A few weeks ago, Lynell Miller and I hopped onto a plane and flew down to Mexico to photograph Crystal+Patrick’s beautiful Mexican wedding!
This jet-setting duo has lived and traveled all over the world together so it made sense for them to do an out-of-country destination wedding.
In getting to know these two, I have learned they are fun, like to have fun, and planned a week full of fun for their friends and family who traveled down with them. Â Patrick even jumped out of a plane the morning of his wedding! If that doesn’t knock the nerves out, I don’t know what will! Â The wedding and reception took place on the beautiful grounds of Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Hotel. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more and loved being a part of their day. Â Thank you to Lynell for coming down to shoot it with me!
A few weeks ago I had the incredible opportunity to work and collaborate with local dress designer Shannon Gales of Vue Design, to photograph some of her stunning collection of ready-made gowns that are available at September’s Bride this season!
I asked Shannon if she would share with me a little bit about Vue Design and about the inspiration behind her collection. Â Shannon has been designing wedding gowns for brides for over 20 years. Â She is passionate about creating gowns that speak to each bride’s unique personality and style through custom design. Â Shannon has often heard how she has captured each individual bride’s unique qualities visually in their gown. Â What a compliment to hear as a designer!
RecentlyÂ ShannonÂ hasÂ turnedÂ someÂ attentionÂ toÂ theÂ processÂ ofÂ choosingÂ aÂ gownÂ withÂ aÂ Â systemÂ onlyÂ availableÂ hereÂ at Vue Design in GR, called Design a Dream TM. It is a Paper Doll approach to custom design – where a bride can mix and match different parts of the gown to create her own dress – the one that is the very best for her body too. Shannon is excited at the possibilities this process can provide for brides – helping them to visualize in a whole new way, with a whole new experience.
Shannon’s inspiration behind the dresses shown here // “The inspiration was a more refined, classic and modest approach to the designs. Â I love blending era’s and look to victorian, art deco, and the 50’s/60’s – weaving elements together to create something that is fresh at the same time. Â I also focus on lines that bring out the assets that every bride has. Â Color is also an essential componant to how I design – not something that brides typically think about when selecting their gowns, but softer tones are what I gravitate to, as they bring out the best undertones in women’s skin.”
Shooting this was such a great experience and I was going completely crazy over these dresses! Â I loved working with the team that helped bring this all together and the beautiful models. Â And if you are a bride still in the process of selecting your gown, hands down September’s Bride is one of the best bridal boutiques in the area. Head over and try one of these pretties on!
As promised, the incredible part two to Carrie+Ben’s wedding day!
Putting into words just how amazing Carrie and Ben’s day was is nearly impossible. From the location, the food, the details and the couple themselves, it was a day filled with love and surprises and a whole lot of fun.
I’m going to try to give a short synopsis of some of my favorite details and let the pictures themselves fill in the rest. Â First of all, if you can’t tell from Part 1, Carrie and Ben are a force. Smart, determined, fiercely loyal to their friends and family…they planned a day that couldn’t have been a more perfect reflection of themselves. They love good food, both have impeccable style and even though they reside in NYC, are proud and celebrate their Mid-Western roots (Carrie hailing from Michigan and Ben from Ohio). It was a destination wedding for all and filled with traditions from both of their backgrounds and New Orleans itself.
My personal favorite of the day was right after the ceremony, the brass band Kinfolk came marching in, ready to take the newly married couple and the wedding guests on a march throughout the streets of New Orleans for the second line. I can’t even look at the pictures from this part of the day without humming ‘When the Saints Come Marching In’ out loud.
Other fun details to note…the girl’s hairpieces, guys boutineers and two of Carrie’s headpieces (love me a girl who changes it up throughout the day!) were done by none other than the amazingly fabulous Pixel+Hank. The day was coordinated by the super sweet Patricia from P.S. Creative who I whole-heartedly hope to work with again someday. After the ceremony Carrie changed into her mom’s super long and super gorgeous wedding veil from the ’70s. It was fun to see the flower detailing matching Carrie’s own wedding dress! Â The food was ridiculously good and set up all throughout the venue’s various buildings and outdoor areas.
Carrie and Ben’s first dance was under the stars surrounded by sparklers. Carrie sang karaoke (Carrie-oke?) and I was thoroughly impressed that she sang every.single.word. to ‘Baby Got Back’ without a prompter. At the end of the night, traditional muffulleta was served to the guests. I left with a lot of full memory cards and a happy heart. Carrie + Ben – I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your celebration. Enjoy enjoy!
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So I have never done this before…broken up a wedding preview into multiple posts. Â As much as I’ve been trying to edit these pictures down over the past few weeks, I still can’t edit down enough to put into one post. I really don’t think this is a bad problem to have!
Last week I gave you a little sneak peak of this lovely celebration when I showed you Carrie+Ben’s wedding rehearsal images. Â Carrie has an amazing vision, loads of style and a personality to match and it shown through in every single perfect little detail. Â Part 1 of their wedding concentrates on the beginning part of the wedding day (naturally) as both Carrie and Ben got ready at Race + Religious (read up on the neat history here!) and their first look and first few portraits. Over the week I’ll be featuring the rest of the wedding day in all it’s loveliness. Â As I don’t have another wedding to shoot until later this spring, I actually think this shall tide you loyal blog readers over as well with a lot of fun posts.
So for now, enjoy the beginning of the day. I was swooning over Carrie’s dress and flowers and couldn’t believe how perfectly the walls and colors of the house lent to the feel of their New Orleans wedding. Â I’ll be giving a full recap of the day along with links to all of the talented vendors that helped make this day so special in the final part to the day.
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As a little teaser before the wedding day post…here are a few images from Carrie+Ben’s wedding rehearsal held at the lovely (more on this great venue later!) Race + Religious in New Orleans, where I traveled down to last weekend.
If you think these are fun, wait until their wedding preview post, which is coming up soon (editing the pictures down enough for one post is proving challenging. Â Which is why this one I’ve decided should stand alone).
I am crazy in love with Carrie’s dress and shoes. Â Amazing right?