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.

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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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms we know and love out there, and especially to my mom, Evelyn, who’s at home in chilly Vermont today. (Wish you were here!) A quick look back to two of my favorite photos of Momma with her girls (from November of 2012, with photos by my oh-so-talented husband, Steve). –xoxo Em

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