C + W

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.

Nadia + Lawrence

We were connected with Nadia and Lawrence through what we like to call our "Taiwanese Connection" (because it makes us sound really hardcore and mysterious). This connection is actually our former bride Grace, whose wedding to Yitao we photographed in Taipei back in 2011. We had such a great time with these two and the feeling must have been mutual because we have since traveled to Japan and Bhutan for weddings that she recommended us for. It was notable that Nadia and Lawrence's wedding in California's wine country would be the first time we saw this group of friends outside of Asia! After working as an unofficial wedding consultant for her friends, we were both thrilled and unsurprised when Grace announced that she would be the official wedding planner for this wedding, a business she hopes to continue expanding. The weddings we had the pleasure of documenting in Taiwan, Japan, and Bhutan were all so unique in their own way, and Nadia and Lawrence's was no exception. They chose Sonoma for its undeniable beauty and delicious wine, and we got all that and then some at Kunde Estate. They picked only their favorite Taiwanese tradition, the door games, and kept the rest of the day nice and simple with a short ceremony officiated by a friend, followed by cocktails, a first dance, dinner, and a few speeches.

Don't think that because the traditional Taiwanese part of the day was short that this means the girls took it easy on Lawrence and his groomsmen! In order for Lawrence to earn the right to see Nadia, the guys had to reenact some complicated gymnastics poses, pop balloons between their legs, and remove pantyhose from over their faces without using their hands. But it was all worth it once the two were reunited again, and we finally got to witness the sweetness between them. Daniel and I got to spend some additional time with Nadia and Lawrence as we took them around the property for portraits, and the kindness and respect they have for one another was evidenced by the sweet, helpful gestures they offer each other. Getting around a vineyard in a wedding dress has it's challenges, but Lawrence was always up for lending his bride a helpful hand.

It was an honor to share in the lovely union of these two individuals, in the always stunning setting of California's finest landscapes. Thank you to Grace, Lawrence and Nadia for making us a part of it.

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.