Relationships. When it comes down to it, they are what wedding days are made of. At the core of this wedding, of course, was the relationship between Joriana and Jay, a young couple who built a strong foundation with the support of their close friends and family and in accordance with their faith. Each of their respective families played their part in raising two exceptional individuals who would find their perfect match in the other. Jay’s relationship with his mother was so powerful, it actually made me sob when they shared their mother-son dance at the reception (in my defense, I had just given birth to my son a few months earlier!). Joriana, an only child, shares an unmistakable closeness with both of her parents, particularly her mother with whom she works as a wedding photographer. Her father’s face when he saw her for the first time as a bride, and her mother’s hug before heading off to the ceremony, were powerful manifestations of their bond. It was these moments, where the strength of all of these relationships were demonstrated, that we witnessed all throughout Joriana and Jay’s wedding day. The expression “it takes a village” came to mind several times, especially when friends and family members shared stories of the couple’s childhood and courtship.
As wedding photographers themselves, it comes to no surprise that Joriana and her mom Mindy were exceptionally thorough as they planned this wedding! No detail was overlooked as they determined what they wanted this event to look like and feel like. They even selected extra long sparklers for the couple’s exit so they would stay lit longer – an example of wedding photographers having the wedding photographers’ back, no doubt!
It was an honor and a privilege to witness and document the relationships that made this day, and this couple, come together. The love and respect shared throughout the crowd was extended to us, and we are so thankful for this.
You can view our favorite images from the day, above.
This post is a little bit different than usual because, well, this wedding was a little different. C+W chose to celebrate their union in a few different ways, and we were lucky enough to be invited along for the ride. First, they travelled to Bhutan last February, where Daniel and Adam photographed their traditional Bhutanese ceremony, arranged specially just for the two of them by the wonderful staff at Amankora. Then, Daniel and I joined them and their kids in Porto Cheli, Greece, at another Aman Resort, Amanzoe, for a few days which included some portrait sessions, a short ceremony, and a boat trip.
On our first day, C+W agreed to meet us at sunrise so we could take full advantage of Greece’s colorful early-morning skies and avoid the intense summer heat. Despite the very early wake-up call for hair and makeup, C was a real trooper and their girls even came along to take some behind-the-scenes photos of our shoot. Although this did mean that they were completely exhausted when we joined them again that afternoon, they did manage to fulfill their flower girl duties for their parents’ sweet and simple wedding ceremony, overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Before they took off on their family honeymoon, we had the opportunity to join them once more, this time for a boat ride in the sea. Storm clouds threatened to cover our sunset, but we managed to witness some stunning pink skies before dark. The kids loved the experience, and so did we!
We are always excited to share our images, but we have agreed to maintain W’s privacy, so here is a small glimpse at our time with C+W and their children in Greece.
There are so many words that come to mind when describing Trina and Quinton’s 4-day wedding in New Orleans… beautiful, wild, opulent, classy, crazy, delicious, energetic, and of course, Bollywood! It is fair to say that not a single detail was overlooked as Trina, her family, Christine Paul Events, and David Beahm planned the whole affair.
It was also a very full schedule that kept Adam, Sarah, and I very busy (we had just welcomed our little Max at home, and Davina couldn’t make the trip). There was a gathering at Trina’s family home, followed by an evening celebration where 500 guests filled up the Civic Theatre in downtown New Orleans to watch friends, family, and professional dancers put on an incredible show full of colour, energy, and laughter. Under a colourful wash of light, everyone filled the dance floor… and set the bar high for the next day. Not surprisingly, the wedding day itself was chock-full of surprises, complete with flower-clad Ferraris, a festive Second Line, and a private concert by British Indian sensation RDB.
Truth be told, heard about Trina even before she even inquired with us, as she had communicated with many of our photographer friends in the industry (something we can now tease her about!). So it was no secret that photography was one of the most important elements for Trina and Quinton. While that meant that the pressure was definitely on for the three of us, we were also incredibly humbled by their choice to have us be the ones to document their wedding weekend. A huge thank-you to Trina, Quinton and their families for choosing us and welcoming us so warmly.