C + W | Paro, Bhutan

When Davina and I traveled to Bhutan two years ago, we did not take any of it for granted. We both assumed this was a once in a lifetime trip, and we took it all in while we were there. Bhutan is a country that sits at the base of the Himalayas, between India & Nepal, and has only been open to tourists since the 1960′s. Even today, visitors have to pay a hefty amount for a daily visa, making it one of the few, somewhat untouched places left to visit off the beaten path. We absolutely adored the place and felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to travel there.

Fast forward to new year’s day of this year, we received an email from C+W who had seen the photos we took at Irene + Jimmy’s wedding. They had a pretty awesome plan: to tie the knot while they were touring Bhutan on an educational photography trek. The date was coming up in a couple of months, so planning was tight. Just a few days later, my good friend (and associate photographer) Adam and I were making arrangements for the 40hr+ trip (as many of you may know, Davina and I are expecting our first little boy any day now – and the high altitude was too dangerous for her during her pregnancy).

The couple got ready together in the morning, and headed to one of the oldest temples in the world for a traditional Bhutanese blessing, followed by a horse procession & more blessings from monks at the beautiful Amankora Paro resort. The rest of the day was spent doing portraits with the newlyweds, first at Paro Dzhong in the centre of town and later at an abandoned fortress which sits on the side of a cliff overlooking the Paro valley.

Adam & I spent the rest of our time in Bhutan touring the many temples, hiking up to Tiger’s Nest, and playing with kids on the streets, all while taking lots of photographs. I loved this country on our first visit there, but really felt a bond this time around. Now I am feeling a strong urge to return, with our little boy this time, hopefully sometime soon.

C+W have asked us to keep their identities somewhat private by not using their full names and to make sure the groom is not recognizable in the photos. Even though the couple received many images where he was fully visible in the photo, we knew we wanted to come out of the wedding with photos we would be proud to share on our blog, and their request proved to be an excellent learning experience and challenge. C+W are now planning their second wedding later this summer, with their kids and families, in Greece. We look forward to getting to know all of their loved ones and documenting their union once more!

A big thank you to Adam for lending us his talent at this wedding. Some of his images appear in this post.

{8 Comments}

  1. daniel stark

    speechless, you guys. every shot is breathtaking.

  2. Adam Kealing

    Still Cannot thank you enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity! It was incredible to not only shoot this wedding, but to have the time to travel the Country and really take in the different culture with you. Thank you C + W! It was so fun getting to know you and spend all the time we did together, I can’t wait to see the images from your upcoming wedding with family.

  3. DavidOne

    Incredible work ! Bravo !!

  4. Cidneye

    I’ll sign up for ‘Traveling Nanny’ when you return! Beautiful (as usual) pics! you guys…and pregnant gal….ROCK! peace

  5. Victor

    Amazing work as allways!… What an incredible journy most be. Keep the good work.. You guys are an inspiration to other photographers like me. All the best!

  6. Mandisa

    These are stunning!

Eliza + Seth | La Antigua, Guatemala

Fate can be a funny thing. Eliza and Seth met a few years ago, just as Seth was preparing to embark on the journey of a lifetime: a two year bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. With timing this unfortunate, one might think that this relationship just wasn’t meant to be, yet something kept these two interested in each other during that entire time, and they picked things up again upon Seth’s return… for good!

Eliza had clearly left a lasting impression, and so did the town of La Antigua, Guatemala, which Seth visited during his trip. When he and Eliza decided to tie the knot, a destination wedding was a must and Antigua was at the top of the list. The pair told us that they solidified that choice when they saw images from Kristiaan and Lionel’s wedding which we photographed two years ago. This magical little town was one of our favorite locations in the world, and we were thrilled that Eliza and Seth wanted us to return to document their turn at the altar.

Their wedding brought about a most impressive turnout considering the distant location, with close to a hundred friends and family enthusiastically joining in on the celebrations. With the romantic, candlelit ruins of San Jose El Viejo as a backdrop for both the ceremony and reception, everyone in attendance was simply blown away by the beauty of it all. We were able to incorporate even more of Antigua when we explored the town with Eliza and Seth the next day for their day-after portrait session. They were complete troopers, posing in the street as hundreds of locals and tourists peered on curiously, or kicking dust around on the mountain after sunset. We rely so heavily on the keenness and patience of our couples to pull off these fun portraits, and we could not have asked for more willing participants than Eliza and Seth.

We had an absolute blast with these two and we look forward to a growing friendship with them. A huge thank-you to them for their trust and enthusiasm in the photography process, and an equally huge thank-you to our associate Adam for coming along with us and giving us an extra set of eyes (and arms!) to help this pregnant photographer out!

As always, you can view a set of our personal favorite images by scrolling through the images above (some photos are by Adam Kealing).

{12 Comments}

  1. MC

    So much perfection.

  2. Daniel Stark

    so damn good. like truly amazing. go double d!

  3. Khoa

    Amazing! Possibly my favourite!

  4. Camila Magalhães

    it’s difficult to make a comment about it! It’s beyond perfect!

  5. Helen Batt

    Simply incredible, how I wish I could be a fly on the wall at a wedding you photograph to see how you guys work! Brilliant.

  6. magali

    Gorgeous! And that foot picture! That’s a fearless award waiting to happen!

  7. Morgan

    Killer set of images, D+D and A!! Lucky lucky couple… That dipping shot during the reception is to die for!

  8. Juyá

    Fantasticas! FELICITACIONES!!

  9. Jesse

    Love this so much.

  10. molina

    ok, I’ve decided that this is not a real wedding because it is too good. the end.

  11. Juan

    I just loved every image :) congrats

Katrina + Brandon | Palm Springs, CA

When we first met Katrina and Brandon 4 years ago, they were still college students, dating, and living as roommates, while growing their new wedding photography business. It was clear that these two were ambitious and well beyond their years in terms of their talent and accomplishments. Daniel and Brandon met through the online wedding photography community, and Brandon invited us to stay with them in California while on a roadtrip across the United States. We hit it off immediately and they quickly became two of our closest friends, who we now consider family.

We feel like we know these two pretty well; we are so familiar Brandon’s sense of humor and indescribable laugh, and Katrina’s gentle, kind, and generous spirit. But throughout their wedding weekend in Palm Springs, we had the pleasure of getting to know their families whom we had never met before. It quickly became apparent that these two are appropriate products of their parents: Brandon’s side is hilarious, adorable, and at times wonderfully inappropriate, and Katrina’s parents are thoughtful, sweet and just like their daughter, they laugh at all of Brandon’s jokes.

Katrina and Brandon put so much thought into their big day, and to say that it paid off would be an understatement. Brandon, who Katrina often jokingly referred to as the bride, insisted on a romantic twilight reception on the stunning grounds of Korakia, and balanced it off by surprising guests with a Vegas nightclub-inspired dance party at a secret location, complete with showgirls, fog, lasers, and a performance by the groom. We often joked that this wedding had split personalities, but in fact, it was perfectly suited to this couple who appreciates beauty and romance, but who also loves a baller party!

Epic is a word so commonly used nowadays, but I honestly can’t think of a more appropriate word to sum up this whole affair. Katrina and Brandon, we are so touched that you selected us to capture your most incredible day. We love you both so very much and our lives are better with you in them.

You can view our favourite photos above, and take a look at their slideshow, HERE!

{31 Comments}

  1. Shahed

    WOW-ZER-HERRRR!! Lol! Absolutely amazing set- I had to view it twice!!! Incredibly emotive!

  2. JUYA

    Woooow amazing!! Congratulations!!!

  3. Album Boda

    Amazing pics as always. Specially the party, great moments!

  4. Willian Lima

    Wow… Inspiration for me. Excelent Photography!

  5. Miguel Bolaños

    incredible images. Great and amazing work. Congrats!!!

  6. ed

    Dat ass tho.

  7. Francisco Tabasco

    Unas fotos increíbles chicos , tienen un gran dominio de la luz.
    Parece que uno esta en el evento.

  8. kirsten lewis

    Ummmmmm . . . WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Seriously, these are insanity. You guys are unbelievable. I am blown away, once again. Oh yeah. And I love you. And I love Brandon and Katrina. And the new baby I get to meet really soon.

  9. Lionel

    So much beauty, happiness and just killer creative imagery. Love you guys!!!!

  10. britney

    damn! I mean, wow. I was there and still never imagined the photos could be this!

  11. Mary McHenry

    Yes!! I’ve been so looking forward to seeing these -what an incredible wedding, what beautiful, emotional, funny images. GREAT job you two. xoxo

  12. Sergio

    Great and beautiful job!!!!!!

  13. naomi chokr

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! My jaw is on the floor! The images just like their wedding and after party are beyond Epic…. seriously no such word has been invented to describe it. And Davina you are so right… I met them both last year at Aperturas workshop and they are the kindest people I’ve ever met… even driving me to my hotel. I’ll never forget it.

    Congratulations to you B + K!!!!!! And D+D amazing Butt shot… I meant amazing capture of their wedding. I have goosebumps all over right now.

  14. Valerie

    Buenisimas fotos, me encantaron!

  15. Jeff

    you guys are the best! A M A Z I N G !!!

  16. Rosaura

    You guys never cease to amaze me. Sooooo incredible! Every shot is a masterpiece. Wow!

  17. Khanh Nguyen

    For 10 minutes straight… my jaw can’t close and I got mindblown looking at these pics beyond Epic party guys !

  18. Molina

    I know these photos by heart.

  19. Andrew Van Beek

    Not much left to say but wow. Awesome all around!

  20. Katrina

    Simply stunning.

  21. Daniel Stark

    SO GOOD! Wish we were at that wedding! Congrats to Brandon and Katrina. Awesome photos D&d!

  22. robby followell

    SEEEEERIOUSLY!? You two need to CHILL OUT. Such breathtaking photos… I wanna look again but need to a respirator or something to make it through. And tissues. And maybe a new job while I’m at it.

  23. Adam Kelaing

    Every shot is beyond incredible!!! The one of Katrina by herself with her hand in the air, lights behind her left me speechless!!! Such an amazing wedding! Congrats Katrina & Brandon!

  24. yiannis alefantou

    The last couple of days I am trying to find words to use on this comment… I saw the slide show again and again… and the words are not enough… thank you one more time for this experience. Thank you.

  25. katrina santos

    One week later and I still visit this slideshow everyday. I love you guys!

  26. Jesse

    Beautiful!