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
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed an engagement session at beautiful Maymont Park. Meeting Ryan and Danielle there was perfect even though I totally forgot that Maymont closes so early! We heard a reminder that the park would be closing soon and just as I started to feel a bit panicked, the clouds cleared, the sun started to shine and I was able to capture the most beautiful light before we unexpectedly had to leave the park!
This beautiful day began in the historic manor house at Belmont Country Club. Abby was showing me her details and then she gave me a gift and told me to open it. I questioned her because it just didn’t seem right for the photographer to be opening a gift on the bride’s wedding day but she insisted! Abby had made me a custom cross-stitch of Michael and I with cameras in our hands! It looks JUST like us and I was just amazed at her talent and thoughtfulness!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.