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Personalizing Your Wedding – Some Fun Inspiration!

On this Wedding Wednesday, I bring you a different type of blog post. I was so impressed with how well April and Michael personalized their wedding, I wanted to share some details that weren’t included in their original blog post (Haven’t seen it? View it here). I hope these details bring a bit of inspiration to the readers who are currently planning their big day!

It was fun to watch them plan their wedding (and even help out a bit!) and it’s safe to say I was in awe from the start. I see a lot of weddings in a year, but aside from the photography end of things, I don’t really get the chance to witness all the hard work couples put into their planning – wow! Now April might have an bit of an advantage, being that she is a super talented graphic designer, but it was more than the design elements that impressed everyone. It was the thought and personality the two put into all the details – from the invites to the thank you’s – they had guests saying, at nearly every turn, “that’s so April” or “that is totally Michael.”

The inspiration for this post? After a looooong day of editing yesterday, I came home to find a fun treat in my mailbox – their thank you note!

During the wedding, friends and family (and even their vendors!) continuously commented on how awesome their music was. Maybe I’m biased, but I have to agree. A Regina Spector recessional? Ida for their first dance and a Postal Service last dance? Pretty awesome. So what better way to say ‘thanks’ then by sending each guest a mix to remember the day by? When I got mine in the mail, I (literally) jumped for joy. And as I sit listening to it right now, I’m totally taken back to their wedding day (I even teared up when I heard their first dance!). Before popping it into my computer to listen to, I snapped a few photographs of it. Amazing, right?


But let’s go back to the start. April and Michael met in fall. Michael even baked her a pumpkin pie on their first date (which my mother wouldn’t let April eat, but that’s entire other blog post). It’s only fitting that their wedding take place in fall and have a very fall theme. Fall colors, trees and leaves became a big part of their wedding day, starting with the save the dates April designed.

Next up, the invites! April and Michael tried to keep things as green as possible, using recycled materials and upcycling a bit as well. Their invites were screen printed onto vintage handkerchiefs.


Response cards and directions.


We had an assembling party and put the cards, handkerchiefs together to be mailed. It was pretty fun, picking and choosing which guest got which handkerchiefs!!!

Last, but not least, family and the importance of played a huge roll in their wedding day. Family photos were strung through the venue and wedding photos of grandparents, parents and siblings were displayed. In place of a guest book, April printed a large tree with their logo and guests stamped their thumbs and signed their names. Here is the finished product, which now hangs in their living room.

She has designed stuff for me, too! Aren’t I one lucky duck?

Destination Weddings

In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to shoot three destination weddings. And in May I’ll be headed to Hawaii to shoot another (can’t wait!). I love doing them, but if I have any downtime, I’m not usually lugging my 5Ds around the resort or town. Here are some of my favorite iPhone shots from my travels to Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Montego Bay!

Montego Bay airport bar.

From the bus to Rick’s Cafe (Jamaica).

Airplane wing. En route to Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Barcelo Maya Palace, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Near the Malecon. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Ahhh…

Palm tree. Mexico.

Another palm tree. Jamaica.

Stray kitty. Puerto Vallara, Mexico.

Stroudsmoore Country Inn – April and Michael

I couldn’t let another ‘Wedding Wednesday’ go by without posting a wedding, now could I? And this wedding is super special to me because it’s my sister’s!

When April and Michael first asked me to shoot their wedding I was like, “Duh, of course!” but then I started to think about it all and… well your sister only gets married once. I pictured my often uncoordinated self balancing a bouquet and a camera down the aisle (in heels, to boot!) and knew I wanted to be a Maid of Honor first and a photographer second. So I took a backseat and shot some details, the first look and a day after portrait session. Smartest decision ever made, because I had a total blast celebrating and dancing and I would not have wanted it any other way!

My sister is a graphic designer and she pretty much put together every tiny detail of her wedding with the help of Michael and other family and friends, they pulled their hand made wedding off flawlessly.



















Me and My iPhone: Love Stinks!

Just kidding, I love love! And this week’s iPhone post is dedicated to just that.

Spotted about a year ago on the Lower East Side.

Said it before, I love coffee. Especially romantic cups!

Hello Kitty love.

Sparkly love.

Love handles?

Viva El Amor…

I’m yours..

Lost…

Found…

Roots love.

Me and my iPhone

I take a lot of photos with my iPhone. A lot. And I tend to do very little with them. Until now. I’ve decided to begin a weekly series of iPhonography. I’m not sure what it will become, but I’m excited. So today’s post is about me.

I know clients and potential clients often want to know a bit more about me. Usually this happens over a coffee at our initial meeting, but there is no reason I shouldn’t bring a little of ‘me’ to the blog every now and again. So, here goes…

I love Brooklyn.
Coney Island
And my cat Moo.

I drink a lot of coffee.

I used to teach art.

I’m a Canon shooter.

I wish cats could use Photoshop.

I love to travel,
Jet Blue
but I also love keeping things local.

Christmastime is my favorite time of year.

And this is what I look like.

Newborn Portraits – Little Luke!

I know it’s technically ‘Wedding Wednesday’ but I couldn’t resist blogging my latest newborn shoot! This little guy is waaaaaay too cute. Just over a week old when I photographed him, he was a sleepy little angel the entire time. Congratulations to Jenn and Phil on their adorable new addition!