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Fri. Apr 29, 2011 by Mary    "Get to Know You" Shoots

Meet: Lara & Peter

Good morning! Happy Saturday! And happy very last day of April!

I hope you all have something really wonderful planned to soak in every minute. We definitely do, and it starts with finally revealing to you the "Get to Know You" shoot we just did up in Cape Cod that matches up to that design board I showed you on Thursday. So sit down, brace yourselves for their awesomeness, and....

Meet: Lara & Peter

First let me start off by saying this: I LOVE Lara & Peter. Love, love, love them. They are sweet and funny and just generally love being around each other. And that makes our job as photographers a breeze. But when you add in the fact that Lara is also a photographer, I knew we were going to have one incredible shoot on our hands. And it also made me realize that these guys would be the perfect candidates for two new things I've been wanting to try.

The first is that we want to start working really closely with our couples on styling the shoots. We know that coming up with ideas when you don't eat, sleep & breathe this stuff can be really hard. But we also know that the shoots where the couples have really infused their personalities and the things they love into the day are SO much better. And personally they get us so fired up, so I just think we get better pictures. So we wanted to start helping each and every one of our couples do that by working with them on creating a design board for their shoot (you can see Lara & Peter's design board by clicking HERE).

We knew that Lara & Peter would have no trouble coming up with awesome ideas on their own since Lara is a photographer herself, but we picked them to start doing the design boards with because we knew they would really run with it. And we love that about them! So how does it work? We start by asking what kinds of ideas they have for the shoot and what they love to do together, and from there we turn it into a theme and ultimately a design board. And the hope is that design board will act like a packing list of what they need to bring, and just get us all on the same page for the vibe. And hopefully in the process take our shoots to the next level. We've only done one so far, but so far...I'd say it's working! As expected, these guys rocked. it. OUT!

The second thing that we wanted to start trying is blogging our shoots in grids. We've been leaning this way for a while now, because it's much closer to how we design our albums and also has more of that design board feel. Since Lara & Peter's shoot had so many phenomenal details and different looks, we knew they would be the perfect ones to try it out on. And I'm really psyched with how it turned out... I hope you guys like it too!


PS: Lara & Peter, seriously there are no words! Thank you for everything.....for the Cape, for showing us around, for the fish & chips. But mostly for being who you are. We are so, so lucky to call you friends....and I fully expect many trips to the Cape together in our future! :) We can't wait for the big day in September!!

Fri. Apr 29, 2011 by Mary    The Latest

On the Job: Cape Cod, MA

A vintage green BMW. An old white-washed fence. And that pale golden light that can only come from a New England sunset.

It doesn't get any better than that.

Thu. Apr 28, 2011 by Mary    "Get to Know You" Shoots

Design Board: Lara & Peter

A little something for the evening crew. Here's a sneak peek of what's on deck for tomorrow. :)

Thu. Apr 28, 2011 by Mary    Weddings

Temecula Creek Inn Wedding: Malika & Vinay (Part II)

And now....Part II of Malika & Vinay's Temecula Creek Inn Wedding. Enjoy!!

Wed. Apr 27, 2011 by Mary    Weddings

Married: Malika & Vinay (Part I)

She stood at the front of the aisle and looked down at the microphone as she took one long, last deep breath. The words were there, she knew they were. They had been there all along. But still she wondered how she could ever take all that was in her heart, and somehow amplify it enough for him to hear it the way she felt it. Deeply. Fully. Completely. Enough for every moment still left to be written. For a lifetime yet to unfold.

He reached a hand to her heart to to let her know that he was there. That he had been there all along. And as he stared into the face of his future, he couldn't help but wonder if there would ever be enough hours and minutes in the day to show her everything that was in his heart. To make her see it the way he felt it. Gratefully. Unquestioningly. Without fail. Enough to try every single day for the rest of their lives to show her what she means to him. As day builds into day, and a lifetime together unfolds.

Married: Malika & Vinay

Malika & Vinay were married at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA on a day where who they and their families are as people and to their very core, inspired hope and a renewed sense of faith in me. As they stood at the microphone at the end of the night and thanked everyone from the waitstaff to the band to us as the photographers for making their day what it was, I burst into tears behind my camera. And I wondered if there would ever be the words to explain to them what that meant to us. To make them hear it the way I felt it. I just know that there are really incredible people in this world. People who care way more about others than they do about themselves. People who are genuine and who radiate love and grace out to all who surround them. I know this, because I get to photograph them. And more importantly because I now get to call them friends. Malika & Vinay (and to all of your families), we will never, ever forget how good you were to us that weekend. And I swear to you that we will pay it forward. Thank you for what you teach us about love. We are truly better people for having met you.

So, so much love,

*** We were also so unbelievably lucky to have Jeff Youngren (someone else who inspires and renews hope & faith in me) along to help us out last minute on this wedding. More on that to come, but just know that all of the pretty shots are his. :)

LOVED Malika's shoes!!

Malika, there are no words! You are GORGEOUS my friend!

After Malika had her makeup done, we headed over to hang out with Vinay at the Guest House. Which was sorta over the river and through the woods of the gorgeous Temecula Creek :)

Vinay lookin' good!

And then it was time for Malika to get dressed!! So we headed back over the river and through the woods of the gorgeous Temecula Creek! :)


GAH! Those colors!

The Jewelry!

So, so, pretty!

Malika, you are stunning!!

First look time!

Come on! How pretty are these two?!?

I just love this moment!

After the first look, we headed over to a grassy hill nearby.

The light at Temecula Creek was so yummy!


Be sure to check back in for Part II! It is wedding goodness overload!

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