May 30, 2012

Dominican Republic + Love....Becky & David

At times love seems so easy. A wedding in the Dominican Republic overlooking the Caribbean Sea looks just like a dream. But the truth is, love is not a thing, its' a feeling no matter where it is Hemmingway wrote, "[Love] the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone."..."We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together."

Right before you walk down the  aisle, or go on your first date and realize in your heart that you've fallen in feel an overwhelming feeling in your soul! It's hard to say what it is...These are emotions you've never felt, or can even dissect at that powerful moment. 

On Sunday Becky's feet hit the sand as her guests rose from their seats and her best friend stood 100 yards in front of her.....A surreal moment! 
This couple is E-Xtra-ordinary!!! Becky & David decided to get married in the Dominican Republic. Their passion for work and traveling have taken them on adventures around the world. Therefore, when they got engaged those experiences left them with a pallet of options to get married.
80 of their closest friends + family flew to Punta Cana for their weekend wedding at the Paradisus Palm Real! What a resort! 

I will say that this couple will forever have such a special place in my heart. Dorian and I felt so welcome at their celebrations they planned throughout the weekend. Their free spirit and appreciation for art, friends and traveling made us feel so thrilled to be there for them. I was honored! Becky's cousin Katie flew from Minnesota to give the sermon for them. She read the most heartfelt letter I've ever heard written by Becky's brother, Al. Along with a passage from Hemingway, the Dalai Lama and other written scriptures that praised the celebration of life, partnership and friendship they have found in each other. Cheers to Becky and David. You deserve the world! Enjoy these few photos! I can't wait to share the rest of the photographs.

[Here is the poem in its entirety by Hemingway that was read at the ceremony. 

"At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.” 

May 13, 2012

Becky + we are in the Dominican Republic

As the bright Caribbean sun peeked through my window just as I heard the sounds of flamingoes outside my door, I felt this amazing sense of energy. My desire to not just take pictures but to capture the story of this journey is ever so strong on this day! What an island, what a couple.
The wedding is taking place today at the Paradisus Palm Real Resort in Punta Cana. 80 of their closest family and dear friends have traveled as far as from South Africa to be here, barefoot in the sand, as Becky & David say their vows! I can hardly wait till the 5 o'clock and that fabulous Caribbean sunset.
Here are just a few photos from last night Dorian & I took. The guests boarded the catamirian cruise for the rehearsal dinner. As the rum poured the families and guests mingled... It truly was a great experience and set the perfect scene for todays wedding.

May 02, 2012

Lindsay + Josh

Spring is here and I can almost feel the heat of the summer on its way here in sunny Florida! I happily shot Josh & Lindsay's engagement pictures while they were in town from D.C where they currently live. Together we laughed, got to know each other and talked about their upcoming wedding at the Boca Resort this October! There are a lot of things I admire about this great couple...mostly it was their ability to be open, exude their genuine happiness & kindness toward each other. Lindsay's playfulness and disposition allowed me to feel so comfortable as for it offered me lots of time to get some creative shots while getting into the bushes and behind flowers there at the Boca Beach Club! It helps when my clients get my need to lay into the grass, get covered in sand and sway with the flowers while creating some unique photos for them! I'm really excited for their BIG day and happy that Dorian and I will be capturing the true art of the happiest day of their lives. Much love <3 Cheers to you two!