Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wedding :: Kristin & Howie :: Grand Cayman

When couples decide to have their wedding on a distant and foreign land, far from both their home and the homes of their guests, those who make the journey are typically within the closest circle to the Bride and Groom. As a photographer documenting these weddings which inadvertently pare the attendees to those in the "inner circle," I arrive as an outsider. True, I have the history of either talking with, meeting in person, or photographing engagement images with the couple; sometimes all three. Though, as I arrive an outsider, I am constantly touched by the welcoming spirit that both my "clients" and their guests extend to me in a way that makes me feel part of their crew. As with most weddings, the happiness and exuberance that accompanies friends and family when they arrive on an island like Grand Cayman, is infectious and typically lasts the entire weekend. An example of this is seen when friends from opposite ends of the couples' lives meet and are enjoying one-another's company--as if they had been lifelong friends themselves.

For Howie and Kristin's wedding on Grand Cayman a few weeks ago: everyone was genuinely welcomed, everyone had a fantastic time, everyone left a lifelong friend. Their wedding day was full of smiles, tears, laughter, and excitement. Here are some of their images...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Grand Cayman :: Kristin & Howie :: Day One

I flew down to Grand Cayman yesterday to photograph Kristin & Howie's destination wedding. Arriving on Grand Cayman is incredibly easy and it's almost like you've never left the States, in that English is the language and the USD is accepted. I hit the ground running--within an hour of landing, their wedding planner Danielle, of Crystal Blue Wedding Studio, whisked us off on a tour of Seven Mile Beach and some favorite spots. After a fun rehearsal dinner, the crew went to Coconut Joe's for some drinks. In the few hours I have been with Kristin, I can tell you she is a very fun ball of fire--and last night she was the life of the party!

Today is wedding day and I'm about to get going, but, thought I'd share a few images from yesterday...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Engaged :: Aaron and Kineta :: San Francisco, California

One of the most amazing aspects of San Francisco is it's proximity to open spaces. I've spent enough time in the City by the Bay to know that leaving can take ten minutes, or and hour, and in that discrepancy lies a defining characteristic of this city's people--they enjoy sophisticated city life surrounded by natural beauty. I spent last Saturday with two such San Franciscan's, Aaron and Kineta. Aaron reminded me how great his city is in that nearly everything is accessible: food, art, music, and every sport or activity imaginable. Aaron and Kineta are going to be wed on the beach near Crissy Field this June. The famous quote, "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco" is at ends with Aaron, if you ask him, June 5th, 2010, is going to be an amazingly sunny day! Here are some of the engagement images we captured, both North, South, and in San Francisco.