I quickly glanced to the left. And then right.
No one’s watching.
Ok. Back to the computer screen.
I scrolled through the images, quickly at first – afraid someone would walk in and catch me sneaking a peak into this seductive, alluring, evocative engagement session (honestly, there isn’t enough adjectives in the world to describe these images). It was such an odd experience – the anxiety that suddenly came over me. To constantly be looking over my shoulder, wondering when – not if – I would be caught.
I really started to take stock of what was before me. I basked in their greatness and envied the point-blank masterful quality in each and every one of these images. After a while, I had to remind myself that what I was looking at, was a real-life engagement session. This was not a fashion spread inside the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair or Marie Claire (although it very well could be). This was Todd + Eiman, a couple so devastatingly in love, you can practically feel the intensity of their chemistry like you can feel the pages of a magazine underneath your finger tips. This was love, adoration, desire, temptation, attraction, hope and anticipation – captured. This was a work of pure genius by their photographer, Amelia Lyon.
And so without further adieu, I leave you with Todd + Eiman… Engaged.
Do you ever feel like you know a couple just from looking at their wedding photos? As if they could practically be your best friends? That’s how I felt after viewing these pictures of Angela + Chris. So, I totally get how fabulous photographer David Coleman of Springfield, Missouri, felt such a connection with the pair. He photographed them like you would photograph friends you’ve known forever, catching their sweet expressions and subtle glances at each other. Yes, he photographed them like he was their best friend, who just happens to also be a really, really amazing photographer.
David Coleman gives us the opportunity to see the wedding from start to finish and my favorite photo is actually before the couple has even had their first look at each other. Chris is sitting on a bed in the hotel room and looking at his watch, like he’s thinking, “Alright, can I just make Angela my wife already?” It’s adorable and makes the rest of the photos in the series that much more touching. The couple gets to enjoy their “first look” behind closed doors, where Chris pulls out his guitar and plays Angela her favorite song. It’s a private moment and one that David Coleman photographs without making us feel at all like we’re intruding.
The bride, a classically trained ballerina, is simple but stunning in her ballerina-like dress made from lace and crepe. And the black and white wedding theme gives their wedding space at the Airport Hilton in St. Louis, a timeless and classic look. Timeless and classic just like Chris + Angela’s love.
The wedding reception looks far more fun than most, with a traditional Italian cookie dance and a game involving toilet paper. Yes, Angela + Chris played a game in which they had to remove toilet paper from a roll as fast as they could in the middle of the dance floor. Whoever finished first was said to be “in charge” of the marriage. Chris finished first, but everyone was laughing because it’s Angela who makes the calls in the relationship.
But even if Angela runs the show, it’s pretty clear that this marriage is made up of team work, friendship, and love. And we’re so happy we were given the chance to peek at their special day.
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And today we have something extraordinarily special for you. The bride in today’s featured wedding is a Wedding Coordinator herself, from Vancouver, Canada. I wonder how many times she’s been asked the question “How would you do it for your wedding?” Well today ladies, we find out!
Daniel Ha of D’Soleil Photography sent us this next wedding and what a gorgeous collection of wedding images it is! Daniel has a marvelous way of positioning and framing his subjects, turning every image into unique wall-worthy portraits. And I love the various expressions he captured throughout Stephanie + Jan’s wedding day.
Stephanie + Jan chose the exquisite Cecil Green Park House at UBC in Vancouver for their wedding ceremony & reception venue. It was a Friday evening wedding, and wanting to give their guests a more relaxed atmosphere to ease into their weekend, the couple chose an open seating layout where guests could mingle and talk freely.
So much of this wedding was made extra special with the unique personal touches added to it. The custom, monogrammed chocolate bars. The gorgeous 6 tiered wedding cake, with alternating designs on each layer, hand made and intricately designed by Stephanie’s sister Tarin. And let’s not forget the custom groom’s cake designed by his parents, with dozens of ornaments adorning the sides, each representing an aspect of Jan’s childhood.
My favorite part though, is the first look. Stephanie + Jan chose to have their first look, prior to the ceremony, along a pathway of trees just outside the Burnaby Public Library – where the couple first met years ago. What a romantically perfect way to start this new adventure together.
I love it. And I’m sure you will too.
The first look. There’s often nothing more telling than how the bride and groom react to each other during that first look on their wedding day. For Heather + Dshamal, their first reveal says it all. Just like the handmade wood sign says: True love. Doesn’t every girl dream of having a husband who looks at her the way Dshamal is looking at Heather?
The very talented Renee McCardell of Greensboro, North Carolina, was lucky enough to shoot this wedding in Bassett, Virginia. Heather + Dshamal worked hard to make this wedding theirs, putting their own touches on everything from hay pews with patchwork quilts to the wooden signs made from old fence slats. Not to mention the fact that Heather came down the aisle in the 1980 powder blue Chevy she drove in high school. Yes, the wedding was most definitely theirs.
Since the wedding took place on Heather’s family farm, everything about it must have felt like home to the couple. But you could almost put Heather + Dshamal in the middle of nowhere and get the same feeling from these photos. You can tell just by the way they look at each other that they are home to each other. And it’s not just Heather + Dshamal either. It’s the way Heather’s grandmother is looking at her as she presents her with a locket containing her parents’ wedding photo. Even more emotional due to the fact that Heather’s mom passed away. And it’s the way Heather’s stepmother is looking at her with so much emotion when she first sees her in her gown. And it’s most certainly about the way Heather surprised Dshamal by reciting her vows in German, his first language.
Heather + Dshamal remind us that the little unique touches can add infinitely to a wedding. But what really counts are the looks shared between the couple. The glances the camera catches that show, without a doubt, how happy they are to be husband and wife. And all the wedding planning in the world can’t get you that.
Some say flowers make a wedding. And in this case, I agree. Of course, you could also argue that a churros bar makes a wedding and in this case, I couldn’t argue with you on that either.
Photographer Christine Bentley of Orange County, California, teamed up with Oz Wroe and some of her favorite vendors to create an inspiration shoot that spotlights a wedding reception unlike any you’ve seen before. It’s likely the combination of the stunning bride and groom with the beautiful flowers that make you feel like you’ve traveled to a far off world. Which is exactly what you should feel like on your special day. The bride’s bouquet is filled voluptuously with pale pink flowers, while many of the other flowers in the scene are stunning bursts of reds and deep roses. The fresh limes scattered about offset the flowers in the most perfect, unexpected way.
Of course, the churros bar gives the wedding a unique aspect that is likely incredibly unique to the couple. And while the churros table is amazing, it’s the signage hanging around that gives the event a whimsical, light feeling. It’s impossible to look at these photos and not get a million ideas for your own future wedding.
I feel like I just spent some time deep in the romantic heart of Spain, without ever having left home. If only all weddings could transport me like this one did.
Wedding Coordinator & Designers: Constance Curtis & Candace Amoia from Constance Curtis Events
Flowers: Aly Morford from The Vine’s Leaf
Make-up: Ashley Victoria Birkeland
Signage (menu, mi amor sign, bride and groom signs): Heidi Jimenez from Zenadia Design