Laci! The most beautiful lady in all the land! She planned out this shoot for weeks. Brought an entire truckload of props, the most adorable outfits, and then proceeded to tour us around her sweet West Texas Ranch all morning. It was fabulous. It's such an honor to be trusted with someones heart in the way that photographers are- our clients put so much of their energy and love into their shoots, and they're vulnerable in front of the camera in a way that they aren't like with anyone else. It's an honor. Yay yay yay. Thank so you much Laci! And thank you to Michelle at Golden for helping us style this shoot. Enjoy!
Taylor and Nathan are the sweetest love doves from California. Taylor is a photographer and took a tour throughout the Northwest photographing folks along the way (she even photographed us!). We had so much fun hanging out in downtown Portland galavanting through sunshine enjoying the breeze. I'm so thankful for these two. Can't wait to see you both again. XOXO
I'm going to attempt to describe how thankful I am to have witnessed this wedding by babbling and forgetting everything about grammar I've ever learned, alright? Because sometimes your heart gets so full that babbling is the only way to express yourself. We listened to Lana Del Ray (my favorite singer) as the gals got ready, and we jumped on the bed just for the heck of it. Courtney and EJ had their first look atop a private sea-view terrace, and during the ceremony, I spotted a few surfers in the distant waters behind them. And after we took family photos, a rainbow appeared. A freaking rainbow, yall. I have so much to say about this wedding- like how I love that the Bride's family and I are both Advocare distributors and I love that, and how Courtney's mom inspires me beyond words (her speech made me cry)- and how her father, who is battling cancer, is so joyful and lively and didn't skip a beat on the wedding day- showed me so much about Jesus in such little time. The wedding coordinator, Lisa (who you should email for all Hawaii wedding related things) took us out for a private tour of the island and even bought us (my second shooter and I) dinner just because. Not to mention how EJ is already a doctor at the young age of 26, how he and Court were born on the same day, how they look at each other, how she brings out his fun side and how he makes her more serious, how she calms him in times of stress and how he cares for her... how every single one of her bridesmaids is stupid-pretty (in the best way, of course) and even MORE talented, and how every groomsmen made the day that much more silly and light hearted. So many things I could say. I am thankful. This was the opportunity of a lifetime and I will never forget. Thank you thank you.
Can we just appreciate the fact that someone carved "happy" into a leaf? I had to stand on my tip toes to catch that one. And also, that baby girl is adorable.
And now, some serious shots of Courtney looking seriously gorgeous.
And now for the hilarious trials of a wedding day: squuuueeezing into THE dress. It doesn't matter who you are, what size you are, this is totally normal. It happens at every single wedding I've shot. haha That moment of "Gasp! Is it going to fit? WHY DID I EAT THAT BURGER?" to "OMG IT FITS! YAY!" I love this sequence.
The clapping, the jumping, and Courtney's mom. So hilarious. And then- she's back to looking fierce. Told you it would fit, Courtney! ;)
While I was photographing all of this, my second shooter was checking in with the guys. All of my packages include two shooters so we're sure not to miss a thing. Grooms as gorgeous as this need to be photographed!
This is the "will the dress fit" moment for every groom- except it's the "How the heck do I botton these things and where the heck does a boutonniere go?!" moment(s). And then they figure it out and look amazing. See below for proof.
"EJ- you look great. Now just turn around and watch the waves as you wait for your bride."
And now off to the ceremony! We got to ride with this sweet man in his super sweet ride to the venue. It was awesome, obviously. The had their ceremony at the Sheraton in Kauai.
Now off to the reception at the Grand Kyatt in Kauai by Poipu Beach!
That cake is AMAZING isn't it?! And these dancers? I die. What a perfect Kauai wedding!
Can you see why I loved this wedding so much? What was your favorite photo? Thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this wedding come to life. I'm so thankful for all of you.
I'm off to shoot a wedding in Ireland! Life is cool.To follow along on my Ireland journeys, follow me on instagram @maryboyden. Aloha!
I can't resist. I usually wait for the full blog post to show this many photos, but I just can't. I just got back from C&E's Hawaii wedding and I just have to show you all right this minute what an amazing time I had. Full post to come soon!
I'm off to Hawaii for the week to shoot a wedding! I'll be away from e-mail, but will be back after June 9 to chat. Have a great week yall!