Ahhhh this trip. I wish I even had the words. This trip was so good for my soul, and carries such a special place for me I don't even know how to describe it. In the middle of wedding season, where I was starting to feel tired creatively and in desperate need of some grounding, my husband and I bought tickets last minute and made our way to Iceland on the one free week we had together. We rented out a camper van and drove along the coast all the way around Iceland, where the days were long and the sun would slowly set at 1:00 in the morning. Such a feeling of freedom and adventure, driving on the wide open road with nothing..
This day!! Tara contacted me only a few months before her wedding looking for a photographer and pretty stressed because her original venue had fallen through. She was dealing with a lot but she got in touch with Mary at Island Style Weddings who pulled the most ridiculous day together and her wedding ended up being absolutely amazing. Tara is one of those girls that you just hit it off with right away and feel so happy and comfortable around and..
Oh my gosh YES. Just yes. Sara and Joe were visiting St. John for a long weekend planning their wedding for December with Island Style Weddings and we got to meet up and hang out for a little bit, then head out for a fun engagement shoot starting at Longboard (YES) and then Peace Hill and Denis Bay. If it were always up to me and I were to put together the...
If you saw Amanda and Mike's pre wedding session, then prepare yourself for the prettiness that is their wedding. These two are just so cool and so in love and so sweet together. They were married up at Villa Botanica on St. Thomas, one of my all time favorite venues and the day was absolutely perfect. Not to mention all of the gorgeous details put together by...
You know when you just have one of those days where you feel really connected and in tune and all of the stars just align? This was one of those days. I was having a great day and so excited to meet Amanda and Mike for their pre-wedding shoot up at Annaberg Ruins and when Amanda walked up in the most beautiful gown I was in awe. You all know I love nothing more than two people in love, keeping it original and a little different. This was one of those...
Abbey and Chris, I love these two so much. This day was so much FUN. Abbey and Chris rented out Villa Serenita, a beautiful villa on the water on St. Thomas that is a perfect location for a wedding. They held their ceremony there and then afterwards they had a dinner in the courtyard overlooking the ocean under bistro lights. It was perfection and I think Abbey and I spent more time laughing together than actually taking photos, it was just a relaxed and...
Ahh this day! This was one of those days where I left feeling truly lucky to have spent time with such wonderful people. There's something to be said for being at a wedding and feeling completely surrounded by the couple and their closest friends and family and really getting to see what they're about. To be let in to their world and their life on such an intimate level, it's one of my absolute favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. Kim and Jon and their families were such a great example of how great this can be. Between Kim and her girls dancing when we arrived, to Kim's mom singing with the band at the end of the....
This venue.. this venue is what dreams are made of. One of my all time favorite places to shoot is Villa Botanica on St. Thomas. Botanical gardens on the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean? Yes please. Not to mention the sweetest couple getting married there. When I first met with Laura and Marc via Skype we instantly clicked and I was immediately so excited to be a part of their big day. These two have the sweetest love and they're just so perfect together. Living in Chicago, but both from a European descent, their families traveled quite a..
I have to say, although it can seem unfortunate to some, a rainy ceremony on the beach is the most romantic thing ever. Nina and Brent exchanged their vows underneath umbrellas, with their closest friends and family huddled in close, with the sound of raindrops hitting the palm leaves above them. It was sweet and it was beautiful and although it was unplanned and inevitably everyone got a little wet, it was a really special moment and one that I will never forget. Since the rain continued for a good portion of the night after the ceremony, we went..
There's something to be said for going on a little adventure for an engagement shoot. Its exciting and a little bit different and you get to see all of those hidden gems and soak up the unusual. Nina and Brent's Pre-Wedding session was just that. I hopped on a Seaplane from St. John over to St. Croix and we drove an hour inland to this amazing hidden botanical garden full of magic. Afterwards we made our way to downtown Christiansted to get...
If you want some dreamy magic gloriousness to hit your eyes right now, then I would totally get into this post. This wedding was an absolute dream. Suz and Jared prepped for the ceremony at their villa, Pink Horses in Coral Bay. From there we headed to the ruins at Francis Bay where it just happened to be so overgrown and secret-gardenesque, for a few bride and groom portraits. Afterwards we hopped on a boat from Caneel Bay, where the couple got to see their ceremony and beach picnic set up from the water. Pulling up to Solomon Bay, and looking at their driftwood arbor and pallet table set up, they were just..
An engagement session on a 60 year old wooden sailboat? Yes. Just yes. I've had the pleasure of working with Bridget a few times over the last couple of years, as she's modeled for a couple of branding shoots, so when she asked me to shoot their wedding and engagement session I was ecstatic. We popped some bubbly and went out on their sailboat (Morningstar Charters) around Cruz Bay and along the North Shore and it was just the most..
Ahh, these two!! Brittany is an aspiring photographer from Chicago and this was her and her husband Christian's first time to the Caribbean, to celebrate Christian's 30th birthday. With Brittany just starting out in the photography business, it really brought me back to that stage in my life and the way it felt. She expressed some of her fears and all of the things that excited her about photography and I felt every single thing she was saying. It's not easy starting out, it's actually terrifying. To put your creativity and your imagination out there, to show..
Oh my gosh this wedding actually felt like a dream. Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda is one of those places that doesn't even feel real when you're there. There are boulders and caves and hidden coves aplenty and it's almost overwhelming because there are just TOO many places to take photos, it's..
Ah I love these two!! I laughed all day with Amanda and Brandon. Here from Chicago, they had a week full of festivities and vacation goodness with their closest friends and family and then tied the knot at The Westin, to finish it all off. They had the sweetest ever first look before taking a few portraits, and shortly after we made our way over to the waterfront for their sunset ceremony, dinner, drinks and speeches next to the beach. The dance moves were SOLID and as we packed up our bags towards the end of the night and walked back to the parking lot, we could hear them partying away on the beach having the time of their..
They're bacccccck! Some of you might remember Sam and Peter and the way dreamy shoot we did a couple of years ago at a Villa in Coral Bay and at night on the beach. If you missed it, you can find it here and here. Sam has a fashion blog named The Eye Travels, and in the last couple of years it has completely blown up. She's been thrown into the runway at New York Fashion Week, she's been featured on ElleUK and New York Times Fashion, and not only is she crazy inspiring, but she's a Marine Veteran, and a world class musician. She is incredible and so full of substance and imagination and when she hit me up to do..
Ooooh this is such a special one! Rebecca is a wedding photographer who grew up on St. Thomas and when she contacted me about photographing her elopement I was so honored and excited. Rebecca and Brad had decided that they wanted to surprise everyone so they told their closest family and friends that they were having an "engagement party" when really they were going to arrive newly married and ready to celebrate. They did a first look at..
In August, Jesse and I went on a ridiculously magical 6 week trip through Europe and Morocco (blog post coming soon!) and when we got back I was so starry eyed and feeling like my soul could burst after so many amazing adventures. My very first shoot when we returned was Megan and Jeff's engagement shoot and I couldn't think of a better couple to hang out with and photograph when I was feeling like my tank was so full. Megan is the..
Oh M Gee. This wedding! Wanderlust Collective has really been taking off this year and this wedding was one of our Wanderlust Collaborations. If you don't know about Wanderlust Collective, it's a collaborative between yours truly and Kristin with By Emily B. So you get her design, styling, florals and planning services with my photography in a packaged deal and let me tell you friends, it is so much fun. It's just so nice to work with people that..
Natalie and Devon had a beautiful wedding day. She prepped for the big day with her parents and sisters at her family house overlooking the North Shore and they exchanged their vows down on Trunk Bay with their closest family and friends. Afterwards they