weddings + love stories

From the first moment we spoke with them, Carly and Clay let us know that their vision for their wedding day was centered around family, friends, and fun. The reality of the day matched their vision perfectly, as all three of those things were on full display the entire day. Carly and Clay grew up in South Florida but currently live in the Washington D.C. area, making this both a destination wedding and a return…

Kate + Matt’s beautiful wedding day took place at the Jackson Gore Inn, a property within Okemo Mountain’s vast holdings. The Inn proved to be the perfect place for both bride and groom to get ready in separate suites, with the ceremony a quick golf cart ride away at the Toll Gate Garden, a new ceremony site that is so perfectly suited to a sweet outdoor ceremony that we’re surprised it wasn’t used sooner. Overlooking lovely…

From the moment we met Molly and Jess we knew we were a good fit. From the cats in their sweet country home to the way they made us (and each other!) laugh, to our meet up in the local Norwich Inn pub for hot pretzels and a drink, our relationship felt like one with old friends, not just new clients. We were excited to hear about their close family connections, particularly with their young daughter…

How do we begin to say how much we love working at Hildene? It’s a place that seems untouched by the passage of time, and lets you have a truly old-world feel at a facility with modern conveniences. Working with Nicole (the stellar wedding coordinator on-site) is an added bonus; she cares deeply for all of her wedding clients, and you can really see how much she puts into these events! Many couples choose to…

You may remember Melissa + Ian’s engagement session from last summer; it was photographed at the same location as their wedding, which was a great way to prep for what we all wanted to do for wedding day portraits! Weddings at Aloha Camp are slightly less common than nearby Camp Ohana, which overlooks Lake Fairlee, but given Melissa’s personal and family connections to Aloha it was the obvious choice for such an important day in…

Update: we’ve added the back blog posts! They’re back-dated so they appear in order. We’ll leave this post up because we kinda love seeing all of these images together. :-) We know. We’ve been neglecting our blog for months. We had an incredible season working in Vermont (yes, we’re local there in the summer and fall now!) and we can’t wait to share some of our favorite images. Here are a few favorites to tide…

Sometimes wedding clients find us in straightforward ways, and sometimes things wind up lining up in slightly more complex patterns. Jessica found us because she also went to college at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where Em graduated over ten years ago with a BFA in photography. Adding to that connection, this couple planned their wedding in a lovely part of South Carolina, just a tiny detour off of our planned route north…

Nicole + Mike’s wedding at the Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida was a day full of smiles and laughs, with sparkling Floridian sunshine making the day glitter and shine. Nicole got ready with her bridesmaids and family at the Seagate Hotel just a few miles away in downtown Delray Beach; Mike got ready with his guys on site at the Seagate Country Club, where they have plenty of space and a full bar…

Little Palm Island is one of those rare places that feels like a dream. Can an island really feel this secluded when it’s so easily accessible from the mainland? Can one really feel so pampered and relaxed in such a small place? (You might think: Is it actually this quiet or is my hearing going?) Joining this couple for their intimate and loving elopement on Little Palm Island is one of the highlights of our…

Kaitlyn + Tyler’s wedding at the Hilton Singer Island started out as a hot, beautiful Florida day and the perfection throughout their event never stopped. Working under the expert guidance of Aviva from Kiss the Planner, we started the day in the getting ready spaces at the Hilton, zipped over to a local church for the ceremony, and returned to the beachfront property with plenty of time for tons of group portraits and some fun in…

One of our favorite South Florida wedding venues is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The unique surroundings, the opportunity for varied and natural portraits, and the modern, outdoor ceremony and reception locations are perfectly suited for our style of photography. Jackie + Sean chose to have their wedding ceremony and celebration at the Morikami after getting ready at Jackie’s childhood home and a nearby hotel. The day started off threatening and rainy, with sudden…

This lovely wedding at Highland Manor, in Apopka, Florida, was blessed with idyllic weather and a combination of emotional family members, an excited couple, and a lovely location. Highland Manor is perfectly situated for a wedding that can take place at one location, with tastefully decorated getting ready spaces for both bride and groom, an updated ballroom with modern catering capabilities, a beautiful wooden bar for cocktail hour, and several lovely outdoor ceremony sites. Tara…

Spending time with Lindsay + Deche is like a breath of fresh air. Their love for each other is palpable, and their care and affection for the people around them– from their closest loved ones down to the service staff at their wedding venue– is kind and genuine. They laugh from the tips of their toes, crinkling their eyes and grinning for the whole world to see. Spending a day with them feels like we’re all…

We met up with Tara + Kevin at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale for their engagement session, and wow– that place is worth checking out! We were restricted to shooting in the gardens only, but that was no problem; we easily could have shot there for days on end. It’s amazing how this oasis of trees and quiet is tucked right between bustling city streets! This was our first time meeting Kevin and we immediately…

Meeting new clients for the first time at an engagement session is always fun; meeting them for a walk deep into the woods in Maryland is even better! We hiked hills, picked our way over a stream on mossy rocks, and climbed big boulders, winding up by a lovely lake just before sunset. Adventurous? Absolutely. We think you’re going to like Tara and Josh, and we can’t wait to join them for their wedding next month.

There is nothing like the early morning fog on a Vermont lake. Melissa knows this; she has spent most of her summers on this exact lake, Lake Morey, at a girls’ summer camp that feels like stepping off the whirling merry-go-round of daily modern life into a place where you can breathe, swim, read, hike, and learn. The kind of sleep-away camp you read about in novels or see in movies, but this camp is completely…

Morgan + Billy’s North Palm Beach wedding was held at the Lost Tree Club, a beautiful and isolated private community just steps from the ocean and the intracoastal waterway. The day began at a private home nearby where Morgan completed her preparations surrounded by her loving friends and family, and moved swiftly to their first look by the Lost Tree Beach Club, held during a few moments of mostly open skies before the heavier rains…

Watching people you’ve known since before you were an adult grow and discover new avenues of happiness is one of our greatest pleasures in life. Em’s good college friend Jason, whom she met as a fledgling freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design, has had his share of craziness in the last decade; everything from recovering from Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction to creating the tremendously popular Asbury Park Zombie Walk in New Jersey…

We’ve known Mike for what seems like forever. Part of the dedicated team of artists who create our Signature albums, we’ve been working with him remotely on our clients’ books and in person at industry tradeshows since 2011. Or maybe 2010. (See? It feels like forever. We can’t even remember.) Em and Britney, a fellow photographer who works out of Portland, Oregon, long ago decided that when Mike finally made things official with his stunning…

We’re back and blogging! So happy to be back in the office for a few minutes at a time, we’ve been running all over the country for the last few months. Thank you to all of our clients for your patience while we get your blog posts together, we know you want to share images with your friends, loved ones, and maybe those people from high school you didn’t really like but wouldn’t mind impressing…

A hot summer wedding in the Keys? Jenna + PJ managed to pull it off with elegance, keeping their guests cool with an indoor ceremony and reception at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo… while spending a bit of time with a cherry classic car outside for portraits. We were so happy to bear witness and document the range of emotions that flooded the entire day; from joyous laughter during the ceremony to family tears during…

As we’ve surely mentioned before, becoming friends with our clients is our normal routine. Not only does it make the wedding day more fun, it tends to make the images feel more intimate and connected when we’re already close with the people in them. Occasionally we’ll connect with a couple more strongly than we usually do, which is one of the best feelings in the world; this is how we feel about Sarah + Todd.…

We’ve been meaning to post this wonderful wedding for a while, but travel and our shooting schedule kept getting in the way! After the momentous news about the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality last month, we got an excited email from Lori + Sara encouraging us to post images from their wedding. Thanks for the prodding! We’re so happy for you and for everyone!  –Em + Steve Working with Lori + Sara on their wedding…

We’ve been finding more and more that the couples we work with are straight-up awesome. Tiffany + Jonathan are a particularly shining example of this trend; sweet, funny, and delightfully considerate of each other and the people around them. Their lovely wedding started with a perfectly bright and hot Florida day, with views from their rooms at the Hilton of the beach and ocean glittering in the sun. They found ways to weave family and friends into every…

We can’t help but grin every time we think of Angela + John. It doesn’t hurt that they have adorable cats [who made a cameo at their engagement session last fall], and that they’re some of the most laid-back and happy people we’ve ever known. Their wedding day was the epitome of relaxation; despite all the potential stressors of a day this complex, these two let everything just melt away while they laughed and enjoyed…

We often photograph weddings at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach (as we will soon with Sarah + Todd’s upcoming day), but this was the first chance we’ve had to shoot an engagement session in this lush location. The day ended up being perfect for it; overcast skies with deep tree cover from the rare palms and jungle trees makes for a quiet beauty that isn’t always seen in our sunny state.…

One of the things we love about client referrals is that sometimes we recognize a few people at a wedding. Even better? When a bride of ours from a couple of years ago refers her brother and future sister-in-law and we recognize half of the family at the entire event. This would lead to a very relaxed feeling to the day in general, but Mindy + Anthony’s wedding was even smoother than we’d expected. The perfect…

One of the best things about our chosen path in photography is getting to meet new people and make new friends. You may recall Megan + Glen and their beautiful daughter Gabby from family portrait sessions we’ve published here; we actually met them at the wedding of their besties Nicole + Scott two years ago, and we were beyond thrilled when they asked us to be their photographers for their own wedding day. In what ended up…

And now for something completely different. As you may or may not have figured out already, we traveled for no reason other than fun and a love of adventure to Iceland last November. Why? Why not? It’s been on our bucket lists for years, and an insanely good deal on airfare and a hotel sealed the deal for us. While we eagerly awaited our departure date, Iceland seemed to pop up everywhere. Photographers we know…

Tiffany + Jonathan are the kind of clients who make us feel like this is the easiest job in the world. We get together for their engagement session in Jupiter: they laugh, chat, run around, cuddle, play, jump, laugh some more… and they look so effortlessly awesome the entire time. (To say that we had a great afternoon with them would be an understatement.) We are so looking forward to their wedding later this spring! Check out…