Some of you may have seen that Michael and I traveled to France to photograph a gorgeous wedding last week! It was a dream come true! After the wedding, we hit the road with our good friends Jordan and Amy Demos and we started a 5 day adventure to three different countries! This road trip would have been epic if it was just that… a road trip….but it was so much more than that! We stopped in Marseille on the second day of our journey and the next day, we did something that we have been looking forward to for a long time!
Ever since we realized that our calendar and our travel plans were going to align, we have been planning this surprise!! That means that this secret shoot has been in the works for months and months! Before I continue, you need to know something about Amy and Jordan. Most of you already know that they are amazing photographers. As of this past Sunday they have been married for seven years and even though their wedding day was one of the best days of their life, they have very few pictures that truly capture their joy. So, it has been a dream of theirs for quite some time to do a vow renewal and this trip seemed like the BEST opportunity to make it happen!!
Amy had a gown custom made for her and it was inspired by certain aspects of both of their mother’s and grandmother’s wedding dresses! I loved this idea and you definitely have to read their blog today to hear the full story! I helped curl Amy’s hair and Jordan helped her into her gown and we got in the car and started driving towards the countryside! We were in search of the infamous french lavender fields and we knew of one location that was super popular with tourists. However, when we stopped to pick up Amy’s incredible bouquet from Laetitia C. Fleurs d’Atelier, she told us of a secret lavender field that we would have all to ourselves!! We followed her directions and we pulled our rental car over on the side of the road at the most perfect location.
Not only did we find a secluded lavender field, we found one with a TREE right in the middle of the field and it served as a PERFECT diffuser!!! Michael officiated their ceremony and read the words directly from their actual wedding. We both got a little teary and choked up because it really felt like we were getting to be a part of their wedding day even though we didn’t even know them 7 years ago! As they shared their vows Jordan threw in some extra jokes and Amy somehow laughed and cried at the same time. I was worried that their little ceremony wouldn’t be special or that it would be hard to take it seriously because it was just us standing in the dirt in the middle of a field… but that was not the case at all. Michael did an amazing job and you could tell that this wasn’t just about getting some pretty pictures…. these two honestly wanted to experience their wedding day and their commitment to one another all over again… and it was beautiful.
As they kissed and we started to do some portraits, I started squealing because I really couldn’t believe what I was capturing. We had rushed and sped all the way there because we had gotten a late start but God’s timing with the light was absolutely perfect. As soon as we finished their ceremony, the glowy light was in its’ prime!! It was a day that we’ll never forget! Michael and I feel so honored that we were the ones who got to witness and capture this for our sweet friends! We left the field at sunset and headed to one of the best dinner’s of the trip and everyone stared at Amy because she was the most beautiful bride!
Today I have blogged WAY too many favorites but I hope you enjoy them!!! Jordan and Amy we love you guys and we’ll never forget this incredible day!!!
Dress | Katherine Bignon Design
Florals | Laetitia C. Fleurs d’atelier
This session is beautiful… if I do say so myself! It’s colorful, it’s vibrant, it’s full of joy and it’s also LONG! It’s a lengthy post because I just had so many favorites and I absolutely loved my time with these two last week! Paige, like a lot of our brides, is a photographer herself! She’s talented, full of life, energetic and creative. I felt the pressure to take this location that she knows well and make it look fresh and knew to her!! Nikhil is an audio engineer for Apple (which we think is fascinating!) and despite hardly ever wearing a suit, he wore one for Paige and made all of her outfit dreams come true!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.