destination wedding

A COLORFUL RAINFOREST ELOPEMENT IN TOFINO, BC

If you haven't been to Vancouver Island, you should really change that. There are only a few temperate rainforests on the planet, and some of the most spectacular are on this evergreen island off the western coast of British Columbia. The two main towns, Ucluelet and Tofino, are filled with craft beer, seaplanes, good food, surfers, black bears, and a ridiculously good taco truck (looking at you, Tacofino.) Emily and I went there for the first time a handful of years back for our first anniversary, and it was pretty much love at first visit. So any chance to go back is always welcomed as it holds a special meaning to us.

All in all, a perfect place for Beth and Sam to spend time with their family at the Wickaninnish Inn, before eloping beneath towering trees, and dancing together on a sunny beach as the sun sank. A perfectly intimate wedding. I think the last few minutes of light, when they ditched their shoes and waded into the glassy ocean sunset together, was one of my favorite wedding memories of the year. 

A CHATEAU WEDDING IN SOUTHERN FRANCE

This wedding. Where do I even begin? It was truly one of the most memorable and beloved weeks Emily and I have had. I don’t think we’ve ever slept so little, ate so much, wined so much, or felt so instantly at home in France. 

Story time…

I’ve known the bride, Jamie, since we were teenagers, and she and Jordan have become dear friends to Emily and I. It would be a huge understatement to say it was an honor to document their wedding. But to document their wedding in southern France, in a chateau that looks like it just materialized out of a painting? We were a little excited. 

The part that really stands out, though, isn’t that it was a stylish wedding in a beautiful destination - though it was both - it was that from beginning to end, it was all about the people and relationships. Authentic hospitality and amazing food are everyday things for Jamie and Jordan at their restaurant, DERU Market, and it comes from genuinely wanting to give people an experience where they feel served and cared about. This carried over to their wedding in every way. Chefs by nature and profession, they spent the week cooking for and caring for everyone.

For the days leading up to the wedding, these two and a small group of their family and friends explored the French countryside, hunted truffles, wandered medieval towns in the rain, strolled through charming markets and cities, and spent quality time eating and cooking and enjoying everyone's company. The day before the wedding a few of us walked out to the field behind the chateau to find a spot for the wedding ceremony. In the middle of the field stood a massive oak tree, steeped in history - and surrounded by cow patties, of course. With the sun warming us, we decided it was the perfect spot for them to exchange their vows. Later that night, and leading into the morning of the wedding, the sun gave way to dark clouds and pouring rain.

What I loved, though, is that it didn’t faze anyone. People ran out to a nearby market and miraculously found 30-something pairs of grey (in keeping with the color palette of the day) wellies to keep our feet dry. The elegant black-tie dinner was moved into an old stone barn, made to look incredible by their friends Steve and Jamie Moore and many helping hands. Right as the ceremony began, like something out of a movie, the rain stopped and the sun burst out. Later that night, the dinner went from, “Oh, we’ll probably be done by 9 or 10pm” to, “Oh, it’s 3am?! Should we have dessert and open more wine?” Happy speeches, tearful laughter, clinking glasses. So many good things and full hearts. 

Honestly, the whole week and wedding day was a really beautiful lesson to me that despite whatever problems might arise, things often turn out far better than we could have hoped or planned for. Looking back at this wedding, I can’t imagine it being any more perfect if everything, weather and all, had gone according to expectations. A little microcosm of life, perhaps. Keep moving forward, things are going to be amazing.

Also, spot the photos below of Jamie and Jordan making their wedding cake together. One of my favorite moments of the day. Who wakes up at 4am on the morning of their wedding to bake their own cake! (I mean besides Jamie, they literally make the best cakes in the world.)

Bride's dress by: Jin Wang

Florals and wedding design by: Sinclair & Moore Events

Wedding location: Chateau de Redon

Groom's tuxedo by: Burberry

Jim and Elizabeth | Wedding | Washington DC

i had the honor of flying out to "the other Washington" a couple months back, to shoot for Jim and Elizabeth. we'd been in contact for a long time, and I was so stoked to finally get out to see them. i truly couldn't have asked for better hosts, and sweeter clients. i've shot a lot of different cultural weddings, but this was my first Korean wedding ... and hopefully not my last! so much fun, and the food is so, so good.

after the american style ceremony, they transitioned into the beautiful traditional Korean paebaek.

on to the afterparty.

Ayumi and Sanjay | wedding - NYC

ayumi and sanjay made my first trip to New York memorable, awesome, and easy. i can't say how blessed i feel to have clients like this, who are so warm and loving to each other and everyone around them.  they also know how to throw a big, beautiful wedding (and party).  stay tuned for approximately a metric ton of images ... along with more details than i normally post (there were so many amazing details!). their wedding was held at the fantastic Studio 6, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

thanks again, guys!

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