The summer weather in South Florida is wildly unpredictable. Generally one can expect it to be hot [obviously], but we sometimes have days of relentless sunshine followed by sudden torrential downpours. Or hurricanes. (We don’t get “drizzle”. If it’s raining, you’ll notice; it’s typically blowing sideways.) When we photograph weddings in the summer in Florida we tend to go with the philosophy of, “Hey. You’ll say vows! And we’ll take photos. We’ll play the rest by ear.” As long as there’s an airtight rain plan (or better yet, plan everything inside), things usually work out well, and we’re always up for the challenge of working around less than ideal lighting and locations.

Of course it’s much easier for everyone involved if the weather can simply cooperate, at least at a few key moments.

Nicole + Sean’s wedding was beautifully orchestrated and organized, with backup plans for the predicted heavy thunderstorms and rain. Call it the luck of the Irish, call it divine intervention; the rain came, but only during opportune moments, almost as if Nicole arranged the weather patterns to coordinate with the rest of their day. We started the day at Juliet Salon, where Juliet Ciambrone and Nicole Greenhouse worked their magic (and it rained outside). The weather cleared up for a quick trip to Nicole’s parents’ home nearby, where everyone finished getting ready and hustled into the limo for the trip to the beautiful St. Edward Catholic Church on Palm Beach Island, where Nicole’s parents had their own wedding a few years back (and it rained outside). The weather cleared up with room to spare for us all to gather inside the church for the beautiful ceremony (yep, more rain, with thunder this time), and eased up for a few minutes so we could snap a couple of group photos in the courtyard before getting on the limo bus with the wedding party. (This time it didn’t just rain: there was also a tornado warning.) Once at the reception venue, the Gulfstream Bath + Tennis Club in Delray Beach, the weather cooperated long enough for photos on the boardwalk before the party got started upstairs. Amazingly enough we even managed to catch a beautiful sunset for a fleeting few moments as the sun ducked behind the building.

The rest of the night was a whirlwind of energetic dancing, complete with “Flat Cat” (an inside joke that we absolutely love even if we don’t fully understand the origins– see if you spot it in the dance photos), an enthusiastic evening of music by the talented band VoxBlu, and our favorite thing about photographing a wedding: the display of emotions that ranged from laughter to tears and everything in between.

We’re so happy to have worked with such a delightful couple, and we hope they have an unforgettable honeymoon! Thank you to everyone who made us feel like part of the party. [Find us on Facebook and give us a shout when you're next in town so we can take you up on that drink. ;-) ] Click below for our favorite shots from the day [it was so hard to narrow down!] and click here to register to be notified when the full gallery is available.

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  • Nicole SchappertAugust 23, 2014 - 1:08 am

    These are so AMAZING! Emily and Steve were the BEST! They were so cool to work with – it’s like they were a part of our wedding party! There were times when I didn’t know what was going on – and I looked to Emily (she’s been at a lot of weddings… right?). We are so excited to see our pictures and LOVE all of the candid shots Emily and Steve got. It’s hard to see every moment of your big day, but luckily Emily and Steve caught them all!

    P.S. MAJOR props to catching Flat Cat in the air. Whoever snapped that photo wins “Best photo of the day”! Game on!

  • Tina LetoskyAugust 23, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Such beautiful pics!!

  • Makeup Artistry by NicoleSeptember 2, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Beautiful! Wow!

  • Nora RosensweigSeptember 18, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    What beautiful wedding photos. You captured so many beautiful moments and expressions of people. I love the sunset photos, all the dancing, flat cat, father & daughter about to walk down the aisle, and even the rain on the car windshield! Great job!

Our 4th of July holiday weekend kicked off with Mai-Vi + Paul’s intimate wedding in Boca Raton on July 3rd. We were blown away by the relaxed atmosphere of the small group of relatives and close friends, and felt immediately welcome. Mai-Vi started her day by going on a “fun run” with her girls (“just ten miles”– wow!), and then settled into her air conditioned suite at the Boca Raton Resort + Club to get ready. Paul and his guys hung out in their own suite elsewhere in the sprawling resort, with a well-loved American flag along for the ride (in addition to their matching flag socks). Molly’s Trolleys ran laps between the Resort and St Lucy Catholic Church just up the road, so we all were able to ride in comfort with the sparkling Atlantic Ocean alongside.

After the ceremony everyone headed to The Addison for cocktails, dinner, and dancing. The Addison is a beautiful place for an event, with towering banyan trees shading the enclosed courtyard. We loved the laughter and connections between everyone present, and seeing nearly everyone out on the dance floor multiple times was a treat. (We were especially touched by Mai-Vi’s dedication of her bouquet to her dear friends who were celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary that day… how sweet!) Please click below to see some of our favorites from the day, and click here to sign up to be notified when the full gallery is released.

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  • AnnJuly 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    WOW !!! You have truly captured their special day in these beautiful pictues.

  • Mai-Vi Callahan SegedinJuly 13, 2014 - 11:33 pm

    Simply Amazing!!! Thank you so much Em and Steve!! These photos truly capture our personalities and the whole feel of the wedding day. We love love love them and you guys. Can’t wait for more photos!!! :)

  • Paul SegedinJuly 14, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Absolutely exceeded my expectations!!! The photos are not only amazing, but they captured the atmosphere and emotions of the wedding perfectly! Looking through the pictures, I felt like I was watching a video. I cannot wait to see more! I have received so many compliments on the photos from guests, friends and family. Thank you Em and Steve!!!

  • Sandy Sudlow ClarkeJuly 14, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    As usual these are incredible. Love your work Em and Steve.

  • Barbara TenczaJuly 30, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Thank you for allowing me to enjoy your day on my computer. Great pictures, looked like a terrific time. The church looked beautiful. Nice sneaks!!! Good looking friends and especially parents. Great seeing you earlier today. Much happiness to the 2 of you. My picture on facebook is of my 4 year old granddaughter with a bag of doritos. She keeps us hopping.

A stormy day couldn’t keep Kaitlyn + Matt from beaming at each other last weekend! We joined these recent West Point grads for their wedding celebration along with friends and family from near and far. We met Kaitlyn and her mom in a Juno Beach parking lot while headed into another wedding last December, and have been so touched by the obvious care and emotion that they have put into this happy day (and getting to know everyone has been a treat!). Kaitlyn surrounded herself with loved ones, and even her hair stylist and makeup artist were family friends who have watched her grow up. One of our favorite personal touches was her pearl necklace: worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother Karla, and now worn by Kaitlyn.

All of the festivities were held on location at the PGA National Resort + Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. The grounds make for a beautiful Floridian backdrop, with a fun ride through the golf course to a few choice portrait locations after the emotional ceremony. We laughed and cried along with everyone else during the reception; Kaitlyn’s dad had an especially poignant quote  from an important time in their lives (please forgive the paraphrasing): “Every girl has a father, but not every girl has a Daddy.” (Doubt there was a dry eye in the house.) Matt’s brother led some key dance floor shenanigans, including some energetic moves to “Footloose”, which had everyone panting to keep up. We loved seeing so many good friendships made while both Kaitlyn + Matt were in school at West Point; seems like they’ll have these friendships for life. It was a wonderful day celebrating two families coming together because of a young couple in love; we’re so happy to congratulate Kaitlyn + Matt on their wedding and marriage!

Click below to see just a few of our favorites from the day, and click here to be notified when the rest (so many more!) are available in their gallery.
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  • KaitlynJune 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Em and Steve, we absolutely LOVE the photos !!! Can’t wait to see the rest. You both were such a joy and blessing to have with us at the wedding, thank you so much!!!! Love, Kaitlyn and Matt

  • Karla ZimmermanJune 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Thank you Em + Steve! You masterfully captured the beauty and love of the day in your blog and fabulous photos. Cannot wait to see more! We are forever grateful! ~ Karla Z, Proud Mom :)

  • Ted JeromeJune 26, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    Wonderful photos, Em and Steve!

Andrea + Stephen found us because of networking, though in a very roundabout way. Em’s stepmother met a talented makeup artist in Burlington, Vermont a while back, and eventually we met Vivian Infantino in person while she was visiting family in Florida. We had yet to work together on a shoot, but kept meeting up for coffee (and eventually for some portraits of Vivian herself, in Hanover NH last summer). We were delighted when her nephew’s fiancée, Andrea, contacted us about their wedding; not only did they seem like a lovely couple, but Vivian would be doing her makeup, so we’d finally get a chance to work together!

We had a wonderful time with Andrea + Stephen on their wedding day (along with their devoted family and grinning friends), and fell in love with the way they hold each other so gently and look at each other with such delight. We started the day at their respective parents’ homes in Winter Park, followed by the ceremony at the St. James Catholic Cathedral in nearby Orlando, and finished up the day around sunset at the Winter Park Racquet Club, which perches on a slight hill by a beautiful lake. We loved the personal touch of getting ready at their homes surrounded by family, and the ceremony could not have been more beautiful, taking place in the first Catholic church in Orlando which was recently renovated to restore the original building’s stunning rose window.

Click below to see more of our favorites from the day, and click here to sign up to be notified when the full gallery is available.

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What do you do when a friend in the photography industry asks for help getting her car across the country? Volunteer to drive it, of course! Always up for an impromptu adventure, we exchanged our round-trip airline tickets to WPPI in Las Vegas for a one way flight home from Portland, Oregon. With three days notice.

We had already been planning on visiting Portland after Vegas (Em’s sister and many of our friends live there), so this seemed like the perfect challenge: get to Las Vegas on time for the convention, spend a week working and networking, and then get to Portland as quickly as possible to have a few days of play before jetting home. Some of our adventures have been blogged by Design Aglow (from creative visionary Lena Hyde, who also owns the car we were about to drive), but we’ve only just now finished sorting through the images from our March adventure. (See the three blog entries they posted here, here, and here.) Think of this blog post as the extended edition director’s cut… with the exciting conclusion. (Spoiler alert: we made it back to Florida.)

[For those of you who are interested, the images in this post are a hodge-podge mix of iPhone photos (shot with a 5s and edited with VSCO Cam), snapshots from my trusty Lumix GF1, and "big camera" photos from our Canon 5D Mk ii with the 35mm ƒ1.4 and the 135mm ƒ2.0.]

Ready to get started on our whirlwind trip? Grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and click below…

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