We are getting ready to start our first day of our "The Notebook" themed Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M workshop (we can't WAIT to show you what we have in store for this one!!) But I just wanted to hop on real quick & give a HUGE thanks to the folks at Mozi Magazine for featuring us & our J&M Lighting Intensive this month in their lighting issue!! This magazine is absolutely gorgeous so definitely make sure you guys check it out HERE!!
Today we have for you Suparna & Jeff's Fonthill Castle wedding!! These guys had both their ceremony & gorgeous reception on the stunning grounds of Fonthill, on a day where even the rain refused to get in the way of them having the perfect day. Suparna was absolutely gorgeous in her burgundy sari and Jeff looked equally dashing as well! :) These guys had actually seen our pictures from Janki & Amit's Cairnwood wedding, and it had inspired the colors & design for their own "mandap" ceremony set up.....which turned out beautifully!!
As you can see, the day was full of hugs, smiles and even a few tears as friends and family came from all over to watch these two start a life together. And every detail was planned to perfection. From the bright beautiful flowers to the regal reception, these pictures feel to me like they took place in some Eurpoean Castle instead of outside of Philly! We would definitely love to shoot there again & again! And the day was made extra awesome because we were so lucky to have the incredible Ryan Bower on hand to second shoot!
Suparna & Jeff, we wish you guys a lifetime of happiness!! And that these pictures help you remember the start of it all!
The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind.
We left Maine on Thursday and by Friday morning we were in Miami (with just a short stopover at home to swap suitcases...Fair Isle sweaters don't really work in Florida!) As soon as we landed, we hit the ground running and went right into shooting Indhu & Greg's rehearsal at The Fairchild Botanical Gardens & then their rehearsal dinner. Saturday was a twelve hour wedding with these guys & the incredible team at B.Belle Events at The Biltmore Hotel (one of my all time favorite venues EVER) and The Fairchild. And boy ohhhh boy was it a STUNNER!!!! Seriously, I can't WAIT to show you guys this one. Just take a look at this ceremony set up....ombre, rose-filled aisle for the win!
Saturday night we headed back to the hotel, finished backing up the cards, and then went straight to bed. That's because we had to be back up at 6am the next morning to go teach at Mentors in Miami. This is their third year putting this event on & we were SO honored to be the guest speakers this year! The set up when we got there was INSANE and made that early wake up call totally worth it! They had two Rolls Royces, multiple stunning table set ups, the grounds of the gorgeousCurtiss Mansion, and three beautiful couples in dresses like the one below. Yea. I die.
We taught at MIM right up until around 4pm and then we had to hop in our car & race over to the Fountainebleau Hotel for our engagement shoot with Baylor & Larry. Luckily, we made great time & even got to grab some mojitos with them before heading out to the beach to catch THIS sunset.
As the shoot was wrapping up, I just sat there staring at the sky for a few seconds and my heart was so, so thankful. Thankful that we were there. Thankful for all the incredible things we got to do in the space of just 48 hours and how crazy that this life is really ours. Thankful that we didn't keel over in the process! :)
I am just so, so thankful.
So clearly we have our work cut out for us before we can show you guys all of these amazing shoots. But for now, we are keeping with our post wedding- brunch tradition and heading back to The Biltmore to sit and breath and eat french toast.
Happy Monday friends!
**Almost all of the pictures above are from Instagram! If you would like to keep up with all of our adventures as they happen, you can follow us HERE & HERE!!
Yesterday we woke up in Maine & today I am writing to you from Miami (whew!) It is a crazy life indeed that we live, and in so many ways I wouldn't change that for the world!! Everything that we are doing right now is made up of things we only dreamed of doing just a few years ago. And I just keep reminding myself of that when I forget which airport we just landed in! :)
But if there is one major thing that we took out of the Amazing Life Escape we were just on (believe me, there were far more than this one...but this is my favorite!) it was that we have to find a way to make time for our marriage in the midst of all the chaos & schedules moving at the speed of light. It's a lot like that saying of finding a way to dance in the rain....if we wait for the storm of busy season to pass before we start putting our marriage first, then that's going to be a long ride to December! So one of the things we did coming out of our time in Maine, was to come up with 5 rules we're going to try to follow moving forward and all year round. Not just when things start to slow down!
1. Say yes. This is a BIG one that we got from Liz & Ryan, and it's basically the idea of saying yes to helping your spouse even when you don't really feel like it. Even when your plate is already really full. Even when it feels like you can't handle one more thing. Because one yes turns into another, and pretty soon you are working as a team to tackle that mounting pile of to-do's rather than against each other.
2. Going to bed at the same time. When things get really crazy for us, one of us will usually end up staying late to finish a project while the other might get up super early. And what happens is that we start to become two ships passing. Making a conscience effort to get work done during our working hours and turn off at the same time each night means we get to cook dinner together, watch a movie together, and go to bed at the same time.
3.Remember to go on REAL dates. When things are starting to get really hectic, our new friends Alicia & Andrew put it so well when they said "We need to eat & we don't have time to cook, so we'll just go out to dinner and call that a date." I don't know about you guys, but flopping down in a Chili's booth after twelve hours of working is not my idea of a hot date. It wouldn't have cut it when we first started dating, so we shouldn't let it know. Justin & I really want to get back to going on true dates together. That involved actually being showered :), maybe getting dressed up (or at least ditching the yoga pants), and having some idea of what we're going to do like going out to a movie, or staying in for a movie but making it official by making some sort of fancy popcorn, or going on a scavenger hunt date when we visit a brand new city (any tips for Miami??) Dating is such a huge part of reconnecting, and we want to get back to it!
4. Not jumping out of bed right away. In the same way as going to bed at the same time, we need to make sure we're taking the time to wake up slowly together. To not make the first thing we do when our eyes fly open to be to think about work or check Facebook pages. But to enjoy hanging out with each other, having breakfast in bed, and playing with Cooper. (Huge thanks to Ashely & Jeremy for this one!)
5. Plan a trip away together Most of our trips in this crazy life of ours tend to turn into part work, part fun. Which sounds like living the dream, right?? And in many ways it is. But what happens when your trips are always a mix of both, it means that you very rarely have a true vacation or time when you can turn the business totally off. Planning a trip together means we can both plan time off that is truly vacation AND that we can have something to look forward to & talk about together. (BIG thanks to Sarah & Kenny for this one!)
So there they are!! Some of our new rules we're going to try for building a happier marriage! And speaking of love & marriage, we can't WAIT to share more of this gorgeous Fonthill Castle wedding next week!