I'm not an outwardly emotional person, and in some ways I envy those who get really shaken by heart-tugging movies (though don't even get me started on certain Pixar films, which make me all kinds of weepy). While I feign a confidence in thought and reason, deep down everything I do is fueled and inspired by emotion. It's one of the many reasons why I am forever drawn to photographing relationship stories, and approaching those worlds through the eyes of honest, heartfelt journalism. Every weddings has its own story, full of moments that a real treat to find...but once in a while I'll meet a couple like Alexandra and Stephen who spoil me absolutely rotten. They are overflowing with near constant laughter, tenderness, affection, goofiness, and deep-held respect for each other, and it was truly a privilege to see and capture glimpses of that. They're also a bit adventurous (uhhh huge weak spot), and took a month long road trip for their honeymoon. Total badasses.Below is an intentionally long form story board of their wedding celebration, full of quiet romantic moments, joyful tears, explosions of laughter, and some heavy duty partying to cap it off. Cheers to these two for a lifetime :)Photographed at Black Hawk Country Club // Hair and Makeup thanks to Beauty by Sarah Jean
I somehow just consistently get to work with amazing people, and I'm quite thankful that train hasn't slowed. But Candice (and her husband Daniel) has darn neared messed up the whole system by being so doggone great that I've almost felt spoiled. If you've seen any of my other recent posts, you've likely read a few of the many reasons why she's amazing and they're just the very best kind of people. Being able to document the last year with them has truly been an honor, and thanks to their fun loving attitudes and badass sidekick pup, a total blast in the process. Much love and many thanks to Candice for being such a killer sport through her nature and adventure inspired bridal session :)And thanks as well to Flower Vibes for the killer bouquet!
I consider it such a privilege to meet new couples and document their relationships, learning bits and pieces about them and their stories along the way. Candice and Daniel are a perfect example, though I must admit that they cheated a bit by bringing way too much to the table. First off, Daniel has a top notch name, can't argue with that. Second, they have a ballin dog named Bo and brought him to their engagement session, with a NO HOLDS BARRED policy on me being able to pet him. Which I did, incessantly. Third, Candice knows I have long/rebellious/unwiedly hair and bought me a bottle of her favorite product to try, and it basically changed my life. They're big fans of adventure and new experiences and goofiness and all sorts of other things I'm partial to, but above all they love and support each other. Their story is an amazing and inspiring one, and as fun as it's been to goof off with them, I'm most excited (and humbled) to be a part of the documenting this piece of their journey. So without further ado, here are a few peeks into our exploration of Brazos Bend State Park, an old date spot of theirs and a locale full of interesting surprises :)
C A N D I C E & D A N I E L
(and also Bo)
Okay, so here's the deal. I'm kind of a weird dude, and probably far too rebellious for my own good, at least when it comes to maintaining clean-cut seriousness in the wedding world. I'm not an expert on current wedding trends, I barely know what forks are for what in a multi course meal, and most of my photographic inspiration comes from outside of the industry entirely, whether it's fashion or adventure travel and photojournalism from 50 years ago. The core of everything I do is a hope to understand people and share their stories in a genuine way, not simply take 'pretty wedding photos'. In some ways I think that may hurt me in the business, but I honestly couldn't have it any other way. Every once in a while I'll meet a couple who just 'gets it': who know that they want something different, but above all just want to be themselves, not pressured to rehash someone else's day but instead falling completely into the moment with each other and their friends. Marley and Trace were that couple. We got to know each other for the first time over beers, talking about everything from their history to antics with friends and their skateboarding exploits. That can't be understated - Trace and basically all of his friends are legitimately killer skaters ( after looking through the blog, you'll recognize several faces in Houston skate videos like this one ). Marley is beyond sweet, Trace is hilarious and they're both just refreshingly real together.
But as awesome as they were to hang with, you can also tell a lot about a couple by the friends that keep them close. This was not only one of the most chill and genuine bridal parties I've worked with, but also one of the most dedicated to supporting them. People did whatever they could to make this wedding - one friend had been in an accident and was stuck at the hospital hooked up to an IV, but he ripped it out and came anyway. That really says something, both about their community and their character.
All in all, this wedding was a total blast. Marley and Trace are goofballs that know how to party hard, but they're also just top notch people with a heartfelt love for each other and the people around them. I count it a privilege to have been a part of this with them, and am stoked to share some of our documented escapades.
Venues and Photo Locations: Magnolia Hotel // Nouveau Antique Art Bar // Downtown building which shall remain unnamed due to our low key B&E for hangout with groomsmen // Midtown street art, namely 'Preservons La Creation' (Let's Preserve the Creation) by French street artist Sebastien "Mr. D" Boileau
Goodness gracious, have I been excited to share this wedding. You may have picked up on it by now if you've read any of my other posts, but gosh do I love documenting life. It's the vanishing moments, the slow stories, the beauty of people and the world that surrounds them that keep me coming back to capture tiny pieces of an infinite subject. I've been blessed to work with consistently awesome couples over the past 8 years, but these two stepped it up a notch - Deanna and Nicholas' wedding (and shoot, even they themselves) spoiled me something fierce. Nicholas is the kind of guy that makes anyone feel always welcomed, like you've been great friends for years by the time you first meet. Deanna is that wonderful balance between selflessly kind and a little rebellious - she's a talented wedding photographer (no pressure Daniel), and quite possibly the most encouraging person I've ever shot with, but I can also warn that she'll shark you at the local pool hall if you're not careful (trust me, she has countless amazing stories of this). When they told me their wedding was in Colorado, I went pretty berzerk (internally of course). I'm a mountain and wilderness nut, and it's been a big itch of mine to combine my love of landscape photography and wedding photography into one story. Because their wedding was to be in a little town called Carbondale just northwest of Aspen, most of their guests made the scenic drive from Denver through the mountains, rivers, and farms of central Colorado. Well, that 4 hour drive became 12 hours for me, as I stopped countless times to capture bits and pieces of this long 'wilderness warm up' to the wedding. It snowed a fair bit on the way over, especially around the icy roads of the 12,000ft Independence Pass, so it felt like I came upon a secret oasis of color and warmth in Carbondale. The wedding itself was breathtaking, not only because of the stunning scenery, but because the purpose behind the wedding was real to them. Having the wedding in a gorgeous location was icing on the cake, but clearly not the cake itself. It was an intimate (but oh, quite lively) celebration of the two of them and their families, and it would have been just as beautiful if it was in an old building or a simple church.All in all, I have had an absolute pleasure getting to know these two and am blessed to call them friends.
So at long last, here is a series I put together to show some pieces of the story:
R O A D T O T H E W E D D I N G
E N G A G E M E N T S
B R I D A L S
W E D D I N G D A Y
A thousand congratulations you two :) And happy birthday Deanna!