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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
By Daniel Colvin Photography
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After shooting hundreds of weddings, I've seen it all - from quiet evenings with families to huge celebrations with raging afterparties.  I'm addicted to that variety of style and size and personality, but truthfully it's the common thread of a couple's love and excitement that makes them each special.  That's one of the many reasons I was so pumped to document this private elopement ceremony for Megan and Sean.  Most wedding days are whirlwinds of excitement and emotions, full of details to remember and places to be and people to greet, with very little time for a couple to settle into the happiness and importance of the small moments together. After going through the possibilities in their minds, Megan and Sean decided to forgo the traditional route and instead focus on the experience together.   Private destination weddings and elopements may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a treasure of incredible times for a couple: a way of crafting a wedding day that isn't weighted by the details or pleasing the Joneses, but purely about making the most of every moment. 

And boy, did these two pick a hell of a spot.  St. Barthélemy (or St. Bart's, to those like me who would butcher the full pronunciation) is a luxury resort island in the French West Indies, and the most exclusive destination in the Caribbean.  There are no direct flights in, so it's only reachable by boat or tiny puddle-jumper planes from larger nearby islands.  It's crawling with celebrities, but without any of the fan fare or tacky tourism one might expect - it's tasteful in every way, overflowing with the perfect romanticism of adventure and solitude.  Megan and Sean are beautiful people inside and out and fit right at home there, which made my job of location scouting and documenting their excitement such a treat.  But in all truth, even if these two were getting married in a parking lot I'd feel honored to be a part of it.  They're hilarious and an absolute joy to hang around, and it was beyond humbling to be able to document this week with them.  Their affection and appreciation for each other is so genuine, and it's that pride in each other that made it all so special.  All the love to them and their future adventures together :)





 
Friday, December 18, 2015
By Daniel Colvin
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I recently had the privilege of partnering up with some wonderful Houston area vendors to show a selection of bridal looks for the new year.  We had a blast documenting these, and hope you all enjoy them too :)

A big thanks to our models, along with these amazing vendors:

Hairspray & Highlight

Houston Bridal Gallery 

Chateau Polonez


 

 

 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
By Daniel Colvin
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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!


 
Thursday, December 11, 2014
By Daniel Colvin
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I was talking to someone the other day about inspiration - what inspires me personally, what inspires me as an artist, and what keeps me going when "you just have lost the edge".   The more I thought about it, that more I realized that I didn't have that many definite answers...sometimes I'm influenced by old photographs, sometimes it's travel, sometimes just everyday life.  Aside from external influences and visual cues however, there is one thing that always inspires me and energizes my creativity: selfless love.

There were so many glimpses of that throughout this wedding, from Kristin and James' nerves at the beginning of the day to their unabashed joy after the ceremony.  These two love so genuinely, beyond just a surface level of romance or wedding day excitement.  It's that selfless love for each other and their families and friends that made this day so much more than simply a big party: it was a covenant, a celebration of the beginning.

Needless to say, I was absolutely spoiled by this wedding.  It was full of moments and personalities that can't be made or bought, and that is why I am so happy to be sharing it :)


Shot at City Church and The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi.
 

 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Daniel Colvin
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I truly love what I do.  


Perhaps it's due to my obsession with art, or my addiction to variety, or my passion for people and their stories...but wedding photography is immensely fulfilling to me.  Every wedding is its own adventure, bursting with emotions and experiences and offering a small glimpse of something larger than life.  

 

There is no doubt in my mind that I will always photograph the lives and loves of people.  

 

While that is so meaningful to me and something I truly believe God has placed on my heart, I do also just really enjoy the art of photography.  In the past I've stuck my hands in quite a few photo pies, be it live music, products, fashion, nature, etc.   But aside from lifestyle and weddings, my greatest photography interest is easily overseas travel: flora, fauna, colors, cultures, everything.  I'm obsessed with new experiences, and I can easily say that my travels have made a huge impact on how I (and my camera) see the world.  

 

There's a point to all of this, promise:  It's been a long time goal to somehow combine my two loves of photographing weddings and destinations. 

 


[Cue my amazing friends Chris and Julia] 


I had a blast getting to know Chris and Julia and photographing their engagements last year, and as usual we kept in contact.  We began talking about wedding photography possibilities, and soon booked dates for their wedding in St. Thomas, USVI (and let's just say I had a reaaally hard time waiting patiently for that week).  To skip the novel of a blog post I could write about their wedding festivities I'll just say this: more people should consider destination weddings.  While they aren't for everyone, they certainly offer some unique experiences (I don't often photograph couples snorkeling before their rehearsal dinner, for instance).

The small group and privacy of the events made it incredibly personal for everyone: there were no strangers, just people who loved Chris and Julia and wanted to share in their excitement.  So while the setting would have been wonderful alone, what really stood out was their friendships and character.  Their group of friends is super tight and has been since many of them were just kids - they've supported each other through thick and thin, and the bonds show.  I also seriously think that they were one of the most wild, fun-loving crews I've ever had at a reception (in the best way) which is really saying something. 

 


All in all, the entire weekend was one big-hearted celebration, which is exactly what a wedding should be.  



So I am super excited to share this set of images: from our 'rehearsal' day on the catamaran, the wedding day, and a newlywed/trash the dress session for the last day. 

It's a lot of images, but worth the time :) 

 

 

 

    Day One | Catamaran 

     (Catamaran trip by Daydreamer & Coconut Cruises)


 

 

 

 

Day Two | Wedding

(Wedding venue: Secret Harbour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three | Newlywed Session

 

 

 








Thank you for taking the time to follow these three days...we had an amazing time capturing and creating these images, and hope that you enjoyed looking through them too!  

{ If you or someone you know is looking for an international destination photographer, do not hesitate to reach out.  I will be offering custom destination discounts through the end of 2015. }





If you're STILL reading, you can browse some of my personal travel photographs on instagram for kicks.