Israel & Erika

Genetics are a strange thing. . .there are some parts of who I am that I don’t think anyone in the world could totally understand except my brother and sister. One major bond that we share of that would be a thirst for doing something epic. So when I received the phone call, “Erika and I are going to get married. . .in Chile,” I can’t say I was surprised. It just seemed like the sort of thing my brother would do.

I also remember wondering at so many points over the past few years, is it possible for my brother to find a wife as amazing as mine. Honestly, I wasn’t sure, but then it happened. It’s a really cool thought that I can have the best wife in the world and my brother can have the same thing, even though Arianna & Erika are so different. They are exactly who we needed, and I hope Erika is as good for him as Ari has been for me over the last decade.

Alrighty, enough musing, on to wedding related stuff. The ceremony was at Santa Lucia, a park right in the middle of Santiago, and obviously it’s insanely pretty. People aren’t technically supposed to have weddings there, but why spoil the perfect wedding with technicalities. We got up that morning, went to the market to buy flowers, bought a cake at the bakery, got dressed up, and walked to the park, found a good place for the ceremony, and had the wedding. Afterwards Israel, Erika, Sandra (my sister) and I tromped all over the fortress taking pictures. Then we met up with family back at the hotel and went out for a totally awesome dinner. . .in a pretend submarine!

A couple of observations about the pictures. First, my brother got a suit that fit perfectly, and apparently he had to go through a world of trouble to have it tailored properly, but it was definitely worth it. I know girls spend forever trying to find a wedding dress that fits perfectly – maybe guys should make a little effort as well.
I have always wanted to go to the flower market the morning of a ceremony – it was definitely fun!
Israel and Erika are both runners and they were in wicked-awesome shape at the time of the wedding. Climbing up and down the mountain was a serious workout, and I don’t know that I could have physically done it with every couple. I know that most people work out like crazy before a wedding so they look good, but I think the bigger benefit of getting in “wedding shape” is gaining the stamina to make it through the day!
Being in a wedding and photographing it at the same time can be tricky. I was a little bit sad to be taking pictures rather than standing with the family during the ceremony. . .until I learned that everything was in Spanish anyway, and I wouldn’t have understood a word! Self-time on the camera still works great for family pics.
Last thought. . .I hope that over the next months and years, my pictures show a sense of humor. . .like with the toast picture. Maybe no one else in the world will laugh at it, but it still cracks me up:)

Below are some of our other adventures – to the Andes, Valparaiso, etc.

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Meredith & Dale

Meredith and Dale had their awesome wedding at the beginning of May at the Sonnet House, one of the coolest wedding venues in Birmingham. Meredith is a makeup artist and between engagement & bridal shoots and wedding vendor hang-out time, we have spent a ton of time together this year! On days like these, when it’s 99 degrees outside, I get quite nostalgic for a perfect 80 degree day with a beautiful couple and an outdoor venue:)

I love that Dale really “gets” Meredith – that he knows what is really important to her and supports her in that. And I love that he let his goofy side come out for one kung-fu punch. Meredith, you definitely found a keeper:)

A couple of other thoughts. . .grey is my favorite color (I felt so symbolic, yesterday, if I knew Picasso, I would find myself a grey guitar and play) – seriously, grey, pink, and green are killer wedding colors. Vest and shirt-sleeves for the groomsmen – definitely. If I were getting married again, this is what the guys would wear.

Meredith definitely had the all-star team putting working on her wedding – Molly with Swanky-Socials was the coordinator, John and Angela with Mainstreet AV did the videography, Carol with Lillie’s Flowers did the flowers, and ride back in time provided the Rolls Royce.

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Lauren Bridal


I don’t often get engagement & bridal pictures up on the blog, mainly because I still have a backlog of wedding pics from the spring that I need to share! But these were too cool not to post. Lauren wanted to do bridal pictures that were different and unique, and I’m really proud of how they turned out! There are some really neat colors and textures around Birmingham, and my past several bridal shoots have been in more urban settings, which I love!

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