Michelle + Rudi | Florence, Italy Villa Viviani Destination Wedding Photographer

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I don’t really have the words to describe what photographing Michelle and Rudi’s Italian destination wedding in Florence meant to me. I hope and pray that my images will do this beautiful country, gorgeous wedding venue, and thoughtful and kind couple justice.

Heidi + Matt | Rhinelander, Wisconsin Destination Wedding Photographer

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Last July I flew to Rhinelander, Wisconsin to photograph - hands down - one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I've ever shot. It's one of those weddings that, as a photographer, humbles you and makes you so darn grateful to be able to do what you do. After hours of culling and editing and blogging and writing about this wedding, it still moves me in a way not much else does.

Heidi + Matt chose to tie the knot in Heidi's home town in her grandmother's backyard on a lake. Their friends and family spent the weekend kayaking and hiking on and around Holiday Acres, a resort that brought me back to my childhood, watching Dirty Dancing with my sister in our living room. Individual cabins line the lake and an activities calendar is slipped under each door before bedtime; marshmallow roasting on Fridays, potluck picnics on Saturdays, flashlight tag in the evenings, etc etc etc. Their wedding destination was one of those places that just screamed summer and childhood and love.  It was THE BEST.

Every detail of Heidi and Matt's wedding was thoughtfully planned with their guests and their love in mind. Everyone had a hand in the design, the set up and the decor, including the most gorgeous floral arrangements by a family friend at Ginger Birch. Heidi's grandmother did the honor of placing her veil and the two of them played jumble from the day's newspaper to calm their nerves and wait out the rain before the ceremony. One of the most special parts of Heidi and Matt's day was that not only was Heidi getting a husband, but a step-daughter, as well. Being able to witness that kind of joy and togetherness was unbelievably moving, and I feel so lucky that I get to capture these intimate, unique moments for my couples and their new families throughout the year. 

Heidi + Matt's day ended back at Holiday Acres where the couple and their guests sang, ate, drank and danced the night away into the most gorgeous setting sun. 

Melissa + Chris | Washington DC Destination Wedding Photographer

 This image won  Junebug Weddings' Best of the Best  for 2016!

This image won Junebug Weddings' Best of the Best for 2016!

My last destination wedding of 2016 went out with a bang. Melissa + Chris tied the knot in South Florida at Lake Worth's Social House  with an incredibly talented team of vendors (including my best friend Jenny, owner + floral designer of Port + Palm Co!) See the end of this post for a full vendor list. 

I had three other inquiries for this wedding weekend but when I met Melissa + Chris, I immediately knew that they were the couple I wanted to photograph. They were so genuine in telling their story of how they met, and their vision for their wedding day was rooted in authenticity, their personal style, and family. I knew that their wedding would be special and would bring me inspiration + joy.

And I was right. Not only did photographing their love bring me joy but two new friends, as well. Chris + Melissa's wedding brought together the Lake Worth community as many of their vendors were local businesses that the couple frequents throughout the year. The couple also added their personal touches; Melissa's etsy shop created the hand-pressed invitations while Chris's band Hillside Spirit Revival played during their cocktail hour. 

I am happy to be back in Washington DC and to meet and photograph all of our 2017 local couples!

Featured Vendors

Event + Floral Design // Port + Palm Co.  

Bride's Dress // Skirt made by bride's grandmother and top by bride's friend Rachel Mare Hurst.

Bride's Hair Piece + Shoes // Acute Designs + Kate Spade Keds

Engagement Ring // Rare Earth

Invites // Gold Cotton Print (The Bride's etsy shop!)

Catering // Aioli

Venue // Social House

Video // By Design Films

DJ // Shut Down Productions 

Live Music // Hillside Revival (The Groom's band!)

Sweets // Nani's

Rentals // Atlas Party Rental

Transportation // Molly's Trolleys 

Emma + Ben | Apopka, Florida Highland Manor Wedding Photography

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Earlier this month I got to travel to Orlando to photograph Emma + Ben's central Florida wedding at Highland Manor surrounded by giant, ancient oak trees and steeped in 110 years of history. (Yes, I made a pit stop at Harry Potter World, and yes, I drank alllll the butter beer.) You might remember this beautiful couple from their Orlando engagement session I posted earlier this year. Since I don't always get to photograph the engagement sessions for my destination couples, it was awesome to see this beautiful day come full circle. Emma + Ben are one of the most emotionally in-sync couples I've ever met; this, in turn, made for some of the most genuine, raw portraits I've ever created without giving any direction at all. When I posted the black and white image of the couple hugging on Instagram a few weeks ago, a friend of mine texted me, "Damn. You can tell he loves her so freaking much." 

Yeah. 

This is one of those moments where I get a little choked up thinking about what I get to do for a living, and this particular groom's mom helped me to remember that. During the 'father daughter dance,' she tapped me on the shoulder and said, "I can tell you love your job very much. You haven't stopped smiling behind your camera all day." I notice myself doing this from time to time, especially during my favorite moments; the moments I look forward to experiencing at my own wedding, but it made me feel so good to know that other people notice, too. 

Thank you, Emma + Ben, for giving me the little push I needed to finish up one of the best wedding seasons of my career. <3 

 

Deb + Zach | Washington DC Destination Wedding Photographer

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Back in October I traveled out to the west coast to photograph Deb + Zach's Portland Oregon wedding at Coopers Hall, a winery and taproom downtown. But for me, this story starts about seven years ago...Before I ever knew that I wanted a career in wedding photography, a friend of mine got married in Brooklyn. I had been shooting for a couple of years in college, but I was without direction or style and I usually scoffed at the idea of being a wedding photographer. But a few weeks after the wedding, my friend shared her wedding photographs with me, and I realized that wedding photography didn't have to posed and mechanical. I realized that I could shoot weddings how I wanted to, organically and authentically; that I could document a story instead of direct one. The photographer at my friend's wedding, Kara, ended up one of my biggest inspirations and mentors early on in my career and is also this particalur bride's very best friend. Since Kara was in the wedding, she was kind enough to introduce Deb and I over e-mail and we quickly connected. This is one of my favorite weddings to date, and also one of the loveliest cities I've traveled to this year for weddings. Enjoy!

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

Venue + Catering: Coopers Hall

Event Planning, Design Installations + Florals: Bright Night Design

DJ + Photo Booth: A Beat Above Entertainment

Cake: Frice Pastry

Hair + Makeup: Klover Beaute

Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

Invitations: Kim Lincon