Hi and welcome to my online home! I am a photographer located in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm married to my wonderful hubby, Jon, and we have 7 fur babies: Kitty Amazing, Baby Kitty, Petunia, and China, our cats, Hank and Seymour, our dogs, and Junichiro, our hedgehog. Admittedly, Junichiro is more of a spiky baby than a fur baby. I love travel, nutella, donuts, cupcakes, (okay just bring me all the carbs alright?), reading, green tea, soccer, dancing, and soft pillow cases. I love having you, I hope you stay awhile.
When two of your closest friends get married and ask you to photograph their wedding, of course you say yes!
I think when two people you’re really close to get married, and they want you to capture them on their most special day ever, you never know what’s going to happen. Which is why I had quite the eventful day. I’ll take you through a recap. At 9 am, Brian and I went to Costco to pick up flowers, the pies, and various odds and ends. While I stuffed a pizza slice in my mouth, we drove to party city to get some items to finish the bouquet. Because this my conversation with Timea the night before:
Me: Who’s making the bouquet? Timea: I am picking up some flowers at Costco tomorrow (the morning of the wedding fyi) and will throw something together. Me: Do you have any experience making flowers? Timea: No… Me: What are we doing for bridesmaids bouquets? Timea: Is that a thing?
So that led me to going to Costco, and entering my second wedding making the bouquets. I don’t recommend booking me as your florist anytime soon LOL but I will say I am pretty talented people….. (insert crying laughing emoji here- why is there no emoji keyboard on blogs??)
If I haven’t mentioned it yet, I was also a bridesmaid. So at noon, I made us all bouquets, got my hair and makeup done, photographed their entire day, and I vaguely remember getting dressed to appear in the actual wedding. Let me tell you how I made this all work, as I had a plan. I had someone else take the pictures I was in, after I set all my camera functions and posed everything, they captured the shot. And they did a great job! Thanks to Thomas, Brian’s groomsmen, DJ, and now assistant photographer, and also to Brian’s Aunt. (We are a multi purpose friend group if you haven’t noticed).
Timea and Brian tied the knot at Lindsey Plantation in Greenville, South Carolina. It is a legitimate working farm, with sprawling fields, rolling hills, and trees filled with fall colors. We stayed in a house on the property built around 1880. It was pretty epic, and I highly recommend it!
When Timea and Brian asked me to shoot their wedding, we had to strike a deal. You see, they were adamant that I not make them do romantic things like kissing, and of course, I told them, you will absolutely kiss and you will like it. They hesitantly agreed, and here we are. And look how amazing they looked!! I was literally dead over Timea’s long sleeved lace dress. I mean.. comeon!
As a little backstory, Timea and I went to law school together although we didn’t know each other well. We became close when we started working at the same law firm together shortly out of law school. We even carpooled to work in the mornings. Timea would blast Trance music that jolted me awake at 8 a.m. In the evenings, we would get Chino Bandido (a Chinese Mexican restaurant in Phoenix), and watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We always had a workout phase in there and I’ll just leave it at that.
When Brian moved to Phoenix from New York to live with Timea and pursue their relationship, I got to spend a lot of time with him. We bonded over our love of trying new foods from random countries, playing cards against humanity, and drinking delicious beer. They are definitely foodies like my husband and I, so anytime we wanted someone to try something new and weird with us, they were down.
The thing about Timea and Brian is that they are both themselves all the time. They have their own way of communicating, arguing over tiny details about some random scientific thing I don’t understand to begin with, enjoying Trance music, and listening to talk radio. Here’s the beginning of this joke I started… What happens when a lawyer and a scientist walk into a bar together? Well the punch line is they drink a lot of beer and they argue over something ridiculously scientific that makes my head hurt.
But they are also loyal, reliable, always up for a good time or a spontaneous trip to Seattle or anywhere. They love deeply even if they aren’t always vocal about it. They are crazy cat people and have a slightly warped sense of humor, just like me. And I love them for all those quirks and traits.
I love you both, I love embarrassing you both with my love, and I thank you for letting me do romantic portraits with you on your wedding day. It did make me happy, and I expect to see a 16×20 of them all hanging on your wall next time I visit. 😉