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Intimate Turquoise and Yellow Fall Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 15, 2013

Holly & Dan 

October 20

Phoenix, Arizona 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was available! My original venue had to cancel my wedding 12 weeks prior due to event restrictions. Talk about anxiety! We had people traveling from all over the country and thank goodness I did my own invitations because I hadn’t yet printed them.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Shoes

2. Brooch

3. Flowers

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Reading my vows. Dan and I decided to write our own vows, and although, I was very reluctant at first because I was nervous, I am so glad that we did. I’ll remember that moment forever. 

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Intimate Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2013

Doreen & Chad 

June 6

Paso Robles, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.

2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on

3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.

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Intimate Summer Courtyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 06, 2013

Kristin & Markus

July 13 

Los Angeles, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Markus and I wanted a quiet, secluded, private venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. We also wanted our venue to serve as a hub where our families could meet, mingle, relax, bliss out, and get to know one another (they had not met before our wedding!) A private residence seemed to be the best fit for our needs, so we looked up homes on VRBO.com. After visiting several in Malibu, we settled on our original venue because of the exceptional attention to detail that the owners paid to the building of their home, which had just been completed, and because it was completely off the grid (solar and wind powered, and had its own septic system). And the VIEW. The view was 180 degrees of pure coastal beauty. It was everything we wanted and everything we never anticipated we would want. 

After the fire, Markus and I scrambled to find a venue that would match in every way (we had built our wedding’s visual theme around that house’s unique Moroccan flair, and we had settled on a functional theme of green/eco-concious in regards to our vendors and decorations). But sadly, due to budgetary constraints, and the timing (a mere two months before our wedding date and at the peak of wedding season), we couldn’t find anything that came even close. We had a few kind offers from family and friends to have the wedding at their homes, but Markus and I said, “Why not just have it at ours? We love our apartment.” We love it so much we LIVE THERE. 
So we settled on having the ceremony in our little courtyard, and the reception at a favorite restaurant (Off Vine in Hollywood – a venue which, coincidentally, had also burned down – in 2008 – and was rebuilt and reopened a few years later). 

Looking back at our choice, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We feel at peace and in our element at our home. We felt pride being able to host our own wedding in such a beautiful space with our closest family and friends. 

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I love that after everything we went through to plan and re-plan a wedding, we both agree that we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We grew together in the process and are still hearing how beautiful and intimate it was from our family and friends. 

2. Having my father be able to walk me down the aisle. My father has no cartilage in his ankles, and at several points over the last year and a half I was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to walk with me, but this past year has been exceptionally kind to him, health-wise – his mobility and energy have improved immensely – so he was able to be right there with me (and my mom!) walking with me towards my future. 

3. When I got the pictures back from Yair, we came across one of the groomsmen during the ceremony (as we were saying our vows) and not one…not two…but THREE were clearly emotional. Knowing that our family and friends were right there with us, feeling the gravity of the occasion  is such a beautiful gift and definitely reflects how we felt that day. 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My husband’s vows. They were awesome. They inspired laughter and tears, and they were completely organic to our relationship. 

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Nat & Mike

September 10

Napa, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted to have a very intimate wedding from the beginning (we had 40 guests). We wanted to find a small and cozy venue where our guests are not going to get lost. In addition, we got inspired by our friend’s wedding the previous year – they rented a villa in Mexico for a whole week. Being wedding photographers, we knew that the wedding day is going to fly by and loved the idea of prolong celebration and being together with our friends and family. And so we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least some of our friends and family. We looked around for a while and when we finally saw the villa in Napa it was love from the first sight.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. We both knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding for the first look, and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day – just being able to hug and hold my husband to be took all the tension and stress out.

2. I loved having one long dinner table – it brought everyone together and dinner was so much fun!

3. My wedding dress – it took me a while to find it, but I still cannot get over how perfect it was! I wanted a light dress in which I’d be able to breath (it was an outdoor wedding in a 90 degree heat, and I didn’t want to have a corset ). Also, I really wanted to have a dress that I haven’t seen before on any of my brides (being a wedding photographer makes you so much pickier for your own wedding!).  I went dress shopping with a friend and decided to try on that dress mostly for fun but when I put it on we both saw that that was the one!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Both of us cannot stop thinking about the overall feel of the day. We wanted a wine country wedding at that’s exactly what we had. It was warm, the air smelled of dry earth, ripening grapes, and wine; all of our dearest people were there, and we felt being absolutely surrounded by their love for us.

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Eco-Friendly Spring Rooftop Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 01, 2013

Amber & Steven

May 4

St. Augustine, Florida  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The rooftop, which was open and airy for the wedding ceremony and dancing portion of the reception, sold us on The White Room. It was absolutely the most ideal location for a wedding party of 80.  Everyone stayed and danced even past the 11 p.m. deadline.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Photographer

2. Wedding dress

3. Dance party reception

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our wedding ceremony exit is something we will all always remember.  Once our officiant officially announced us as husband and wife, we danced to “The Good Life,” by Kanye West on our exit down the aisle.  It was totally unexpected by our audience, since our ceremony was so sentimental and sweet. However, it fit our personalities and following the exit, everyone switched gears and was ready for the dance reception to begin.

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