We’ve kept in touch with the delightful Duffy family since Jessica + Ian were married in 2010. We hadn’t had a chance to photograph their newest addition to the family yet, so late afternoon at the family’s farm and woodshop was a real treat (speaking of which, you should check out Rockledge Farm for beautiful handmade furniture and kitchen tools). See a few of our favorites from their session earlier this summer below, and get in touch to schedule your own session in Vermont this fall (dates to be announced soon!).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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