12
May 2014

Stephanie + Joe

Colorful Destination Wedding in Mexico

Stephanie and Joe had a destination wedding in Mexico. I really liked the colorful arch out of paper flowers they installed in the backyard of the house the where staying at, but most of all, I love how much fun these two are—and I have to say I hadn’t seen that much pictures of a bride with a beer in her hand since my own wedding… oops! They didn’t spend months thinking about every little detail of their day; actually, they went to a local bakery and a flower shop three days before their wedding… The bakery made a fake cake which had its little effect during the party! They also had the wonderful idea to hire some great photographers to capture this super special day of their life, Erin and Ben for the Chrisman Studios.

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The wedding took place in a small and quiet town in Mexico, La Manzanilla on April 13, 2013. Dear friends of the couple offered their house “Casa Golondrinas“, where the ceremony was held out in the open air as the sun was setting. A eight piece band of mariachis was playing as the guests arrived. From the bride:

We met in a way that neither of us would have thought possible….  We met online thanks to one of my clients who was not comfortable with me being single and created an online page for me. Joe was new to San Francisco after living in Australia for three years and one of his Aussie mates made him pay a month of match.com as a way to meet girls, and or perhaps be able to meet new people. I was not interested at all in dating, I was happy single but my client said “Stephanie, I invested in this, its been two months and you haven’t done anything…” wow, what could I do? I started going into the site, did meet a nice french guy with whom no romance happened but became a good friend (in fact he was invited to the wedding, couldn’t come) and then I saw Joe and the rest is a happily ever after…  

We can’t really explain why Mexico other than we have friends with a lovely house there that we had never seen or been to. But it sounded perfect. Why? Joe’s parents had never left the USA it was a way to have them experience something that might have seemed really scary to them and to show that the world is full of wonders.  My parents have a different story, very much world travelers their entire life… The point I am trying to make is that Mexico was perfect because it would give my dad a push to travel again as I hate my dad’s getting old. Joe and I loved getting married there it was really nice not only for us but for all the guest as everyone was forced into a vacation. If I could recommend to all brides and grooms I would most certainly advise a destination wedding, it is so special and a huge memory for everyone involved.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

I think there were things that were a bit funny.  The flowers were a bit off from what we wanted. They arrived late, so as far as we knew there were no flower… it was a delight to see them as we arrived to the restaurant we rented on the beach.  Joe and I really wanted an intimate wedding but in the end we think we would have loved it more if it were a bit larger – we had fifty guests. As I write this I can also say that with fifty guest it was really nice to have time to hug and talk to everyone who came.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

My mom and I made paper flowers for months, a few every time I went to visit her. I think it was the best decoration of all, each flower we opened in Mexico was a reminder of many ideas and anticipation of the actual wedding.  Just about everyone in the family both mine and Joe’s had a chance to open a flower as well as my two best friends (my childhood friends) had their hands on them.  My two best friends Moema and Bia helped to decorate the “Casa Golondrina” with these colorful and vibrant paper flowers.

ONE very important detail I left is the Chrisman’s!!!  Our wedding day was so special with Ben and Erin not just the day but the entire weekend. They are not only professional but kind, warm, and not some awful photographer who is rude and intrusive – I find it awful when I go to weddings and at every moment they are interrupting a momen).  beside a destination wedding I would say put the most MONEY/TIME in the photographers, they will capture moments that are truly priceless. That is an advice I have told everyone I know who is getting married. Actually my advise is always gotta have the Chrisman’s.

 

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03
Mar 2014

Emily + Daniel

Intimate and Personal Wedding on the Beach in Canada

At a time where so many couples think a wedding should always have more details, more guests, more planning (in other words, more stress!), it feels right to share a wedding like Emily and Daniel’s. This couple had an intimate and personal wedding: 20 people in total, including the newly weds, in a beautiful location, few outstanding details and their very own distinctive style… There’s no magic recipe for a perfect wedding, but still, I happen to like this one a lot! And when you can have such a day covered by photographers like the guys of Nordica Photography, it actually kind of does feel like magic.
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The wedding took place on September 10, 2013 in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada.
Dan and I are very mellow and had committed ourselves to each other long before the wedding. We decided to plan this intimate event to celebrate with our families. We contemplated having a big ordeal but it just felt wrong from the moment it was mentioned.

 
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Name one thing you regret…

There really isn’t anything I regret, maybe not spending more time in Tofino!

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

The thing I am most proud of is that we stuck to our guns and did what we wanted. I heard so much regret from other couples saying “I wish we had something smaller and more intimate” or “I wish it was more casual, I didn’t feel like myself”. I think people spend too much time worrying about pleasing other people when they should just be doing what makes them happy.

 

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24
Oct 2013

Lorena + Diego

Paper Wedding Anniversary Commemoration

I don’t know how the 1st year of marriage anniversary is called in your country? Here in France it’s cotton, but in Brazil, and I think in the US, it’s called paper wedding anniversary. Anyway, Lorena is Brazilian, she actually runs a wedding blog herself, and she and her husband just celebrated one year of wedding. For this occasion, they had a beautiful paper bowtie and bouquet, installed a quite special setting on the beach and had The Kreulichs photograph them. I am sure you remember this husband + wife photographer team? Junia and Licius are amongst the first photographers that were featured here, if not the very first ones (and please don’t miss their thought at the end of the post – it’s so sweet!), and Lorena is actually Junia’s sister. So this shoot was kind of a family thing, until today!

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Lorena loves to celebrate – their first anniversary, this first year together as a married couple. She didn’t know how, the only thing she knew is that she wanted there to be paper and love!

They woke up at 5am this morning; through the windows a dark threatening sky… At first everybody went back to sleep, except for Lorena, who was too excited about wearing her dress again and having the photo shoot. It turned out, a few hours later, it still wasn’t raining and they decided to go outside. The weather was as threatening as it was on the day of their wedding, Lorena said, but Diego’s kisses were just what she needed to have her fear go away.

 

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The word of the photographers.

The greatest challenge is not to get married, but to stay married.

To not let the love go away and take care of the smallest things is the real challenge. We had the great opportunity to be part of this commemoration, that can seem small—one year of marriage, paper wedding anniversary—but we think that taking the time to celebrate, big or small beginnings, is what makes the difference.

We would like to maintain every day, every year, this kind of commemoration. We feel like every couple should have this feeling as a rule, and who knows, maybe everything would end up stronger, more resistant.

Wedding anniversaries aren’t just a moment to have photos taken, it’s a time to renew vows. We believe that every detail they prepared for the photo shoot was a reflection of what they live in they day-to-day life, their preoccupation with small details in their house, in their lives, of the surprises and the attention they have for each other.

We are grateful to be living days like this one with couples that we learn from, inspire us in our personal & professional life, and give us the opportunity to know them and photograph them.

 

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