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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 :)





 
Sunday, January 29, 2017
By Daniel Colvin Photography
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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

 
Monday, May 30, 2016
By Daniel Colvin Photography
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Whewww boy. This wedding was a doozy, in the very best of ways:  it was full of incredibly sweet and loving people, at a beautiful venue, with excellent vendors.  But also you guys, it had a PAD THAI STATION.  Plus entire booths for espresso, ice cream, and donuts.  So basically it was a fairytale.  Needless to say it's good that I wasn't a guest, or else I probably would have gained 20lbs and become 'that guy' to all of the catering staff.  

But even after all of the food and festivities and decor and dancing, these two have (and are) something special.  It seems like no one is ever a stranger to them (animals included), they have top notch taste in friends, and above all they love others fully and openly.  Plus they're also just really good at having fun, and the entirety of the wedding day just overflowed with that happiness.  They're easily some of the most genuine and kind people I've ever worked with, and to be welcomed into their story to document this chapter has been beyond humbling.  

As always I've gathered waaay too many highlight images here, though in my defense everything I've ever done with these guys has been a highlight reel (seriously, look at these ridiculously amazing sessions):

Candice & Daniel:  Engagement Afternoon


Candice:  Bridal Session

 

A huge hug and hearty congratulations Candice and Daniel!  Y'all are rockstars in my book :)



A big thanks to these amazing vendors for knocking it out of the park:


Planning and Coordination by Jace at Jitters and Cocktails:  http://www.jittersandcocktails.com/ 

Venue - Chandelier Grove:  Chandelier Grove - Wedding Wire

Second Shooter - Justin Williams at http://jwphotographer.com/

Floral - Holly at Flower Vibes:  http://flowervibes.com/

Cake - Dolce Designs: http://mydolcedesigns.com/

Hair & Makeup - Angela Karr / Faces by Angela:  http://www.angelakarr.com/ 

Strings - Third Floor Strings: http://thirdfloorstrings.com

Catering - Astral Catering:  http://astralcatering.com/

Rentals - A Memorable Event: http://amemorableevent.com/

Coffee Bar - Pearland Coffee Roasters: http://www.pearlandcoffeeroasters.com/


 
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.