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You kind of had to be at this one to believe it.

I will break it down simple:

talented, genuine as all get out, huge-hearted, beautiful IN LOVE couple

20 piece marching band (pretty sure it was that big)

sake during the ceremony

delicious vegan noodles from a chef with his own documentary crew

aerialistas — the best I have ever seen

belly dancer— amazing

green tea creme brulee

an intimate ceremony of over 300 that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house accompanied by raucous cheering

So fun.


So fun to photograph too!

Oh, did I mention hot dogs with the works at midnight?

Hit the spot for many.

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When we met with Helen and Barry, two things were immediately clear. Number one: They were madly in love. Number two: They were going to have a HUGE party to celebrate.  Barry, a widow, showed us a book of photos he had put together for Helen documenting their first year together. The pictures were amazing and we were flattered they picked us to photograph their big day.  Helen, at 59,  had always been a bridesamaid, but never a bride.  She was going to do it up right!

Both Helen and Barry  have a lot of friends and family— 118 years worth between the two of them. Everyone was invited! It was a fantastic party.

Helen getting ready with her friends from forever.

Helen had over 20 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids and a flower girl. So cute.

Down the aisle at Jack Block Park

The ceremony


So happy. They were so happy!

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I love taking photos of the bride getting ready. This tends to be when a big portion of the day’s emotion, excitement, nervousness and hilarity happens. Photographing the bride surrounded by her friends from all parts of her life along with her mother, soon-to-be-mother-in-law, sisters, brothers, aunts and such is such an honor. This is often a time for reminiscing, for sweet words, for joking and for all the hard work put into the day to come together. This is ritual! It is a bounty to photograph. And to boot, there is almost always beautiful light during the preparation time, streaming in from somewhere.

Documenting the preparations before the actual ceremony is a fairly new phenomenon in wedding photography. However, I predict these are going to be the images that are gone through the most by the next generations. The formal portraits may become the familiar photos, the pictures that are framed, hung on the wall to do the job of establishing ‘this is my great-grandmother and great-grandfather on their wedding day’.

I believe the shots of the bride or groom surrounded by their dearest friends in the moments building up to their nuptials—these will be the photos that answer the questions about WHO they were, HOW they felt, and WHAT happened on their wedding day. 

 

It is really happening!

It is really happening!

 

 

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I love the backstage pass!


 

Amanda has known her bridesmaids since she was a wee one. They have shared this ritual each time one of them has gotten married.

Amanda has known her bridesmaids since she was a wee one. They have shared this ritual each time one of them has gotten married.

 

 

 

Mahnaz's bridesmaids were amazing problem solvers. They got the job done.

Mahnaz's bridesmaids were amazing problem solvers. They got the job done.

 

It doesn't matter they happen in a crowded bathroom or in fancy hotel room with a view, the getting ready pictures are always fun for me.

It doesn't matter if they happen in a crowded bathroom or in fancy hotel room with a view, the getting ready pictures are always fun for me.

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I call this one 'anticipation'.

 

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Shellie doesn't have her dress on yet, but she is ready.

 

James, Shellie's groom, is ready too.

James, Shellie's groom, is ready too.

 

 

 

Scott usually photographs the groom and the groomsmen, but sometimes we switch it up. The ritual is rich with them as well.

 

Scott usually photographs the groom and the groomsmen, but sometimes we switch it up. The ritual is rich and sweet and real with them as well.

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