We spent the fourth of July in Panama for Jeff's sister's wedding. Janice and Josh are a perfect match from their kind and gentle spirits to their philosophies about life in general, they just seem to go together and see things from the same perspective. It was beautiful watching them get married to each other. The ceremony was lovely with American and Panamanian customs, complete with the signing of several documents and fingerprinting following the vows. It was an honor to be a part of the wedding party and fun to walk down the aisle with Jeff again!
We'd been anticipating this trip for awhile and were so excited when it was finally time to go. Not only was it a beautiful destination but it was also a family vacation for us which meant ten days of adventure, beach time, relaxation and preparing for the wedding with Jeff's parents, siblings and Janice and Josh's friends. It was a wonderful group to spend time with and we enjoyed getting to know more about their friends and life in Richmond. It was a great experience and I'll post separately about our adventures outside the wedding resort.
Josh spent a few years in Panama working for the Peace Corps and Janice made several trips to visit him while he was there. They had even been to the resort where we stayed twice already. It really was a beautiful location and the meaning and history that Panama has for their relationship really confirmed their reason to get married there.
Janice and Josh hired a wonderful photographer to document their day so I got to enjoy myself for a change! These are just a few of the off-duty shots I grabbed because I can't help myself at a wedding:)
I shot Katie and Michael's engagement session on Friday night in Hoboken. Katie was a really great example of the perfect subject. She was energetic and funny and she wasn't afraid to move and dance and just be silly. I love the way the photos turned out. Michael is a little more reserved and I can see the different sides they bring out in one another. They really just had fun with it and I think it shows in the photos. I also always love an opportunity to go back to Hoboken, where my husband spent his bachelor days (and his dating-me days.)
I had been excited about Lauren and Chad's wedding ever since I found out that were having it at The Lake House Inn in Perkasie, PA. It was a venue I had seen so many photos of but never had the opportunity to shoot. It was a beautiful setting for such a sweet couple. I had met with Lauren in NY and I knew she would be a very easy and fun bride to work with. I felt that she really trusted my vision and ability and that always makes my job on the day of the wedding even better. These are a few of my favorites from their beautiful day. Thanks to Georgi for pretty much being my right-hand man all summer (including Kara and Nick's wedding where I failed to thank him). His work never disappoints me!
Patricia and Michael's wedding was a long time coming. I had been in touch with Patricia for almost two years about shooting her wedding and she was so patient waiting for the right time for both families to celebrate their wedding. I knew that by the time their day in June rolled around, the weather would be perfect and the day would go off without a hitch. Patricia, you are so sweet and compassionate and you deserved the wonderful wedding day you and Michael had. I was so happy to be able to photograph it for you!
The ceremony was held at St. Thomas of Villanova and the reception was at their shared alma mater, Haverford.
Last stop : Madrid. I loved Madrid even more than Barcelona which I hear is not the norm. I think what I appreciated about this city was the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. They had a vast collection of Pablo Picasso at the modern art museum and that was just amazing to see in person. We also found the Central Park of Madrid near the Prado. It was very similar right down to the lake with row boats. While it didn't quite compare to the NYC park, it was a beautiful respite after all of the walking we had been doing.
As a vegetarian, I was MUCH safer and happier in Madrid. Between the patatas bravas, pimentos and champinones, I was in heaven.....or at least happy to be eating something other than, or in addition to, cheese.