Menaka’s dad selected the following images to complete a wonderful 30 page, 8×10 parent album that encompasses the entire gorgeous weekend as a whole. It includes a perfect selection from both the traditional Indian ceremony at the 9th Street Abbey in St. Louis as well as the more traditional American ceremony at the Overlook Farms in Kirksville, Missouri the following afternoon.
Last month I was in Missouri Though it feels almost like yesterday, two years ago this past August I was in Missouri to photograph the quaint – but stunning – Indian ceremony of Menaka and Julien at the 9th Street Abbey in downtown St. Louis, before heading north the following day to have the absolute honor of photographing their American ceremony at the gorgeous Overlook farm. These images: how can they not inspire me?
Anyway. For their Indian ceremony they chose a smaller custom bound 20 page 8×10 album that will perfectly compliment their gorgeous 8×10 brown, slightly-distressed, leather wedding album.
Laura and Tyler decided to use images from their Cinematic Romance in the adorable German Village neighborhood of Columbus to create a guestbook for their wedding in July. It will be a 20 page 8×8 custom bound leather album with the most gorgeous light blue faux snake skin; I can’t wait to see more than just a swatch, and will absolutely post images of the final project once it comes in! After talking to Laura last month, I’m even more excited for their wedding, as she told me so many details (but not too many — which really leaves me curious!) that are so UNIQUE, and against the grain. I can’t wait to see what she and Tyler have in store for their fabulous day! In the meantime, here’s a small sample of their delightful shoot from a day trip spent with them in Columbus.
This is a very special post and set of images for me that I’m not going to try to ramble on about… at least too much.
I’ve been aching to photograph this adorable couple for years, and finally is was able to happen. After a little road trip, Alex and Laura graciously welcomed me into their home… before we’d actually even met in person. I’ve known Alex – basically as well as you can know someone – through the Internet Machine for some 10 to 12 years, and this was our first time meeting. I didn’t even think of calling Nev and Max (though I do adore them), and of course she was everything I expected and more. I knew Alex was cool, and funny (ok, hilarious) but I now have someone I consider a very close friend… that lives too far away.
And Laura? So cute. I love their love. So sweet, adorable, a little quiet and shy, affection; those two kept me laughing, and wishing so desperately we could hang out weekly and shoot every other week. I cannot wait to see them again. They’re two of the best, sweetest, people I’ve meet in a long time. To say I had a fabulous time with them, and that I am beyond pleased with their images? Understatement.
A&L: truly adore you both. Can’t wait to see you both ASAP… and Laura, for you to meet your defender.
Enjoy the art!
Several years ago, when Menaka first began to tell me I WOULD be her wedding photographer, I have was absolutely honored to even be a thought in her mind. But as things got more and more real, I only began to be more over the moon at the prospect.
Then we started to shoot: and my high expectations were well exceeded. Their Cinematic Romance at Lake Erie? Killed it. The Indian ceremony at the Abbey? So gorgeous. And I won’t even get into the amazing plans we have in store for the future. Not only are these two kind, loving, and giving, but they don’t miss a detail (hellloooo custom-designed Fyodor Atelier gown and Jimmy Choos; could I possibly swoon any more??); Menaka showed me some of her ideas, and not only did I feel like the luckiest photographer ever, but I wanted their wedding day to be here NOW. And tomorrow. And the next day. (And the Overlook Farm? Ohhhh, how I love you.)
But, finally, I was on my way to St. Louis for back-to-back days of Incredible. Of course those two never disappoint. Except to see a lot more of them; we have a lot in store.
Enjoy the art!
Knowing Menaka for as long as I have, having shot their gorgeous engagement images (round 1!), and months of talking and texting back and forth about their wedding days (yes, days) in August…. I knew we were going to be in for nothing short of more amazing, gorgeous, love and art. Day 1 found me in St Louis, Missouri for their Indian ceremony. It was a quaint, stunning, ceremony at the 9th Street Abbey in downtown St Louis, where of course Menaka didn’t miss a detail. (I know this to be truth even if her guestlist would be a party of one — that’s just how this girl works!)
I always love photographing marriage ceremonies outside of American customs, sheerly for their uniqueness and beauty. As you can see by the abundance of ceremony images, this one was no different. This was my second Hindu ceremony, and I think they’re absolutely gorgeous and captivating to observe. This is the “short” wedding wedding, so Day 2 – the American ceremony – will be here shortly. That post? It’s a doozy. Gorgeous.. but picture-overload!
In the meantime: enjoy the art!
I’m leaving in a few hours for a little trip to Missouri. Friday and Saturday I will be shooting Menaka and Julien’s weddings! Friday is a short Indian ceremony, and Saturday is the full day “American” ceremony. You have no idea how long I’ve been looking forward to these days, and especially since I got this gorgeous couple-turned-models in front of my camera several months ago. (Oh, and do we still have many a plans waiting in the wings.) I can’t wait to get back here and share some sure-to-be-AMAZING images with all of you. Can you say sample album and display canvases?! I just KNOW. Already.
Internet will be limited, my apologies in advance, as I will also be visiting with some family. I will get to what I can, as I can. I’ll be back home Thursday, August 8.
I’ve known Deana since kindergarten, and after meeting Autymn I’m sure you can imagine how prehistoric I now feel (don’t you love it when that happens?) knowing Deana and I have known each other since we were a year younger than Autymn. When did we get so old?! I can remember so much of elementary school, and I’m sure if she and I sat down right now many more memories would emerge.
While we are only a phone call, text, or email away… sadly Deana is 10 hours away by car — living in the small Missouri town we grew up in. Clearly aware of this, I’ve just sat by and watched… year after year… as her and Byron’s daughter grew to be more and more ridiculously adorable.
And I hadn’t even MET Autymn and her huge, wonderful, personality!
I could not be more excited and thankful when, a few years ago, Deana and I began to try to coordinate a time to shoot. I typically only get back to Missouri once a year, so after scheming for the third year in a row we were able to pull it together… and pull off one of THE most adorable shoots in the history of family shoots. Autmyn didn’t really open up until nighttime – after she’d had some ice cream, of course – so I didn’t get to see the truly personality until after dark…. Can you even IMAGINE the images we would’ve captured if I had not been given “shy” Autymn all day?? I cannot wait to see this adorable one grow up with her wonderful mom and dad; and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for our next shoot.
And… Autymn… when you’re ready, I still want to be the first photographer to take your modeling pictures!!
Enjoy the abundance of love and cuteness these three exude; enjoy the art!