Ack – this wedding. THIS WEDDING. You know – sometimes, late at night, when I’m aimlessly scrolling through generic wedding hashtags on instagram instead of sleeping, I start to feel my blank, unblinking stare at all the square images that start to look eerily similar and this thought thumps through me in a low, deep whisper: I hate weddings.
Insert nervous laughter here. You know, cause I’m a wedding photographer. But I can explain. Weddings can just be the worst. Wait. I can explain better. Weddings can also just be the best.
Take Lauren + Sam. These two got married last month up here in Hudson, NY at a venue called The Hill and the entire day just blew me away. They brought their (amazing) families together with a bunch of
great dancers friends and threw the best, happiest party right in the middle of thunderstorms + rainbows. They hired quality people (i.e. Hoopla Events FTW!) + everything felt intentional, beautiful and for me, inspiring.
And so yes, I freely admit that there are things about the wedding industry
that make my skin crawl that I don’t prefer BUT there are also people that are creating the type of days that speak to who they truly are + how they love and I am lucky — LUCKY — to be able to witness those days, let alone document them. They find their dream dresses on ebay (POCKETS!) and their Dad wakes up early that morning to handpick all the flowers and create the bride’s bouquet and they have a wedding cake pinata over a plain ol’ wedding cake and they choose to include traditions that are important to them and they write their own vows that make the photographer cry like, super hard.
These two – and their amazing wedding – all the reasons I love what I do. Lauren + Sam – you are magic!
Planner / Adina of Hoopla Events
Venue / The Hill (Hudson NY)
Florist / DIY
Hair / Alyse Camara
Makeup / Jillan Burraby
Happy. Last Saturday – up in New Hampshire – I felt sun for like, the first time in a month (not an exaggeration!) and besides enjoying the beautiful weather – soaked up all the happiness in Hannah + Lindsay’s wedding day. Everything about this day felt happy + I’m so lucky to have been a part of it.
Here’s a sneak peek — my top ten (so far) + more happy from these babes soon.
I’ve always had a thing or two for paper products. I literally have squealed over cute little notebooks with illustrated covers and crisp, blank pages — much more than I’ve squealed over things like, I don’t know, babies. Like I said – I have a
unhealthy addiction thing or two for paper products.
So – I shouldn’t be surprised that when it comes to photographing weddings – I always love how couples express their individuality, creativity + love through their wedding invitations, their elopement announcements, etc.
And while I’ve seen my fair share of wedding invites + stationery — none have struck my heart like the stuff that comes out of the There Will Be Cake studio. Behind these enchanting, magical illustrated invitations are Jess + Robin – a lovely real life married couple + easily two of my favorite people ever.
I know what you’re thinking – I’m just being swayed by their generous, open hearted, grounded and kind souls and not their actual work. Well – hold on to your seats – your socks? your hat? – what’s that saying? – forget it – just hold on to whatever because their work is JUST AS amazing as they are. I’m telling you – this is the most killer combo of all.
Choosing wedding vendors can be so overwhelming – a tad intimidating even at times. Wow, I really make getting married sound … fun. But honest talk – it’s a lot in moments! And whether it’s somebody cooking the food your guests will enjoy – or the photographer telling your story throughout the day (hi!) – or the illustrator creating the unique stationery that captures the personality of the two of you + your wedding celebrations …. all of us as your vendors contribute to the energy around your wedding – and it works out well when you choose people with the kind of energy you want to align with. You know the kind of the energy I’m talking about — the good kind. AKA: The kind that There Will be Cake carries in everything that they do and everyone they work with.
Follow them over on the instagram!
The Hudson Valley winked at me the entire time of this lovely engagement with Kate + Igor. This session is from this past fall — i.e. the peak of crispness — and I’m finally, a couple seasons later, getting around to blog about it.
I have a few goals when I head into an engagement session. Top of my list – always – highest, highest priority – is that I don’t fall down. Right below – like picture me holding my hand in a straight horizontal line pretty high above my head and then I move it down barely – like I didn’t really move it, but I moved it – right there, is my next goal – which is really capturing your personalities and characters and the relationship you share.
For these two – I hope that I conveyed their kindness + the relaxed, easy love that I felt between the two of them. I was so lucky to spend a couple of hours with them – and find one of my new favorite parks! – they were so comfortable to be around, which I feel always says so much about someone.
And jesus – I love the Hudson Valley! Consider yourself lucky that didn’t come through in all caps because I’m sorta all capital letters about my love for where I live.
Enough ramblings – here’s more Kate + Igor.
I wish I could tell you that putting together these wedding day previews is a technical, calm, organized process.
It starts off that way, I promise. I upload the thooouuusssaannddss of photos and then I start going through them one by one in my home office – patiently, with washed hair and drinking chamomile tea or you know, a scene like that. So you see – it starts off calm and organized and nice and I’m organized, doing you know, organized things.
But then my right eye starts twitching. And just about twenty images in – so let’s say it’s been a good 45 seconds – I can’t stop myself from starting to frantically scroll through the thousands of thumbnail images staring at me from my big computer screen. getting ready! the first look! the ceremony! the reception! sparklers! SPARKLERS! I’ll edit this photo! I love it! Now I’ll edit this photo! No, I hate it. Oh, but I love this one! I’ll edit it! I put it on the instagram! I text it to my mom!
And yes, that is a literal translation of the madness that at this point is happening inside my head.
So, by the time I need to rein it in to actually put together twenty or so images for a wedding day preview I am a little all over the map. Ok, I’m really all over the map. Who am I kidding – there’s no map at this point. My eyes are totally glazed over from trying to look at four thousand photos in three minutes and MAYBE crying at some of the photos. Mayyyybe crying at all of the photos. I don’t know, stop asking me!
For Fatima + Firas’ wedding – this whole process felt doubly difficult because c’mon – this was one of my favorite days ever, let alone one of my favorite weddings. It was happy, joyous, emotional, beautiful – and I often felt like I was standing in the middle of a movie, watching characters around me laughing and hugging all in slow motion with emotional music in the background.
And so here’s my favorites – so far – without quite looking closely at each and every frame I captured, these were the photos that jumped out at me first – and caught at my heartstrings.
I can’t wait for the rest.