I can’t believe I have never even thought about posting my “Best Of” at the end of wedding season. Here is my very first one (and mark my words, in 2038 I will still be going at it).
This year was a changing one. I launched my business in France and started seriously booking weddings in Europe. Soon after, I realized I didn’t want to leave the American wedding market behind and spend my life on planes. Things got confusing from there, and still are a bit today.
Although I am unsure of my future (geographically speaking), looking back at all the weddings I shot this year has been a lot of fun. I can’t even count how many hugs I gave and was given and how many times my eardrums hurt from being too close to a speaker. I went through two pairs of shoes, broke one light stand, lost one charger and went mirrorless. I tripped in a church in front of everyone, and I bought flip-flops for a bride who couldn’t walk anymore. I also made some friends and made one small mistake that will haunt me forever. I met hundreds of people, and shot over 70000 photos. I made 30 couples happy, and I got emotional 30 times.
All in all, this wedding year was just like anybody’s year; it made me grow and feel all sorts of feelings, and went by in a flash. Here is a short recap of 2018’s weddings. There is NO WAY to capture the essence of it all in a few images, but I’ll do my best.
Fall in Paris can be a very romantic time to get married, and I am so glad I managed to organize this shoot from across the ocean and capture all of its beauty. Half a dozen of amazing lady bosses gathered on that day to make Cécile and her fiancé Antoine look dapper and adorable.
More to come soon about this shoot, but for now I’ve got some unpacking to do after a month in Colombia!
Dumbo has become the most popular area for taking engagement and wedding photos in Brooklyn. Just go there on any given Saturday at any time of the day and you will run into dozens of couples in wedding attires, surrounded by photographers.
I personally never tire of Dumbo, because it has a myriad of photo opportunities. Shooting there is always different, and the challenge of looking for new backdrops and corners is an exciting one.
Yan and Yuki’s cloudy Dumbo engagement shoot was no exception. We played with the gloomy sky and the metallic colors of the city background. Yuki’s beautiful white dress blended well in the white sky as well. We shot until after the sun went down, when the sky is dark blue and reflects in the water. This “Blue Hour” gave some cooler tones to the images towards the end of the shoot, and it was beautiful to watch.
Sukie and Mike’s stylish DIY wedding at Maison May was everything a DIY lover could dream of.
It was a collaborative effort of the couple’s loved ones, with a wedding dress designed by Sukie’s best friend at Seek Collective, stationary designed by the Mike’s sister, and flowers put together by Sukie’s mother. Both moms performed during the reception – a hula dance for Sukie’s, a song by Mike’s- and the groom even sang a beautiful Beatles song for his bride as a surprise.
It is truly an honor to be a part of such a unique day. Sukie and Mike’s wedding looked like them, and I hope the pictures will translate that.
Olivia and Camilo’s summer wedding at Arrow Park was full to the brim with love and emotion.
The whole wedding was a collaborative project where parents, cousins and sisters participated. Even half a dozen guests stood up during the ceremony to read a poem or quote that Olivia and Camilo’s love had inspired them to read out loud.
After the ceremony, officiated by the couple’s moms, the day continued with many heartfelt toasts and dances. All throughout the day, Camilo, Olivia and their loved ones showcased so much love and appreciation for each other. There were lots of tears, hugs, and hands being held. It was moving to see so much support from everyone in the room.
It it during days like these that I realize just how lucky we are to find someone we want to spend everyday with. Congrats to the lovebirds!
I was so happy when Rachel and Tony contacted me to shoot their wedding on Bastille Day. Our Independence Day is a big deal in France, with fireworks and celebrations all over. Being so far from home, I was looking forward to spending my time doing what I love most: shooting a wedding. Rachel and Tony’s wedding at Bacchus was very pretty and casual. Their friends made the long trip from the UK and San Francisco to Brooklyn to see their seal their love, eat, and dance all night under the twinkle lights in Bacchus’ backyard.