Virginia and Justin are two quirky lovebirds that are just awesome beyond words. They are down with getting funky and creative, and their love for one another is just something so tenderly playful... it was beyond adorable.
It is always interesting to see what wedding trends are going on based on where you live. A few wedding photographer friends I have say that bridals are not at all a big thing on the east coast, that they don't do separate shoots from the wedding day for portraits. This makes sense for some people and I know bridals seem "extra" or can make a bride feel like she's putting too much emphasis on herself and not the genuine act of marriage, but I personally love bridal sessions for a number of reasons.
All that being said, here are a few fairly recent bridal sessions, :) The beauty is that there are no rules.
Chance and Demi have been one of my youngest wedding couples, but that doesn't mean a thing when it comes to preparedness. I've never seen a bride so diligent about truly wanting to create the best marriage of a lifetime. I have known Chance for a couple years and always knew he was such a gentlemen, hilarious and kind, too. When I first met Demi and her bubbling personality and enthusiasm, I was so excited. I just knew she would be great for him, but nothing compares to seeing the two of them together. They both constantly surprise one another and are both such thoughtful individuals, I think these are things a lot of couples forget about after they have been together for a while. Their engagement session and their wedding was such a blast to be a part of, I'm going to share a few images from each.
So this whole blogging this is not easy by any means, but it's certainly a fabulous way to share new work without constantly changing my portfolio tabs on here. Also, it's a great way to show clients, prospective clients, and friends, sneak peaks from their big day. I have had a wedding every single weekend, and although it is great, it makes me want to get the photos out there a lot quicker! Here are some Diptychs from two weddings, one at the Chesapeake Boathouse, and another on a farm. They were both such wonderful days, I'm so happy to have had the chance to take part in both of these awesome couples lives.
Lety and Jason's wedding this summer was one of the most memorable weddings to date. I met the couple over a year ago for their engagement session, and when I met them they seemed fairly quiet. They (rather quickly) showed me otherwise!
One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer, is that I get to almost become a part of the immediate family. It always starts simply because I follow the bride everywhere, even during the sweet words exchanged with their mothers or family before hand. Somewhere in the process of the day, I become something more than a follower. This exchange happens where they talk to me and engage with me and share with me, and it blows me away the things they share.
This couple has been through so much together and Jason has always been such a loving and caring staple as a friend, then a boyfriend, then a fiance, as a spouse, and now truly as a father. Watching the entire family interact, counting their exchange student from Germany, there was truly nothing but Love.
I lived and worked in New York City with photographer Ryan Brenizer (Brenizer Method, anyone?) at http://www.ryanbrenizer.com during the month of June. Malarie and Ryan were my first wedding to come home to since my internship with Ryan, and because of that their wedding had some new elements in the photography department. Malarie was such a calm bride, a photographer's dream, honestly. She was so kind and just wanted the day to be documented, not staged what-so-ever. :) Because of that, most (90%) of all the photos are completely candid. Enjoy. <3
Rhonda and Adam came to me for their entire package, from engagements to bridals to their big day, but what they always focused on was the importance of Adam's kids during the entire process. It meant so much to me to see a couple so in love, and putting their kids happiness and comfort right up at the top of the list. From the way Rhonda talked about them, and from how Adam talked about them, I was so excited to meet them on their wedding day. It fabulous and they felt completely involved and had a great time. The best part? During their ceremony, they did a "sand pouring" and they played the "Circle of Life" from the Lion King, and invited their kids up to pour sand with them! I couldn't help but tearing up just because of how happy it made me. Enjoy!
Andrea and Spur were one heck of a couple. Not only did they start dating in high school, which is incredible, but despite distance with school and growing up, they found that in life they grow together. That is such an important thing in marriage, because as humans we are constantly changing.. change is something we should invite, but our priorities should be how our personal changes affect or spouses lives. I think it is so beautiful when two people fall in love at such a young age where so much growth occurs between high school and where they are at now in their lives, and yet, through all their growth they are truly *better together.* Andrea is a natural in front of the camera, my lens loved her ;) And Spur? Well, between him and his best friends, they made for some fabulous FUN photos! I love when people aren't scared to let their personality come through. I always try to make my brides and grooms feels completely at ease with me, and being themselves around me. :)
When Diane's friend contacted me to photograph her and Rolando's wedding, I was so excited! They met in Mexico, and Diane, being fluent in Spanish, hit it off instantly with Rolando when she met him. The two stayed in contact, fell in love, and the rest is history. There is so much love between them, and in the working together of the familys. His family flew all the way from Mexico for their wedding, and they had translators. The best part was during the ceremony when they spoke both languages. To make things even better, Diane's older brother is the one who ordained the ceremony. Such a beautiful and special thing to be a part of, they played some fabulous traditional games at the reception, too! Enjoy.
Lauren and Foster were high school sweethearts, so when I met with them to be along for their journey, I couldn't be more excited. Not only are they both beautiful people, but together they really are something else. It was never difficult to talk them through any of the sessions, from engagements, to bridals, to their big day. Everything was just spot on, perfect, and absolutely breathtaking. More images may be found under the Weddings tab, but here are a few! Enjoy!
Valerie Sebestyen is a portrait and wedding photographer based out of Edmond, Oklahoma. For inquiries you may contact at 405-226-1042 or firstname.lastname@example.org