We have the pleasure of photographing Allison & Philip’s wedding this coming Saturday. Instead of an engagement session they opted to do a family photo by the beach in Naples. We were busy taking pictures in the surf when a rogue wave crashed into the group. Of course this caught everyone off guard, as you can see by their expressions. The first photo was taken when the wave made impact. The second photo, taken seconds later, is probably my favorite family portrait I have ever captured. True, not everyone is looking at the camera. But when looking at the photo one immediately wants to be a part of their spirited and loving family. Formal shots don’t always have to be the same old formal. Thanks Allison and Philip, we’ll see you on the weekend!
So Julie and Matt remind us of someone we know: us. They recently moved here from across the country, no family in the area. Once they unpacked they bought a puppy. Just a cute little newlywed family of sorts. And we can completely relate to that. There’s something wonderful about beginning married life in unexplored territory with just each other. Have a look at Julie and Matt’s two engagement shoots here.
Their wedding took place at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers Beach. We had fun capturing Julie getting ready with her mom and friends, pretty shoes, dresses, and bright colors all around. We all held our breath while frantically searching the room for Julie’s missing wedding ring… Thankfully it had just slipped from the box and was found in the bottom of a bag! After a few pink smoothies to keep cool we led Julie to Matt for their first sight. They first glimpsed one another in the butterfly garden, where their ceremony was to be held hours later. Taking advantage of the time we made a quick trip to the pier area and Times Square, which is so casual and colorful.
I drew in my breath as Julie walked down the aisle to “Part of Your World” played on the violin and harp. It was magical. (When that movie came out I was five, and I remember dancing in front of my chair in the theatre.) Sea grapes shaded the altar and the whole wedding party looked so perfect. Following the ceremony everyone made their way to cocktail hour and we set up the fotobooth. Overlooking the beach, Julie, Matt and their guests danced the night away, including two applaudable guests on crutches! The fotobooth was occupied all evening, largely by Julie’s little brother, hamming it up. They were such a great group, and we really enjoyed our day with them. Congratulations Julie and Matt, all the best!
At the very end of May we made our way to San Francisco for a destination wedding, that of Alli and Alex. We made sure to extend our trip by a few days to explore the area. While Karl has been to California a few times, it was my first ever visit! Though we were in such a huge state, we experienced a good part of that area. We flew into the city and stayed with our friends Jane and Brian and their son Max, who happen to be wonderful hosts and tour guides! (Seriously, thanks so much for making room for us!) On our drive from the airport in our rental car, I think we were both scanning for a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then there it was, and I let out an excited shriek while Karl laughed.
What I miss about living in a city is mostly the food, oh, the abundance of good food. On our first evening we ate some really great Burmese food. That was followed by some delicious chai, hot chocolate, and tiramisu. I could go on and on. For our full day in the city, Brian and Max took us to the Bridge! Experiencing a famous landmark is always surreal, no? We parked at the base and walked about halfway across. I didn’t realize that the Bridge is almost two miles long! See Alcatraz in the photo?
We spent our afternoon in the city on foot (which I also miss, walking everywhere,) with a map and a little guidance from Jane and Brian. We walked through Golden Gate Park, down Haight Street, and then took the bus to Union Square. The trolleys made their way up and down the hill, but we decided to walk. Steep! It’s an easy city to navigate, and small enough that you can’t easily lose your way.
After a couple more yummy meals with our friends (thanks for the pancakes too!) we headed inland. Our drive took us through Berkeley, where I had heard of Tail of the Yak, a little shop of curiosities. It was more of an art installation than anything, full of handmade paper balls and garlands, vintage costume jewelry, postcards, and little toys. Berkeley itself is charming. From there we drove to our wedding destination, which we’ll save for it’s own blog post.
We took an out-of-the-way route back to the city, one that took us north and then down the coast. We saw beautiful farm country, massive trees (sequoias maybe?) and then the fog rolling off the cool Pacific. Not to mention a cliffside drive! Karl, driving, was a little freaked out at first but I could tell that he was enjoying the twists and turns. The fog there has a life of it’s own. It moves with the wind. We stopped several times to climb around and take photos. By the way: newt crossing?
Our drive down the coast took us across the Bridge and back to San Francisco, where we hit up Fraiche, a tart yogurt spot that we tasted days before. When life takes us back there I know we’ll be stopping in for more. We heart you California!
We were clued in to Jeff and Chrissy’s good natured sense of humor during their engagement session, and their wedding was no different. Needless to say we were in for a fun wedding day. The wedding party started their day at The Inn on Fifth where they prepped for the festivities. After a few photos on the balcony overlooking downtown Naples, we headed to the church. The wedding party traveled by trolley to the Garden of Hope and Courage at NCH. The bridal party had fun posing with some of the statues, and the flower girl celebrated by throwing flower petals.
Jeff and Chrissy held their reception at the Windstar on Naples Bay. From our standpoint it was a great place to shoot: big windows and full of light. A live band entertained the packed dance floor, the food was wonderful, and to top it off, they had cheesecake pops instead of a wedding cake! Not to mention a groom’s cake. We also had the pleasure of working with Kelly of No Worries Wedding & Events. If you’re in need of a wedding planner, check out her site! Chrissy and Jeff, thank you for including us in your day, you’re wonderful together!
We love referral weddings. They often give us the chance to see and photograph a previous couple of ours. And we especially love when they are still very much in love. Check out Chelsea and Jason’s wedding photos by clicking here.
The camera loves Julie and Matt so much that we did a two part engagement session on 3rd Street: firstly in the rain, and secondly in the sunshine. We didn’t plan on a rainy day for our first shoot, but for some reason we were all up for the experience. We wrapped our cameras and flashes in plastic bags and dressed in ponchos and umbrellas. It wasn’t a pleasant rain… the temp was very chilly and at times the rain fell in sideways sheets. Julie and Matt were the best of sports. I think it’s funny that you can’t even tell it’s raining it some shots. It just looks romantic. And as a bonus, there was nobody around, which is very unusual if you know the Naples pier area. Our next shoot with the soon-to-be-wed couple provided a nice contrast to their first images. The setting sun cast a warm glow over Old Naples. We’ll post their wedding photos and their foto video, taken at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa, soon.