I’m scheduled to go into labor next week, so we’re going to put PRO on ice for a while!
In the meantime, I wanted to thank all of our wonderful PROs!!! I feel close to you guys… I’ve met so many of you over the years, and really believe in what you do!
Wendy + Sunup were married on October 3rd. While Justin was unavailable that day, I brought out the lovely and very talented Denise Bovee to second shoot with me. Wendy + Sunup, or should I say “Wenup” (what is this? scroll down and you’ll see) were super sweet and beyond happy on this big day. You can see their happiness is very obvious and very apparent in their images!
I would love to take a little vacation to Italy right about now. Europe around the holidays sounds lovely. Next spring, Jamie and her fiance are getting married on a vineyard in Gaiole in Chianti, Italy at Castello di Meleto. It just sounds romantic, no?
emilie inc. photographers: Emilie and J
ceremony: Hawksnest Beach St John, USVI
officiant: Mary Bartolucci Island Style Weddings
steel pan: Lem Callwood
florist: Susan Pratt Passion Flower
hair/make-up: Michelle Grapevine Salon
transportation: Slimo’s Limo
dress: Jacqueline Exclusive Madeleine’s Daughter Portsmouth, NH
suit: Calvin Klein
Mainers Jennifer and Steve opted to forgo traditional wedding plans and eloped on the beach instead in St. John. And they brought us along!
Jennifer works at the Pottery Barn where I spent my first winter in Maine, helping furnish my house and meet some new people. The employees have remained friends of mine ever since, and when they heard Jennifer talking about the possibility of a St John ceremony, they directed her my way. Initially, she and her now-hubby Steve hired us to photograph their upcoming New Year’s Eve party to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends here in Portland. But over a pint and conversation at Gritty’s Pub about our own recent St. John wedding, it was decided we would go along and document the adventure for them in November, too.
How they met, in Jenn’s words:
Our shared passion for University of Maine hockey brought Steve and I together. We first met four years when we were both season ticket holders and had seats in neighboring sections. I would often catch Steve stealing glances and flashing me that big beautiful smile. We never actually spoke until the end of the season, when we found ourselves sitting in the same row at the hockey championship in Boston. It was just a brief hello and an exchange of names but that was all and the season ended. When the new season began seven months later, I looked for Steve at every game but he no longer had those assigned seats and I never saw him once that year. That is, until I found myself at the same hockey tournament in Boston and as I walked into the pre-game pep rally, he was the first person I saw. This time we exchanged phone numbers, had our first date the following day and the rest is history
When it comes to wedding coverage, whether it is photo or cinema, why is it just one day? Wor obvious reasons, the wedding day itself has tremendous value, but why do we limit ourselves to just that?
We often cover the bride and groom preparing things, such as presents or their vows, the morning of the wedding. Something has always irked with the timing of it all. Let’s say Chrystalle decides to write her vows to Michael the morning of the wedding. That is something that we would certainly focus on and would potentially be a big part of their SDE or main feature (assuming it meant something to them). But what if Chrystalle decides to put together her vows the day before the wedding // does it not have just as much meaning? Does it not contribute to the story just as much?
There are so many details that go into every wedding, but we often only see them when they come together. Before the bride can put on the dress, she had to go shopping, choose the right one, and go for several dress fittings. Each and every detail has a similar story. As story tellers, we started feeling like we were only capturing the tip of the iceberg and leaving so much behind.
With that the idea of Michael + Chrystalle’s film was born. We always ask ourselves // what do we not see at every single wedding we shoot? As we look at our own paradigms, one of the biggest things we never considered was why we weren’t looking beyond the wedding day itself.
Over a tasty east Asian inspired Indian lunch, we started plotting with Michael and Chrystalle. The idea for their film was rather simple. The execution of it, as is often the case, wasn’t nearly as straightforward as we had originally thought.
Fruit and veggies have long been a staple in wedding decor. From submerged fruit centerpieces to pomegranate place cards, we have seen it all. A new trend is emerging though, where fruit details are seen in fashion and stationery and not as diminutive accents, but as powerful punches of color and shape.
Take this stunning cake by Flour Girls and Dough Boys. The lovely shape of pears is used to balance the angular cake layers. Kenneth Jay Lane’s apple pendant would be a perfect layering piece for the daring bride looking to add a touch of playfulness to her wedding day jewelry choices. Judith Leiber’s pear and apple clutches would add that wow touch to a simple attendant gown.
Vintage fabrics can be found just about anywhere. A quick trip to your local antique shop should uncover fabrics perfect for a photo booth backdrop or buffet table covering.
Our very own Lauren, aka production princess, visited NYC recently and brought me back some fabulous news. The Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows this year are Alice in Wonderland themed!! Oh my how I wish I was in NYC! If you haven’t had the pleasure of being in the city for the holiday season, the 5th avenue shops go all out (that is an understatement) on their holiday windows. It is a true artform, and this year (as with many years) Bergdorf’s windows are the most amazing!
The detail work that goes into these windows is absolutely gorgeous and unbelievable. Oh how I would love to see the sketches/inspiration boards that led up to these designs.
Barbara’s bouquet- sexy, sexy!
On November 11th we boarded the Sea Dream yacht in Puerto Rico for Kim and Adam’s wedding; what a treat we were in for. I was first contacted by Adam to film their wedding just a few weeks earlier. He had seen a Cinevate ad that featured us in DV magazine and decided to contact us. Before we knew it, we were on the way to Puerto Rico!
We sailed from Puerto Rico to St. John overnight and woke up with the amazing scenery of the Virgin Islands. The wedding and reception were held on the Sea Dream yacht as it was anchored just off the shores of St. John.
Kim and Adam are a super cool couple from New York that wanted to have a wedding that was unique and different. The Sea Dream made for an amazing backdrop to host their wedding with 100 of their closest family and friends. The food was amazing - every meal offered something different but it was all to die for. Lobster, steak, mango jerk chicken and roasted duck are just a few of the savory courses that were offered.
Festivo handled the flowers and decor settings, creating a fun and tropical vibe for each location on the boat. Mary Bartolucci with Island Style Weddings did an amazing job of keeping the party going and making sure everything was perfect. And Table 4 Photography and I had a great time capturing everything as it happened!
The ceremony was held on the back deck - it rained at the beginning of the day but then became perfect for the ceremony. It ended with “mazeltov!” and on to the dinner portion of the reception.
Over a year ago, I was contacted by the delightful Bee Kim, founder of Weddingbee- where many brides blog about their journey through wedding planning all in one place! I thought the blog was the best thing since happy meals, so when she asked me to become the first photographer blogger on a new blog dedicated to wedding professionals, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Since today is the official 1 year anniversary of the Weddingbee Pro launch, I thought I’d share a little about my journey of being a featured blogger.
I knew Weddingbee was big, but I didn’t realize what kind of spotlight I’d be under when I joined Weddingbee Pro - to me it was just another opportunity to help brides on a larger scale- but I quickly found that it elevated me to a status I wasn’t quite ready to handle, especially after having the busiest year of my business on top of moving to a new city. I felt really guilty when I had to take an extended break from blogging and social media, just months after the Pro blog launched, in order to catch up on all the private parts of my life that had slipped through my hands over the last couple of years while my business was taking off like crazy. I had been trying to do everything myself, which I now realize is impossible if you actually want to be successful. However, I’m so grateful that taking time off allowed room for so many other wonderful photographers to become featured bloggers. Weddingbee Pro has become a collection of some of the most talented, thoughtful, humble, and loving wedding professionals in the industry and I’m so glad that I get to be included in that bunch of people.