The Solis Wedding was very special to me. Rachel and I have been friends for years now. We went to elementary school together and her mom was even my teacher the first year she started teaching at River Valley Christian. Rachel and I were quick friends and she was always one of the sweetest people I had ever met. Years have gone by since then and she still is such an amazing sweet woman.
When she asked Shane and I to document her wedding, I was thrilled. I knew she would be the perfect bride without the zilla :). The day of she was completely stress free. She was enjoying the day and cracking jokes and just ready to marry the love of her life. Alex was the same way. There's something that you feel when you see true love, and they have it. I didn't have to ask them to smile or laugh, because they couldn't stop doing those things when they were around each other anyway. Which made my job a lot easier!
Their wedding was at the beautiful Central Christian Church, which is actually the church I grew up in, where I was first baptized, where we dedicated my little sister, and unfortunately where my dad's funeral was. I have a lot of history in this church, and it was very special to attach such a lovely memory with it again. Rachel and Alex did something during their ceremony that I thought was so cool. They, planted a tree to show their love and to watch it grow and get stronger through the years. The cool thing about the church, was that they had a beautiful prayer garden in the middle of the building, there we saw a beautiful tree which coincidentally was the same tree they planted during their ceremony. It was such a special thing to have, and to be able to give that symbol to them with their photos.
When I heard the reception was at Adelaide Hall, I was very excited. There are amazingly beautiful windows surrounding the building, and a lot of space there. I knew that Rachel and Alex were a fun couple, but I was very pleased to see how much fun they had at their reception.
Overall, this wedding was absolutely stunning. The love they have for one other and the tacos they had at their reception, made this wedding one of our favorites! Congratulations Rachel and Alex, so glad you trusted us with your special day.
See all photos from that day here.
See you soon,
I decided to use this session as my first blog post because it means a lot to me. I had wanted to do an elopement styled session for a long time, but I wanted to make sure that it showed my personality and my style in the best way. Sam never ceases to amaze me, and she was completely up for my crazy idea. Ya'll should be there when I am in the middle of putting a styled shoot together, I talk a mile a minute and I blurt out 50 ideas before I even follow through with one, but somehow it all comes together.
I found the location from my mom and her boss/friend Camille Breeden. I went to her home and fell in love with all of her land. Camille, being the generous soul that she is, let me use some of it for the shoot. I'm not sure if she knew what she was getting into, but all I can say, is now I know how to use a Kubota (don't look for a video of me riding it, it's under wraps).
Mike and Sam thought I was crazy when they saw me down a hill and across a stream with 2 pallets, a teepee, misting rain, a ton of rugs and breakable glass...maybe I am a little crazy when it comes to this stuff.
I remember setting everything up in the misting rain and all of a sudden stopping, praying to God that the rain would stop and taking 10 seconds to reevaluate my life. My prayers were answered and the rain finally stopped. Once I got Sam and Mike down the hill and set them up, they did there thing and I stood in awe.
Sam is definitely what I would call my muse. I pick out shoots that I know she would look good in and I get excited to ask her to collaborate with me. I can put her in front of the camera and not say a word for 5 minutes. She just knows what to do and our minds click. She's going places and I loved that I was able to shoot with her a second time around.
Mike was a guy that I sought out after getting to know him for a few weeks at my sister's work. He was super nice, very charismatic and absolutely loves the camera... so of course I snatched him up for Sam's groom.
The look I was going for was a bohemian elopement. Nothing that you would probably see at a regular wedding. At first, I wanted her in a sheer cream dress and him in a white long line, but unfortunately those items came in a nice little package to my house a week after this session. I think that was a blessing in disguise.
I could not have done this session without everyone who helped me make this possible. Thank you so much to everyone who trusted and believed in me. These types of sessions give me great joy and I will definitely keep doing them. See this session featured in Babetown Collective this Thursday! See all the photos from this session here.
See you soon,