I have been wishing for a very long time to photograph a wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate. So, I was nothing short of ecstatic when Kaitlyn proposed her wedding be there. I mean, perfect location, beautiful couple, sweet love, blue skies and a quality team, who could ask for more?
Kaitlyn & Vaughn know how to throw a party! These two have a love story that has already withstood so much, the next 70 years should be a piece of cake! Their strong love, plus Kaitlyn’s creative eye made this wedding a wonder to behold.
Vaughn is a total, lovable goofball! For proof, just see the singing into hairbrush image below, it’s just the tip of the iceberg! I have had the pleasure of calling Kaitlyn my friend for a few years now and I enjoy every minute with her. She is a bubbly, bright spirit with a love for words as strong as her love of nature (and Vaughn). In fact, I really wish she was writing this blog right now as that is my weakest link and she is so strong.
However, you’re stuck with me. Thank goodness I speak in photos and have them all below for you to experience their amazing day! Trust me, it was exquisite, wondrous even. The love between K & V, their families and friends all gathered, was palpable.
I am so grateful to have been asked to photograph their incredible day. I hope you two are enjoying your wandering honeymoon!
Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Sarasota, FL
Rentals: All Event Rental
Gown: WToo Gia | CC’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Lasting Luxe Artistry
Caterer: Affordable Catering
Floral Design: Bee Ridge Florist
Cake: Max & Jonah
Officiant: Wes Morris
Video: Sunshine City Films
What is the purpose of wearing all black to a wedding? Couples, guests, other photographers and even my parents have all asked why I, along with so many other photographers and videographers, wear all black to weddings. Curious? Here’s a few reasons why I do it.
- This is a simple trick I picked up from an incredible wedding photographer in NY named Susan Stripling. During her workshop, she brought up something so obvious once stated that I wondered how I never thought about it before; wearing black clothing can provide a clean backdrop when necessary. Doing a detail shot in a crowded room with no where else to go? Have your black clad assistant stand behind your jewelry/shoes/flowers for an instant, non distracting backdrop. Voila!
- No color casts on your subject. I love to shoot anything with backlight or angled light. Therefore, because the light is usually shining on me and being bounced in the direction of my subject, so is any color I’m wearing. White usually isn’t a problem as it will act as a reflector but uhm, no white to weddings, that’s the bride’s color. Red is the worst for color transfer! A photographer posted a bridal portrait she’d done where in a few of the close up images, the bride had a strange red hue. The comment string was endless, “Is it a failing card?” “Is the white balance on auto or messing up?” “Did you use a gel on the flash?” and she kept giving a no to each question. Finally, I asked what color outfit she was wearing and yep, you guessed it, red. Her red dress simply cast that color onto the bride’s skin and white gown. Green can be just as bad as casts can make the poor subject look sickly.
- We want to be “invisible”. It’s the same reason stage hands wear black, they’re not to be seen. We want you to dismiss us as soon as you notice us so you can focus on the event at hand. Not being a distraction is part of our job during a wedding ceremony and that’s one way we manage. After all, when Aunt Mildred wanders around up front in her fuchsia dress to catch her iPhone images, we’ll let her take the spotlight.
- I sweat. I’m human. Even though I have tried every antiperspirant/deodorant under the sun looking for the magic bullet, I haven’t found one (there may be a future blog post there, lol). Plus, I live in Florida, on the west coast, a popular place for beach weddings. Even in January, with all the running around and gear I carry, I’ll probably sweat. Black doesn’t show it. Any other color will show that wet line across my torso from my bag strap against my body and that is the last thing I want you to see. It’s really unattractive. Some photographers don’t wear black and that’s fine. I’m not knocking the colorful, personality driven choices of my colleagues. What they wear works for them and that’s awesome. This is simply my reasoning for why I wear what I do. No worries, I’m not planning to rob a convenient store after your wedding.
Now, because this is a photo blog, an obligatory photo of me, shooting a wedding with the amazingly talented Carolina Araujo of Blue Lane Studios.
So I know I am a little behind but I just couldn’t wait to share this very special little guy’s debut! Harrison (I call him Indy- bonus points if you know why) was born on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in St. Petersburg at Bayfront Baby Place on July 5th. His mommy, Marci, has been a dear friend of mine for over 20 years. She actually met her husband and Harrison’s dad, Chris, at my and my husband’s engagement party. Three years later, my best friend married his best friend in one of those situations that only seems to happen in sappy rom-coms. Now, 3 children later, Harrison is their bonus baby and we are absolutely over the moon for them.
Marci made the whole process look easy and almost effortless. Only when she hit transition and active labor did the day get a little intense. Chris was there every second to attend to everything for Marci from ice chips to hand holding. When it came time for their daughter Faye to join them, he helped prepare her for her part- which was to actually help deliver the baby and cut the cord. The midwife in the delivery actually caught Faye as well so for her this moment was extra special. I am so proud of Faye and her total commitment to being the best delivery aid in the room. She asked brilliant questions, did not get the least bit squeamish and was right there, ready for anything. She was the first to touch his head full of curly brown hair as he crowned. It was such an incredible moment for everyone involved.
Fighting tears as I saw him emerge, we caught the first seconds of his time in this world and that is a privilege for which I am eternally grateful. Faye cut the cord while Chris focused on Marci and Harrison, watching as these two instantaneously bonded. Marci is a scientist, very logical and practical in every sense. I say this because on this day, even more so than any other before, she was an emotional wreck and it was awesome to see. All the tears that flowed, knowing this was their last baby, their last first look, their last labor and delivery, last first diaper change and latch. Everything they do for the first time will be their last first with a new baby. This perspective made every little detail of this birth that much more important.
I am honored to have captured this amazing day and to be able to share it with you. I loved photographing a new life enter this world, it is nothing short of magical. (Every image is shared with the expressed permission of the family).