It’s busy season and I’ve been busy shooting and taking care of my clients. I’ve been a bit backlogged with the blog so I’m posting photos from Lauren and Daniel’s elegant wedding at the Willard Hotel, back to back with their engagement session.
I love the pretty details of a wedding day. They set the mood and the tone of the day. The flowers, the place settings, the escort cards, and don’t even get me started on the invitations. I love paper, and I just love fancy formal things that come in the mail, real mail, not email. For my own wedding it took me four months just to pick the cake, a towering Fauchon charlotte I had seen in Martha Stewart. I adored it and I loved that my photographer took pretty photos of it.
When I’m shooting a wedding though, I like to keep in mind what I think of as the burning house test. If my house was burning and all my family were safely outside, I can think of a number of photos I might try to save on my way out. Ok, it’s a bit of a preposterous scenario looking for photos in a burning house, I know, but the point is that almost all of the photos that it would break my heart to lose are of my loved ones. Maybe even some of me at different times and places in my life too. The Fauchon cake wouldn’t make the list. Not even close. Photos of my father, like these below of Lauren’s dad seeing her for the first time on her wedding day, would. There’s just so much love for his daughter there on his face. I’ll capture the lovely details of your day but my first priority is the burning house photos.
Next three photos of the Badeken, where in traditional Jewish ceremonies the women surround the bride singing songs and offering prayers. The men bring the groom in, also singing and the groom looks at the bride for the first time that day (or traditionally a week) and then places the brides veil over her face. Just love the look Lauren gives Daniel throughout.
My second shooter Graeme captured this shot below of the light hitting Daniel’s father’s face during the ceremony.
With that I’m off to France, to take some pictures of cakes and tartines and other pretty little things at a cooking and food styling workshop with Aran Goyoaga. More updates in a couple of weeks.
Venue: The Willard Hotel
Caterer: Dahan Catering
Band: Free Spirit
Florist: Petal’s Edge
Cake: Dahan Catering
Hair/Make-up: Lorraine Abril, Jackie Walker