Caroline + Ben

When you join the wedding photography community, you are joining a family. This family knows what you go through as an artist, and as a business owner. It knows that sometimes you need to share and learn, and sometimes you need to talk about something else for once, or you just really need to let off some steam. We first met Ben and Caroline through our wedding photography family, at a conference in New Orleans. It was easy to hit it off, because we share the same work, the same passion, the same lifestyle; and to top it off, we know what it's like to do it all with our significant other. We quickly learned that they are both deeply passionate photographers, who support one another's growth with some healthy competition that Daniel and I can certainly identify with! Caroline and Ben have an even tighter knit group of wedding photographer family members in their local community of Austin, Texas. In fact, these guys made up 50% of the wedding guests during their wedding week in Costa Rica. Wedding photographer weddings are notorious for a good party, and we knew this group would not disappoint, but I'm not sure we were totally prepared for what was to come... Champagne showers, stripper horses, and endless lifts and slips... this was one epic dance floor!

The whole week, in fact, was filled with surprises for everyone. Caroline and Ben knew they wanted a fun vacation with their closest friends and family, and that's exactly what they got. On the eve of the wedding, they treated everyone to a trip to the Tabacon hot springs, a beautiful and relaxing site that absolutely everyone loved. The tropical rain seemed to reveal itself only at the most convenient moments; during the night, while everyone was indoors, but never during any of the outdoor activities. On the morning of the wedding, it seemed that the weather would not be on our side, but wouldn't you know it, the moment Caroline walked up to Ben in a field of grazing horses, and just as they saw each other for the first time all dressed up on their big day, the volcano revealed itself for the first time that week. It was the perfect segue into an emotional ceremony, officiated by their good friend (and fellow wedding photographer) Sam. There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as they shared vows they had written for each other. There is an unquestionable complicity between these two, and their custom-tailored wedding ceremony was proof of that.

We are so lucky to have been selected as the photographers for the union of these two individuals. Many of the photographers in attendance asked us whether we were feeling a lot of pressure, and I'd say that it was positive pressure. The kind of pressure that makes you want to work really, really hard to do justice to all of it. It was, quite honestly, also a whole lot of fun for us! Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Caroline and Ben, for trusting us with this task!

For even more photos, you can view their slideshow HERE.

Davina + Daniel

First, let me get the obvious out of the way: Yes, their names really are Davina and Daniel! I have to admit, I thought their first email might be a joke, but in fact, they and their wedding were very real! We were obviously very curious to meet the couple who share our names, and we had the opportunity when we photographed their engagement session in New York City last spring. During this first "date," we  learned that the four of us also share a strong love of sushi, travel, and our families. We also learned that it is very strange for us to direct a couple using our own names, but we somehow managed to get used to this by their wedding day (and we do expect this to have been a once-in-a-lifetime thing!) Fast forward a few months, and we were all on the French Riviera to celebrate the union of the other Davina + Daniel. Festivities began days before the wedding with parties in Monaco, all leading up to one simply breath-taking event. Davina, Daniel, and close to 300 guests gathered at Davina's family's gorgeous home in Latte, Italy, near the French border and overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The whole day was flawless; stunning, really, from beginning to end, but it was the sense of togetherness that really left an impression on us. Among the olive trees, and with the salty sea breeze in the air, this wedding truly felt like a celebration and there was no doubt about it: these two families who came together that day absolutely adore one another.

After a private and emotional bedeken, sweet and simple ceremony, and a lively outdoor horah among the olive trees, guests enjoyed a classic Italian feast at one long table in the garden (remember when I said there were nearly 300 guests?!). Traditional Napolitan musicians provided entertainment, and then traditional Catalan dancers escorted Davina and Daniel, followed by all the guests, to an epic dance party further down on the property. It was almost 4am when we left, and although the party was being shut down, guests seemed ready to keep it going!

It was a tremendous opportunity for us to share in such a beautiful celebration with Davina and Daniel. A shout-out goes out to the incredible Guendalina, Sophie, and the whole team who pulled off every little detail to perfection, and of course to Davina and Daniel for entrusting us to capture it all.

Allie + Sam

I don't think a single wedding goes by without me getting a little choked up at one point or another. At Allie and Sam's wedding, it was the moment when, escorted by her parents, Allie began her walk down the aisle to the beautiful, powerful voices of an opera group. Sam is a big fan of the opera, and having these singers for both their processional and recessional was his only request for their wedding day. For Allie, these powerful moments of emotion occurred all through the day, and I just loved watching emotion wash over her. She bowed her head and closed her eyes as Sam read the vows he had written for her, taking every word in, and she laughed and shook her head slowly in disbelief the first time someone used the word "husband" to refer to him. She lived her wedding day one moment at a time, savouring every one individually. And Sam, well, Sam was a rock. He was on top of things; a man of action, yet calm and collected. The perfect groom, really. And when it came time to talk about Allie - or every time he looked at her, really - everyone could see him melt a little. And who could blame him? Allie channelled the glamour of an old fashioned movie star  in her fitted wedding gown and her mother's 1970s repurposed veil. The entire day unfolded perfectly, a string of special moments, flowing organically from the moment Allie slipped into her wedding dress, to the last dance of the night. Thank you, Allie and Sam; we are so grateful to be the ones selected to document it all.

Chatti + TJ

If Chatti and TJ's story were a fairytale, it would go something like this: Once upon a time, there was a boy and there was a girl. He was of Italian ancestry and she was Cambodian. They lived 5 miles from each other in Colorado, yet their paths never crossed there. One day, the boy decided to pursue new career opportunities in the far away land of Cambodia. A few miles away, she was breaking the same news to her family. It was in this far away land that boy finally met girl and - you guessed it! - they fell in love. They decided to marry in another far away land, Italy, where she had always dreamed of having her wedding and where he had family history. It was an event filled with love, laughter, and song. And, of course, they lived happily ever after. When Chatti, a wedding photographer herself, asked if we would photograph her wedding in Italy, we could not say "yes" fast enough. Luckily Chatti and TJ shared our enthusiasm, and less than a day after her initial email, we officially became their wedding photographers. They chose a classic Italian villa, nestled in the hills just outside the historical town of Cortona, as the setting for their wedding week. Since the two have travelled extensively and lived abroad throughout most of their relationship, they have built up an international group of friends who have become a family. A dozen of these family members not only joined Chatti and TJ in their wedding festivities, but rallied together to arrange flowers, hang banners, and even officiate the ceremony. It was a true labor of love.

Speaking of love, we also fell in love with these two sweet individuals, as well as their incredible group of guests. It was with open arms (literally!) that they greeted us on the first day and they never made us feel like we were any less than family. Despite a bit of rain during dinner that forced everyone to retreat to the dining room, the day truly did unfold, appropriately enough, like a fairytale.

Thank you Chatti and TJ for including us in your wedding plans. We loved every moment of our time in Tuscany with you and your wonderful family.

The Vendors Venue: Villa Ruffignano Catering: Marcella of Villa Ruffignano Dress: Marisa Styling: By the bride and executed by her wonderful friends Florals: Annalisa Banelli of La Bottega delle Idee