26
Sep 2013

Tim + Doug

Amazing Downton Abbey Themed Wedding on the Top of a Mountain with a Helicopter Arrival

It’s not every day you get to blog something like that. I’ve been wanting to talk about this since I first saw it on the photographers’ blog, but I’ve been surprisingly very good at not spoiling everything! Today is finally the day I can share my excitement with you, and it’s with a very deserved TADAAAAM that I’d like to introduce to you maybe one of the most special, unique, whatever-you-like-to-call-this wedding I’ve ever blogged! I know the post’s title, mentioning a wedding on the top of a mountain and a helicopter arrival, is quite explicit (and kind of appealing I guess), but now you’re going to see the pictures and realize it’s even better than what you imagined. This wedding has everything: emotion, love, the perfect setting, the perfect venue and the perfect way to join it! Photography by the sweet husband & wife team, Shari and Mike out of Canada.

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The wedding took place in Vancouver, Canada. From the grooms:

Taking a helicopter up to the Mountain Venue was very exciting for us. It was our “James Bond” Moment. The point at which we flew around the venue building and seeing all our guests on the patio waving to us in the Helicopter, brought tears to our eyes. It is a moment we will never forget. We loved our Downton Abbey theme, however, we forgot to tell everyone about it. Some people were dressed up and others were wondering what they missed.

 

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Regarding the wedding, name one thing you regret… 

We didn’t regret anything about the wedding, however, We would have liked to have joined hands with all our guests, then cut the cake. If we had thought about it ahead of time.

 

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

We are happy that it was intimate, amongst our closest friends and family. We were very proud of the sunny beautiful day we had to showcase the beautiful city we live in. With the city as our backdrop, being on top of a mountain were memories we will never forget.  We are very happy to be living in Vancouver and calling this city our home.

 

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The word of the photographers.

This wedding was incredible to be a part of, full of emotion and laughs! We had a blast spending the day with these guys. Although we had not met Doug or Tim until the morning of their wedding, we instantly fell in love with them + it was an honour to document the day they got to express their love + commitment to one another in front of their closest family + friends. Oh and did we mention the helicopter…..amazing! (Oh and Shari won the paper, rock, scissors match for which one of us would get to fly along in the helicopter with the grooms.)

09
Sep 2013

Tara + Joe

Beautiful Icelandic Elopement

A few weeks ago, I had to remember our wedding again; a Brazilian blog asked to publish it and wanted to know what motivated us to have the wedding we had. It was pretty clear to me: we wanted it to be one big party – no map table and no defined hour to eat, we wanted people to dance and have fun with us! Though eloping wouldn’t have been an appropriate option for us, I happen to totally understand couples that decide to go for an elopement: nothing to care about, no one asking you to pose on a photo with her while you’re trying to reach the buffet… just you and your beloved one and the pure feelings that go with the “Yes I do”. Tara and Joe decided to get married in Iceland—my dream destination!—and reading their photographer Levi’s words gave me goose bumps: what an honour it must be to be the only witness of something like that! Photography by Levi Tijerina.

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The wedding took place June 30th, 2013 around midnight, at Budir, Iceland.
Joe and I met while we were both working at the Guggenheim museum in New York. I had recently moved to New York and had been living in Italy for many years before that. I told Joe on our first date that I would be moving back to Italy as soon as possible, which is what I did. We spent one year apart but as soon as I returned we knew we never wanted to be apart again, and Joe proposed. We just wanted to be married, so within a couple weeks we married at city hall, and decided to plan a church ceremony for the following year. After many fruitless attempts to plan a wedding in New York, we finally decided to plan a honeymoon, and have a private church ceremony somewhere along the way. When I found the church at Budir in Iceland, everything fell into place naturally.
We were married under the midnight sun at Budir, near the Snæfellsjökull glacier (a glacier on top of an extinct volcano) which is believed by many people to have mystical power. We were told on our wedding day to make sure to stare at the glacier. When I turned around to look out the door of the chapel I noticed the glacier was framed perfectly by the church gate.

 

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Name one thing you regret…
Nothing. When we first got to Budir I was afraid I should have planned out the flowers better, however we picked wildflowers for a bouquet/boutonniere just before the ceremony, and they turned out beautifully.

 

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

We wrote our own vows, which made our private ceremony really intimate and special.

 

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The word of the photographer.

The first time I got a chance to talk with Tara and Joe was over Skype. After our initial conversation, though, I knew that their wedding was something that I had to be a part of. An amazing location, like Iceland, is fantastic, but being able to document a story that you get to be a part of is something ethereal. I was privileged to be one of the only witnesses present for their ceremony. That kind of trust is incredibly humbling and to this date that has been on of the most meaningful weddings I’ve ever been asked to document.
In addition to that, though, Tara and Joe are incredibly gracious and adventuresome people and we spent the entire evening driving along the western coast of Iceland photographing and taking everything in. It really was an awesome way to document their wedding and explore the country. I mean, we picked Tara’s bouquet from the side of the road; it doesn’t get more incredible than to have that kind of adventure-as-you-go mindset. Everything–the people, the location, their vows–it really had a transcendent feel to it. It was like a physical analogy of what marriage is, you know? Something so much bigger than yourself.
16
May 2013

Cosmina + Adi

Romanian Photo Session in the Mountains With Beautiful Views

Remember Cosmina and Adi’s wedding? Well, they’re back and this time I’m sharing their couple session’s pictures; how do you like the wheat head flower crown Cosmina is wearing? I hope you’ll enjoy the light and amazing views that Dragos and Laura of Be Light Photography managed to capture once again! By the way, let me share a secret with you: we met with this delightful couple of photographers in Paris a few weeks ago, and something may even come out of this meeting… just saying! In the meanwhile, enjoy this session in the Romanian mountains.

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