Friday, March 27, 2009

Here Comes the Bride...Brittany and George Take 2

So picking up where I left off (from the previous post)...The wedding took place in a beautiful house on a huge piece of property that belongs to someone in Brittany's family.  After leaving the hotel, that is where we headed.  Suffice it to say, I got a first-hand experience of what Southern hospitality looks like - all the preparation and all the details done with finesse and charm.  I was amazed!!

As the bridesmaids helped Brittany get dressed, she pulled out this *GREAT* pair of orange gloves.  Still not sure why she had the gloves, but we had some fun with them!!
Did I mention in the last post how fun all these young women are???  They laughed and hammed it up in front of the camera (and of course, gave me some good "serious" shots too).  After we took pictures of all the bridesmaids, four of them decided to hang out with us while we photographed the Bride.  They kept her laughing and as we explored the property, they found a couple of boats and entertained us with a little reenactment of an expedition down the Amazon River (or should I say Rio Amazonas?).  I was laughing so hard at times, it was hard to focus on taking pictures...I wanted to jump in the boats with them.
Well, since the Bride is the center of attention on the Wedding Day (sorry George, it's just the truth), Brittany gets some full, individual pictures of herself looking gorgeous and glamorous and sometimes a little sassy...
I *LOVE* Brittany's bouquet!!  So simple but totally striking...
OK, so the one below shows a little "sass"...
By the time we were done with the bride's pictures, Chris and I were just slightly sticky from all that Louisiana humidity.   (I think it was the first time I really understood that phrase people say when talking about Arizona - "But it's a DRY heat".)  It was good to get a little air conditioning before the big event.  Below is a collage of pictures from the wedding...
It was a beautiful ceremony!  They even had their parents come and pray a blessing over them.  When it was over, you could feel their excitement as they danced off the patio...on their way to MORE pictures!
Once again, did I mention how fun this wedding party was???  They were up for all the crazy ideas that Chris and I came up with.  My favorite idea????  The *BIG FISH* picture (see bottom pic).
With the maid of honor and best man (who happened to be George's dad - how cool is that?)
I think my favorite part of any wedding is the privilege of photographing two people who have just minutes before committed their lives to one another.  There is a sweetness in those few moments between the couple that is found in few other places.  The groom adores his bride and she is his.  Sometimes I'm not sure if a couple even remembers that I am there...
There were so many fun "cake" pictures, they warranted their own collage.  These two took the biggest pieces of cake I have ever seen and ever so delicately...shoved it into each others faces.  
I love this picture below...George's intensity and Brittany's giggling.  Something tells me there may be other moments in their life when the exact same thing will happen.
The last collage...(are you getting tired yet?)  The reception was wonderful.  I got a taste for some more Southern fare.  The Jambalaya was delicious, as was the Shrimp Etouffee.  My compliments to the chef, whoever you are!!  There was much dancing and talking and reuniting at the reception.  Dad even was caught jamming on the neck of the guitar from the groom's cake!  The end of the evening was closed out with a chorus of "Ma Familia" (not sure I spelled that right), sung by all the "Brazilian kids". 
Brittany and George (and both sets of parents) it was an honor to be able to photograph the wedding.  Many, many blessings on you and your marriage!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Brittany and George

I had the extreme pleasure of helping a friend of mine, Chris Maddox, photograph a wedding in Louisiana this past weekend. Since I have the leisure of being the "second shooter", I thought I'd post a few of the pictures I took in the form of Storyboards...along with the story of Brittany and George's big day. (By the way, click on the smaller pictures to see them, as my kids would say, "more big").
We arrived in Louisiana in time to get a taste of good Southern cooking and an invitation to the rehearsal dinner. The piece de resistance of the meal was fresh, boiled crawfish. Boy, did I get an education in how to eat them! Though it was a little tricky at first, I got the hang of the tails, but I must say that I never did quite get the knack of the heads. A few people asked me what I thought and my honest response was "I sure was glad for the brisket!"
The next morning I was introduced to some more Southern cuisine...beignets. The whole wedding party began the day with pastries and coffee. But I don't think that wasn't exciting enough for them, so two of the bridesmaids had a powdered sugar war. By the end they were both covered in white dust and had us all laughing hysterically.
After the events of the morning it was evident that showers were a necessity. One of the things that impressed me so much about Brittany was her easy going manner. Originally, she had wanted a burnt orange-red color for the dresses, but when she contacted the company they told her those dresses were no longer available. So she ordered the more true orange big deal right? However, when all the bridesmaids finally got together, it was soon obvious that some of them had the orange dresses and others had the orange-red color. AND one of the dresses was even in a slightly different style from the others. But Brittany took it all in stride and I really *LOVED* the look of the different color dresses. (idea for other brides out there!!)
These girls were SO much fun! Most of them had grown up together in Brazil. The whole morning was filled with Portuguese (I think) music and conversations would start in one language only to flip to the other. They were outgoing, loving, and were quick to laugh and play. I could see their deep affection for one another and it was a privilege to get to hang out with them.
I thought the rings were so beautiful. Classic and simple, however which brings us to another story....
I guess the jeweler didn't get George's ring in on time, so they had to use the "sample" ring from the store. I just had to capture it (above) because that is one of those little things that makes each wedding unique. Of course, true to form, Brittany didn't panic but just went with the flow of events.
A few fun "behind the scenes" shots from the day (above). There was plenty to do including a last minute sewing of a panel of material on the front of all the dresses. I don't think I put it in, but the Bride was even ironing all the bridesmaids dresses that morning!
Leaving the hotel...ready for a big day and an even bigger celebration!!
Stay tuned for some more stories and storyboards from the rest of the wedding.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lucy Has Arrived!!

Congratulations to the Engler family on the arrival of their newest child...Lucy!!  When I arrived at the house, we had 30 minutes to complete the photo shoot.  This is an amazing family!  Even in the chaos of being on a time crunch, everyone cooperated and we had a great time!
When I took maternity pictures of Sharon, she had the starfish necklace.  It was a gift from her husband after baby number four and now represents a complete family...five kids!
OK, so I had to do another collage of the pictures (above)
Here is Rose - who finally has a SISTER!!!  (below)
Here are Lucy's amazing siblings....
Proud parents...
I love this photo.  I can tell this little girl will be fully loved!
Lucy's grandma was there to visit her...
 OK, so Lucy was starting to wear out.  We had her in a basket and Dad decided to pick her up and give her a swing or two.  What do you know?  She liked the swing!
Look at all the beautiful women of this family...
Alright, Lucy was done.  Actually maybe all of us was time for a nap!
Once again, congratulations Englers.  Lucy is beautiful and so are the rest of your children.  I am so excited for you!!