Shamp Wedding

Tacoma, WA

This was my last wedding of 2014 and it ended with a beautiful November day! I was totally expecting it to rain this day, but it must have been fate because it was a gorgeous sunny day in the Pacific Northwest! Heather and Josh were married at the rustic Steilacoom Town Hall. This adorable venue was perfect for their fall wedding.
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Dorsey First Look

Camano Island, Washington

Sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains was not the only showcase of this beautiful day; Becky also took her groom and guests breath away with her stunning beauty. Here is a first glimpse of the Dave and Becky’s first look on their wedding day.
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Beautiful Belize

Here is a little – well large – showcase of this stunning small beach wedding! I was so honored to be able to be a part of this day and fly down to Belize for part of the week. Such a lovely setting for a wedding – right on the water and in adorable little cottages. Congratulations Jeremy & Heather!

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Andrews Wedding

Glendive, Montana

Carly and Kaleb painted bursts of joy all throughout their wedding day. Such an amazing couple with caring family and friends that made this day so special. It was such an honor to be able to travel to Montana to shoot this wedding. Congratulations Carly and Kaleb!
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First Glimpse

Glendive, Montana

Carly and Kaleb were married last weekend on July 12th. It was such an honor to photograph their wedding! Their first look was probably one of THE sweetest moments I have shot so far in my career. So of course, I had to blog about it first thing. It has been fun shifting through some of their photos and I am very excited to share with you all more soon from this glorious day! Congratulations Carly and Kaleb!

 

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Dance With Me

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The framework Leah and Josh used to plan the wedding revolved around using local business and small companies to help support Lancaster’s local industries. Their families wanted to sow into people they believed in and partner with them. The main venue they chose was called The Hamilton Club. “We chose this venue because of the character and history it has within the city. We loved the unique rooms, the in home feel, and the intimacy of the space. I fell in love with the Crystal Ballroom due to the impressive chandelier which reminded me of growing up in my parents lightening showroom at their business. The entire event at the Hamilton would not have been possible if Cynthia, the events coordinator, wasn’t there. Cynthia encouraged our creativity and personalized touches. The Chef and staff worked through our international dessert menu and executed each item with perfection!”

Leah had two gorgeous dresses for the reception and actual wedding day on Sunday. Both were hand crafted and fit her perfectly! “The fabric was one of the most important things for me in regard to planning the wedding. Since Josh has always wanted to wear a tail coat for his wedding I knew we had to go for a more formal attire. After trying on dresses at a lovely local bridal shop I realized I couldn’t just pick something of the rack. I needed to be a part of the process to make the statement of the dress. I knew a local seamstress who was up for the task: Sandy Hoover. Her sewing house sits on top of a hill deep in southern Lancaster country with a breath taking view. We sat for hours patching together patterns, sketching, and determining shapes and drapes. There was always a helpful consultation from the family member passing through. We settled on a pattern for the bridesmaid dresses that was inspired by Badgely Mischaka and a wedding dress pattern that was a takeoff of The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelley and The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s dresses. Once we had the styles determined, I had to find the fabric. Sandy and I first traveled to Philadelphia to look on fabric row. The first store we went into had the lace. As the shop keeper unrolled the bolt the depth and richness of the textures took by breath away. It was an easy purchase knowing that the dress bodice would have a matching veil trim.”

“A few weeks later I grabbed a train to New York and prayed the Seventh Avenue would produce its wonders. A dear friend who is a costumer for theater in NYC met me. Ashley and I worked together in Haiti and always shared a love of all things fabric. She helped me picked the purple netted tulle for Friday night from Diana’s. The atmosphere of the store was incredibly familiar in that a variety of African languages, French, and Arabic were being spoken with young men being sent around the city to gather the perfect bolt. Purple has always been a favorite colour and I feel in love with the movement and texture of the fabric. Ashley was the inspiration behind how to layer the silver tulle to give the desired effect. In the end I felt like a designed a dress that has inspirations from around the world yet fit into our formal attire. The final lot of fabric was purchased at the iconic Promenade Fabric in New Orleans. Not surprisingly NOLA has great taste for fabrics with most of the year spent in costume. During a visit to the shop with my cousins I feel in love with the selection. I settled on the silk dupioni for my dress skirting as it played with the light and had a rustic feel. We also purchased the fabric for the bridesmaids dresses there. The legendary owner sold us the fabric with stories of his couture past”.

Leah and Josh love to dance together. Friday was full of it – in the streets, on top of garages, during the reception and of course, they dance through life joyfully. Leah even crafted her dress so it twirls beautifully and eloquently! During their first dance, this couple danced to “ A Kiss to Build A Dream On” by Louis Armstrong. “We choose this song as we both have a love of jazz from this era. I also had the pleasure of living in New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz and Louis. When we first met I told Josh when he was quite persistent that he should kiss me that I wanted to wait to start because I knew it would be a habit I couldn’t stop (loose quote from F.Scott Fitzgerald). Needless, to say we have become quite versed in this habituation and have built dreams upon it.”

So here’s to dancing through life together and starting to build more dreams together!
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Leah & Josh: The Start of Friday

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I met Josh and Leah in Switzerland a few years ago and it has been such an privilege watching their relationship grow. Leah and Josh had a wedding extravaganza weekend! I was so thrilled to fly over to Pennsylvania for the weekend and shoot their wedding! Lancaster is an adorable town, with quant quirks, charm and even home to the Amish! It was kind of like being in another world and I enjoyed the adventure of experiencing a different part of the States. On Friday night they had a very large reception full of family and friends. Then on Sunday they held their actual wedding ceremony followed by a desert reception. Josh is originally from England, so a large amount of his family flew in from Europe, so it was fun to see the diversity and new traditions that come a long with that! Because both are world travelers and lovers of the nations, their wedding encompassed so many unique characteristics from their travels and experiences.

I will probably go on post overload with this wedding – such incredible people, venue and beauty! So here’s to a few weeks of posts on the Edwards Wedding! Josh and Leah both got ready at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, which was such a fun and creative venue with great backdrops and lighting. I also was able to have the privilege to have my dear friend, Marisa Albrecht second shoot with me! Marisa and I traveled around parts of the world together, so it was fun to be back in action with her. Below are pictures of the two getting ready in the hotel and their first look.

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