Aug 2013

Alana + Rob

Moving Australian Wedding at the Beach, in Yellow!

So much (and so many) emotions came up went I went through the pictures of Alana and Rob’s wedding! I was basically moved and amused at the same time, especially when first seeing the pictures of their ‘first look’—Lucky commented about this at the end of the post! I loved so many things about their wedding: It was a wedding at the beach and everybody got to take off their shoes; the groomsman gifts were customised and instead of names you could read things like “smart ass” or worse; the night ended up with a campfire on the beach and they had a rainbow cake. Also, everybody looked fantastic and yellow is definitely a nice color for a wedding. Of course, you cannot actually feel other people’s emotions throughout images without a great photographer being involved; this wedding was shot by Lakshal Perera (but you should call him Lucky), who we had the absolute pleasure to have at home for a few days a couple of months ago, and that I am now proud to call my friend. Enjoy.



The wedding took place on April 27, 2013, at Home Beach, on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. The reception was at Point Lookout Community Hall, North Stradbroke Island. From the bride:

We decided to invite quite a few friends to be part of our bridal party. We had a relaxed wedding, and they got to wear their own clothes (within a few guidelines), so there was no stressing over trying to wrangle people to fittings or finding a dress that matched different body shapes. Having our friends involved was a really fun part of the day.


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Name one thing you regret…

One thing Rob regretted were his nerves leading up to the big day. He hates being the centre of attention and was really nervous, but we ended up having so much fun that he’d love to do it again!


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

We chose to have a ‘first look’ and see each other before the ceremony. We were so glad we did, because it gave us a few special moments together, and we got to say our personal vows in private. It also helped with nerves!


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The word of the photographer.

I loved everything about Rob and Alana. From the first time that I chatted to them on Skype to getting to know them better on Facebook in the time before their wedding, I really felt a connection with them. And being on Stradbroke Island the day before the wedding and spending some time with them just confirmed all of that. But it almost didn’t happen – I caught the ferry over to Stradbroke Island and Alana was supposed to come and pick me up from the terminal. I had messaged a bit earlier with which ferry I was going to be on but due to the remoteness of where they were, the phone reception was somewhat lacking and my messages didn’t get through. I didn’t know where exactly they were so jumped on a public bus and asked the driver whether he could help take me to where I needed. Thankfully he did and I made it in one piece! From the moment I arrived, Alana, Rob and all of their friends and family treated me with complete warmth and affection. I was one of them and I shared their wedding experience with them. It was a beautiful and touching wedding, filled with personal touches that Rob and Alana had spent countless hours preparing. And these two people were clearly absolutely devoted and committed to each other – they loved each other to the core. I was just lucky enough to be there to photograph it and these are the kinds of things that I live for.

One anecdote: During the first look, Alana started crying and nobody had tissues. I offered her a cloth from my bag which I use to clean my lenses without realising that it was covered in lens cleaner which irritated Alana’s eyes and made her tear up even more. Thankfully, Rob donated one of his socks to the cause!


Aug 2013

Aurore + Jérôme

A French Wedding in Estonia with the Best Bride Entrance Ever!

Mait was one of the first photographers to appear on the blog, but I never get tired of checking out his latest releases. There’s a lot of softness in his pictures and the result on a wedding like Aurore and Jérôme’s is just fantastic. This couple is French, but had their wedding in Estonia; a wedding by the sea, with guests enjoying the day on the spot, and a bride and groom who chose to enjoy themselves rather than spend time on decoration and setting. And when the time for the ceremony had come, there was an old wooden viking boat… and the bride’s uncle back! Photography by Mait Jüriado.



The wedding took place in Tallin and Kasmu, Estonia. It was a 4 days wedding in an old soviet summer camp with 140 relatives and friends from all around the world (4 countries were represented). You may already have seen the little sneak peek of this wedding I posted on Facebook, so here’s the story about the bride arriving at the ceremony place on her uncle’s back and everybody taking off their pants!

As we both come from the seaside in France, we decided to arrive on a boat to the ceremony place. We asked our relative to raw the drakkar, viking boat… The captain told us that he could drop us 3 meters away from the beach. But it appeared that we were too heavy on the boat and we got stuck 20 meters away from the beach… My uncle was the first one to take off his pants and he tried to move the boat… WE WERE STUCK!  It took me less that a minute to ask  him to carry me on his back to the shore! Which he did! Then all the family followed in underpants! What a JOKE!


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Name one thing you regret…

Nothing to regret… it happened as it should happen… naturally smoothly with lots of serenity and happiness! Of course I could have taken more times to set up the decoration… lot of stuff stayed in the boxes! But we preferred to play tennis, golf or to paddle on our SUP on the D-day than to set up the decoration! but thanks to our family and friend we finally had the time to set up the half of it in less than two hours!


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

To gather all our dearest family and friends for 4 days in a charming place in a lovely country! It was very nice to spent so much time with our guests!


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The word of the photographer.

As a photographer I am used to see so many wedding styles, dresses, decorations, etc. And sometimes, there’s too much of everything put into just one day. The more simple and home-made it is the more I love it. Aurore and Jérôme’s wedding was so far one of the simplest weddings I attended this year, but one of the nicest. Less is more in a way. For instance, Aurore’s hairstyle and makeup in the forest grove took about 15 minutes – amazing! She got ready on the beach, they all entered a boat to reach the shore—her uncle was carrying the bride on his back—and the flowers were picked from the nearby fields. The ceremony was emotionally speeches-rich and the natural light was perfect on the location – blue rainy background with sunlight. In Estonia it’s sometimes very common to have up to a few hours for couple pictures. With Aurore and Jérôme I had only 15 minutes, which can be really tricky as of course of would love to get as much times as possible, but with this kind of scenery and with this couple, 15 minutes was just perfect. Wedding days can be really really busy but their wedding was like a slow journey. Everybody had time. Like on vacation. I wish I could photograph some more two-(or more)-days weddings.


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Jul 2013

Colin + Brian

When a Broadway Actor and a Broadway Stage Director Get Married; Gay Wedding on an Island!

Colin and Brian both work in theater on Broadway musicals; Brian is a Stage Manager and Colin is a performer.  They met doing a production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in Boston in 2007 and [their] little “show-mance” turned into a beautiful marriage. I encourage you to take a look at their story: they managed to make everything personal, from the person who’d marry them to their choice of photographer, which I believe is something that makes a difference on the day of your wedding! Actually, one quick look at their pictures may be enough to realize what a great time they had.
Starting today, we’ll also try to include a little something about the wedding from the photographer’s point of view! After all, he/ she’s the one standing by your side the whole day, and I am sure reading some advice from someone going to weddings every week end—who also happens to have a certain knowledge of what makes the memory of such a day look better—is anything but a waste of time! Today, the testimony of the great and super cool photographer of this sweet wedding, Phil Chester, out of the USA!


The wedding took place Wed March 20, 2013 on the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean.
We vacationed to the island in 2012 and loved it and always wanted to go back.  We had to legally marry in New York State, and that legal ceremony took place in our apartment in Manhattan on March 11th.  Our best friend Emily became legally ordained in order to officially marry us both in NY and Curacao.  It was so personal and made the experience extra special.  We also had a reception in NYC in April to include our friends/family that couldn’t make it to Curacao.  So technically we had 3 weddings!  Haha.


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Regarding the wedding, name one thing you regret…

We have racked our brains to come up something that we regret, but at the risk of sounding cliche, it really was the perfect day.  The weather was perfect, the photographer was perfect, the location was perfect, virtually every decision we made was exactly what we wanted.  We chose to have one long table to seat the group of 22 people, and the only thing that we should have done that we didn’t was to assign the seats.  With such a small group we didn’t think that was going to be necessary.  And from a personality perspective, it wasn’t necessary.  But people definiltey walked up to the table and sort of “expected” to know where to sit.  But really, that was all I think we misjudged.  No regrets at all.  And what a spectacular day!


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

 The best decision we made in this whole process was hiring Phil Chester as our photographer.  He went to high school in Ohio with a friend of Colin’s that he grew up dancing with in New Hampshire and she recommended him.  Small world!!!  He captured the exact spirit of the event that we wanted.  The whole wedding was completely non-traditional (hello…gay wedding on an island) and it was exactly what we wanted.


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The word of the photographer.
Colin and Brian’s wedding week was such a damn blast to document. We planned two days before the wedding to explore the island together, shooting portraits each of those evenings into the sunset. It’s nice to make time for those portraits if you have the time a day before or after the wedding. It really allows you to relax and play, capturing images that showcase setting/environment, while not being occupied with the wedding day. They planned their wedding day around the light. A photographers dream. Planning their ceremony a couple hours before sunset allowed for amazing lighting, and they also allotted a nice chunk of time for portraits after their ceremony too. Photography was a priority for Colin and Brian, and their laid back personalities, amazing loving energy, and their overall desire to simply HAVE A GOOD DAMN TIME, made for wonderful images.


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