Apr
17
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN A KAUAI BACKYARD…

there’s not really any words to describe this wedding or the work of

CHRISTIAN GIDEON

it’s just always solid gold talent and story telling at its best.  capturing the emotional and raw moments of the day.  absolutely love how Christian consistently captures all of that in his work.

check out more from this stunner of a Hawaii wedding HERE. then i highly encourage you to stick around CHRISTIAN’S BLOG for more of his latest work.  think his weddings are amazing, wait til you see his editorial and lifestyle.

Apr
15
2015

{ELOPEMENT} LOVE AT SNOQUALMIE PASS…

i hope that

TYLER RAY

 never stops sending me all the elopements he captures because they’re always beyond.

this one is no exception and i love the story behind this couple, which you should read for yourself HERE.

then stay and mosey around TYLER’S SITE for more of his work, not just elopements, i promise, but not sure why that even matters.  it’s just solid gold.

Apr
13
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT ITALY’S CASA OLIVI…

sometimes it makes me giggle when a submission comes from another country.  an excited giggle because somehow someone in that corner of the earth knows about my blog and i am more than thrilled.  so many thanks to go this Italian photography team

ABERRAZIONI CROMATICHE STUDIO

for sending this one over.

head on over HERE  for more of this intimate Casa Olivi wedding and then stick around THEIR BLOG for more of their latest work.

Apr
12
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} KYM VENTOLA…

#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done.  i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring.  for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers.  so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve.  i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

this sunday’s ever ours after hours is highlighting

KYM VENTOLA

not quite sure where to begin with this one.  her heart is truly one of the biggest ones i know and i admire her for her strength and unconditional love for so many others.  and that’s just her personally.  her work is just something else entirely that you all need to know about.  every image is heartfelt and so very beautiful. always leaving you in awe of what she manages to capture.  thrilled to be able to share more about her in today’s #everoursafterhours.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

I worked as a bookkeeper at an accounting firm, working long hours in a windowless room with fluorescent lighting. I was miserable! I was shooting on  the side and was incredibly happy doing that. When my son was a few months old, I decided that I wanted to do what made me the happiest: being a good  mom, wife and photographer. That was it. I shot my first wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ in January 2008 and fell in love.  I’ve never looked back.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

I’m going to go with what I hear from my couples: moody, beautifully dark, emotional and raw imagery.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

I love this image because it gets a lot of questions: “what cave is this?” “where the hell is this?” “HUH?”.  Also, my couple declared it to be “the greatest wedding  photograph in the history of the world.” Honestly, I look at that image and I think back to how great that day was.  I love that couple with all of my heart.

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

I go back and forth on this. This is the Libra in me, trying to keep things balanced.  I believe in outsourcing almost everything that I don’t WANT to do.  It frees up  time for me to be with my family and allows me to work on being a better photographer. (and just a better human being).

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

I see more film photographers, which is so great. I started on film and there’s nothing like it.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

OUTSOURCE THE CRAP YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR, OR AREN’T PASSIONATE ABOUT.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

My husband and son, for sure. Our long road trips across the country. Karaoke and dancing with friends.  Photographing couples that I connect with.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

A happy me, a happy family and happy couples.  And my favorite vegan buffalo wings.

Kym is based in Arizona, but is travel ready.  take a look for yourself at all the places this talented lady has been.  get lost on HER SITE and HER BLOG for a while.  you shan’t be disappointed.

 

Apr
10
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT NEW YORK’S AUSABLE LAKE…

many many thanks to

ASHLEY CAROLINE PHOTOGRAPHY

for sending this heartfelt wedding over.

As a photographer, this is one of those weddings that you can only dream to photograph. When the wedding is booked and just around the corner, you hope all the cards will work in your favor (i.e. weather, lighting) and in the end you realize how lucky you are to just be there to witness all the natural beauty and love in one place. That’s what this wedding was – absolutely nothing could get in the way of it’s beauty.

Lauren and Carter are adventurous and love the outdoors so after getting to know them better, I was not surprised they chose Ausuble Lake in the Adirondacks Mountains as their wedding venue location. Carter loves to fish and hike and Lauren grew up hiking the Adirondacks. When she asked me if I would be okay with hiking Indian Head the day after the wedding, I practically fell out of my chair as I said yes!

 They decided to marry in front of Ausable Lake where Lauren spent many summers canoeing up the lake to their family’s camp site. The views of this lake surrounded by two mountains is one of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen. We needed to take a bus to get to the lake so 35 family and friends gathered on a hunter green bus and adventured the bumpy ride to the ceremony spot. A family member played the guitar as Lauren walked down the aisle with her father and Carter’s eyes teared up. It was by far, my favorite moment of the day. Not even the drizzle of rain could stop this wedding from being stop-in-your-tracks beautiful.

 Lauren wore dainty white flowers in hair as her Sarah Seven dress swayed in the wind. She held a lovely bouquet of ivory and blush roses and white hydrangeas with touches of greenery. Carter wore a navy suit and the biggest smile I’ve seen.

 The next morning, we took the first bus back to the lake to hike up Indian Head. Once we arrived at the top of the mountain, Lauren and Carter dressed into their wedding ensemble and the clouds began to scatter. The views were spectacular from every angle as we enjoyed the peak in private. I just kept snapping all the sweet moments between Lauren and Carter as we somehow managed to avoid the crowds. It’s as beautiful and breathtaking as it looks – and I’ll just keep dreaming to photograph another wedding that is even remotely similar to this one. Because truly, this wedding was like a dream.”

head on over HERE for more of Ashley’s gorgeous talented work.  mosey around there for awhile!

 other wedding vendors involved:

Dress Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique / Dress: Sarah Seven / Flowers: Lake Placid Flower and Gift / Ceremony Location: Ausable Lake (Keene Valley, NY) / Dinner Location: Ausable Club

Apr
09
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT FLORIDA’S POSTCARD INN…

this stunner of  a beach wedding was sent over by

MONIKA GAUTHIER

love the sweet moment between the bride and her father, but in general how relaxed it looked like the day was.  and i mean, nothing quite beats having that sand between your toes feeling.

head on over HERE for more from that day as well as stick around and check out more of Monika’s work on HER BLOG.

other wedding vendors involved included:

Makeup & hairstylists: Michelle from Elegant Bride / Venue: Postcard Inn St Pete Beach / Food, Catering: Postcard Inn / Cake: Publix / Music: Jason Martinez / Ceremony: Rev Michael DeArruda / Dress: Solutions Bridal / Bouquet and wedding arch: Seaside Floral

 

Apr
08
2015

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT ONTARIO’S BEAMER FALLS MANOR…

love what a family affair this wedding was.

many thanks to

JENNIFER BALLARD

for sending this country manor wedding over. for more of Jennifer’s latest work, head on over to HER BLOG.