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Okay… so I’ve apologized now twice for not getting some new weddings up here… so Liz (and any other loyal followers that are starting to wonder if I got lost in cyber space).. I’m finally back home in beautiful SB and ready to sit down and get properly caught up…
Last I blogged about my weddings I was living on Mackinac… in the midst of wedding season mayhem… in fact I had just finished shooting 6 weddings in 9 days … for those that don’t know.. that’s A LOT!!!! but.. I loved every second of it… we had some island, some California, some Chicago, and some Dayton Ohio… (see I’ll go anywhere 🙂
Here are a few from August and September…
Kim and Jonathan… were so much fun! They were hysterical… I mean look at this smile, you couldn’t help but laugh and have fun being around these two. At one point they were both literally… falling over laughing so hard on the porch of the Grand. I’m still not sure if they were laughing at each other or at me… oh well!! Kim thank you so much for finding me and letting me be a part of your day… (and thanks for reading my blog… I promised I’d have you up here… better late then never right!)..I can’t wait to see you two on the island again!!
I gotta give props to my girl Lily Porter for once again being my amazing assistant!!
Now with this wedding I brought in a last minute assistant/friend who ended up ROCKING it! Danielle, your my girl you got some of my favorite shots … I am so stoked to work with you more next year… it was so much fun!!
Now… Molly and Bill are a wonderful example of why I absolutely LOVE photographing weddings on Mackinac… there are no rules!! We can do whatever we want… whether it’s getting married, going for a bike ride.. or stripping down and jumping in the water (well.. I didn’t do that.. I had the camera!!). Thanks to the amazing Carole Erbel ( For the Love of Mackinac event planning) I was able to not only photograph Molly and Bill’s elopement to Mackinac but I got to be a WITNESS… it is always such an honor to do this, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I hold it close to my heart (you’ll even see the pic here of Carole and I signing). After the intimate ceremony by Rev Marx Molly, Bill and I went for a carriage ride around the island that ended at the incredible Iroquois Hotel . Now where the rule breaking comes in .. the next day I met back up with the newlyweds and we went for a bike ride and a stroll around the island that ended with Bill deciding it was time to jump in!! SOOO fun. This is what I love, creating any type of wedding package… you got an idea.. I’m in (as long as it doesn’t put my camera in danger… hahaha). Molly and Bill… your exuberance for life is intoxicating!! I will always remember how much fun we had and how touched I was to not only be a aprt of your weekend but forever a witness to your love. Next time… I’ll put the camera down and jump in the lake too!!
And I’m back home in my lovely Santa Barbara….
Stevi and Bryant… where to start… I feel like I have been friends with these two for years… well, actually… I guess I have been. We met almost 2 years ago at an expo… then we met again over albums … then we did an engagement shoot.. then we met again (this time over pineapple/jalapeno cocktails… yummy!)… then Stevi and I did a surprise Boudoir shoot for Bryant… (Ladies… its a great grooms gift… just ask Bryant)… then finally the wedding. I think by the time the wedding came along Stevi AND Bryant (who originally was pretty afraid of my camera) were super stars in front of the camera!! I’ll admit when the wedding … I was a little sad… thinking… this is it… now what.. what will we do next… Stevi & Bryant… I guess we’ll just have to go have another pineapple smash!!
So, I am always stoked when I have the honor of having Jim (aka “The Average Jim”) of Bella Luce Imagery shoot with me… I can’t really call him my assistant as all I ever tell him is… go for it!! I know whatever he gets is going to be great!
Lily and Mark… you two are a testament of strength, love and joy… no matter what life throws your way… you two stand strong, tender, and full of gratitude. Your wedding day was a day of miracles. To watch how the rain clouds cleared at the perfect time (TWICE) … it was truly something higher. I know all of us involved with your beautiful day were touched on so many levels and reminded of what is important in life. Marty (from the Grand Hotel) as well as Kelly and Terry (from Mackinac Video) all spoke of how amazing your day was. May the two of you continue to dance your way through life…
Well, I’ve now spent the last few hours re-living part of my summer… conclusion.. man am I lucky… I love what I do… I love my couples… I work with great people… and I shoot in some darn beautiful places.
You know, often times people ask me… does it get old… do all the weddings seem to blend together… my answer:: a big NO! … and tonight just reminded me of that. When I sat down to start this blog… (3 hours ago).. I thought …shoot.. what am I going to say… well… it came pretty easily the minute I started looking back at the pics!!
The minute it starts getting old is the minute I’ll change professions… life is too short to have anything feel old, tired, and like work…
On a day when I have been reminded how short life can be… I say … May you live it to the fullest, do what you love, take risks, aim high (someone will catch you if you fall) .. and appreciate the people in your life!!