Companion” that I literally can’t listen to without crying. Please don’t play it at your wedding or I will cry.
Tim & Trish’s wedding wasn’t without a hiccup or two. First, the entire waitstaff never showed up (but don’t worry- kick ass guests filled in, and then they found a local bartender who left work to come and help!), then the power went out! Jesse took the photo above which shows Tim and a friend fixing the blown fuse. BUT, the photo below that I snagged, shows the Chinese lanterns out, but the dancing continued. Trish had too many Irish relatives that were ready to party, and they weren’t about to let the power issue stop them.
These photos prove not only that Trish and Tim are awesome, but that if something goes wrong, who cares? You’re still dancing with everyone you love.
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wouldn’t these look adorable hanging above their beds??
I can’t believe I haven’t blogged this yet! Our Hawaiian Beach Wedding was featured on a fantastic green wedding website!
Today as I was editing photos from the fabulous wedding of Jes and Jack, it dawned on me that many of you might not know what I mean by “edit” photos. With today’s digital cameras being so amazing (especially our top-of-the-line Canon 5D mkii’s) it would be a natural assumption that we don’t do very much on our end. Au contraire. Back in the days when we first started wedding photography, we would show up with our film cameras, shoot the heck out of the wedding, ship the photos off to a lab who would do the developing, and hand the photos to the bride and groom. It was more expensive, since we were essentially outsourcing our editing, but even though we don’t have to pay someone to edit our photos now, a lot still goes into it. When I’m super backlogged with editing, I wish for the good ol’ film days when I could hand it off to someone else!
We typically work 2 hours for every hour we’re at your wedding shooting, and this little “before” and “after” shows you why. Though we aim for a natural look (so no crazy “fake-looking” editing), there are still little tweaks we like to do to every photo to make sure it has our signature “pop!” We make sure the whites are white and the blacks are black, that everyone’s faces and outifts are properly exposed and that it simply looks bright and vibrant. This below is just a basic edit, but when you order a photo for your wall or for your album, we do a second round of more intensive edits- smoothing skin, removing exit signs, getting rid of anything that draws your eye away from the couple. But more on that later…
It’s subtle, but significant. For your wedding photographs – arguably the most important photos of your life – I think it’s worth the time
I’ve posted several teasers of Julia and Andy’s engagement shoot, but I really wanted to show them all. Since there isn’t room for that, here’s a selection of my (and Julia’s) favorites.
It was really fun to plan and execute this shoot because Julia and I were on the same page. (I think we stalk much of the same wedding blogs haha!)
So Julia collected a ton of fun things – old books that she and Andy love, a blanket that was her grandmother’s, the absolute cutest picnic basket – and we brought a long a couple of our favorite things too – an old camera that belonged to my grandparents, some blue mason jars that I’m obsessed with, an old box so we could create some levels… I even brought along our record player, but it’s newer and didn’t look right so you might not see it in many pictures. When we had enough of the picnic, we just walked through the rest of the Arboretum… it wasn’t dramatically in bloom, but we found some beautiful purple flowers and some bright light peeking through the trees. I love the purple and yellow together.
The next part that was absolutely crucial was selecting the right time of day… 6-7ish is the “golden hour” when the sun is going down and isn’t so damn bright We actually had to reschedule the shoot once because it was supposed to rain on the first day we had picked, and was very grey and cloudy. Normally, that wouldn’t have been a problem, but remember that aforementioned vision we had? It included warm, glowy, lovely evening sun.
Do I need to love a photo of a dog in a sweater at a wedding for more than the fact that it’s a dog in a sweater at a wedding?
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