A $100 dress from Lulus, a cute married couple, and a road trip through a different country is sometimes all you need to make a little magic. (and then tourists hiking Pulpit Rock will stop you every 10 seconds for a picture because they think you really just got married up there)
Philip and Emma have been in a long-distance relationship for FIVE years. When I asked what they were most excited for about marriage, they both said "Being in the same state". Oh the things we take for granted!
And I can't blog these photos without telling you the stressful (and now funny) backstory: We had planned to meet up in a Kroger parking lot so that we could all ride together up to Max Patch, but I forgot to clarify which city the Kroger was in. So Emma's phone took them to the same address, but a different city an hour away! Luckily when we figured it out, we realized we were both about an hour from Max Patch, so we decided to meet there. But if you've been up to Max Patch, you know that Apple Maps doesn't quite take you to the right spot. So we BOTH got lost, with no cell service. Emma had told me what kind of car they were driving, so when I finally found the right spot, I saw their car parked there too. But no Philip or Emma. So I thought, "they must have gotten a head start on the hike. I bet they're waiting for me up at the top". So I BOOKED it up the mountain, but when I reached the top, they weren't there. I did however get service at the top, and just then, a text came through from Emma saying, "We are a little bit lost. I think we missed the window". Cue the heart attack. I sat at the top for a few minutes wondering what I should do. The cell service wasn't strong enough for me to get a text to send. At that point the sun had dipped below the mountains and the light was disappearing, so I thought it would just be best to start driving down the mountain until I got cell service. Then I could call Emma and we could get another plan together. I felt so awful! But not even two minutes after my drive down, we passed each other! THE RELIEF I FELT. We only had about 30 minutes before sunset, so I told them we could still make it, it would just be a condensed version of my normal engagement sessions. ;) I ended up taking the same amount of photos as I do at a normal session, and they received the average amount of photos too! Everything worked out!
Philip and Emma, thank you for trusting me and and for being so gracious and relaxed!
A couple years ago, Paloma posted in a local facebook group looking for a photographer to photograph an in-home session for her and her boyfriend Phillip. They had just bought their first house together and wanted photos of it. I responded to the post and she messaged me, and the rest is history. A little over a year later, Phillip called me and told me his plans to propose to Paloma and that he wanted to hire a photographer to capture it. Shortly after getting engaged, they hired me for their wedding and engagement photos - at this point I've photographed them four separate times! We're basically BFFs at this point. ;)
Phillip and Paloma's wedding at The Standard was filled with personal details - my favorites were Paloma designed and made her own dress (this still just floors me), and she designed the invitations (she's an amazing calligrapher and graphic design artist!). And then they went to the Maldives for their honeymoon. Can you say couple goals?
And of course, the amazing vendors that made this day possible:
Venue: The Standard
Planner/Florals/Rentals: Honeybee Events
Videography: Axel Marshall
Band: Emerald Empire Band
Invitations and Dress: Paloma!
These two are either running marathons together or binge watching Netflix while eating pizza - plus they have one of the funniest "how we met" stories:
When Chelsae and Ryan met for the first time, Chelsae says she thought that Ryan couldn't speak english because he kept asking her to repeat everything and he only responded with one-word sentences. She said she was relieved when her friends pulled her away from the awkward situation. As she was leaving, Ryan asked for her number, to which she kindly replied, "no". Five minutes later, she felt a hand on her arm and she saw Ryan again. He said, "I'm sorry but I'm not gonna give up. Can I please have your number?". Chelsae said she was impressed by his persistence - they went on a date a week later and as it turns out, Ryan can speak perfect english and he's not a weirdo at all. ;)
Ryan and Chelsae are getting married this fall at Chelsae's parents' home! We met up at Seven Islands State Park for their engagement session.
What a joy it was to be a part of this day with Rosalie of Zach and Rosalie. I met the bride at her hotel, knocked on the door, and was immediately greeted with a hug from Melissa as she said, "We are so happy you are here today". Did I mention this was the first time she had ever met me? As a frequent second shooter and assistant, I'm used to blending into the background and the bride and groom sometimes never saying more than ten words to me, but the kindness extended to me by Josh and Melissa has stuck with me.
As Melissa was putting on her dress, she told Rosalie and me about her decision to skip the big wedding. Originally from Ontario, they were in the middle of planning their wedding with all the bells and whistles (and $$$$). It was stressful and they eventually came to see that it wasn't them - they would much rather go get married on a mountain with their closest people, so that's what they did.
It was a rainy day, but the mist made for perfect photos as Josh and Melissa worshipped with their friends and family on top of a mountain in Tennessee. Chills. The night was finished off with a candlelit dinner at a local restaurant.
Thanks Rosalie for having me along for this one!