David is shy. Well, at least around me he is. Maybe that’s not the case if I ever didn’t have my camera in his face
barking orders at him … gracefully choreographing him through a photo shoot, though. Megan is witty and talkative, and simply gorgeous. She engages David in banter, and playfully tangles her conversations with his. Together, their chemistry is palpable, and you can tell that they are so so so ready to begin their lives as husband and wife.
Megan was given my name by another photographer in her city whom I absolutely adore. Cortney, of Cortney Talbott Photography, is a newborn photographer, and when she received an inquiry for Megan & David’s wedding she sent them over my way. And boy do I owe her… big time. Megan and I emailed back and forth, and conversation was so incredibly easy with her. She only got mad at me once when I mentioned that Fraser is an LSU fan. Beings that she went to school in Alabama, that obviously didn’t fly with her. Luckily she was able to overlook my one flaw.
Megan & David don’t live in Las Vegas, but it is one of their favorite places to visit. So it was a no-brainer for them to make a trip to Vegas to have their engagement photos taken, and to also spend a weekend with friends!
In a few days Megan, David and several of their friends and family will be heading off to the beaches of Costa Rica for a fun-filled week of tropical excursions and a wedding that will surely make waves!
So, I’m going to be off the grid for several days while we document the entire week of events! I will definitely still be checking emails, but I won’t be as available as I usually am. It’s rough out there in the destination wedding photography business, guys. But hey… stay calm. I’ll go ahead and handle this awful job, okay. ;)
My sister, Kerri, is an artist. My Grandma, an insanely talented painter, passed this gene along to her. I was always so jealous of my sister’s talent growing up. There were so many art projects she did at school that would be placed on our mantel… framed and hung on the wall… bragged about to friends and family. I, on the other hand, have a hard time making a stick figure look like he’s not suffering. Sure, I was good at other things. Everyone is different. We are all special in our own unique way… yaddy yaddy yaddy… but that’s not what I wanted to hear. I wanted so badly to be blessed with my Grandma’s talent, as well.
Today feels a little bit like I get to hang a piece of art on my walls… lean a canvas on my mantel… and maybe my parents will brag about me a little bit, too (wink, wink). Because today a wedding that I shot is featured over on The Black Tie Bride. The Black Tie Bride is a blog that was founded by photographers. Insanely talented… knock your socks off… blow your mind photographers. It is founded by Justin and Mary Marantz.
I emailed Mary a few weeks ago with the link to Crystal and Jared’s wedding. I had high hopes, as I really really loved how gorgeous this wedding was… but I also had huge lingerings of doubt… because, I mean… come on… this is Justin and Mary we’re talking about! Mary returned my email with a simple, “Ahh we LOVE it!!! And we would love to feature this on BTB!” Cue lump to throat, butterflies to stomach, tears to eyes, and a pink crayon to go ahead and start coloring my world!! Elated is not a big enough word.
For Justin and Mary to have put their stamp of approval on anything that I have created is… where are the words… why can’t I find the words…
Justin and Mary just validated everything that I have been working on in the last five years. Everything.
It was windy. Really, really windy. Blow you over and spin your hair into a tornado, windy. It was, after all, April in Las Vegas.
But Mikayla wanted to hear nothing about the wind. Her blinders were on, and the only thing that was in front of her was seeing her soon-to-be husband, Tony, just hours away. Her dressing room buzzed with bridesmaids… each whispering in my ear… “It’s so windy, what are we going to do?” They whispered because each one of them was concerned that it wasn’t going to be the perfect day that Mikayla had always imagined. But, let’s face it… no matter how much each of her bridesmaids worried about the weather, and no matter how many whispers were exchanged… nothing was going to change the weather. And the weather didn’t need to change, because given rain, sleet, snow, wind, or hail… Mikayla was going to marry Tony that day, and by the time the sun set… they would call each other husband and wife.
Mikayla has a radiance about her. A laid-back coolness that others admire. She has the ability to light up a room, all while being amazingly selfless and kind. And this radiance was magnified the moment she slipped into her wedding dress.
Tony’s daughter McKenzie was one of the two flower girls for the wedding. They also included her in the wedding ceremony in order to document, not only the merging of two souls, but the formation of a new family. I don’t think that there was a dry eye in the congregation… or behind my camera.
So remember that wind that I told you about earlier? This is why I wasn’t worried. I looooove wind, and am convinced that I should hire a life-assistant to constantly follow me around with a commercial grade fan.
This portrait of Mikayla makes me gasp.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs.!! I hope that you enjoyed your honeymoon in Belize, and that your life as the Morfin family (with a new hedgehog in tow) is off to a wonderful beginning. xo.