Julianne and Ronnie were married at Riverview Country Club nearly a month ago! I am trying to catch up on my blogging and I don't want to leave anyone out so I'm going back to the start. I have 3 weddings and one engagement to blog before my wedding next weekend so hopefully, the next week will be filled with a flurry of posts. Fingers crossed.
Julianne is family so naturally, I was super excited for her wedding. It's always fun knowing the bride and groom and even some of the wedding party. It makes the day go by so fast when I feel like I'm just hanging around with friends and taking pictures. Ronnie is from the Philippines and his grandmother graciously made ALL of the clothing worn by the wedding party. By wedding party I mean the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents of both bride and groom, flower girls, sponsors, etc. etc. etc. The most amazing part is that everything was sewn and created in the Philippines and nothing was tried on until just before the wedding! I think it is amazing that she was able to pull it off and even more amazing how well everything fit given that she was working only with measurements taken by Julianne. Everything came together wonderfully and it made the wedding so special to have such a personal touch on all of the clothing.
Speaking of the talented family Ronnie has, his other grandmother is an opera singer and sang beautifully during the ceremony. When the ceremony was over I caught a shot of them in the back of the church once they were real newleyweds. I always love following the bride and groom rather than shooting everyone leaving the church. There always seems to be a special moment when everything sets in and both people realize they are MARRIED!
I love how you can really see the detail in Ronnie's shirt in the last shot with the sun going down. All of the men wore garments made of pineapple fibers (correct me if I'm wrong!). From what I was told, the fibers eventually brown and then the shirt can't really be worn anymore. Imagine if that's how wedding dresses worked, not that we would wear them again...but still!
Now for the party. I think the pictures speak for themselves, people were having a GRAND time! It was quite the dancing crowd from the oldest guest to the youngest. Everyone had a fantastic time and some even made it to the end of the night :) Note the little guy who did an absolutely amazing worm. I wanted to ask him to do it over and over, he was so fun to watch. I asked him how he learned how to dance like that to which he replied, "me and my friend self-teach". Wow, I'm impressed.
Thank you, Ronnie and Julianne for inviting me to be part of such a beautiful celebration!!
It was my absolute pleasure photographing Lauren and David's wedding yesterday at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I'm not sure if I have ever seen a bride pull things together quite like this. Every detail was exquisite beyond words and I spent the entire day hoping to do justice to the beauty that surrounded me.
I've been to downtown Bethlehem twice in one week for engagement shoots and both couples have been great and SO easy to shoot. It really makes working a treat when I have such wonderful clients. Looking forward to this wedding in July!
Jeff and I were lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Thailand after our wedding in March. While we know several people who have been to Thailand, we also had a lot of people who asked us how we chose Thailand. Because we got married "off-season" in March, we were limited in places we could go that would be warm. I knew I wanted to spend time at the beach and Jeff knew he wanted to explore more of whichever country we chose. Because of the timing of our honeymoon, we decided on South America or Asia for their ideal weather. Thailand seemed to offer the perfect balance of beautiful beaches and countryside and seemed like a great fit for us.
There were basically three segments to our trip. Koh Phi Phi Island was our first stop. I knew that once the wedding was over, I wanted to relax for awhile so we planned to go straight to the beach. We stayed at a beautiful resort called Phi Phi Island Village. We had our own private hut and an absolutely beautiful and surprisingly private beach! There were several other people in the village but every morning we seemed to be the only people on the beach. It was amazing and beautiful and romantic. The perfect location for the first week of married life.
We took a picture of just about every meal we ate, note the papaya salad below. Thailand food is, in a word, spicy. I think I was sweating after every meal I ate but it was so worth it. The curries were incredibly delicious. You can also see Jeff sitting on the porch of our hut and our first glimpse of the island as were coming in by boat.
There was a small village behind ours with a few restaurants and conveniences stores and lots of cute kids playing and riding their bikes all day.
This is the village of Tonsai which was on the other side of the island. We could get here by boat in about 30 minutes. It was crawling with tourists so didn't exactly offer the quiet getaway we had come for, but it was nice to go for the day and see what it had to offer and people watch. We had some great food here and really appreciated the tranquility of our little hut when we got back.
We spent one day on a private boat exploring the surrounding islands. We went to Maya Bay which is the beach where "The Beach" was filmed. It was the most stunning beach we had ever seen. The sand was like fine powder and because it has been turned into a national park, it is uninhabited and in pristine condition. We had the opportunity to snorkel here too which was pretty incredible (for the five minutes we lasted in the water). Neither Jeff nor I are big on water sports or, water in general so I think we both enjoyed the tour around the islands from the boat or the sand.
Next up, Koh Samui...
I met Jenny and Adrian only a few months ago and their wedding is in just a few weeks! There is something about everything happening quickly (on my end) that I love. It seems even more exciting to squeeze it all in, getting the engagement session done just in time before the couple becomes newlyweds. We shot this session in downtown Bethlehem and I really enjoyed it. It is always fun to discover new things and new backdrops in places I have been before.
Here are some of my favorites. Weren't they easy subjects?