Sarah + Robbie : West Palm Beach Wedding

May 12th, 2015 Permalink

Downtown West Palm Beach Florida Holy Trinity Church wedding

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Bubble guns, glow necklaces, a rockin’ band, great local food from C.R.Chicks and one very beautiful, very much in love couple? You’ve got yourself a really FUN wedding!

Sarah and Robbie celebrated their vows at Sarah’s beautiful hometown church in West Palm Beach, FL surrounded by the love and support of their families and friends. Matt and I photographed the wedding with the support of another fantastic wedding photographer, Josh Kane. Being third trimester pregnant, I wanted to be sure we had lots of able-bodied talent on deck to create a collection of photographs that documented this very special day for this extremely lovely couple.

Sarah was the kind of bride that just could NOT stop smiling, in the very best way, and working on her photographs has kept us smiling too. We are so honored she and Robbie chose us to be their wedding team and wish them nothing but the very best in the years to come!

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Second Photographer: Josh Kane, based in both Florida and Australia but accepting destination weddings worldwide

Venue : Holy Trinity Church, West Palm Beach FL

Food : C.R. Chicks

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Leila and Randy went to the same high school on the west coast of Florida, but they didn’t know each other. Not until many years, and many miles later, when they met – GET THIS – in an elevator in Baltimore, Maryland. LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND BIZARRE. The same home town/school connection was too heavy to ignore when it came time to plan their big day, so they took it back to Cardinal Mooney High in Sarasota, FL.

The day these two planned was lovely from sunrise on. I met the ladies for some poolside yoga to set the day on the right track. The boys chose poker to get them in the right frame of mind before a classic church ceremony. As they both work in sport’s medicine and also both played basketball in high school, we had a blast doing their “romantic couple’s photos” center court! There was no shortage of thoughtful details decorating their reception party to celebrate their love with plenty of food, drinks, and dancing. Just the way a wedding ‘ought to be!

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Some couples are just so fabulous you click with them immediately and want to be friends FOREVER. That’s how we felt about Monica and Brandon from the very beginning, and what a beautiful beginning it was! You might recognize this couple from the EPIC prososal Brandon set up to ask Monica to marry him in the Columbia River Gorge, where Brandon had us staged to take pictures while he popped the big question. (This is the best idea EVER, by the way! If you missed that blog post, click HERE for some romantic proposal pictures!)

When the wedding arrived, Matthew brought along Maggie from Honeysuckle photography to take on the big day. I was sad to be missing their celebration of love, but knew Matt and Maggie were sure to make a photography dream team. Having our daughter Amelie, and now pregnant with our next, has changed my role in our business (at least for the moment). But shooting alongside other artists like Maggie has had so many benefits for all of us. Matt came home talking about how she did this or that a bit differently, what great ideas she had. Every wedding is so unique and I see it as our job to keep ourselves fresh. It’s why I love destination weddings so much; shooting in new places all the time forces you to put yourself outside of the box. You can’t repeat the same photos, you have to flex your creativity and come up with something new and beautiful every time. Matt and Maggie not only took the opportunity to be inspired and learn a bit from one another, but they also had a blast too. That’s the thing about this job, it’s fun. And especially when a loving couple like this throws such a great party out in the Oregon desert! Their beautiful venue was just a couple hours from downtown PDX, in the Dalles: The Dalles Ranch.

We couldn’t be more happy for Monica and Brandon and we wish them nothing but many glorious years ahead!

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Life has an incredible way of bending and twisting in the most delightful ways sometimes. We feel so blessed for the opportunities this career as wedding photographers has surprised us with. We set out to travel and to photograph people celebrating promising themselves to one another, and this wedding was just that. We couldn’t be more fulfilled or more grateful.

But, let’s start at the beginning. When I first moved to Portland, I joined an adult kickball team. It was as ridiculous as it sounds and a really fun way to kick around a few hours on sunny Sunday afternoons. Teamed up with strangers that would become friends, running in circles in hopes of winning a free pitcher of beer for after the game, I met a French girl named Léa.

Matthew would come to games, but he didn’t play on the team. For such an active guy, I can only assume his deep-seated memory of breaking his collar bone playing kickball as a kid is what kept him off the field. He preferred, instead, to hang out taking photographs and enjoy the show. I’d then post the photos on Facebook sometimes and this became a nice way to keep in touch with my team mates.

Fast forward a few years, and I get an e-mail from Léa. She’s engaged has been seeing some of our So Many Moments wedding photography on Facebook. She says perhaps THE most amazing thing possible: that during our kickball season Matt took a portrait of her that had been a favorite of hers since. Is that not the biggest compliment a portrait photographer could ever receive?! Then, she says the NEXT MOST AMAZING THING. She wants us to be her wedding photographers, the thing is, the wedding is in France. *jaw dropped* Yes. Yes, yes, yes Léa. YES!

This story is about to take a turn for the even more incredible. She’s getting married in Normandy, at a family member’s home, and it turns out to be less then an hour’s drive from my own brother’s home. This means two things for Matthew and I. Not only do we have a wonderful place to stay, but also that we can leave Amelie safe and sound with our family while we work at the wedding.

When I meet Ben, he’s soft spoken but confident. They both smile near constantly and clearly have a connection that goes beyond the giddy romance of a fresh relationships and into something deeper, more reasonable. When they share their relationship started as a rock climbing friendship, that makes sense to me. They feel solid like a rock and that makes me feel so happy for Léa.

We meet again in France and even on the day of the wedding, putting together my gear, I still can’t believe I am there and that this is real life. Léa’s dress is perfect on her, the family is so warm and welcoming, despite the language barrier, and everyone is clearly ready to have a great time.

Despite being 100+ weddings deep in a variety of cultures and traditions, the wedding was still quite different from anything we’ve ever photographed stateside. After the most charming backyard ceremony, we all walk over to a reception hall across a park from the house. Champagne begins flowing and the most amazing appetizers start arriving. The food at this wedding was incredible. We lost count of the number of courses, but the food had not stopped coming when we finally left past midnight.

But the generous portions of foie gras wasn’t the only difference, it was the party itself. The DJ has this crowd doing things that I’m sure would need waivers signed and liability releases for here. People were literally sliding across the floor, fighting over chairs for games. There were wigs and microphones and so much silliness, but it was all in the name of just good old fashion FUN. Everyone was having a great time and it gives me pause to realize how over-protected and sue-happy our way of life has dulled some of our parties here.

As we had already traveled across the world, we decided to plan a huge trip centered around this wedding. Our daughter was still under 2, and thus free to fly, so we took the opportunity to visit loads of family and friends across Europe. We kept a personal travel journal document our trip from glamping near the beaches of Spain to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland; if you’re curious to see more of that, it’s here.

We couldn’t be happier for Léa and Ben, and I couldn’t be more glad I signed up for that kickball team. Life is so dynamic. To many years of happiness ahead!

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Rachael and Jonathan had the most stellar view of Mt.Hood for their Oregon summer wedding in Canby, OR. Oak View Acres is officially one of my new favorite venues and this couple was the perfect fit for it! I got to know Rachael and Jonathan over their adorable Portland city date engagement shoot last Fall. This stylish couple had the most wonderful energy and the warmest smiles. They were so genuinely excited for their day and stress-free. Their families were welcoming (and hilarious), which made the party a blast! Matthew and I left this wedding just so grateful that we get to do what we do: observe, connect with people, and take their portraits on one of the most special days of their lives. It’s not only an honor, it’s a lot of fun too!

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Heather and Josh : Arizona Wedding

July 24th, 2014 Permalink

Destination wedding in Arizona

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Heather and Josh tied the knot on a bright, clear Arizona day surrounded by family and friends whom traveled from all around to join them as they made their partnership official. You get the sense that these two were just made for one another, a match waiting to meet. And we were so thrilled at the opportunity to travel down to new turf to document their celebrations! We had photographed the Heather’s sister’s wedding a few years prior on the Oregon coast and were so tickled that their family thought of us again!  We enjoyed the change of scenery and took the chance to visit Sedona too after the big day before flying home. All in all, a wonderful trip with wonderful people with a wonderful future ahead of them! We wish them nothing but the absolute best!

Heather + Josh : Rehearsal Dinner in Arizona

June 29th, 2014 Permalink

wild west rehearsal dinner for a destination wedding in AZ

I know I say this all the time, but So Many Moments really does have the VERY best clients! Meet Heather and Josh. They brought us down to Arizona for their nuptials! We met up with them on a hot night (as in high of 112 that day! Did you know humans could even exist in such heat?!) in the desert for a wild west rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. The venue was incredible, with what felt like thousands of neck ties hanging from the ceiling and even a live rattlesnake inside! Lots of water, cowboy hats and handkerchiefs for guests made for a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Photos from the big wedding day celebration day up next!

 

Jason + Zhen Zhen : Miami Wedding

April 22nd, 2014 Permalink

Miami Wedding Photography at the Cooper Estate by husband and wife team So Many Moments, based in Portland, OR

In the 5th grade, I went to my friend Justin’s birthday party. He lived on a canal, and all the kids at the party went swimming. All the kids, except Jason and I. We had found a piano and were having too much fun playing music to bother with swim suits. All the kids that went swimming got ill from something in the water and Jason and I were the only two kids at school not sick. This was the beginning of a friendship that has stood the test of time.

Jason and Zhen Zhen have had a beautiful relationship for many years, so while it was no surprise when they announced they would be getting married, we were still thrilled for them to tie the knot. The Cooper Estate in Miami set the stage for a gorgeous wedding day. Jason is very tech-driven, so it was neat to see how he used an app to share wedding details with guests and used a collection of iPads for the seating chart. Zhen Zhen and her bridesmaids were just perfection; all put together so thoughtfully and looked so glamorous. But, the best part was this wedding was FUN. As old friends reunited on the dance floor, it was clear everyone was having a great time. Back at the hotel, the party did not stop. Matthew and I were talked into putting down the cameras and joined them and their friends for a celebratory late night beer on the pool deck.

Every wedding is such an unique expression of a couple’s commitment to one another, and that’s what makes it so much fun to document. Having some history with Jason and ZZ made it really special for us to be a part of their big day and we are so honored they chose us to photograph it.

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Photography : So Many Moments

Venue (including food + flowers) : The Cooper Estate

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